Game 22: No. 20
Date: Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007
Time: 11:30 a.m. MST
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSN (Steve Physioc/Marques Johnson)
Game Data: No. 20 Arizona (14-7, 5-5 Pac-10) attempts to get back on the winning side of the ledger Saturday morning by hosting Washington (14-7, 4-6 Pac-10) in McKale Center ... Arizona and Washington enter the game with nearly identical records and are trying to right the proverbial ship following near-disastrous stretches of the schedule ?- UW lost six of its first seven league games, while UA has lost six of its last eight tilts ... From the “Racehorse Basketball” file: in conference games, both squads are allowing more than 74 points per game.
The Rankings: After splitting two games last week, Arizona slipped to No. 20 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and to No. 22 the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. The Wildcats have been ranked in each poll to date this season.
Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson . . . is in his 24th season at Arizona and his 34th overall as a college head coach with a career record of 775-276 (.737) and 583-184 (.760) 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 775th collegiate victory on Jan. 24, 2007, and became Arizona’s career victories leader (510) on Jan. 17, 2004 ... He has the most Pac-10 wins (321) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.764/321-99) 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 24-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 343-38 (.900) in
Last Time Out:
The Series: Today’s game marks the 61st meeting of the two schools with
Last Meeting: Arizona 96,
Early to Rise: This morning’s game is the third of four regular season games to tip-off at noon or earlier local time. All of the games, coincidentally, were scheduled for
Dubious Distinction: Thursday’s loss marked the Wildcats’ second straight loss at
Decisive Stretch: As mentioned above,
The Antithesis of Clutch: The Wildcats were just 1-of-6 from the field in the last five minutes of Thursday’s loss. That 16.7 percent marksmanship is obviously difficult to overcome in any contest, and it has severely affected the Wildcats in its seven losses to date. In those seven games,
Off Target: Arizona’s field goal shooting has dipped over the last eight games, as the Cats have connected on 194-of-459 (.423) of its attempts in that span, a figure that is down significantly from its season percentage of .487. UA has shot 50 percent from the field only once in the last eight games after accomplishing the feat eight times in its first 13 outings.
Alter the Long Range Goals: The greatest contributor to UA’s falling field goal percentage is its accuracy from three-point range. Over the last eight games,
Book It: Who wouldn’t take an 86 percent success rate. Through 21 UA games to date, the team with the highest field goal percentage has won 18 times. And in two of the three occasions that proved not to be true,
Remember When?: Prior to this recent eight-game slump,
Off The Bench: Due to an ankle injury suffered during the
Showing Consistency: Freshman Jordan Hill seems to be displaying the kind of consistency (as much as could be expected in three games) needed in the post rotation. The 6-foot-9 forward from
Dutch Boys: The Wildcats proved to enjoy the paint on Thursday, as the club posted a 32-12 advantage in points in the paint. All told, 16 of the team’s 22 field goals on Thursday were scored in the lane. Included in the effort was a 24-6 advantage in the first half. Despite those advantages, UA trailed by three at the break and by six at the final buzzer.
From the Line: Senior Ivan Radenovic made 5-of-5 free throws Thursday to push his free throw percentage to .885 (100-of-113) this season. That figure is currently tied for fifth place on the UA single-season FT percentage list. The effort has also boosted his career FT percentage to .796 (292-of-367), which tied him for ninth on the current UA career chart.
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 160-19 (.894) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points.
Always On the Run: Early this season,
25-0 run over 7:45 vs.
34-11 run over 9:00 vs. Northern
31-9 run over 7:54 vs.
28-9 run over 11:22 vs. Samford, Nov. 22 (SU went 3-of-16 with four turnovers during run)
20-2 run over 5:59 vs.
21-4 run over 8:08 vs.
24-8 run over 9:17 at
18-3 run over 4:15 at
23-8 run over 7:11 vs. UNLV, Nov. 28 (UNLV 3-of-7 with six turnovers during run)
15-0 run over 2:28 at
Early Signees: Coach Olson and his staff signed five student-athletes to National-Letters-of-Intent during the November early signing period. Jerryd Bayless (G, 6-3, 193) from Phoenix, Ariz., St. Mary’s High School; Jamelle Horne (F, 6-7, 205) from San Diego, Calif., San Diego High School; Alex Jacobson (C, 7-1, 223) from Santa Ana, Calif., Mater Dei High School; Zane Johnson (F, 6-6, 200) from Phoenix, Ariz., Thunderbird High School; and Laval Lucas-Perry (G, 6-1, 191) from Grand Blanc, Mich., Powers Catholic High School, will join the squad next fall.
Up Next: Following today’s game, UA will be on the road for five of its last seven tilts. The trip begins Thursday, Feb. 8, when the club travels to