Game 15: No. 24
Date: Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006
Time: 7 p.m. PST
Location: Gill Coliseum (10,400),
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSNAZ (Dave Sitton/Bob Elliott)
Game Data: Twenty-fourth-ranked Arizona (10-4, 3-1 Pac-10) heads north to Oregon to face Oregon State (8-6, 1-2 Pac-10) ... The Wildcats begin what could be a very telling portion of the schedule, as six of the team’s next eight games are away from home ... During the Lute Olson era, Arizona has been the Pac-10’s best road team, posting a 134-66 (.670) record in conference games since the start of the 1983-84 campaign ... UA leads the league with an average of 10.93 steals per game.
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 751-260 (.743) and 559-168 (.769) 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 (.778/308-88) 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: Mustafa Shakur’s team-high 17 points led a balanced offensive attack as Wildcats earned a 74-63 win Saturday over USC. All five
The Series: Tonight’s game is the 60th meeting of the two schools with
Strong Contributions: Ivan Radenovic helped
Good “D” Leads to “W”: Two days after UCLA shot 60.8 percent from the floor, Arizona bounced back to hold USC to 37.5 percent (21-of-56), including 33.3 percent in the second half. It marked the seventh time this season that
Tough on the Outside: Despite collecting a season-low three steals on Saturday,
Rebound Advantage: Led by Ivan Radenovic’s nine rebounds,
A Helping Hand: The Wildcats’ perimeter play should receive a boost this week as Jawann McClellan is expected to return to action this week, possibly as early as Thursday at
Balanced, Finally: Arizona accomplished something in both games last week that it hadn’t all season ?- five players finished in double figures, including all five starters on Saturday. Against the Trojans, UA starters combined for 64 of the team’s 74 points, while shooting 25-of-45 (.556) from the field.
Second Half Scoring: The Wildcats opened the second half Saturday against USC with a 25-11 run (over 9:27) to break open what was a close game. Second half surges are nothing new to the Cats, as the team enjoys 10.0 scoring margin over the opposition in the second half (41.0-31.0). The opposition has actually outscored
Bouncing Back: After posting a zero-point, two-rebound effort in Thursday’s loss to UCLA, junior guard Mustafa Shakur rebounded with 17 points, five rebounds and four assists Saturday vs. USC. Shakur connected on 7-of-8 field goal attempts against the Trojans, including 2-of-2 from three-point range, in 32 minutes. On the year, Shakur is averaging 10.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.
Three-for-Three: Junior Ivan Radenovic has upped his productivity of late by averaging 13.0 points and 7.3 rebounds in his last three games. The native of
Among the Leaders: Following a slow start, forward Marcus Williams turned things around nicely and leads the team and ranks sixth in the conference with a 54.2 field goal percentage. In his first five game, the 6-foot-7 freshman connected on 35.5 percent of his attempts (11-of-31) and averaged 5.2 points and 2.6 rebounds. In the nine games since, Williams is shooting 58.0 percent (51-of-88) from the floor and averaging 14.4 points and 3.9 rebounds.
Using the Bench: Saturday’s win saw the UA use all 12 active players on the roster for the first time since Dec. 19 with the bench combining for 38 minutes played. Of the reserves, sophomores Daniel Dillon and Bret Brielmaier each tallied three points and three rebounds. Dillon knocked down a trey and equaled a career-high with three boards, while Brielmaier posted his most productive day since Nov. 27 (
Just a Comparison: Much has been made (at least in
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.
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,