Date: Saturday, March 4, 2006
Time: 4 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 the conclusion of the game. Live audio is also available to subscribers.
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Game Data: Arizona (18-10, 11-6 Pac-10) closes the regular season against No. 14 Washington (23-5, 12-5 Pac-10) Saturday in McKale Center ... A shot at second place in the league standings and a whole lot of pride is at stake ... The Cats have won five of six games overall and seven straight home games ... In 13 home dates this year, UA averages 2.5 more points (76.1 ppg), shoots 14 points better from the field (370-of-808/.458) and holds opponents to 4.2 fewer points (63.7 ppg) than its 28-game averages.
The Rankings: For the seventh consecutive week,
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 759-266 (.740) and 567-174 (.765) 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 (.773/316-93) 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 333-34 (.907) in
Last Time Out:
The Series: Today’s game is the 59th meeting of the two schools with
Last Meeting: Arizona 96, Washington 95 (2OT), Dec. 31, 2005: A Kirk Walters free throw with five seconds remaining in the second overtime provided the difference in this early-season thriller.
Regular Season Finales: During the Lute Olson era,
Take Note: A win today would give
Day Games: Today’s game marks
Against Ranked Teams:
Good Start: In its last two home games,
Close Calls: Thursday’s 66-61 win improved
The totals mount: Despite getting just six steals on Thursday,
Just Enough: Bolstered by 54.2 percent shooting (13-of-24) of its own and limiting Washington State to just 32.1 percent (9-of-28) in the first half, UA managed to out-shoot WSU from the floor on Thursday, .460-.424. Fifteen times this season
No Fouls: The Wildcats committed a season-low 12 personal fouls in Thursday’s win, which went a long way towards keeping
A Late Push: Junior forward Ivan Radenovic continues to play his way into the all-Pac-10 consideration, as he collected 12 points, four rebounds and two assists on Thursday. It was his eighth straight game of 10 or more points, which is a career best. In those eight games, the 6-foot-10 native of
Not to Be overlooked: Freshman forward Marcus Williams has been nothing if not consistent during Pac-10 play. He ranks third on the club in scoring (13.4 ppg) and second in rebounding (5.8 rpg) through the first 17 games, which are both improvements over his season averages. Overall, he leads all Pac-10 freshmen with a 12.1 points per game average.
Using the Reserves: Sophomore Bret Brielmaier earned 14 minutes of playing time Thursday and responded with three rebounds and a steal to go with 1-of-2 made free throws. In 25 appearances, the 6-foot-6 walk-on from
Picking Up the Pace: Mustafa Shakur tallied seven assists Thursday against
Always On the Run: Throughout the season,
29-1 run over 10:43 vs.
33-15 run over 10:26 vs.
18-0 run over 6:09 vs.
24-7 run over 9:53 at UCLA, Feb. 4 (UA 9-of-13 FG, 6-of-6 FT in run; UCLA 3-of-10 FG)
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)
16-3 run over 5:47 at Stanford, Feb. 19 (Stanford 1-of-12 FG with 6 turnovers in 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