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Cats Head to Oregon Schools for Final Road Trip of the Year
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 28, 2000
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OSU First, Then Oregon: The Arizona Wildcats (24-4, 13-1 Pac-10; No. 3 AP/No. 3 USA Today/ESPN), winners of seven consecutive games, travel to Oregon State and Oregon this week in what will be their final road trip of the regular season. First up is a date with the Oregon State Beavers (12-14; 4-11 Pac-10) on Thursday, March 2, in Corvallis, Ore. at Gill Coliseum. The game will tip-off at 7:05 p.m. PST (8:05 p.m. MST) and it will be televised in Tucson on KWBA television. Dave Sitton will handle the play-by-play and Bob Elliott will do the color commentary. After that, the Wildcats will face the Oregon Ducks (19-7; 10-5 Pac-10) on Saturday, March 4, at 3:07 p.m. (4:07 p.m. MST) in Eugene, Ore. at McArthur Court. This game will be televised on Fox Sports Net with Barry Tompkins doing the play-by-play and George Raveling on the color commentary. The Wildcats are coming off an 89-82 win over Arizona State last Saturday in Tucson and will look to keep pace with Stanford, who they are tied with atop the Pac-10 Conference standings. After this set of games in Oregon, Arizona returns home next week for the final two outings of the regular season, hosting Stanford on Thursday, March 9 (8:37 p.m.), and California on Saturday March 11 (4:07 p.m.).

Series History: Arizona owns a 32-14 all-time record against Oregon State and has won 19 of the past 20 meetings... The lone exception in the string was an Oregon State home win last season which ended a 17-game Arizona winning streak... Before Lute Olson became Arizona's head coach in 1983-84, the UA was 2-10 against OSU, but has since rattled off wins in 30 of the 35 meetings with the Beavers... They are 12-4 in Corvallis under Olson and 13-9 overall... OSU has never defeated the Wildcats in Tucson during Olson's tenure, going 0-18... Arizona is 30-14 all-time against Oregon and has won 17 of the last 18 meetings... The only loss in this span was a 78-72 defeat in Eugene on Feb. 20, 1997... Prior to that, Arizona hadn't lost to Oregon since 1991... Under Olson, the UA has gone 27-7 against the Ducks.. It is 11-5 in Eugene and is 16-1 against UO in Tucson... In Tucson, the UA has beaten Oregon 15 consecutive times, last losing on Feb. 21, 1985, by a 43-40 decision.

UA's Probable Starting Lineup:  1999-00 Stats
                        	Ht.     Wt.     Yr-Exp. PPG       RPG    APG/BPG/SPG
F       21      Michael Wright  6-7     238     So.-1L  15.1      8.6    0.6 spg
F        4      Luke Walton     6-8     228     Fr.-RS   5.6      3.7    3.4 apg
C       30      Justin Wessel   6-81/2  225     Jr.-2L   2.9      2.9    0.5 apg
G        0      Gilbert Arenas  6-3     191     Fr.-HS  15.0      4.2    2.0 spg
G       22      Jason Gardner   5-10    178     Fr.-HS  12.5      3.7    5.0 apg

Arizona's Last Action: Arizona beat Arizona State for the 10th time in a row last Saturday in Tucson, downing the Sun Devils 89-82 on a day when the McKale Center playing surface was renamed "Lute Olson Court". The Wildcats were led by a career-high 29 points from Gilbert Arenas and great all-around outing from Luke Walton, who scored a career-best 23 points to go with seven assists, four rebounds, three steals and three blocks. Michael Wright added his 11th double-double of the season with 16 points and 14 rebounds, while Jason Gardner had 13 points to go with seven rebounds and four assists. Arenas hounded ASU's Eddie House throughout the day and forced the Pac-10 leading scorer into a 3-of-15 shooting performance to net just seven points. Using what was just a six-man rotation, due to Loren Woods injury, the Wildcats came out hot and raced to a 23-4 lead with 9:30 left in the first half. The lead would hit 19 three more times and get to 21 once in the first half before ASU closed with a 9-0 run to finish the half and trail 35-23 at intermission. Arizona would maintain a sizeable lead in the second stanza and went up 67-50 before the Sun Devils mounted their comeback, closing it to 73-70 with 3:28 to go in the game. On the next possession, Wright grabbed an offensive rebounds, put it up and in, and basically put the game away. The game remained close as Arizona missed six free throws in the final 2:35 and 12 overall in the second half.

