#11 Arizona Wildcats (2-1) vs. Michigan Wolverines (3-0)
Date: Nov. 24 2004
Time: approx. 9:30 p.m. EST
Location: Madison Square Garden
TV: ESPN (Dave O’Brien/Len Elmore)
Arizona Probable Starters
F 21 Hassan Adams 6-4 212 Jr. (10.0 ppg 5.3 rpg)
F 55 Ivan Radenovic 6-10 221 So. (10.3 pgg 4.3 rpg)
C 45 Channing Frye 6-11 248 Sr. (12.0 ppg 8.0 rpg)
G 15 Mustafa Shakur 6-3 183 So. (12.0 ppg 5.7 rpg)
G 20 Salim Stoudamire 6-1 179 Sr. (19.0 ppg 3.3 rpg)
F Isaiah Fox 6-9-263 Jr. (5.0 ppg 5.5 rpg)
G Jawann McClellan 6-4-214 Fr (3.0 ppg 3.3 rpg)
G Daniel Dillon 6-3-207 Fr.
G Chris Rodgers 6-4-210 Jr. . 3.3 ppg
G Beau Muhlbach 6-3-200 So.
G Jesus Verdejo 6-4-190 Fr. 2.0 ppg
F Matt Brase 6-6-225 Sr.
F Mohamed Tangara 6-9-240 Fr.
F Bret Brielmaier 6-6-214 Fr.
C Kirk Walters 6-10-233 So.
Channing Frye, Ivan Radenovic and Hassan Adams will start up front for the Wildcats. Frye is All Pac-Ten material at center, and is one of top scoring big men in the conference. He is very athletic with improving range on his jumpshot. He reminds me a lot of former Wildcat Loren Woods. Channing does get himself into foul trouble quite a bit, but the Wildcats have improved front court depth to spell him. Ivan Radenovic is in the same mold...an athletic big man with the ability to face up and hit the jumper. Hassan Adams is the heart and soul of the team from the 3. The 6'4 forward is a versatile as they come. He plays aggressive around the basket and does his best work off the dribble. The do it all forward ranked in the Pac-10’s top 10 in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots, and steals. Watch for Isiah Fox coming off the bench. The former starter is the team's best rebounder and is productive down low as well.
Mustafa Shakur and Salim Stoudamire run the back court and the two have combined for 31points a game thus far. Shakur is excellent handling the basketball, and his assist to turnover ratio was one of the best in league last year as a freshman. Like Hassan Adams, Shakur is a very good rebounder despite being only 6-3. That speaks volumes about his hustling ability. He also has a reliable jump shot and has been consistent from the free throw line.
Salim Stoudamire is, in my opinion, one of the best long range shooters in the country. His three point numbers are very good (12-24 50%!) and he's been excellent from the free throw line. He sparks the offense and je is a high tempo player that can score in bunches. Chris Rodgers is another very good three point shooter coming off the bench, so watch for him. Freshman Jawann McClellan could also see time. He was one the top prep wings last year and is expected to replace Andre Igoudala.
Arizona has an excellent starting lineup and a young, but solid, bench. I don't think the Virginia game was an accurate depiction this Wildcat squad. Arizona is an excellent long range team and their guards protect the basketball. That's something that didn't happen in the turnover fest against Virginia. The front court is solid with stud Channing Frye and up and comer Ivan Radenovic. Frye will give an improved Courtney Sims his first big time matchup. That alone should make this game very interesting. Arizona has much better depth in the front court than last year and a big spark with Hassan Adams starting at the wing. The backcourt can score and has depth as well, but the key will limiting the turnovers and protecting the basketball. However, with Michigan's lineup uncertainty (Brown and Abram) I do see the Wildcats soing out on top. They should come out fired up and ready to prove they are a different ball team than the one that lost to Virginia.