Men's Basketball Game Notes

Jan. 6, 2004

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Date: Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004
Time: 6:30 p.m. MST
Location: Olson Court at McKale Center (14,545), Tucson, Ariz.
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Joe Nehls)
TV: FSNA (Dave Sitton/Bob Elliott)

Game Data: Third-ranked Arizona (9-1, 1-0 Pac-10) hosts its Pacific-10 Conference home opener Thursday against California (5-6, 1-1 Pac-10) ... Since joining the Pac-10 in 1978-79, UA is 19-6 in conference home openers ... The Wildcats are 15-4 in Pac-10 home openers under Lute Olson and has won six of the last seven ... Over the past 20 years, Arizona has a Pac-10-best 161-19 (.894) record in conference hone games ... UA is outrebounding the opposition by a +8.4 margin over its last five games.

The Rankings: Arizona jumped one spot to No. 3 in both the Associated Press poll and 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 277 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 700-240 (.745) and 508-148 (.774) 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, his 700th collegiate victory on Jan. 3, 2004, and has the second-most Pac-10 wins (280) in history, trailing UCLA's John Wooden (304, 1949-75) ... He has the second-best conference winning percentage (.784/280-77) 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 300-30 (.909) in McKale Center and have won 228 of its last 243 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Rodney Tention and Josh Pastner... Olson is 34-9 against California.

Last Time Out: Salim Stoudamire hit 10-of-14 field goal attempts, including 4-of-4 from three-point range in the second half, en route to a game-high 26 points Saturday as Arizona downed Arizona State, 93-74. Stoudamire's efforts helped the Cats shoot 56.1 percent for the game (37-of-66), outrebound ASU, 41-28, and lead by as many 34 points in the second half. Stoudamire was one of five UA players to finish in double figures as it defeated its intrastate rival for the 17th time in the last 18 meetings.

Scouting California: The Golden Bears enter Thursday's game with a 5-6 record (1-1 Pac-10) following Sunday's 55-50 loss to Washington State in Berkeley. As a team, Cal shoots 41.4 percent from the floor (249-of-602), outrebounds the opposition by a +4.4 margin and averages 62.1 points per game (3.1 points better than the opposition). Individually, two Golden Bears average in double figures, led by Leon Powe's 15.6 ppg average, and seven players see more than 16 minutes per game. Powe also leads the club with an 10.0 rebounds per game mark.

The Series: Thursday's game marks the 66th meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 42-23 series advantage. UA has won 14 of the last 16 meetings in the series, which dates back to Feb. 1, 1924, including an 88-75 win in Berkeley on Feb. 27, 2003, in the last encounter. All-time, Arizona is 21-8 in series games played in Tucson, 19-14 in Berkeley and 2-1 in neutral-site games. See page 125 in the UA media guide for more series information.

Last Meeting: Arizona 88, California 77, Feb. 27, 2003: Led by the stellar shooting of Luke Walton and Salim Stoudamire, Arizona built as much as a 16-point lead and held off every Golden Bear charge in the 13-point win. Walton and Stoudamire were each 7-of-9 from the floor and both finished with 20 points. The Cats shot 52.0 percent for the game and 52.6 percent from three-point range. Four of five UA starters finished in double figures and the UA defense held Cal to just 37.5 percent shooting in the second half.

Milestones Approaching: In what has become a season of milestones for Lute Olson, another is quickly approaching. With 508 wins in his 21-season career at Arizona, he is one victory shy of tying legendary UA mentor Fred A. Enke as the school's all-time winningest men's basketball coach. In 36 seasons in Tucson (1925-61), Enke amassed a record of 509-324 (.611). Already this season, Olson has logged his 500th win at Arizona and his 700th career collegiate victory.

Shooting Star: Salim Stoudamire led Arizona to a pair of wins this week by averaging 13.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. He shot 50.0 percent (10-of-20) from the field, including 42.9 percent (6-of-14), from three-point range to go with three steals. Stoudamire opened the week by totaling no points, a rebound, three assists and a steal in Tuesday's win over Louisiana-Lafayette. While he shot 0-for-6 from the field, Olson credited him with a strong defensive effort in the last four minutes as the Wildcat pulled out a three-point win. He closed the week with a dominating 26-point, three-rebound, three-assist, two-steal effort in Saturday's 19-point win over Arizona State. Stoudamire connected on 10-of-14 shots from the floor, including 6-of-9 from behind the arc, to post his second 20-point scoring day this season. After missing his first two shots against the Sun Devils, Stoudamire nailed 10-of-his-last-12, including all five attempts in the second half. Through 10 games this season, Stoudamire is averaging 14.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.

Solid Effort: While it may be odd to nominate a player for player-of-the-week honors after taking an 0-for (see above), there was no doubt that Salim Stoudamire was the best player on the court in Saturday's win. In just 27 minutes, he went for 26 points, and at one point during the second half (of which he hit all five FG attempts), Stoudamire hit three consecutive treys and saw the UA lead balloon to 28 points.

Hot Shooting: Arizona connected on 56.1 percent (37-of-66) of its field goal attempts on Saturday, including a season-best 60.6 percent (20-of-33) in the first half. It was the third time this season that UA has shot 50 percent or better from the floor. Just how good was the shooting against Arizona State? From the 10:35 mark of the first half to the 11:20 mark of the second half, Arizona made 21-of-28 field goal attempts, including 10 of the first 11 after the halftime break. All told, the UA starting five connected on 32-of-48 (.667) from the field in Saturday's win. The Cats are 8-0 this season when posting a better field goal percentage than the opposition.