Oregon State Notes: The Beavers are 12-14 on the season and 4-11 in the Pac-10... They dropped both games in Los Angeles last week after sweeping the Washington school at home the previous weekend... Point guard Deaundra Tanner is the team's leading scorer at 13.8 ppg and he is top assist man at 5.08 apg (No. 2 in the Pac-10)... He is also shooting 40.9% from the 3PT line (52-127)... Brian Jackson averages 13.3 ppg and pulls down 5.2 rpg... Josh Steinthal is fourth on the team in scoring (8.7 ppg), but has either led of tied for team-high scoring honors in each of the past four games... Head coach Eddie Payne is in his fifth year at OSU and has compiled a record of 51-86... He has a 14-year career record of 210-195.

The Last Arizona/Oregon State Game: The last time these teams got together, Arizona beat Oregon State in Tucson, 90-73, on Feb. 5. In recording the 17-point victory, the Wildcats were able to give some of their regulars in the seven-man rotation a much-needed rest. Michael Wright was the high-point man, scoring 22 points on an 8-of-10 shooting performance and pulled down seven boards. Loren Woods chipped in with 15 points and nine rebounds, while Gilbert Arenas scored 13 and Luke Walton had a great all-around game with 12 points, eight assists, six rebounds and three steals. The game was close in the early stages Arizona led 22-21 with 9:28 to go in the first half before going on a 15-3 run to establish the double-digit lead it would own the rest of the game. Arizona then came out of the lockeroom at halftime and opened with a 10-0 run and did not allow the Beavers to score until the 15:45 mark. The lead eventually swelled to 25 before some of the regulars got a chance to rest. Rick Anderson came off the bench to score 13 points (5-of-9 FGA) and McKale Center's favorite son, Josh Pastner, took and made his obligatory three-pointer just moments after checking in to cap the Cats' 25th consecutive home conference game win.

The Last Arizona/Oregon State Game in Corvallis: Arizona saw its streak of 17 consecutive wins in a row over Oregon State come to a halt, as the Cats lost, 60-59, at Corvallis on Jan. 23, 1999. For the UA's fifth outing in a row, the game was decided in the final seconds when A.J. Bramlett was fouled with 3.1 seconds left and OSU up by one. Bramlett was unable to hit either free throw attempt and the Beavers grabbed the second rebound to secure the win. For Arizona, Richard Jefferson led the way with 20 points, while Michael Wright had his sixth double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds. The main story, however, was how the UA's senior tandem of Bramlett and Jason Terry was held in check. Terry, the Pac-10's leading scorer and just two days removed from a career-high 37 points at Oregon, scored a season-low five points on a 2-of-10 shooting performance. As for Bramlett, he had his season-low output for both points (4) and rebounds (3). Although Arizona held a 38-30 lead at halftime, it would only score 21 points in the second half and went through a scoreless period of almost six minutes to help get the Beavers in the game.

Oregon Notes: After winning at USC and losing at UCLA last week, the Ducks are 19-7 on the season and are in third in the Pac-10 with a 10-5 league mark... They will host Arizona State on Thursday before Arizona comes to town on Saturday... Alex Scales scored 30 points in the 80-77 win at USC last Saturday... He is the team's leading scorer with a 15.7 ppg average... A.D. Smith is second at 15.3 ppg, but suffered a broken cheek bone against USC and is said to be out this week... He only played four minutes against USC before going down with the injury... He scored 23 at UCLA... Oregon is tied with Arizona for second in the league in free throw shooting (.730), is second in field goal percentage (.472), but last in three-point shooting (.294)... Head coach Ernie Kent is in his third year at the helm of the UO program and has a mark of 51-34... He has a nine-year career record of 141-114.

