Cats Face Univ. of
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Date: Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006
Time: 7:30 p.m. MST
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSNAZ (Dave Sitton/Bob Elliott)
Game Data: No. 10 Arizona (0-0, 0-0 Pac-10) closes the 2006-07 exhibition portion of the schedule with a game against the University of Victoria ... The Vikes are a Canadian college team from Victoria, British Columbia, that finished as the CIS national runners-up last season ... It will be a short turnaround for the Wildcats with a cross-country flight and the season opener at Virginia on Sunday, Nov. 12.
Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson . . . is set to begin his 24th season at Arizona and his 34th overall as a college head coach with a career record of 761-269 (.739) and 569-177 (.763) 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 (316) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.771/316-94) 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 22 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 second-best winning percentage over the past 19 years (499-131/.792) ... In his collegiate career, Olson has produced 49 NBA Draft picks, including 30 at Arizona ?- 21 alone since 1990 ... He’s led UA to 19 consecutive 20-win seasons and has 28 overall in his career, making him one of only three head coaches in NCAA history to record 28 or more 20-win seasons... Under Olson, the Cats are 333-35 (.905) in
Last Time Out: Chase Budinger and Nic Wise each scored 24 points to lead
(Still) Plenty Of Minutes: Despite the fact that
On Target: Fifty-one point wins will do wonders for one’s confidence, even if it is an exhibition game. The Wildcats managed to generate 125 points of offense (a figure that would have equaled the third-highest total in school history had the game actually counted), and more importantly, shot better than 50 percent from the field. Against Team
Leading by Example: They are numbers any coach would love from his point guard: 14 points, eight rebounds, 16 assists (only three turnovers) and three steals. That’s what senior Mustafa Shakur tallied against Team
Take Notice: Freshman Nic Wise took an efficient route to his game-high 24 points vs. Team
Not to be outdone: While teammate Nic Wise was a spotless 4-of-4 from behind the arc, Jawann McClellan was also perfect from the same territory (3-of-3) against Team
Sneaking Up: Junior Daniel Dillon continues to quietly play his way into the regular rotation. Against Team Georgia, the 6-foot-3 guard from
Balanced There as well: If you’ve read this far, you already know that Arizona sported a balanced scoring attack, as well as evenly distributed minutes, in the Team Georgia game. Well, the Wildcats were also pretty balanced on the boards as well. A total of six players grabbed five or more rebounds in the contest and 10 of the 12 to see action collected at least one. The effort led to a 55-47 rebound advantage.
Some things Don’t Change: Last season,
Preseason Prognostications: According to media members that regularly cover the Pacific-10 Conference,
Preseason Kudos: Mustafa Shakur and Marcus Williams were named to the 2006-07 John R. Wooden Award Preseason All-America team, the award’s national selection committee announced Oct. 17. Shakur, a 6-foot-3, senior guard from
Up Next: The 2006-07 regular season tips-off on Sunday, Nov. 12, when