Men's Basketball Game Notes

Dec. 12, 2003

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Date: Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003
Time: 2 p.m. MST
Location: Olson Court at McKale Center (14,545), Tucson, Ariz.
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Joe Nehls)
TV: FSN (Steve Physioc/Marques Johnson)

Game Data: Ninth-ranked Arizona (3-1, 0-0 Pac-10) returns home to open a season-long, five-game homestand Saturday vs. No. 22 Marquette (6-0, 0-0 C-USA) in McKale Center ... It is UA's second straight game against a ranked opponent and third this season ... It is also the Wildcats' second consecutive game against a 2003 Final Four club ... The Marquette game will be Arizona's fourth straight on national television ... The broadcast will be replayed Saturday night on Fox Sports Net Arizona at 7:30 p.m. MST.

The Rankings: Arizona slipped to No. 9 in both the Associated Press poll and ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll after last week's action. With its No. 4 ranking to start the season, it marked the fourth time in the last five seasons that Arizona opened a year ranked in the nation's top 10. UA has been ranked in 273 consecutive AP polls released during the regular season only.

Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson . . . is in his 21st season at Arizona and his 31st overall as a college head coach with a career record of 694-240 (.743) and 502-148 (.772) at Arizona ... He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 27, 2002 ... Olson recorded his 500th victory at Arizona on Nov. 24, 2003, and has the second-most Pac-10 wins (279) in history, trailing UCLA's John Wooden (304, 1949-75) ... He has the second-best conference winning percentage (.784/279-77) and second-most league championships won (10) in Pac-10 history (minimum three years), trailing only Wooden (.810/304-74/16 titles) ... During his 21-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 19 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 16 years (429-101/.809) ... In his collegiate career, Olson has produced 46 NBA Draft picks, including 27 at Arizona - 20 alone since 1990 ... He's led UA to 16 consecutive 20-win seasons and has 25 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 295-30 (.908) in McKale Center and have won 223 of its last 238 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Rodney Tention and Josh Pastner... Olson is 1-0 against Marquette.

Last Time Out: Propelled by a 16-6 run to open the second half, Arizona raced to a 91-83 win Tuesday over Texas in the Jimmy V Classic. UA hit 9-of-its-first-11 shots to open the half and limited Texas to 3-of-14 shooting in the same span. The Cats, who shot 55 percent in the second half, posted its best shooting night of the year and held the Longhorns to 19 points below their season scoring average. Hassan Adams posted a career-high 30 points and 10 rebounds, while Andre Iguodala registered the seventh triple-double in school history with 13 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.

Scouting Marquette: The Golden Eagles enter Saturday's game with a 6-0 record after a 71-55 win Dec. 5 vs. Grambling State. As a team, Marquette shoots nearly 43.5 percent from the floor (140-of-322), posts a +8.6 rebound advantage and outscores the opposition by an average of 15.2 points per game. MU limits opponents to a .355 field goal percentage and 54.5 points per game. Individually, nine players see at least 13 minutes with three averaging 10 points or better. Travis Diener leads the club with a 16.3 points per game average.

The Series: Saturday's game marks the second meeting of the two schools with the series knotted at one win apiece. Marquette won the first series meeting, 76-62, on Dec. 28, 1973, but UA rebounded to win the next one, 94-80 on Jan. 8, 1994, in Tucson. All-time, Arizona is 1-0 in series games played in Tucson, 0-1 in Milwaukee and 0-0 in neutral-site meetings. See page 125 in the UA media guide for more series information.

Last Meeting: Arizona 94, Marquette 80, Jan. 8, 1994. Six Wildcats finished in double figures, led by Damon Stoudamire's 19 points, as Arizona earned a 14-point win in McKale Center at the 7-Up Shootout. The Wildcats held the Golden Eagles to 38.9 percent shooting and jumped out to a 54-39 halftime lead. Arizona committed just nine turnovers in the game.

Triple-Double: In helping Arizona to the eight-point win over Texas on Tuesday, Andre Iguodala recorded the seventh triple-double in school history with 13 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists. Since 1987, there have been 17 triple-doubles in Pac-10 history and Arizona leads with its seven. In that span, Matt Muehlebach, Chris Mills, Damon Stoudamire, Loren Woods (2), and Luke Walton have also achieved the impressive statistical feat.

Career Night: Sophomore Hassan Adams certainly made his presence felt Tuesday in New York City, as he tallied career-high totals of 30 points and 10 rebounds. It was also the Los Angeles native's first career double-double. All told, Adams hit 12-of-21 shots from the floor, including 3-of-5 from three-point range en route to the best offensive night of his career. Interestingly, Adams broke his longest-standing career best of 22 points, which was set in his first collegiate game played on Nov. 23, 2002, against Western Kentucky.

30-Point Nights: Thirty-point nights don't come around too often for Wildcat players. Hassan Adams' effort was just the seventh Arizona 30-point outing since the start of the 1999-2000 campaign. In addition to Adams, only Jason Gardner (4), Gilbert Arenas and Salim Stoudamire have topped the 30-point plateau.

Against Ranked Opponents: The Wildcats face its second straight nationally ranked opponent this week in No. 22 Marquette. Since the start of the 2000-01 season, Arizona is 27-13 (.675) against ranked opponents, including an 1-1 mark this season (Florida/Texas). Arizona was 8-1 against nationally ranked opponents last season.