The Last Arizona/Oregon Game: Using a triple-double and an NCAA record tying performance by Loren Woods, Arizona posted a big 77-71 win over Oregon last Thursday night in front of 14,523 fans at McKale Center. In the victory, Woods had an NCAA record tying 14 blocked shots to go with 16 points and 10 boards, becoming the first Arizona player to record a triple-double since Damon Stoudamire did it on Feb. 25, 1995 also against Oregon in Tucson. Woods set the tone from the outset when he blocked three consecutive shots on the Ducks first possession and then tied the NCAA record with a block with 16 seconds left to go in the game. In the first half, Oregon established a 10-point lead at 37-27 with 2:35 left, but Arizona raced back with a 7-0 run to finish the half, and trailed just 37-24 at intermission. In the second stanza, Oregon maintained a lead and led 68-64 with 6:05 left to go. From there, Arizona outscored the Ducks 13-3 the rest of the way -- helped in part by hitting 8-of-10 free throws -- to close out the win. In addition to Woods' heroics, Michael Wright scored a game high 20 points to go with 10 rebounds, while Gilbert Arenas scored 15 points and Jason Gardner added 10 points (8-of-12 FT)... Oregon, who came in as the Pac-10's top field goal percentage team (.499), managed to make just 30-of-79 shots (38.0%) against Arizona's tough defense... Once again, the Arizona defense was smart defense, as the Cats committed just eight fouls and allowed the Ducks to go to the free throw line only three times on the night (as opposed to the UA, which was 27-of-36 from the charity stripe).

The Last Arizona/Oregon Game in Eugene: Using a career-night from Jason Terry, Arizona recorded an 85-83 win at Oregon on Jan. 21, 1999, in a game that was the Cats' fourth straight decided at the final horn. Terry paced the Wildcat attack with a career-best 37 points, hitting 11-of-21 field goals (5-of-9 3PT's) and all 10 of his free throw attempts. As for the game itself, Oregon raced out to a 27-20 lead with 7:09 left in the first half before Arizona roared back to take the lead at 31-29 just under two minutes later and would take a 39-35 into the lockeroom at half. In the second, Oregon jumped back in the game by going on a 12-3 run and led 49-44 with 16:22 left. From there, it was all Arizona, as it maintained the lead for the rest of the game, albeit a lead that was in jeopardy in the waning moments. With the Cats up 84-83, Oregon's Frederick Jones went to the free throw line with five seconds left, but missed both. UA's Richard Jefferson grabbed the rebound and was fouled, sending him to the FT line, He would hit one-of-two and after a UO timeout, an Oregon inbound pass was knocked away as time expired and Arizona held onto win. In addition to Terry's scoring frenzy, Arizona had three other players score in double-figures, including Michael Wright (14), A.J. Bramlett (12) and Jefferson (12). Arizona's win was aided by stellar free throw shooting, as the Cats set a school record by hitting 27-of-30 free throws, which was good for a .900 percentage.

Coach Olson: Lute Olson (Augsburg '56) is in his 17th season as the head coach at Arizona and his 27th overall as a head coach... This season has already seen him reach two major milestones in what has become a Hall of Fame type coaching career -- he has recorded his 600th career win and his 400th victory at Arizona... With his win at Stanford on Jan. 8, he became Lute Olson has reached a pair of coaching milestones this season... He recorded career win No. 600 with the victory at top-ranked Stanford on Jan. 8, and has also achieved win No. 400 at Arizona... Here is a look at his milestone career victories:

Win     Date    Team    Opponent        Score
   1    12-1-73 LBSU    Puget Sound     84-55
 100    2-3-79  Iowa    Minnesota       97-71
 200    2-25-84 Arizona Oregon St.      69-58
 300    3-27-88 Arizona North Carolina  70-52
 400    2-13-93 Arizona Washington St.  94-72
 500    2-11-96 Arizona Cincinnati      79-76
 600    1-8-00  Arizona Stanford        68-65

