Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
Pregame: 11:30 p.m. on 1290 a.m. (Brad Allis, Pete Delgado, John Schuster, Ryan Radtke, Joe Nehls)
Postgame call-in show: 1290 a.m. approximately 30 minutes after the end of the game.
TV: FSN (Barry Tompkins/Dan Belluomini)
On-Line: Arizona All Access (subscription required)
Oregon St. at a glance: Location: Corvallis, OR
Coach: Jay John
Leading Scorer: David Lucas (18.2)
Leading Rebounder: David Lucas (7.1)
Leading Assists: Jason Fontenet (2.9)
Last Meeting: Arizona defeated Oregon St. 92-83 in Corvallis.
Last Time Out: A strong defensive effort led Arizona past Oregon 83-73. Oregon St. fell to Arizona State 75-73.
OVERVIEW: Former UA assistant Jay John has his team sitting at sixth place in the Pac-10. Despite their record, the Beavers have been playing well lately including a win over a ranked Washington team that gave the Cats a hard time. The Beavers are slowly moving through the Pac-10, and have a good chance at the Pac-10 tournament.
6-8, 246-pound David Lucas is clearly the Beavers' go-to guy. The big forward is establishing himself as one of the best players in the Pac-10 and is a threat to Arizona. He has been leading the team in both scoring and assists, a rare feat for a post player.
"(David) Lucas is now like he's at midseason form," Olson said. "I think that injury really slowed him down."
Lucas seems to have his biggest games against better talent. Most recently Lucas tallied a career high 29 points against Washington leading the Beavers to victory over the No. 2 team in the Pac-10.
Arizona is riding high on a five game win streak in which they are dominating their opponents in every aspect. On a number of occasions the Cats lead has grown to 20 points prior to the reserves entering the game
Arizona had a poor shooting performance in their first half against Oregon, but a strong defensive performance, and handling the ball well kept them up at the half. The second half was a little different as Arizona shot 70% from the field.
Salim Stoudamire and Channing Frye remain Arizona's primary threats and this will be their last game in McKale. It is expected to be an emotional night for the players and coaches as the two seniors say good-bye to the stadium they've called home for four years.
Frye and Stoudamire are not the only seniors leaving. Lute Olson's grandson Matt Brase will be saying good-bye as well, which should certainly be emotional for Olson. Following Thursday's victory Olson described his feeling regarding Brase. Lute described watching a young kid wearing a red bow tie playing on the front porch. Don't be surprised if the 70 year old grandfather sheds a few tears following the game.
"With Salim (Stoudamire) and Channing (Frye) having been four-year starters here, the reality starts coming forth when you have Senior Day," Olson said. "In Matt Brase's case, he's been a fan since he was two years old. He's really enjoyed his opportunity here even though there hasn't been a whole lot of playing opportunities."
Nick DeWitz has also been a key for the Beavers. The Phoenix native has spent most of his well-travelled career in street clothes, but has become quite a player since becoming eligible this semester.
The Wildcats looked at the forward, but did not seriously pursue him due to his academic difficulties out of high school that led him to begin his career at a junior college.
KEY MATCH-UP: Ivan Radenovic vs. David Lucas. Radenovic has been playing his best basketball of his career to and he is looking more like an NBA talent with each passing game. Radenovic's defense of late has been suffocating, and his ability to rebound the ball has not gone unnoticed. Since his defense has been strong lately it will be his duty to defend Lucas.
If Radenovic's defense can be as strong as it was against UCLA, he should be able to hold down Lucas and lead Arizona to victory.
OUTLOOK: Arizona needs to do a few things to win this game. First, they need to win the battle of the boards. They are nearly unbeatable when out rebounding their opponents and the Beavers are a team that is very strong averaging 33.5 rebounds a game.
Arizona needs to play their game. Recently Arizona is looking like one of the best teams in college basketball, and is poised to make a strong run at the Final Four. If Arizona can play their game, control the tempo, and defend the Beavers, they should have no problem coming away with the win.