Men's Basketball Game Notes

Jan. 24, 2004

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Date: Sunday, Jan. 25, 2004
Time: 2 p.m. MST
Location: Olson Court at McKale Center (14,545), Tucson, Ariz.
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Joe Nehls)
TV: CBS (Kevin Harlan/Dan Bonner)

Game Data: McKale Center is the site as Fourteenth-ranked Arizona (12-3, 4-2 Pac-10) hosts Oregon (9-4, 4-2 Pac-10) Sunday in a meeting of upper division Pac-10 clubs... In its last two games, Arizona is shooting 58.3 percent (80-of-137) from the field and averaging 103.0 points per game ... UA is forcing 16.5 turnovers per game in Pac-10 play and has a +3.2 turnover margin in league games ... Following this contest, the Wildcats will be on the road for its next four games.

The Rankings: Arizona fell to No. 14 in the Associated Press poll and to No. 12 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll after last week's action. The Cats opened the season ranked No. 4 in both major college basketball polls. UA has been ranked in 279 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 703-242 (.744) and 511-150 (.773) at Arizona ... He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 27, 2002 ... 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 (283) in history, trailing UCLA's John Wooden (304, 1949-75) ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.782/283-79) 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 302-31 (.907) in McKale Center and have won 230 of its last 246 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Rodney Tention and Josh Pastner... Olson is 30-11 against Oregon.

Last Time Out: Arizona shot a season-best 63.2 percent from the floor and used a 15-4 run over the last four minutes of the first half to break the game open and coast to a 109-75 win Thursday over Oregon State. The Wildcats used unselfish play (season-high 29 assists) to connect on 43-of-68 field goal attempts, a figure that included 17 dunks or layups. Four UA players finished in double figures, including Hassan Adams and Salim Stoudamire who each finished with a game-high 20 points.

Scouting Oregon: The Ducks enter Sunday's game with a 9-4 record (4-2 Pac-10) after Thursday's 83-76 win at Arizona State. As a team, UO shoots 49.5 percent from the floor (351-of-709) and averages 80.1 points per game, while outscoring the opposition by +8.7 points per game. Individually, four Ducks average in double figures, led by Luke Jackson's 22.5 ppg average, and nine players see double-figure minutes per game. Jackson also leads the team with a 7.5 rebounds per game average.

The Series: Sunday's game marks the 52nd meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 33-18 series advantage. Oregon has won four of the last seven meetings in the series, which dates back to Nov. 12, 1979, but Arizona captured the last meeting, 88-80, March 8, 2003 in Tucson. All-time, Arizona is 20-5 in series games played in Tucson, 13-12 in Eugene and 0-1 in neutral-site games. See page 126 in the UA media guide for more series information.

Last Meeting: Arizona 88, Oregon 80, March 8, 2003: Arizona used an 18-4 run over 5:08 of the second half to break open a tight game and claim an eight-point win over Oregon. Jason Gardner proved to be the difference as he tallied 21 of his 27 points in the second half as UA outscored the Ducks, 53-42 after the break. Arizona forced 20 Oregon turnovers and held a 27-10 advantage in turnover points. Salim Stoudamire chipped in with 19 points as the UA backcourt tallied 46 of the team's 88 points.

The Century Mark: With a season-high 109 points Thursday, Arizona has now broken the century mark three times this season. It marks the 94th time in school history that the Wildcats have scored 100 or more points in a game, and UA has an 89-4 record in those tilts. Arizona has topped the century mark 52 times under Lute Olson and the squad is unbeaten in those games. The 109 points scored Thursday were the most for the program since scoring 112 in a 112-81 win over Washington on Feb. 5, 1998.

Rare Indeed: Arizona shot a season best 63.2 percent (43-of-68) from the floor in Thursday's win, marking the first time since March 3, 2001, when Arizona connected on 39-of-65 (.600) field goal attempts in a 104-65 win over Oregon - a span of 88 games. What's even more impressive about Thursday's performance is the fact that Arizona shot better than 60 percent from the floor in both halves. One has to dig a ways in the record books to find the last time that happened...Dec. 16, 1995, to be exact. In a 90-70 win over Texas-El Paso, Arizona shot 65.2 percent (15-of-23) in the first half and 68.0 percent (17-of-25) in the second for a 66.7 percent effort (32-of-48) for the game. Interestingly, that 1995-96 club actually accomplished the feat twice in that season, originally pulling it off in a 91-81 win over Georgetown on Nov. 24, 1995 by shooting 60.7 percent in the first half and 60.0 percent in the second. Since the start of the 1995-96 campaign, UA has shot 60 percent or better from the floor 10 times.

Point of Emphasis: Coach Olson continues to emphasize a need to attack the glass, and the team responded for the second game in a row. Thursday against Oregon State, UA held a 39-28 rebound advantage. When added to last Saturday's 39-31 board advantage at UCLA, Arizona carries a +9.5 rebound advantage in its last two games. The Cats have posted a +10 rebound advantage six times this season and are 9-1 when outrebounding the opposition.