He now has a career record of 611-216 (.739), while his mark at the University of Arizona stands at 419-124 (.772)... His Pac-10 record is 236-66 (.781) and he has the fourth most Pac-10 wins in history, trailing UCLA's John Woden (304, 1949-75), Oregon State's Slats Gill (276, 1929-64) and Washington's Hec Edmundson (266, 1921-47)... He has the second-best conference winning percentage in Pac-10 history (minimum three years), trailing only John Wooden (.810/304-74)... With the win over BYU this season, he reached 400 victories for his Arizona career (these numbers may differ from what the NCAA coaching totals list, because as opposed to the Pac-10 Conference, the NCAA does not count forfeits as wins on head coaching records, as the case is with two UA losses to Cal in 1995 and 1996, which were later changed to wins... the same holds true with a game when Olson was at Iowa, when there was a forfeit by Wisconsin in 1983 that changed a loss into a win)... He is 30-5 all-time against Oregon State and 27-6 against Oregon ... The season's opener against Kansas State was the 800th of his collegiate Division IA career... For his entire coaching career, including 11 years in high school (157-86 from 1956-69) and three in the junior college ranks (Long Beach City College, 104-20), he has coached in 1,194 games... During his 17-year tenure at Arizona, the Wildcats have won one national championship (1997), gone to three Final Fours (1988, 1994, 1997), won eight Pac-10 Conference titles and been to the NCAA Tournament for the past 15 years in a row, which is the second longest streak in NCAA history (North Carolina, 25)... He also led Iowa to the 1980 Final Four... He has been named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year six times (1986, 88, 89, 93, 94, 98), the Big-10 Coach of the Year twice (1979 & 81) and directed the UA program to the nation's best winning percentage over the past 12 years... Prior to coming to the UA, he was at Iowa for nine years and went 168-90... Before that, he was at Long Beach State for one season (1973-74), where he was 24-2... In his collegiate career, he has produced 35 NBA Draft picks, including 20 at Arizona 15 alone on the 1990s... He has led Arizona to 13 consecutive 20-win seasons and has 22 overall in his career, making him one of only six head coaches in NCAA history to record 22 or more 20-win seasons... Under Olson, the Cats are 257-26 (.908) in McKale Center and have won 185 of their last 196 home games.

30      Dean Smith, North Carolina, 1962-97     
27      Jerry Tarkanian, LBSU, UNLV, Fresno St., 1969-00
23      Adolph Rupp, Kentucky, 1931-72
22      Lute Olson, LBSU, Iowa, Arizona, 1974-00
22      Bob Knight, Army, Indiana, 1966-00
22      Jim Boeheim, Syracuse, 1977-00
22      John Chaney, Cheyney, Temple, 1973-00

20-Win Campaigns: With its record of 24-4 this season, it marks the 13th consecutive season that Arizona has won 20 or games... Further, it is the 15th time in Lute Olson's 17 years as UA head coach that the Cats have reached the 20-win plateau... It also marks the 22nd time in Olson's career that he has directed a team to 20 or more victories, making him just the seventh head coach in NCAA history to reach 20 wins in 22 or more seasons (Dean Smith-30; Jerry Tarkanian-26; Adolph Rupp-23; Bobby Knight-22 & Jim Boeheim-22; John Chaney - 22). This list will grow later this season Louisville's Denny Crum has 21 career 20-win seasons heading into this year (the Cardinals were 17-10 as of 2/28).

Lute Olson Court at McKale Center: The University of Arizona athletic department honored head coach Lute Olson on Feb. 26, with a postgame ceremony to name the McKale Center floor, "Lute Olson Court". Olson, 65, has taken three UA teams to the Final Four, won the 1997 NCAA Championship, has eight Pacific-10 Conference titles, been named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year eight times and has taken 15 consecutive teams to the NCAA Tournament. Olson's teams always have played tough at home, with a career record of 257-26 in McKale Center. His 71-game winning streak from 1987 to 1992 is the nation's 10th-best home court winning streak. He has coached seven teams to undefeated home records and the Wildcats have won 185 of the past 196 games held in the facility. McKale Memorial Center was built in 1973 and named in honor of J.F. "Pop" McKale, long-time coach and educator at the University. McKale has been sold out for men's basketball for the past 13 seasons. Arizona has led the Pac-10 in attendance since 1984-85, Olson's second season.

Coach of the Year Credentials: Being that Arizona is 24-4 this year and tied for first in the Pac-10, those who are uniformed about the UA program in 1999-2000 may think this has been just another smooth sailing season for the Cats... But, truth be told, it has been the exact opposite... In guiding Arizona to a top-five ranking for 12 weeks, including a No. 2 ranking three times, head coach Lute Olson has had to do so while playing through many, many distractions, so much so that he has called this year his "most unbelievable year", in terms of injuries, player losses and off-the-court distractions... There are three players from the original roster who are no longer around (Ruben Douglas, Luke Recker, Robertas Javtokas), two major injuries to starters (Richard Jefferson/Loren Woods), a key senior who is redshirting to student teach (Eugene Edgerson), a player who was going to be counted on, but is now seeking a medical redshirt (Lamont Frazier), and other missed starts, missed games, roster additions and a lineup that has consisted of basically six-to-seven healthy and available scholarship players... He has fought through all of this, while starting two true freshman, a redshirt freshman, a sophomore and junior transfer who is in his first season with the Cats... As the team enters the stretch drive, they will be without the services of its top scorer, shot blocker and second rebounder, Loren Woods, who is out with a back injury.

