Arizona Wildcat Preview

The Beavers look to even their Pac-10 record to 1-1 against the no. 4 Wildcats on Saturday night. The game starts at 8:00 PM and will be televised on FoxSports NW.

Oregon State (7-3, 0-1) vs Arizona (8-1,1-0)
Saturday, January 4 -8:00 PM (Fox Sports NW)
Gill Coliseum - Corvallis, OR
Series All-time: Arizona leads 37-15.
Last meeting: Arizona 93, Oregon State 87



The Nitty Gritty on the Wildcats

  • Home Court: McKale Center (14,545)
  • All-time Record: 1,410-785
  • Joined Pac-10: 1978-79

  • Current Record: 8-1, 1-0 in Pac-10 play
  • Standing in Pac-10 and rankings: First in the Pac-10, #4 in coaches poll, #4 in AP poll.
    Arizona was picked to finish first in the Pac-10 by the media.
  • Head Coach: Lute Olson in his 19th year as head coach at UA.
    Career Record: 663-235; Arizona Record: 471-143; Pac-10 Record: 262-76


  • 2001-02 Record: 124-10; 12-6 in Pac-10 play
  • Notable Pac-10 wins during the 2001-02 season: Defeated no. 18 USC in Tucson, 97-80; defeated no. 15 Cardinal in Palto Alto, 88-82; defeated no. 21 California in Tucson, 99-53.
  • Pac-10 Tournament: The Wildcats won the 2002 Pac-10 Tournament by defeating USC, 81-71. Box Score | Recap
  • Postseason: Lost in the NCAA West Regional's to Oklahoma, 88-67. Box Score | Recap


Series Records

Most Points (OSU): 116, Jan. 13, ‘79 (Gill)
Most Points (UA): 111, Jan. 28, ‘95 (Gill)

Longest OSU Streak: 11 wins
Longest UA Streak: 17 wins

Margin of victory (OSU): 36 (116-80), Jan. 13, ‘79 (@ OSU)
Margin of victory (UA): 51 (99-48), Jan. 23, ‘97 (@ UA)

Overtime Games: 2 (tied 1-1)


The Players
(Full Roster | Season Stats)

Leading Scorer: Hassan Adams, 14.4 ppg
Leading Rebounder: Channing Frye, 6.3 rpg
Leading Assist Man: Jason Gardner, 4.8 apg
Blocked shots leader:
Channing Frye, 1.3 bpg
Minutes played per game: Jason Gardner, 31.8 mpg
Most steals per game: Jason Gardner, 1.9 spg

Returning starters: forward Rick Anderson, center Channing Frye, guard Jason Gardner, guard Salim Stoudamire, and forward Luke Walton.

Starting Five

PG Jason Gardner (5-10, 191) - may be the best point guard in the the leader of the Arizona team...very shifty and has the knack for hitting big shots...very durable and plays lots of minutes...improved his jumper over the summer and is dangerous from anywhere on the court...on pace to finish with 2,000 points, 350 three-point field goals, 600 assists, and 200 steals for his career...has earned All-America honors five times in his career...averaging 14.4 points, 4.4 assists, and 1.9 steals per game...leading the team in minutes per game with 32.4...has started all 9 games for UA...shooting .400 from the field, .404 from down town, and .711 from the free throw line.

G Salim Stoudamire (6-1, 176) - great defender who hustles up and down the court...lefty who stays calm in any situation...excellent free throw shooter...had one of the best freshman seasons ever at Arizona...was named Pac-10 Freshman-of-the-Year in 2002...averaging 10.1 points, 1.7 assists, and 1.6 rebounds in 7 games this season...shooting .377 from the field, .400 from the three point line, and .905 from the charity stripe.

Jason Gardner going to the hole.
The All-American, Jason Gardner may be the best point guard in the nation in 2003. (Getty Images)

F Rick Anderson (6-9, 225) - hard working player who can do it all...great outside shooter, tenacious rebounder, and an underrated of Arizona's leader...provides many of the intangibles that teams need to win a championship...worked with the football team in 2002 during their strength and conditioning drills to add muscle and improve stamina...averaging the 22.9 minutes, the second most the the team...shooting .583 from the field, .467 from the three point line, and .727 from the free throw line...averaging 11.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1 block per game.

