Arizona Preview

The Beavers travel south to face Arizona on Thursday night where OSU has not won in 19 contests. <br><br> Tipoff is at 5:30 PM. The game can be seen live over FoxSports NW.

Oregon State (13-12, 6-10) at Arizona (21-2, 15-1)
Thursday, March 6 - 5:30 PM (Fox Sports NW)
McKale Center - Tucson, AZ
Series All-time: Arizona leads 38-15.
Last meeting: Arizona 80, Oregon State 65



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.
    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: 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

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

Starting Five

PG 22 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 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.

G 20 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 13.3 points, 1.7 assists, and 1.6 rebounds in 23 games this season...shooting .488 from the field, .467 from the three point line, and .864 from the charity stripe in 26.2 minutes...shot 1 of 7 for three points, dished out three assists in 22 minutes in January against the Beavs.

Jason Gardner going to the hole.
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 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 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.


The Bench

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 of five native Southern Californians on the roster...started four games for the 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 with Arizona after being released from this National Letter of Intent at Arkansas following Nolan Richardson's 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 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



Team Preview

Luke Walton working hard on the box.
Luke Walton was injured when the 'Cats visited Gill in January. (Getty Images)


  • Offensive weapons - All-American Jason Gardner (14.5 ppg, 5.2 apg) and all-pac-10 player Luke Walton (10.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 5.3 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 214 of their last 229 home games, a .934 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.



Last Time the Wildcats Played Oregon State...

in Corvallis...
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


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

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 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.


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
44 Chris Dunn F 6-6 170 Fr. Hobbs, NM
45 Channing Frye C 6-10 235 So. Phoenix, AZ


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