Fine at the Line in Crunch Time: One of the Pac-10's top free throw shooting teams, Arizona has shown a tendency to come up big from the charity stripe when it matters most... In the Wildcats' 13 Pac-10 games so far, they are shooting 77.8% from the line in the final five minutes of the game (88-of-113) ... Even better is freshman Jason Gardner, who, also in the final five minutes of the game, has made 38-of-46 free throw attempts (82.6%)... A game-by-game breakdown shows the following free throw marks during the final five minutes of each game: at California (3-4), at Stanford (8-12), Washington State (12-12), Washington (7-9), at UCLA (8-10), at USC (6-8), at Arizona State (2-2), Oregon (6-8), Oregon State (4-5), Washington (5-7), Washington State (2-2), USC (5-6), UCLA (6-8, two misses were by walk-on Peter Hansen) and 14-20 against Arizona State... Michael Wright is 15-of-21 from the stripe (71.4%) in the final five minutes.

Pac-10 Conference Standings
                          Pac-10  Overall
        1. Arizona        13-1    24-4
           Stanford       13-1    24-1  
        3. Oregon         10-5    19-7
        4. Arizona State  8-6     16-10
        5. USC            7-7     15-12
        6. California     6-8     15-11 
           UCLA           6-8     15-11
        8. Oregon State   4-11    12-14
           Washington     4-11    9-18
       10. Washington St. 1-14    6-18

Monday's Game (Times are MST) Washington St. at Texas Pan-American

Thursday's Games (Times are MST) Arizona at Oregon State (8:07 p.m./KWBA) Arizona State at Oregon (8 p.m.) UCLA at California (8:30 p.m./FSN) USC at Stanford (8:30 p.m.)

Saturday's Games (Times are MST) Arizona at Oregon (4 p.m./FSN) Arizona State at Oregon State (8 p.m.) USC at California (6 p.m.) UCLA at Stanford (2 p.m./CBS) Washington State at Washington (4 p.m.)

The New Gil-enium: Making a push for freshman All-America honors, Gilbert Arenas' 29 points against Arizona State were the most for a UA freshman since 1974... That season, Bob Elliott scored 38 against ASU... His total bettered the high point games of other UA freshman standouts like Sean Elliott (28), Michael Dickerson (25), Richard Jefferson (25), Khalid Reeves (23), Mike Bibby (22) and Damon Stoudamire (19).. He has scored in double digits in 14 straight outings and is averaging 24.3 ppg in the past four games... Arenas has raised his ppg average from 12.7 to 15.0 during this stretch... He has been the team's leading scorer in each of the past four games, going for 24, 21. 23 and a career-best 29 against ASU.

Injury News: Richard Jefferson has been cleared to play this week... The x-rays of his fractured right foot showed it had healed properly, and he was able to practice on Monday for the first time since going down with a fractured fifth metatarsal he at Stanford on Jan. 8... Loren Woods' back injury has forced him out of action for the time being... The injury is described as a compression injury to the disc between the 12th thoracic and first lumbar vertebrae that also involves the bone... He has no neural involvement (numbing, muscle weakness) and due to the fact that the injury involves the bone, his rehabilitation will involve rest over a period of time... He is expected to make a full recovery with no long term problems.

