Men's Basketball Game Notes

Jan. 13, 2004

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Date: Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004
Time: 8 p.m. PST
Location: Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (16,161), Los Angeles, Calif.
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSNA (Dave Sitton/Bob Elliott)

Game Data: Seventh-ranked Arizona (10-2, 2-1 Pac-10) hits the road to face USC (7-6, 2-2 Pac-10) Thursday at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena ... The 8 p.m. PST start is Arizona's latest of the season ... This game starts a stretch of the UA schedule in which the team is on the road for six of its next eight games ... Over the last 11 years, Arizona is 11-11 on the Southern California road swing with four of those losses coming against the Trojans ... Five Wildcats are shooting 50 percent or better from the field in conference play ... In its last five trips to the Sports Arena, UA is averaging 86.8 points per game.

The Rankings: Arizona fell to No. 7 in the Associated Press poll and to No. 8 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 278 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 701-241 (.744) and 509-149 (.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 (281) in history, trailing UCLA's John Wooden (304, 1949-75) ... He has the second-best conference winning percentage (.783/281-78) 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 301-31 (.907) in McKale Center and have won 229 of its last 245 home games ... He is assisted by Jim Rosborough, Rodney Tention and Josh Pastner... Olson is 34-10 against USC.

Last Time Out: Stanford used a 16-4 run early in the first half and limited Arizona to just 19.8 percent (6-of-31) shooting in the opening stanza to take control and earn the 82-72 win last Saturday. The visiting Cardinal placed five players in double figures and held the lead in this contest for the final 37:42. Arizona shot a season-low 36.2 percent (25-of-69) in the game. Mustafa Shakur scored a game-high 20 points and Salim Stoudamire tallied his 1,000th career point in the second half.

Scouting USC: The Trojans enter Thursday's game with a 7-6 record (2-2 Pac-10) following Saturday's 76-61 loss at Washington State. As a team, USC shoots 44.5 percent from the floor (363-of-816) and averages 77.1 points per game, while being outrebounded (-2.8) and outscored (-3.4) the opposition. Individually, four Trojans average in double figures, led by Desmon Farmer's 17.7 ppg average, and nine players see double-figure minutes per game. Jeff McMillan leads the club with an 8.7 rebounds per game mark.

The Series: Saturday's game marks the 81st meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 48-32 series advantage. UA has won nine of the last 11 meetings in the series, which dates back to 1922, including an 86-59 win in Tucson on Feb. 15, 2003, in the last encounter. All-time, Arizona is 24-8 in series games played in Tucson, 22-24 in Los Angeles and 2-0 in neutral-site games. See page 127 in the UA media guide for more series information.

Last Meeting: Arizona 86, USC 59, Feb. 15, 2003: Spurred by a 32-4 run over 11 minutes of the second half and the play of Channing Frye in the first half, Arizona dominated USC, 86-59. Frye scored 18 of his career high 25 points in the first half and added a season-high 14 rebounds to lead the Cats to its 20th win of the season. The UA defense held USC to just .306 shooting for the game and allowed just nine points over the game's final 14 minutes, while posting a 47-34 rebound advantage.

One More Win: With Arizona's next victory, UA head coach Lute Olson will become Arizona's all-time winningest coach. Olson and legendary mentor Fred A. Enke currently are knotted with 509 victories on the Arizona sideline. Now in his 21st season in Tucson, Olson has a 509-149 (.774) record at the school, while Enke amassed a 509-324 (.611) in 36 highly successful seasons (1925-61) at UA.

On A Roll: Arizona enters Thursday's game at USC riding a streak of 10 consecutive Pac-10 road victories. Interestingly, the last time the Wildcats lost a conference road game came on Feb. 16, 2002, in a 94-89 loss at USC. Road success is nothing new for Arizona, as the program sports a Pac-10-best 122-59 (.674) road record in Pac-10 play since the start of the 1983-84 season.

Triskaidekaphobia: Heading into a road trip that hasn't always been kind to the Wildcats, the fact that it is 13th game of the season may make those superstitious types a bit uneasy. Over the last 13 seasons (dating back to the 1988-89 season), Arizona is 9-4 in the 13th game of the season, including a 5-3 mark on the road.

Likes the Surroundings: Salim Stoudamire has found the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena to his linking. In two career appearances, Stoudamire is averaging 16.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, while shooting 10-of-15 (.667) from the field, including 7-of-10 (.700) from behind the arc.

Off the Mark: Arizona shot just 19.4 percent (6-of-31) from the field in the first half en route to a season-low 20 points vs. Stanford. The last time Arizona mustered so few points in a half since also scoring 20 against Utah on March 21, 1998, in the NCAA Tournament's West Regional Final. UA's first half field goal futility was its worst shooting half since connecting on only 5-of-28 attempts (17.9 percent) in the first half of a 74-60 loss at Michigan State on Dec. 15, 2001.