Defensive Minded: The Wildcats held Arizona State to 39.0 percent shooting (23-of-59) in Saturday's game, including just 30 percent (9-of-30) in the first half. It marked the fifth time this season that Arizona has held an opponent to less than 40 percent shooting. Through 10 games, Arizona is limiting the opposition to 40.0 percent shooting (280-of-700). Additionally, Arizona State's 30 first-half points and 23 total field goals were both UA opponent lows for the 2003-04 season.

A Top-20 Guy: Lute Olson earned his 700th career collegiate coaching victory on Saturday, making him the 19th coach in NCAA history (all divisions) to accomplish the feat. Now in his 31st season as a college head coach, Olson has a career record of 700-240 (.745). His 700 career wins places him fourth on the active NCAA Division I victories list behind Texas Tech's Bob Knight (821 wins), New Mexico State's Lou Henson (770) and Oklahoma State's Eddie Sutton (733).

Win	Date    	School             Opponent	     Score	Location1	Dec. 1, 1973	Long Beach State   Puget Sound	     84-55	Long Beach, Calif.100	Feb. 3, 1979	Iowa               Minnesota	     97-71	Minneapolis, Minn.200	Feb. 25, 1984	Arizona        	   Oregon State	     69-58	Tucson300	March 27, 1988	Arizona        	   North Carolina    70-52	Seattle, Wash.400	Feb. 13, 1992	Arizona            Washington State  94-72	Tucson500	Feb. 11, 1996	Arizona            Cincinnati	     79-76	Phoenix, Ariz.600	Jan. 8, 2000	Arizona            Stanford	     68-65	Palo Alto, Calif.700	Jan. 3, 2004	Arizona            Arizona State     93-74	Tempe, Ariz.

Windex Men: Arizona posted a 41-28 rebound advantage in Saturday's win, marking the fourth consecutive game in which UA has outrebounded the opposition. On the year, the Cats are 7-1 when outrebounding its opponent. The +13 rebound advantage on Saturday was UA's fifth game of the year with a rebound margin of +10 or better and was Arizona State's worst rebound disadvantage in 2003-04. Furthermore, UA's starting five nearly equaled ASU's rebounding total as a team (25-28) on Saturday.

Statistical Miscellaneous: The Wildcats passed out 26 assists on 37 field goals in the win over Arizona State (.703 percent). It was the third time in the last four games that Arizona has amassed 20 or more assists, and the fifth time this season. Arizona collected 10 steals on Saturday, its third game with 10 or more steals this season. In two games last week, Arizona shot 49.2 percent (62-of-128) from the floor and outrebounded the opposition by an average of +15 per game.

Picking It Up: Freshman Mustafa Shakur tallied 12 points and four assists in Saturday's win, while connecting on 4-of-6 shots from the floor. On the season, Shakur is averaging 8.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. Over his last eight games, he is shooting .453 (24-of-53) from the floor.

Remarkably Consistent: Sophomore Andre Iguodala saw his streak of seven straight games with double-figure points come to an end on Saturday as he finished with nine points. The 6-foot-6 forward from Springfield, Ill., was still in the neighborhood of his third triple-double this season as he tallied team-leading totals of eight rebounds and eight assists (against one turnover) in 25 minutes vs. Arizona State. He leads the Pac-10 with a 6.3 assists per game average.

Leading the Way: As unassuming as it can be, sophomore Hassan Adams quietly goes about his business of leading the Wildcats in scoring with a 17.6 ppg average through 10 games. The 6-foot-4 native of Los Angeles hit 6-of-8 FG attempts Saturday at ASU and finished with 14 points, six rebounds and a career-high steals. On the season, he is shooting 53.3 percent from the floor (72-of-135) and ranks third on the team with a 7.4 rebounds per game average.

Moving Up: With a pair of blocks Saturday at Arizona State, Junior Channing Frye moved into a tie for fourth place on Arizona's career blocked shot list with 142, equaling. Sean Rooks tally from 1988-92. Frye continues to lead the Pac-10 with his 3.2 blocked shots per game average.

In Reserve: After just three games, UA newcomer Ivan Radenovic continues to make an impact coming off the bench. The 6-foot-10 forward from Belgrade, Serbia-Montenegro, finished with 11 points and six rebounds vs. Arizona State. In three appearances, Radenovic is averaging 12.0 points and 7.3 rebounds with 14 of his 22 boards coming on the offensive glass.

From the Line: Arizona continues to do a good job of getting to the free throw line, and more importantly, converting those attempts. The Wildcats lead the Pac-10 with a 75.7 (168-of-222) free throw percentage. On the year, Arizona has enjoyed a scoring advantage from the line in eight of 10 games and has made more free throws (166) than the opposition has attempted (156).

Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 90-8 (.918) since the start of the 1988-89 season when scoring at least 80 points. The Cats are 7-0 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: Arizona closes this brief two-game homestand by hosting Stanford on Saturday, Jan. 10. Tip-off in McKale Center is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. MST and can be seen nationally on Fox Sports Net. Following that game, Arizona hits the road for games at USC (Jan. 15) and UCLA (Jan. 17).

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