Cat Scratches: Michael Wright needs seven more rebounds to reach 500 for his career... Pretty good work for a guy who has played in just 57 collegiate games so far... If Arizona could get two wins this week, it would complete the Pac-10 road schedule with an 8-1 record, which would be the fifth time the Cats have lost just once in league play on the road under Lute Olson... Two more wins would also get Arizona to 26 wins on the season, marking the seventh most wins in a season under Olson... In the past nine games, Luke Walton is averaging 11.3 ppg, 5.5 apg and 4.5 rpg... Before this streak, he was averaging 2.9 ppg and shooting 23.5% from the floor (16-of-68)... Going into this week's action, he is at 5.6 ppg and shooting 35.3% from the floor... He has been the team's leading assist man in five of the past seven games... In the past three home games, Arizona has scored 89, 99, 92 and 90 points -- this from a team that is averaging 77.2 ppg on the season... In the past 13 seasons (including this year), Arizona is averaging 26.6 wins a year... With its No. 3 ranking this week, Arizona has been in the AP top-five for 12 weeks this season... It has been in the top-three five times... Michael Wright had his 23rd career double-double last weekend with 16 points and 14 boards... Arizona is 17-6 when he gets a double-double... Arizona is 6-1 on the road in league play this season -- last year after the first seven games, it was 4-3... Arizona is 6-1 versus ranked opponents this season, beating No. 1 Stanford, No. 5 Michigan State, No. 9 Texas, No. 11 Kentucky, No. 23 Oregon, No. 25 UCLA and losing to No. 6 Connecticut... Arizona had held 16 of its 27 opponents to a shooting percentage of less than 40% from the field this season... In three of the Wildcats' four losses this season, they have scored less than 70 points -- and they are 18-1 when they score 70 or more points in a game and 12-0 when they get to 80 and above... The Cats are 21-0 this year when they have a better shooting % than the opponent... There are just 3.1 points separating the UA's No. 1 scorer (Loren Woods/15.6 ppg) from the No. 4 guy (Jason Gardner/12.5 ppg)... In between you have Michael Wright at 15.1 ppg and Gilbert Arenas at 15.0 ppg)... Arizona started the season ranked ninth in both the AP and USA Today/ESPN polls... When junior John Ash started at point guard in the Washington game on Jan. 15, he became the first walk-on to start for the Wildcats since Jan. 30, 1982 and the first-ever in the Lute Olson era... John Vlahogeorge was the last to do it, doing so against California... After winning the Preseason NIT earlier this season, Arizona joins Kansas as the only three-time winners of the event, winning it in 1999, 1995 and 1990... Since the start of the 1997 NCAA Tournament, the Wildcats have a compiled a record of 82-16 (.836 winning%)... Dating back to the start of the 1997-98 season, Arizona has been ranked in the top-10 in 47 of the last 54 AP polling periods... Arizona is 40-0 when senior Josh Pastner plays, hence the term "A Pastner Game" applies whenever the Wildcats win big... Pastner and Woods were selected captains for this year's team in voting that was done by teammates... The UA has not given up 100 points in regulation since Jan. 27, 1990, at Pittsburgh, a span of 329 games... UA lost, 100-92.

The Free Throw & Fouling Storyline: On the season, the Cats are averaging just 14.2 fouls per contest and have scored 268 more points than the opposition from foul line... On the year, eight teams have shot fewer than 10 free throws in a game... The Cats have been to the free throw line 342 more times than the opposition... Arizona sends the opponents to the free throw line an average of 13.5 times a game (the UA averages 25.8 free throws attempts per game)... Washington State was 2-3 from the line, Washington was 5-6, Oregon was 2-of-3 and UCLA was 2-of-4... Arizona tied a school record that had been around since the 1963-64 season at Washington State when they were whistled for just six fouls at Washington State (the other game was at Bradley on Dec. 30, 1963)... Six of Arizona's seven regulars are shooting 70% or better from the free throw line -- the lone exception is Luke Walton, who is at .690... Overall, the team is shooting 73.0% from the line... Justin Wessel was 10-of-10 from the line against UCLA, 2-of-2 against ASU and has raised his season FT% to .906 (29-32)... The Arizona game FT shooting record is 12-of-12... Wessel may have had the chance to break that record, but left the game with 2:24 left in the game after getting an elbow to the nose and needing three stitches to close the cut... In the last four games, Arizona is shooting 85-of-110 (.772) from the foul line and its starters are 79-of-101 (.782) during this stretch.

This Century's Greatest Free Throw Shooter: Justin Wessel will go into the Oregon State game with a streak of 27 consecutive free throw makes... The Arizona record is 29 consecutive free throws, set by Dylan Rigdon in 1993-94... Wessel's last miss from the free throw line was on Dec. 13, 1999, when he missed his first FT attempt against IUPUI.