Controlling the Glass: Through its first four games, Arizona has done a fine job on the boards as the team, averaging 51.2 rebounds per game. UA has outboarded its opponents by a +8.0 average margin. At least one UA player has collected at least 10 rebounds in each game in 2003-04. Conversely, Arizona was outrebounded for the first time this season on Tuesday, 53-48.

Taking Control: Arizona took control of Tuesday's game with a 16-6 run in the first 4:30 of the second half. In that run, Arizona hit 9-of-11 field goals, while limiting Texas to just 3-of-14 shooting in the same span. Salim Stoudamire (8) and Hassan Adams (6) combined for 14 of the Cats' 16 points in the run. Shortly thereafter, Arizona held Texas scoreless for 2:39 and saw its lead grow to as many as 18 points.

Here to Stay?: After laying dormant for the first two games, Arizona's big scoring runs have appeared in each of the last two games. In addition to the 16-6 run mentioned above, the Wildcats used an 18-4 run midway through the second half to come from behind and take control of the Dec. 6 game at Saint Louis. At one stretch of the run, UA held SLU scoreless for more than three minutes and limited the Billikens to just 29 second-half points. Last year, UA had seven runs of 14 points or better.

Who Needs Depth?: Much has been mentioned about Arizona's lack of depth (at this points UA has seven healthy scholarship players), but the starting five certainly held its own against Texas. UA's starting lineup (Adams, Iguodala, Frye, Shakur and Stoudamire) combined for 81 points and 41 rebounds, while shooting 47.6 percent (30-of-63) from the floor. By contrast, the Texas starters tallied 36 points and 23 rebounds, while shooting 23.6 percent (13-of-55) from the floor. In the end, Arizona held the Longhorns to a season-low 36.0 field goal percentage and 19 points below their season scoring average entering the game.

All or Nothing: Lost in the shuffle of Andre Iguodala's triple-double or Hassan Adams' 30 points and 10 rebounds was the second-half performance of Salim Stoudamire. The 6-foot-1 junior from Portland, Ore., scored all 17 of his points after the halftime break. In the final 20 minutes, Stoudamire hit 4-of-7 field goal attempts, including 3-of-4 from three-point range, and finished with those 17 points. In his last two games, Stoudamire is averaging 18.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

Strength in Numbers: UA's starting front line of Channing Frye, Hassan Adams and Andre Iguodala has certainly been productive. The trio combines to average 43.9 points and 27.1 rebounds, while adding 28 blocks and 18 steals. The group has connected on 67-of-146 (.459) field goal attempts this season. In Tuesday's game, the UA frontline outrebounded Texas, 29-12, and outblocked them, 8-1.

In December: Arizona is 113-36 (.758) under Lute Olson in the month of December, including a 73-19 (.793) mark since the 1990-91 campaign.

Area of improvement: UA's field goal percentage was a cause for concern entering the season, and after four games it still needs attention. Arizona is shooting 43.1 percent from the field (125-of-290), including 34.1 percent (28-of-82) from three-point range. Arizona did post its best shooting game of the season on Tuesday, connecting on 47.8 percent (32-of-67) of its attempts, including a season-high 44.4 percent (8-of-18) from behind the arc. The Cats shot 55.2 percent from the floor in the second half vs. Texas en route to a season-high 54 points in that stanza.

Quietly Effective: While the ups and downs of Salim Stoudamire's shooting percentage gets the attention, one Wildcat has been quietly effective with accuracy. Sophomore Chris Rodgers is shooting a respectable .452 (14-of-31) from the field, including a team-best .588 (10-of-17) from three-point range. In his last two games, Rodgers is shooting 71.4 percent (5-of-7) from long distance, which goes a long way towards UA's 42.1 percent shooting (16-of-38) from long range in the same span.

Roster Moves: Junior forward Isaiah Fox had surgery on his left knee Dec. 2 and is expected to be out for three to four months. Shortly thereafter, Ryan O'Hara, a 6-foot-6, 198-pound forward from Pasadena, Calif., was added to the Wildcat roster. The freshman, who will see most of his action with the scout team in practice, is also a quarterback on the UA football team. He completed 33-of-78 passes for 341 yards and two TDs in five appearances in 2003.

Spreading it Around: The Cats continue to do a nice job of collecting assists, as 60.8 percent of the team's field goals this season have been scored courtesy of an assist. UA has a positive assist:turnover ratio (76:67) on the year and three of the players on the roster have positive individual ratios, led by Andre Iguodala's 26:8 mark.

Against Conference USA: All-time, Arizona is 18-15 (.545) against C-USA schools.

Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 85-8 (.914) since the start of the 1988-89 season when scoring at least 80 points. The Cats are 2-0 this season when scoring at least 80 points.

Early Signees: Coach Olson and his staff signed three student-athletes to National-Letters-of-Intent during the November early signing period. Daniel Dillon (G, 6-4, 190) from Hampton, Victoria, Australia, and North Laurel High School in London, Ky.; Jawann McClellan (G, 6-5, 202) from Houston, Texas, Charles H. Milby High School; and Mohamed Tangara (F, 6-9, 230) from Mali, West Africa, and Mt. Zion Christian Academy in Durham, N.C., will join the squad next fall.

Up Next: The Wildcats return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 17, when the club hosts Saint Mary's. Tip-off in McKale Center is scheduled for 8 p.m. MST and can bee seen live on Fox Sports Net Arizona.

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