Saturday , Dec , 30 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Cardinal take on Wildcats in the desert

Tucson, AZ (Sports Network) – The seventh-ranked Arizona Wildcats welcome the
Stanford Cardinal to Tucson for what should be an entertaining Pac-10 game.

Stanford has won two straight games to improve to 8-2 overall. The Cardinal
is now 3-0 away from home after beating Arizona State on Thursday night
by a 71-60 final. Considering that the club’s only other matchup with a
team currently ranked in the top 25 resulted in a 34-point loss to Air
Force, Stanford has a lot to prove tonight.

Arizona opened the season with a narrow loss to Virginia, but the club has
rallied for 10 straight victories. On Thursday, the Wildcats improved to
7-0 at home with a 94-85 decision over California. The 94-point offensive
effort was the best for the team since the middle of November.

Arizona owns a commanding 46-25 advantage in the all-time series with
Stanford, including four straight wins over the Cardinal.

The Cardinal is scoring 69.0 ppg this season while limiting opponents to 61.5
ppg. Lawrence Hill paces the club with 14.8 ppg on 57.8 percent shooting from
the floor, and he is pulling down 6.1 rpg as well. Anthony Goods adds 12.0 ppg
to the mix, but he is shooting a mere 35 percent from the field. Stanford has
been a strong team on the boards, as it is pulling down 6.2 rpg more than its
foes. Against Arizona State on Thursday, Goods tallied 14 points despite a 1-
of-9 shooting effort from the floor. Taj Finger pitched in 14 points as well,
and Hill contributed 13 points. The fourth and final double-digit scorer for
the Cardinal was Landry Fields with 11 points on the strength of a 3-of-4
effort from three-point range. A key to the win for Stanford was a 24-11 edge
in points from the foul line.

Arizona has featurd the same starting lineup in all 11 games, and every
starter is averaging double figures offensively. Ivan Radenovic is the top
scorer for the club, as he is posting 17.5 ppg on 60 percent shooting from the
floor. Radenovic is also pulling down 7.5 rpg. Chase Budinger is netting 16.9
ppg on 55.5 percent shooting from the field, and Marcus Williams adds 15.5 ppg
and 7.1 rpg. Jawaan McClellan is contributing 13.4 ppg, and Mustafa Shakur
rounds out the group with 12.9 ppg and 7.6 apg. The Wildcats are racking up
86.6 ppg while limiting opponents to 72.2 ppg. Williams was outstanding
against California, as he hit all eight of his shots from the floor en route
to 21 points. Radenovic tallied 17 points, McClellan added 16 points and
Budinger posted 12 points. Arizona earned a 39-30 rebounding advantage and
shot a staggering 60.3 percent from the field.