Men's Basketball Game Notes
Jan. 27, 2004
Game Data: Ninth-ranked Arizona (13-3, 5-2 Pac-10) departs on a four-game road trip beginning Thursday at Washington (7-8, 2-5 Pac-10) ... In its last four games, Arizona is shooting 51.8 percent (143-of-276) from the field and averaging 96.5 points per game, while outscoring the opposition by 18.5 points per game ... This is UA's first four-game conference road swing since the 1993-94 season ... Interestingly, that trip also included the same four schools, and Arizona went 3-1 a decade ago, losing only at Washington.
The Rankings: Arizona rose to No. 9 in both the Associated Press poll and 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 280 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 704-242 (.744) and 512-150 (.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 (284) in history, trailing UCLA's John Wooden (304, 1949-75) ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.782/284-79) 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 303-31 (.907) in McKale Center and have won 231 of its last 247 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Rodney Tention and Josh Pastner ... Olson is 30-11 against Washington.
Last Time Out: Ivan Radenovic scored 11 of his season-high 19 points in an 18-0 run midway through the first half that propelled the Wildcats to a 90-66 win Sunday over Oregon. The freshman connected on 4-of-5 shots during the run that pushed a three-point lead to 21. UA outrebounded Oregon, 42-30, and committed just eight turnovers in scoring 90 or more points for the fourth straight game. Hassan Adams led four Wildcats in double figures with 20 points.
Scouting Washington: The Huskies enter Thursday's game with a 7-8 record (2-5 Pac-10) after Saturday's 75-62 win at Washington State. As a team, UW shoots 45.1 percent from the floor (421-of-934) and averages 80.0 points per game, while outscoring and outrebounded by the opposition. Individually, four Huskies average in double figures, led by Will Conroy's 12.5 ppg average, and nine players see double-figure minutes per game. Bobby Jones leads the team with a 5.6 rebounds per game average. UW has won two straight games entering play on Thursday.
The Series: Thursday's game marks the 52nd meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 36-15 series advantage. Arizona has won eight consecutive games in the series, which dates back to Dec. 29, 1964, including the last meeting, an 88-85 overtime victory on Feb. 6, 2003, in Seattle. All-time, Arizona is 20-4 in series games played in Tucson, 15-11 in Seattle and 1-0 in neutral-site games. See page 127 in the UA media guide for more series information.
Last Meeting: Arizona 88, Washington 85, Feb. 6, 2003: A Salim Stoudamire trey with 1:18 to go in overtime put Arizona ahead for good as the Wildcats escaped with a three-point win in overtime. Stoudamire connected on 9-of-13 field goal attempts, including 5-of-8 from three-point range, en route to a game-high 25 points. Channing Frye scored 15 of his career-high 24 points in the second half and added 12 rebounds to help UA erase a 10-point deficit. It was Frye's second straight double-double.
Wooden Award Candidate: Sophomore forward Andre Iguodala was named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top-30 list. The 6-foot-6 Springfield, Ill., product is averaging 12.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists through 16 games. The 10-member Wooden Award All-America team will be announced on March 30 and the winner of the 2004 Wooden Award will be introduced on April 10.
Count on Him: Hassan Adams led Arizona to a pair of league wins by averaging 20.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots this week. Adams also connected on 69.2 percent (18-of-26) of his field goals, including 3-of-6 from three-point range, to go with four assists and four steals. He opened the week by posting his fourth double-double of the year with game-high totals of 20 points and 10 rebounds to go with four blocks in Thursday's win over Oregon State in which he connected on 9-of-12 FG attempts. He followed that with 20 points, four rebounds and a career-high-equaling four assists in Sunday's win over Oregon. Adams hit 9-of-14 field goal attempts and added two steals in the effort. It was Adams' third straight 20-point game this season. Through 16 games, Adams leads the Wildcats with a 17.1 points per game average, while ranking second on the club with his 7.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocked shots per game averages. He's also shooting 53.4 percent (110-of-206) from the field.
Streaking: In sweeping the Oregon schools last week, Arizona has now scored 90 or more points in four consecutive games. In that span, UA is averaging 96.5 points per game. The last time Arizona scored 90 or more points in four straight games came during the 1997-98 season (Feb. 28-March 12). Interestingly, UA was also 3-1 in those four games as well. With this current scoring binge, Arizona became the nation's top-scoring team at 88.8 points per game. Scoring 90 points is usually a good indicator of Arizona success as the Wildcats are 166-9 (.949) in the Lute Olson era when scoring 90 or more points.