Dubious Distinction: Stanford's 82-72 win over Arizona in a matchup of the two highest ranked teams in college basketball this season (tied Sunday by No. 6 Oklahoma at No. 1 Connecticut) equaled the second-worst home loss for UA in the Lute Olson era. Only a 12-point loss to Tennessee (61-49) on Dec. 23, 1983, (Olson's first season in Tucson) topped Saturday's decision. If there is a positive, UA is 5-2 in games immediately following one of the losses listed below. Here is the complete list:

12 - Tennessee 61, Arizona 49, Dec. 23, 198310 - Stanford 82, Arizona 72, Jan. 10, 200410 - Oregon 90, Arizona 80, Jan. 4, 200210 - UCLA 71, Arizona 61, Jan. 19, 1995 9 - Stanford 85, Arizona 76, Jan. 6, 2001 9 - Syracuse 79, Arizona 70, Dec. 23, 1995 9 - Iowa 89, Arizona 80, Feb. 7, 1987 9 - Minnesota 88, Arizona 79, Dec. 17, 1984

Stepping Up: Mustafa Shakur helped Arizona to a split in conference play by averaging 11.0 points, 1.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in two games last week. The freshman connected on 55.6 percent (10-of-18) of his field goal attempts, including 40 percent from three-point range. He opened the week by establishing new career highs with seven assists (against one turnover) and three steals to go with two points in just 23 minutes. He followed that up with his first career 20-point game on Saturday vs. Stanford. Shakur, who scored 18 of those 20 points in the second half, was 9-of-14 from the field vs. the Cardinal. On the season, Shakur is averaging 9.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.

Baseline: Arizona's 36.2 percent field goal shooting (25-of-69), including 19.0 percent (4-of-21) from three-point range Saturday vs. Stanford were also season lows. The last time the Wildcats shot as poorly from anywhere on the floor came Dec. 21, 2002, in a 66-65 loss at Louisiana State when UA shot 32.9 percent (23-of-70) from the field and 18.2 percent (4-of-22) from three-point range.

Millennium Man: Salim Stoudamire tallied 29 points in two games this week to become the 37th player in Arizona history to score 1,000 career points. A second-half lay-up Saturday put Stoudamire above the historic statistical plateau. In 76 career games, Stoudamire has 1,002 career points (13.2 ppg). The junior from Portland, Ore., also moved into a tie for sixth place on the school's career three-point field goals list with 176. He shares the No. 6 slot with Miles Simon (1994-98).

Finishing with a Flourish: In tallying a career-high 20 points on Saturday, Mustafa Shakur scored 18 of those points in the second half. For the game, the 6-foot-3 point guard from Philadelphia hit 9-of-14 field goals, including 2-of-4 from three-point range, and he improved on that by hitting 8-of-9 FG attempts in the second half alone. Shakur's 20-point day was Arizona's 10th of the season. Interestingly, Shakur nailed two treys Saturday vs. Stanford nearly equaling his season total of three entering the contest.

Band of Thieves: Led by Chris Rodgers (4) and Ivan Radenovic (2), who each set new career bests, Arizona collected 10 steals for the fourth time in the last five games. Through 12 games, Arizona is averaging 6.9 steals per game.

Doubling Up: Sophomore Andre Iguodala posted his fifth double-double of the season (counting two triple-doubles) with 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds Saturday vs. Stanford. It was also the sixth double-figure rebounding contest of the season for Iguodala, who leads Arizona with a 9.3 rebounds per game average. He was joined in double figures on the glass by Hassan Adams who tallied 10 boards on Saturday, which was his fourth double-figure rebound effort of 2003-04.

Leading Edge: Sophomore Hassan Adams quietly goes about his business of leading the Wildcats in scoring with a 16.6 ppg average through 12 games. The 6-foot-4 native of Los Angeles ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in scoring (4th/16.6 ppg), blocked shots (3rd/2.2 bpg), steals (5th/1.8 spg) and rebounding (6th/7.8 rpg). On the season, he is shooting 52.3 percent from the floor (81-of-155) and ranks fifth on the team with a 23 assists.

Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 91-8 (.919) since the start of the 1988-89 season when scoring at least 80 points. The Cats are 8-0 this season when scoring at least 80 points.

Bouncing Back: After falling behind by 13 points Saturday at the half, Arizona did manage a to accomplish a few positives. UA outscored the Cardinal, 52-49, and forced Stanford into 13 second-half turnovers, which helped Arizona hold a +5 turnover margin.

Roster Moves: Quarterback-turned-forward Ryan O'Hara left the basketball team following Saturday's game to return to his football focus. The 6-foot-6 freshman from Pasadena, Calif., joined the team on Dec. 4 and saw action in six games (12 minutes). He missed his only field goal attempt and collected one rebound (both Dec. 28 vs. Liberty), and helped the Cats to an 8-1 record during his tenure.

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 Thursday's contest, Arizona moves across town to face UCLA on Saturday, Jan. 17. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 3 p.m. PST and will be televised regionally by ABC-TV.

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