C Channing Frye (6-10, 235) - good hands, long arms, an intimidating presense in the middle...decent mid range jumper...started 25 of 34 games in 2002...led the Pac-10 in field goal percentage and was fifth in block shots...made the Pac-10 All-Freshman team last year...leds the 'Cats with 10 blocks (1.11 bpg)...averaging 8.7 points and 6.1 rebounds in 20.1 minutes...shooting .542 from the field and .667 from the free throw line.

F Luke Walton (6-8, 245) - did not play against Oregon, but suited up...all around player who can pass, score and rebound...makes everyone around him better with his understanding of the game...size gives the Cats an advantage due to his ability to handle ball like a point guard...developed into a great scorer in 2002...another one of UA's leaders...has started six games for Arizona this 17.8 minutes per game is averaging 7.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.7 assists...shooting .359 from the line, .412 from long range, and .538 from the stripe.


The Bench

G Hassan Adams (6-4, 201) - started against Oregon in place of the injured Luke Walton...intense freshman who is both powerful and athletic...a McDonald's All-American...ranked as the nations's no. 10 overall recruit by of five native Southern Californians on the roster...started four games for the 21.2 minutes Adams is averaging 14.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game...shooting .534 from the field, .091 from the three point line, and .800 from the free throw line.

G Will Bynum (5-10, 188) - extremely athletic sophomore with great potential...comfortable with the ball and has a deadly hesitation move...needs to work on his defensive skills to become an all around player...averaging 16.6 minutes per game...shooting .356 from the field, .351 from down town, and .583 from the line...averaging 7.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game...second on the team in turnovers with 17 (2.13 topg).

F Andre Iquodala (6-6, 200) - has the skills to play both outside and inside...ranked as the nation's no. 17 small forward by with Arizona after being released from this National Letter of Intent at Arkansas following Nolan Richardson's 18.2 minutes per game Iquodala is averaging 5.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.8 steals...shooting .306 from the field, .306 from the three point line, and .655 from the free throw line.

C Isaiah Fox (6-9, 269) - young, consistent player with soft hands...grabbed at least five boards 14 times in 2002...has the ability to get in position on the offensive and defensive side of the court...needs to work on finishing 9 games this season Fox is averaging 20.0 minutes, 7.0 points, and 5.1 rebounds...leds the team in personal fouls with 26 (2.9 fpg)...shooting .667 from the field and .467 from the line.

F Dennis Latimore (6-8, 238) - one of three UA freshman to play in all 34 games last year...has the size and strength to become a good post player...good low post defender...has not started a this season, but has played in every game and is averaging 15.2 minutes per game...shooting .520 from the field and .588 from the line...averaging 4.0 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.



Numbers Don't Lie

TEAM STATISTICS                     UA          OPP
 SCORING..................          787          621
   Points per game........         87.4         69.0
   Scoring margin.........        +18.4            -
 FIELD GOALS-ATT..........      282-621      240-569
   Field goal pct.........         .454         .422
 3 POINT FG-ATT...........       68-190       59-191
   3-point FG pct.........         .358         .309
   3-pt FG made per game..          7.6          6.6
 FREE THROWS-ATT..........      155-226       82-140
   Free throw pct.........         .686         .586
 REBOUNDS.................          400          322
   Rebounds per game......         44.4         35.8
   Rebounding margin......         +8.6            -
 ASSISTS..................          150          142
   Assists per game.......         16.7         15.8
 TURNOVERS................          131          173
   Turnovers per game.....         14.6         19.2
   Turnover margin........            -         +4.6

 STEALS...................           87           46
   Steals per game........          9.7          5.1
 BLOCKS...................           36           21
   Blocks per game........          4.0          2.3

 SCORE BY PERIODS:                1st  2nd    Total
 ------------------------------  ---- ----    ----
 Arizona.......................   375  412  -  787
 Opponents.....................   314  307  -  621



Team Preview

Luke Walton working hard on the box.
Luke Walton poses a triple threat to opponents: he can score, rebound, and pass. (Getty Images)


  • Offensive weapons - All-American Jason Gardner (20.4 ppg, 4.6 apg) and all-pac-10 player Luke Walton (15.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 6.3 apg) lead the deadly Arizona attack.

