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Game 19: No. 17
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007
Time: 7:30 p.m. MST
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (
TV: FSNAZ (Dave Sitton/Bob Elliott/Tom Kuyper)
Game Data: Needing to see a friendly face, No. 17 Arizona (13-5, 4-4 Pac-10), should see around 14,500 of them as the Wildcats return home to face in-state rival Arizona State (6-13, 0-8 Pac-10) in McKale Center ... Arizona looks to snap a three-game losing streak, the program’s longest since 1983-84 ... Tonight’s game will be another study in contrasts as the Wildcats average a Pac-10-leading 84.1 points per game, while the Sun Devils have not allowed an opponent to score more than 76 points this season ... Someone will leave happy tonight as the clubs have combined for 12 consecutive defeats.
The Rankings: After losing two games last week, Arizona slipped to No. 17 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and to No. 19 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 774-274 (.739) and 582-182 (.762) 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 (320) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.766/320-98) 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 342-36 (.905) in
Last Time Out:
The Series: Today’s game is the 210th meeting of the two schools with
The Last Time: Most all of the “last-time” streaks date back to Lute Olson’s first season at
In Case you Were Wondering: You could probably guess the answer to this based on the note listed above, but the last time Arizona lost four consecutive games (regardless of venue) was Jan. 5-14, 1984, in Olson’s first season in Tucson.
Not So CLose: Dating back to the start of the 2000-01 season, these intrastate rivals have met a total of 13 times and close games have been a rarity. Not counting one neutral-site game in 2002 (Pac-10 Tournament quarterfinal), only three of the 12 games played in the state of
Let’s Try this Again: A win today would be the 775th career victory for Lute Olson on the NCAA Division I level. Only 12 coaches in NCAA history (covering all levels) have won as many games. Now in his 34th year as a college head coach, Olson has a career record of 774-274 (.739).
Slow Starters of Late: Early in the season,
Nail-Biting Time: The end of the half has led to some uneasy moments of late for the Wildcats, especially during its current three-game losing skid. In the last three minutes Thursday at USC,
Drawing Iron: Despite leading the Pac-10 with a 49.9 (523-of-1,049) cumulative field goal percentage,
Wasn’t that A Key to Victory?:
Toeing the Line:
double-doubles: Marcus Williams’ 11 points and 11 rebounds marked his team-leading fourth double-double of the season (fourth career). It was
In Reserve: Junior guard Daniel Dillon came off the bench last week with his most productive week of the season. The 6-foot-3 native of
600/600: Senior Ivan Radenovic grabbed the 600th rebound of his career last week in
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 tonight’s game,