Date: Thursday, Jan. 19, 2006
Time: 8:30 p.m. MST
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSN (Steve Physioc/Marques Johnson)
ONLINE: Subscribers to All-Access, Arizona's premium multimedia service, can watch a delayed webcast of the McKale Center production of the game with Brian Jeffries and Ryan Hanson calling the action immediately following its conclusion (approximately 10:30 p.m.). Live audio is also available to subscribers.
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Game Data: Arizona (10-6, 3-3 Pac-10) returns home to host Stanford (7-6, 3-2 Pac-10) Thursday in McKale Center ... Two quality programs enter the contest at opposite ends of the spectrum: Arizona has lost three of four, while Stanford is riding a season-best, three-game win streak ... Arizona has not lost three consecutive games since the end of the 1991-92 season ... Following Saturday’s game, the Wildcats will be on the road for its next four games.
Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson . . . is in his 23rd season at Arizona and his 33rd overall as a college head coach with a career record of 751-262 (.741) and 559-170 (.767) at Arizona ... He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 27, 2002 ... Olson became the 16th coach in basketball history to tally 1,000 career victories (covering all levels) on Dec. 11, 2004 ... Olson recorded his 750th collegiate victory on Dec. 31, 2005, and became Arizona’s career victories leader (510) on Jan. 17, 2004 ... He has the most Pac-10 wins (308) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.774/308-90) and second-most league championships won (11) in Pac-10 history (minimum three years), trailing only UCLA’s John Wooden (.810/304-74/16 titles) ... During his 23-year tenure at Arizona, the Wildcats have won one national championship (1997), played in the national championship game (2001), participated in four Final Fours (1988, 1994, 1997, 2001), won 11 Pac-10 Conference titles, four Pac-10 Tournament crowns (1988, ?'89, ?'90, 2002) and been to the NCAA Tournament for 21 consecutive seasons, which is the longest active and second-longest streak in NCAA history (North Carolina, 27) ... He also led Iowa to the 1980 Final Four ... Olson has been named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year seven times (1986, ?'88, ?'89, ?'93, ?'94, ?'98, 2003), the Big Ten Coach of the Year twice (1979 & ?'81) and directed the UA program to the nation’s best winning percentage over the past 18 years (479-118/.802) ... In his collegiate career, Olson has produced 49 NBA Draft picks, including 30 at Arizona ?- 21 alone since 1990 ... He’s led UA to 18 consecutive 20-win seasons and has 27 overall in his career, making him one of only four head coaches in NCAA history to record 27 or more 20-win seasons... Under Olson, the Cats are 328-34 (.906) in
Last Time Out:
Scouting Stanford: The Cardinal enters tonight’s game with a 7-6 record (3-2 Pac-10) and riding a three-game win streak following Friday’s 75-61 win over California. As a team, Stanford shoots 41.5 percent from the field (297-of-715), including 33.1 percent (58-of-175) from three-point range, while averaging 66.8 points per game. Opponents shoot at a 44.4 percent clip and are averaging 63.8 points per game. Three Stanford players average in double figures, led by Matt Haryasz’s 14.8 ppg and 9.1 rpg marks.
The Series: Tonight’s game is the 69th meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 43-25 series advantage, though Stanford has won five of the last seven meetings in the series, which dates back to 1937, and four of the last five in McKale Center.
Stepping Up: In two games last week, Mustafa Shakur averaged 18.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals. He connected on 57.7 percent of his attempts from the floor (15-of-26), including 42.9 percent from three-point range, and added four assists in the effort. He opened the week with 17 points (7-of-13 FGs), six boards (five offensive) and four assists at Oregon State, and followed that up with 19 points (8-of-13 FGs), three rebounds, four steals and a block Saturday at Oregon. On the season, Shakur is averaging 11.3 points and 4.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game, while shooting 48.8 percent from the field.
Not Up to Par:
Anomaly: During the Lute Olson era (since the start of the 1983-84 season),
Elite Company: Hassan Adams enters tonight’s game just one point shy of becoming the 12th player in
Different Combinations: With the return of guard Jawann McClellan to active duty,
Apply Pressure: In its 0-2 weekend in
Reversal of Fortune: Through its first six Pac-10 games,
In wins and Losses: In its 10 victories this season,
FG-A Pct. 3FG-A Pct FT-A Pct Reb A TO Stl PPG
UA Wins: 285-644 .443 54-178 .303 152-224 .679 38.0 161 139 107 77.6
Opp. 228-579 .394 56-190 .295 100-142 .704 37.9 110 230 65 61.2
UA Loss: 158-377 .419 28-89 .315 74-111 .667 31.5 82 81 66 69.7
Opp. 159-292 .545 39-82 .476 98-133 .737 34.5 80 121 42 75.8
Seeking Balance: Three times in its last four games
Proof In Numbers: As has been the case for the last month or so, Marcus Williams is quietly becoming a force among Pac-10 newcomers. The 6-foot-7 freshman forward from
Help on the Glass: Guard Mustafa Shakur continues to assist the cause in Pac-10 play by ranking second on the team with a 4.8 rebounds per game average. He’s been
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 146-18 (.890) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points.
Always On the Run: Throughout the season,
29-1 run over 10:43 vs.
33-15 run over 10:26 vs.
22-6 run over 8:19 at
21-6 run over 7:12 vs.
20-4 run over 9:10 vs.
21-5 run over 7:57 at
21-9 run over 12:23 vs.
25-11 run over 9:27 vs. USC, Jan. 7 (USC 4-of-13 FG, eight turnovers during run)
26-13 run over 13:04 vs. Saint Mary’s, Dec. 10 (nine SMC turnovers during run)
38-27 run over 13:52 at
Early Signees: Coach Olson and his staff signed three student-athletes to National-Letters-of-Intent during the November early signing period. Chase Budinger (F, 6-7, 190) from
Up Next: Following tonight’s game,