On the Run: Arizona hit Oregon with an 18-0 run midway through the first half of Sunday's win that pushed a three-point UA lead to 21 points. It marked the fifth UA scoring run of more than 15 points this season. Here is a look at the list.
18 points - 18-0 run over 4:44 of first half vs. Oregon, Jan. 25
17 points - 21-4 run over 6:08 of first half vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, Dec. 30
17 points - 20-3 run over 5:31 of first half vs. California, Jan 8
17 points - 21-4 run over 7:34 of second half at Saint Louis, Dec. 6
16 points - 22-6 run over 7:04 at of first half Arizona State, Jan. 3
Spectacular: As Coach Olson said of his team's effort in the first half on Sunday, 'I don't think that we could have played much better than we did in the first half. The first half was just spectacular.' The numbers certainly bear witness, as the Cats jumped out to a 52-27 lead, outrebounded Oregon 22-15, forced 13 Duck turnovers, collected 10 assists and committed just one turnover themselves. In the first half alone, UA held a 23-0 scoring advantage from points off turnovers.
Board Work: Arizona controlled the glass in both victories this week, posting a +11.5 rebound margin for the week. In Sunday's win over Oregon, Arizona outrebounded the Ducks, 42-30, marking the seventh time this season that Arizona has posted a +10 or better rebound advantage. On the year, Arizona is 10-1 when outrebounding the opposition.
Straight Shooters: The Wildcats shot 55.2 percent (80-of-145) from the field in the two win this week, including a season-best 63.2 percent (43-of-68) effort Thursday vs. Oregon State. That continued UA's good shooting trend, as the club is shooting 50.0 percent (238-of-476) from the field in Pac-10 Conference play. All five UA starters are shooting 50 percent or better from the floor in league action.
Meeting the Challenge: The UA defense rose to the challenge on Sunday, as it limited Oregon, who entered the game as the nation's best three-point shooting team (.431) to just 5-of-19 (.263) shooting from behind the arc. Oregon's five treys and its percentage were the team's second-lowest efforts of the season. Additionally, Oregon's 66 points scored against Arizona were a UA opponent low this season.
Sparkplug: Freshman Ivan Radenovic scored 11 of his season-high 19 points in UA's 18-0 scoring run Sunday vs. Oregon. In that span, he connected on 4-of-5 field goal attempts, including 2-of-2 from three-point range. The 6-foot-10 forward from Belgrade, Serbia-Montenegro, finished 6-of-11 from the floor and added eight rebounds and two assists.
Double-Doubles: Channing Frye collected his fourth double-double of the year (19th career) with 18 point and a game-high 11 rebounds Sunday vs. Oregon. The 6-foot-11 junior from Phoenix, Ariz., hit 8-of-17 shots, and equaled a career-high with four assists. It was Arizona's 16th double-figure rebounding game of the season and the 21st of Frye's career.
Asserting Control: Arizona saw a more assertive Andre Iguodala in action this week, as the sophomore forward averaged 16.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists in the two wins, while connecting on 68.2 percent of his field goal attempts (15-of-22). His field goal attempts might be the most important figure, as his 22 this week were more than his combined total for the previous four games (20). UA was 2-2 in those four contests.
Taking the Reins: Now halfway through his first collegiate season, freshman Mustafa Shakur has shown marked improvement of late. Shakur has five or more assists in 10 of his last 13 games, connected on 50.5 percent of his field goal attempts (50-of-99), and averaged 9.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists in that span.
Rising to the Top: Salim Stoudamire continues to move his way up Arizona's career statistical lists. With four points Thursday, he moved into sole possession of 31st place on the UA career scoring list with 1,065 points. Just ahead of Stoudamire in 30th place is Joseph Blair (1992-96), who tallied 1,086 career points. He is also tied 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 (41) and Hassan Adams (33), Arizona continues to lead the Pac-10 with a 5.56 blocked shots per game average. Frye and Adams rank first (Frye, 2.56) and third (Adams, 2.06) individually in the conference in that category. Both player have recorded blocks in 15 of 16 games played this season. They both came up empty in the Jan. 17 win at UCLA.
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 120-12 (.909) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points. The Cats are 11-1 this season when scoring at least 80 points.
Road Draw: Since the renovated Bank of America Arena opened in 2000-01, there have been five capacity crowds of 10,000. Two of those, including the record of 10,028 set Feb. 6, 2003, came with Arizona as the opponent.
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 tonight's game, Arizona heads across the state of Washington for a Saturday afternoon game at Washington State. The Jan. 31 game is scheduled to tip-off at 1 p.m. PST and can be seen on Fox Sports Net.