Game 23: No. 14 Arizona (18-4, 8-2) vs. Stanford (12-8, 6-4)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005
Time: 11 a.m. MST
Location: Olson Court at McKale Center (14,545), Tucson, Ariz.
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: CBS (Kevin Harlan/Bill Raftery)
All-Access Coverage: Subscribers to All-Access, ArizonaAthletics.com's premium audio/video service, can watch a delayed webcast of the McKale Center video production (with Brian Jeffries and Ryan Hansen calling the action) beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday (following the CBS broadcast). ArizonaAthletics.com will also provide live and postgame coverage of the game, including:
Postgame Story and Statistics (Free)
Postgame Lute Olson and Player Interviews (All-Access Video)
Game Data: No. 14 Arizona (18-4, 8-2 Pac-10) hopes to even the score against a Stanford team (12-8, 6-4 Pac-10) that defeated the Wildcats, 87-76, at home on January 8 ... The Wildcats have won 15 of 17, and kept pace with No. 13 Washington for the Pac-10 lead with a win over California Thursday ... Channing Frye has 13 consecutive games with 10 or more points, the longest such streak on the team ... Following a pair of home games this week, Arizona will play five of its last seven games on the road.
The Rankings: After splitting two games last week, Arizona slipped to No. 14 in the Associated Press Top 25 and to No. 13 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls. UA has been ranked in 297 consecutive AP polls released during the regular season only.
Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson . . . is in his 22nd season at Arizona and his 32nd overall as a college head coach with a career record of 729-253 (.742) and 537-161 (.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 700th collegiate victory on Jan. 3, 2004, and became Arizona’s career victories leader (510) on Jan. 17, 2004 ... He has the second-most Pac-10 wins (298) in history, trailing UCLA’s John Wooden (304, 1949-75) ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.776/298-86) and second-most league championships won (10) in Pac-10 history (minimum three years), trailing only Wooden (.810/304-74/16 titles) ... During his 22-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 10 Pac-10 Conference titles, four Pac-10 Tournament crowns (1988, ?'89, ?'90, 2002) and been to the NCAA Tournament for the past 20 years, 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 17 years (450-111/.802) ... In his collegiate career, Olson has produced 47 NBA Draft picks, including 28 at Arizona ?- 21 alone since 1990 ... He’s led UA to 17 consecutive 20-win seasons and has 26 overall in his career, making him one of only five head coaches in NCAA history to record 25 or more 20-win seasons... Under Olson, the Cats are 319-33 (.906) in McKale Center and have won 247 of its last 264 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Rodney Tention and Josh Pastner ... Olson is 30-15 against Stanford.
Last Time Out: Arizona responded to last Saturday’s stunning loss to Washington State with a balanced attack in Thursday’s 97-76 blowout victory over California at Mckale Center. UA center Channing Frye led all players with 20 points and 7 rebounds, and Salim Stoudamire contributed 17 points, including 3 three-pointers on 7 of 10 shooting. Hassan Adams was a perfect 7-for-7 from the field for 15 points, including 3 crowd-raising dunks. Mustafa Shakur dished out 8 assists and had 10 points in a game where Arizona started with a 22-4 run and never looked back. Arizona’s 21-point victory was its largest margin over a conference opponent this season.
Scouting STANFORD: The Cardinal saw its 6-game win streak come to an end with a 74-67 loss to Arizona State on Thursday. Stanford allowed ASU’s Ike Diogu a career-high 39 points as the Sun Devils completed a sweep of the Cardinal. Earlier this season, the Cardinal responded to its loss at home against ASU by defeating the Wildcats.Stanford is led by junior guards Dan Grunfeld (17.8 ppg) and Chris Hernandez (14.5 ppg)
The Series: Saturday’s game marks the 67th meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 42-25 series advantage. Stanford has won 5 of the last 6 meetings in the series, which dates back to 1937, including the last get-together, an 87-76 win in Palo Alto on Jan. 8. Stanford has won the last 4 games played in Tucson, most recently an 82-72 victory last season. For more series information, please see page 103 of the UA basketball media guide.
Last Meeting: Stanford 87, Arizona 76, Jan. 8, 2005: Stanford’s Dan Grunfeld scored a career-high 29 points as the Cardinal snapped No. 13 Arizona’s 9-game win streak. Arizona struggled offensively overall, but Channing Frye scored a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Hassan Adams contributed his own double with 19 points and rebounds. The Wildcats were held to 38.4 percent shooting.
Nice Effort: Mustafa Shakur has averaged 13.7 points, 3 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game over Arizona’s last 3 games. The sophomore has connected on 68.2 percent of his field goal attempts (15-of-22), including 2-of-5 from three-point range, and went 9-of-11 (.818) from the line, while also adding four steals. He opened the week with 19 points (5-of-7 FGs) six assists and two steals in the win over No. 10 Washington and added 12 points, four rebounds and three assists last Saturday against Washington State. He scored 10 vs. Cal and distributed 8 assists.