In the Pac-10 Stats: Michael Wright is second in the Pac-10 in rebounding (8.6 rpg) and field goal percentage (.577)... Stanford's Mark Madsen took over the top spot in each category this week after playing in enough games to qualify for the Pac-10 stat leaders... Wright is No. 11 in scoring (15.1 ppg)... Loren Woods is the league's top shot blocker (3.92 bpg), is fourth in field goal percentage (.538), sixth in rebounding (7.5 rpg) and eighth in scoring (15.6 ppg)... Gilbert Arenas is fifth in steals (2.07 spg) and 12th in scoring (15.0), while Jason Gardner is fourth in assists (5.00 apg) and eighth in steals (1.61)... Luke Walton is 10th in assists (3.39)... For conference games only, Woods also leads in blocks at 4.67 bpg, while Wright leads in FG% (.582)... Arizona has three of the top-seven scorers for Pac-10 games only -- Loren Woods (No. 4, 18.2 ppg), Gilbert Arenas (No. 6, 16.9 ppg) and Michael Wright (No. 7, 16.4 ppg).

Out to the Woods' Shed: Many, many, highlights and notes came out of Loren Woods' swat-fest against Oregon on Feb. 3, in Tucson... Most notably was the NCAA record tying 14 blocked shots... It was the most blocks in an NCAA game since 1996... He is now tied in the NCAA record books with David Robinson of Navy (vs. UNC Wilmington, 1-4-86), Shawn Bradley of BYU (vs. Eastern Kentucky, 12-7-90) and Roy Rogers of Alabama (vs. Georgia, 2-10-96)... It also broke the Pac-10 record of 11 blocks in a game, which was set by UCLA's Jelani McCoy (vs. Maryland, 12-9-95)... Woods also had a triple-double (16 points, 10 rebounds, 14 blocks) and it was the first for Arizona since Damon Stoudamire did it on Feb. 25, 1995 also against Oregon in Tucson (32 points, 12 rebounds, 14 assists)... Since the Pac-10 Conference began charting triple-doubles in 1985, it is the 12th triple-double in league history and just the second that involves blocked shots, as opposed to assists... McCoy's game against Maryland was the other (15-10-11 blocks)... This triple-double was the first in the Pac-10 since UCLA's Toby Bailey had one against Stephen F. Austin on Dec. 18, 1995... Obviously, the 14 blocks is an Arizona record, breaking the old mark of 10, which Woods set earlier this season against Washington State and it is also a McKale Center record, eclipsing the 11 blocks that Purdue's Joe Barry Carroll had in an NCAA Tournament game in 1977.

Pac-10 Players of the Week: Two Arizona players have named the Pac-10 Player of the Week this season -- Loren Woods, who has done it twice, and Michael Wright... For his performances against Oregon and Oregon State, Woods was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Feb. 7, for the second time this season... In Arizona's two wins, he averaged 15.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 7.5 blocks and 2.5 assists per game... He was 10-of-18 from the floor (.555) and 11-of-14 from the free throw line (.785) and with his 14 blocks against Oregon, tied the NCAA record for blocks in a game... In the addition to above mentioned heroics against Oregon, he scored 15 points to go with nine rebounds, one block and three assists against Oregon State... He got a chance to rest due to the big win and played only 27 minutes... He was 5-of-10 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the free throw line... His first Pac-10 POW honor this season was on Jan. 17 -- after the Washington State and Washington outings, ending a three-week run by Arizona State's Eddie House... Woods averaged 23.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 7.5 bpg game... He was 16-of-36 from the floor and 15-of-19 from the free throw line, while averaging 38.5 minutes per game... In the win over WSU, he scored a then-career-high 25 points to go with a then-school record 10 blocks... He had six rebounds, one steal and was 9-of-9 from the free throw line... He was 8-19 from the floor... In the win over UW, he scored a game-high 22 points to go with 11 rebounds and five blocked shots... He played 39 minutes... He was 8-19 from the floor and 6-10 from the FT line... As for Wright, he received the award on Dec. 6 for his performances against Brigham Young and Texas after averaging 17.5 ppg and 11.5 rpg in the two wins... He was 13-of-19 from the floor and 9-of-12 from the FT line.

