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: 21-2, 15-1 in Pac-10 play
Standing in Pac-10 and rankings: First in the Pac-10, #1 in coaches poll, #1 in AP poll.
Note: 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
- Pac-10 Tournament: The Wildcats won the 2002 Pac-10 Tournament by defeating USC, 81-71. Box Score | Recap
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)
(Full Roster | Season Stats)
Leading Scorer: Jason Gardner, 14.5 ppg
Leading Rebounder: Channing Frye, 7.5 rpg
Leading Assist Man: Jason Gardner, 5.2 apg
Blocked shots leader: Channing Frye, 1.8 bpg
Minutes played per game: Jason Gardner, 34.2 mpg
Most steals per game: Jason Gardner, 1.8 spg
PG 22 Jason Gardner (5-10, 191) - may
be the best point guard in the nation...is 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
a team leading 14.5 points, 5.2 assists, and 1.8 steals per game...leading
the team in minutes per game with 34.2...has started all 25 games for
UA...shooting .411 from the field, .349 from down town, and .752 from
the free throw line...shot 5 of 13 for 12 points, dished out seven assists
in 36 minutes against OSU.
Jason Gardner scored 12 points and dished out 7 assists against the Beavs in Corvallis. (Getty Images)
F 33 Rick Anderson (6-9, 225) - hard working
player who can do it all...great outside shooter, tenacious rebounder, and
an underrated defender...one 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 24.3 minutes, the third most the the team...shooting .563 from the field,
.367 from the three point line, and .705 from the free throw line...averaging
10.4 points and 6.0 rebounds...scored 13 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished
out two assists in 24 minutes in Corvallis.
C 45 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 47 blocks (1.8 bpg)...averaging 11.6 points and 7.5 rebounds in 23.6 minutes...shooting .587 from the field and .678 from the free throw line...shot 5 of 5 from the field for 11 points, grabbed 7 boards in 17 minutes against Oregon State.
F 4 Luke Walton (6-8, 245) - did not play against the Beavers in Corvallis...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 21 games for Arizona this year...in 25.1 minutes per game is averaging 10.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 4.4 assists...shooting .424 from the line, .423 from long range, and .672 from the stripe.
G 21 Hassan Adams (6-4, 201) - started against
at Oregon State 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 recruitingusa.com...one of five native
Southern Californians on the roster...started four games for the Wildcats...in
17.7 minutes Adams is averaging 9.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.1 steals per
game...shooting .473 from the field, .200 from the three point line, and .765
from the free throw line...scored 14 points on 5 of 16 shooting, grabbed five
boards and had two steals in 28 minutes on Ralph Miller Court.
F 24 Andre Iquodala (6-6, 200) - has the skills to play both outside and inside...ranked as the nation's no. 17 small forward by recruitingusa.com...signed with Arizona after being released from this National Letter of Intent at Arkansas following Nolan Richardson's departure...in 19.0 minutes per game Iquodala is averaging 6.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.3 steals...shooting .378 from the field, .211 from the three point line, and .679 from the free throw line...played 24 minutes, scored 9 points and grabbed six rebounds in C-town.
C 2 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 strong...in 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...scored eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 15 minutes at Gill.
Numbers Don't Lie
TEAM STATISTICS ARIZ OPP -------------------------------------------------------- SCORING....................... 2137 1731 Points per game............. 85.5 69.2 Scoring margin.............. +16.2 - FIELD GOALS-ATT............... 758-1620 658-1626 Field goal pct.............. .468 .405 3 POINT FG-ATT................ 179-492 158-508 3-point FG pct.............. .364 .311 3-pt FG made per game....... 7.2 6.3 FREE THROWS-ATT............... 442-630 257-417 Free throw pct.............. .702 .616 REBOUNDS...................... 1074 897 Rebounds per game........... 43.0 35.9 Rebounding margin........... +7.1 - ASSISTS....................... 439 393 Assists per game............ 17.6 15.7 TURNOVERS..................... 379 421 Turnovers per game.......... 15.2 16.8 Turnover margin............. +1.7 - Assist/turnover ratio....... 1.2 0.9 STEALS........................ 204 150 Steals per game............. 8.2 6.0 BLOCKS........................ 106 60 Blocks per game............. 4.2 2.4 WINNING STREAK................ 7 - Home win streak............. 2 - ATTENDANCE.................... 189251 126645 Home games-Avg/Game......... 13-14558 12-10554 Neutral site-Avg/Game....... - 0-0 BY PERIOD 1st 2nd OT Total ------------ ---- ---- ---- ---- Team........ 1017 1110 10 - 2137 Opponents... 852 872 7 - 1731
Luke Walton was injured when the 'Cats visited Gill in January. (Getty Images)
- Not enough minutes - With the immense amount of talent on the roster it will be hard to get everyone minutes on the team.
Last Time the Wildcats Played Oregon State...
If the Arizona Wildcats had any concern about a letdown after their hard-fought victory over Oregon, their win over Oregon State showed they didn't have to worry. Freshman guard Hassan Adams scored 14 points to lead No. 4 Arizona to a 80-65 victory over the Beavers on Saturday night. Recap | Box Score
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
Changing his shoes made all the difference for Salim Stoudamire. The new pair he had purchased Saturday morning were causing the Arizona star to slip during the first half of the top-ranked Wildcats' 72-69 victory over No. 19 Stanford. So, Stoudamire borrowed some from teammate Jason Gardner for the final 20 minutes. Stoudamire scored four of his 18 points in the final 45 seconds, and had 12 points after halftime, as Arizona clinched the Pac-10 title for the 10th time in coach Lute Olson's 20-year tenure...Arizona Clinches Pac-10 Title | Box Score
News and Notes
- Lute Olson on Oregon State Head Coach Jay John:
"I think Jay (John) will get a great reception. I think people know how important he was to our program for the years that he was here. He is a Tucson guy, he went to Salpointe, and he's a UA grad, so I would think that people would give him a great welcome back."
"He has done a great job, and the thing that he is really focused on is trying to bring back the tradition of Oregon State basketball. Their program has been one of the very elite programs in the country through the years, and that's what he has been trying to focus on. It's fortunate that he came in with a senior-dominated team, with (Philip) Ricci, Brian Jackson and Jimmie Haywood, which then allowed him to get this year started on a very positive note. He knows that he needs to have a great recruiting year. The reason I think that Jay is so good for that job is that it takes a guy that' s going to get out and look under rocks and everywhere else that you have to for players."
- Lute Olson on Oregon State senior forward Philip Ricci:
"He (Philip Ricci) is just a very efficient player. He is a really good shooter; he can shoot it from 15 or 17 feet, and he can really power the ball to the basket. He has great touch around the basket, and he has great hands."
- The Wildcats have won 19 straight at the McKale Center.
- Dennis Latimore quit the Arizona basketball team last week.
- UA is in the top three of most statistical category's in the Pac-10.
- 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
- 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.
|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|
|44||Chris Dunn||F||6-6||170||Fr.||Hobbs, NM|
|45||Channing Frye||C||6-10||235||So.||Phoenix, AZ|