Bombs Away: Salim Stoudamire is shooting 56.7 percent (76-of-134) from the field, including an impressive 58.8 percent (40-of-68) from behind the arc in the 13 games since sitting out the Marquette game on Dec. 18 for disciplinary reasons. The 6-foot-1 senior is averaging 18.8 points per game in that span and is shooting 92.9 percent (52-of-56) from the line. It’s raised his season scoring average to a career-best 17.0 points per game.
STOPPING THE Streak: Arizona is hoping to end a three-game losing streak to the Cardinal, as well as a four-game streak at home. Prior to the current streak, Arizona had a four-game win streak against the Cardinal in McKale Center.
HOT HANDS AGAIN: After shooting 45.8 percent in its loss against Washington State, Arizona found the rhythm Thursday night on 40 of 63 shooting for a blistering 63.5 percent. Salim Stoudamire led the perimeter shooters with 3 three pointers as the Wildcats shot 53.3 percent in the second half from beyond the arc.
TIGHTENING THE PERIMETER: After struggling with its perimeter defense last week against Washington and Washington State, the Wildcats got some hands in faces and held California to 30.8 percent (8 of 26) from three-point range.
FINDING THE OPEN MAN: After a season-low eight assists against Washington State, Arizona returned to unselfish play against California with a season-high 24 assists.
STEALING THE SHOW: Junior Hassan Adams leads the Pac-10 Conference with a 2.18 steals per game average. No player in the league has as many as Adams’ 48 steals through 21 games. In his 83-game career, Adams is averaging 1.6 steals per game.
LEAGUE LEADERS: Arizona leads the Pac-10 in free-throw percentage (77.5) and three-point field goal percentage (40.1). Salim Stoudamire leads the conference in three-point field goal percentage (54.3) and three-pointers made (63, 3.0 per game).
From the Line: A career 86 percent free throw shooter, Salim Stoudamire’s ability from the free throw is unquestioned, but one Wildcat has been connecting from the stripe with almost surprising regularity. Senior center Channing Frye is shooting 83.3 percent (85-of-102) from the line, a figure that ranks fifth in the Pac-10 and currently ranks eighth on the UA single-season free throw percentage list. Entering the season, Frye connected on 72.7 percent (242-of-343) of his charity tosses.
Three in 10: Three Wildcats are among the league leaders in offensive rebounds, as Hassan Adams, Channing Frye and Ivan Radenovic all rank in the top 10.
A Doubleheader: If your weekend wasn’t already full, here is a good way to fill your Saturday schedule without leaving Enke Drive. On Saturday, all fans who present a ticket stub from the UA-Stanford basketball game will be admitted free to the Arizona baseball team’s gamer against New Mexico at Kindall Field at Sancet Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. MST Saturday.
Always on the Run: Arizona has made a name for itself with an ability to embark on some large scoring runs. Nine times during the 2004-05 season UA has posted a scoring run of more than 15 points. Here is a look at the list:
21 points ?- 29-8 run over 8:58 vs. Manhattan, Dec. 21
19 points ?- 27-8 run over 8:10 vs. Wright State, Nov. 18
19 points ?- 22-3 run over 8:49 vs. Richmond, Dec. 30
18 points ?- 20-2 run over 8:11 vs. San Diego, Nov. 16
17 points ?- 25-8 run over 10:15 vs. Eastern Washington, Dec. 28
16 points ?- 18-2 run over 5:00 vs. Wyoming, Nov. 30
16 points ?- 23-7 run over 5:59 vs. Manhattan, Dec. 21
16 points ?- 21-5 run over 5:12 vs. Arizona State, Jan. 2
16 points ?- 16-0 run over 4:24 at Oregon, Jan. 20
Controlling the Boards: Arizona is 13-2 this season when outrebounding the opposition, and six times the squad has posted at least a +10 rebound margin. UA has outrebounded 15 of 22 opponents in 2004-05. Last season, Arizona was 16-4 when outrebounding the opposition.
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 133-16 (.892) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points. The Cats are 9-0 this season when topping the 80-point plateau.
Early Signees: Coach Olson and his staff signed three student-athletes to National-Letters-of-Intent during the November early signing period. Fendi Onobun (F, 6-7, 215) from Houston, Texas, Alief Taylor High School; J.P. Prince (G, 6-6, 183) from Memphis, Tenn., White Station High School; and Marcus Williams (F, 6-6, 190) from Seattle, Wash., Roosevelt High School, will join the squad next fall.
Up Next: Following Saturday’s game, Arizona heads to Los Angeles for games against USC and UCLA next week.