  • Deep bench - Ten letterman, including 4 seniors and 5 starters, return to the squad on top of another stellar recruiting class.

  • Home court - UA has won 208 of their last 222 home games, a .937 winning percentage.

  • Leadership and experience - Arizona returns all five starters from last year's team that went 24-10 and went to the sweet sixteen.


  • Not enough minutes - With the immense amount of talent on the roster it will be hard to get everyone minutes on the team.

  • Defense - Allowed 77.7 points per in game in 2001, which was the second highest in the Pac-10.



Last Time the Wildcats Played Oregon State...

in Corvallis...
Channing Frye had 18 points and 16 rebounds as No. 11 Arizona held off Oregon State 76-73 in the Pac-10 conference opener for both teams. Philip Ricci lead the Beavers with 19 points after coming off of the bench. He did not start due to breaking a team rule. Recap | Box Score


in Tucson...
No. 15 Arizona, down by 19 points early in the second half, rallied behind Jason Gardner and a harassing full-court press to beat Oregon State 93-87. Brian Jackson lead the Beavers with 21 points. Recap | Box Score



News from the Latest Wildcat Game

Jason Gardner scored 21 points as No. 4 Arizona rallied to beat Oregon 81-72 Thursday night, snapping the Ducks' 23-game home winning streak. With the score tied at 70, Gardner and Rick Anderson hit consecutive 3-pointers to give the Wildcats (8-1) a 76-70 lead with 1:20 to go and Arizona led the rest of the way over Oregon (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today, No. 9 AP). Anderson, who Arizona leaned on to replace injured forward Luke Walton, added 15 points...Arizona Snaps Oregon's 23 Game Home Streak | Box Score



News and Notes

  • Arizona swept the 2002 series with the Beavers. UA defeated Oregon State in 93-87 in Tucson and in 76-73 in Corvallis.

  • Since Lute Olson took over in 1983, the Wildcats have missed postseason play once during his 19 year tenure. Twenty-three of his last 24 teams have advanced to NCAA play.

  • Arizona won the national championship in 1997 after finishing fifth in the Pac-10.

  • The Wildcats have been to the Final Four four times under Lute Olson. (1988, 1994, 1997, 2001)

  • The last time the Wildcats won less than 20 games was the 1986-87 season when they went 18-12. The Cats have had 15 consecutive 20 win seasons.

  • The Beavers have not won at Arizona in 18 years. Lute Olson is 34-6 against the Beavers all-time.

  • Arizona leads the series 37-15.


Full Roster

2 Isiah Fox C 6-9 269 So. Santa Monica, CA
3 Will Bynum G 5-10 188 So. Chicago, IL
4 Luke Walton F 6-8 245 Sr. San Diego, CA
11 Jason Ranne G 6-4 195 Jr. Tulsa, OK
12 Fil Torres G 6-2 189 Sr. Lisle, IL
13 Chris Rodgers G 6-3 203 Fr. Portland, OR
20 Salim Stoudamire G 6-1 176 So. Portland, OR
21 Hassan Adams G 6-4 201 Fr. Los Angeles, CA
22 Jason Gardner G 5-10 191 Sr. Indianapolis, ID
24 Ander Igoudala F 6-6 200 Fr. Springfield, IL
33 Rick Anderson F 6-9 225 Sr. Long Beach, CA
34 Dennis Latimore F 6-8 238 So. Halstead, KN
44 Chris Dunn F 6-6 170 Fr. Hobbs, NM
45 Channing Frye C 6-10 235 So. Phoenix, AZ


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