High Octane: The Wildcats amassed 90 or more points in each of its last three games, posting an average of 98.7 points per game. Scoring 90 points is usually a good indicator of Arizona success as the Wildcats are 165-9 (.948) in the Lute Olson era when scoring 90 or more points.

Double-Doubles: Hassan Adams' 20-point, 10-rebound effort Thursday was his fourth double-double of the season and the 13th for the team in 2003-04. All four of Adams' career double-figure rebound games have come this season. His 114 boards this season (7.6 rpg) already eclipses his total from all of last year (110/3.4 rpg).

Bombs Away: There may be no need to look inside Sunday, as the game features the top two three-point shooting clubs in the Pac-10 Conference. Entering the game, Oregon and Arizona rank 1-2 in both three-point field goals per game (UO, 1st/9.62; UA 2nd/8.07) and three-point field goal percentage (UO, 1st/.431; UA, 2nd/.382). Six of the league's top-10 three-point FG percentage leaders will be featured in today game.

Making Shots: Arizona connected on 43-of-68 (.632) of its field goal attempts in Thursday's win, marking the sixth time the team has shot 50 percent or better from the field this season. It also marked just the second time the club has done that in back-to-back games (ASU-California). The Wildcats are 6-0 this season when shooting 50 percent or better from the field. Arizona is 11-0 when outshooting the opposition.

A Triple-Double Battle: Today's game also features a rarity of sorts: two players with multiple triple-doubles, as Arizona's Andre Iguodala (2) and Oregon's Luke Jackson (2) meet for the first time this season. Iguodala and Jackson are two of only four players (California's Jason Kidd and Arizona's Loren Woods) in Pac-10 history to register more than one in a career. Between the two forwards in this game, Iguodala and Jackson have registered four of the last five triple-doubles in the Pac-10. Only Luke Walton's 27-point, 11-rebound, 10-assist effort on Jan. 17, 2002, breaks the run.

On Target, Again: Salim Stoudamire continues to be efficient with his field goals, amassing 20 points on just 7-of-9 shooting Thursday night. That has been the case during the Pac-10 season, as the 6-foot-1 junior from Portland, Ore., is shooting 55.6 percent (40-of-72) from the floor, including 53.1 percent (26-of-49) from three-point range. In conference play, Stoudamire leads the Cats with a 19.0 ppg average.

Once A Month: Chris Rodgers equaled a career high Thursday with five field goals en route to 12 points. It seems as though the 6-foot-4 sophomore reaches those numbers at regular intervals. He previously set or matched his career high for field goals on Nov. 24 against Northern Arizona and Dec. 22 against San Diego State.Sharing the Ball: Led by Chris Rodgers (new career high) and Andre Iguodala, who both tallied seven assists, Arizona passed out a season-best 29 assists in Thursday's win. It was the sixth time UA has posted 20 or more helpers in a game this year. Furthermore, when measured against just 10 turnovers, it was the team best assist:turnover ratio of the season.

Slim Pickings: One thing Arizona has done remarkably well this season is get to the free throw line. Through 15 games, UA has outscored the opposition 257-180 from the charity stripe and averaged more than 22 attempts per game. But that hasn't been the case in the last two games, as the Wildcats have shot just 24 total free throws in the wins over UCLA and Oregon State. It hasn't hurt the accuracy, though, as the team connected on 20 of those attempts. UA leads the Pac-10 with a 77.4 (257-of-332) free throw percentage.

On the Rise: With each passing game, freshman Mustafa Shakur becomes a bit more comfortable in the point guard role and his play mirrors that. In Thursday's win, Shakur tallied eight points (3-of-6 FG), five rebounds and five assists in 29 minutes. All told, Shakur has five or more assists in nine of his last 12 games, while he has connected on 48-of-97 (.495) of his field goal attempts in his last 13 games. On the year, Shakur is averaging 9.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.

Rising to the Top: Salim Stoudamire continues to move his way up Arizona's career statistical lists. With 20 points Thursday, he moved into a tie for 31st place with Mike Bibby (1996-98) on the UA career scoring list with 1,061 points. Just ahead of Stoudamire in 30th place is Joseph Blair (1992-96), who tallied 1,086 career points. His five three-point field goals also moved him into a tie for fourth place on the school's career three-point field goals list with Matt Othick (1989-92) at 191. Just ahead of him on the list in third place is Jason Terry (1996-99) with 193.

Swatting Shots: Bolstered by Channing Frye (40) and Hassan Adams (32), Arizona continues to lead the Pac-10 with a 5.80 blocked shots per game average. Frye and Adams rank first (Frye, 2.67) and third (Adams, 2.13) individually in the conference in that category.

Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 119-12 (.908) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points. The Cats are 10-1 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: Following the Sunday afternoon affair, Arizona hits the road for straight games, beginning Thursday, Jan. 29, at Washington. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PST and can be seen on Fox Sports Net Arizona.

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