Michael Wright's Career Double-Doubles 
(23 in 57 career games) 
Arizona's record in these games is 17-6
Date    Opponent                Points Rebounds
12/14/98 UC-Irvine              15     13
1-2-99  at UCLA            	14     10
1/4/99  at USC             	11     12
1/14/99 at Arizona State        18     12
1/16/99 at New Mexico      	15     17
1/23/99 at Oregon State    	13     12
1/30/99 California              15     12
2/4/99  at Washington      	19     10
2/13/99 Louisiana State    	15     11
2/20/99 Oregon             	19     13
3/4/99  USC                	22     10
3/12/99 Oklahoma           	16     12
11/16/99 Kansas State       	11     10
11/19/99 New Mexico State       24     13
11/24/99 Notre Dame         	22     11
12/1/99 BYU                	19     10
12/4/99 Texas              	16     13
12/7/99 Connecticut        	14     10
12/30/99        Delaware        19     14
1/15/00 Washington         	16     12
2/3/00  Oregon             	20     10
2/17/00 USC                	20     14
2/26/00 Arizona State      	16     14

And Make It A Double: All-America and John Wooden Award candidate Michael Wright has a Pac-10 best 11 double-doubles in the Wildcats' 28 games this season, bringing his career double-double total to 23... The sophomore power forward has 23 double-doubles in 57 career games... On the season, he is averaging 15.1 ppg and 8.6 rpg, while shooting 57.7% from the floor... In the past four games, he is 41-of-63 from the floor (65.0%) and he is 41-of-53 from the free throw line (77.3%) in the last nine games... He is the only UA player to start in all 28 games this season has started 50 consecutive games for the Cats dating back to last year... He has a career rebounding average of 8.6 rpg (493 boards in 57 games)... In Arizona's two wins against USC and UCLA, he averaged 21.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg, shot 17-of-26 from the floor (65.4%) and was 8-of-8 from the free throw line... He is coming off a 16-point 14-rebounds outing against Arizona State last Saturday... In the win over USC, he had his 10th double-double of the season with 20 points and a season-high tying 14 rebounds... He was 8-of-11 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the free throw line... He added two steals and played 34 minutes... In the UCLA win, he picked up for the loss of Loren Woods down low and scored 22 points to go with six rebounds... He was 9-of-15 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free throw line... He also had two assists... Wright was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week back on Dec. 6 after averaging 17.5 ppg and 11.5 rpg in wins over Brigham Young and Texas... His 35 rebounds through the first three games of the Preseason NIT were three shy of the three-game tournament record of 38, set by Gary Trent (Miami of Ohio)... His rebounding average of 8.8 rpg last season was the best ever for a Pac-10 freshman.

A New UA Streak to Chart: With North Carolina dropping out of the Associated Press top-25 poll in late-January, Arizona now has the nation's longest active streak of consecutive weeks ranked in the AP top-25... The Wildcats streak stands at 88 weeks in row, dating back to the first regular season poll of the 1995-96 season... Arizona was not ranked in that year's preseason poll, but after winning its first two games of the preseason NIT, the Cats moved up to No.19, and would then rise to No. 4 on Nov. 27 after winning the tournament... That preseason poll was the only time since the 1987-88 preseason poll that Arizona was not ranked in the AP poll... Stanford and Duke are second with 71 straight weeks in the AP top-25... North Carolina had been ranked in the AP poll for 172 consecutive weeks before falling out a month ago... That was the second-longest streak in history, trailing only UCLA's 221 weeks from 1966-80... Earlier this season, Kentucky saw its run of 164 consecutive weeks ranked in the AP top-25 come to an end as well... Overall, Arizona has been ranked in the regular season Top-25 rankings for 215 straight weeks.

Arizona Single Season Block Chart
 1. Loren Woods, 102    1999-00
 2. Anthony Cook, 84    1988-89
 3. Anthony Cook, 75    1987-88
 4. Anthony Cook, 69    1986-87
 5. Anthony Cook, 50    1985-86

Block Party: Junior center Loren Woods has provided the UA basketball program with a luxury it has been without for a while a legitimate shot blocker... With 102 blocks already this season (3.9 bpg), he has already set the Arizona record for blocks in a season... Anthony Cook had the school record of 84 blocks, set in 1988-89... The Pac-10 single season record is 124 blocks, set by ASU's Mario Bennett in 1994-95 (for those of you who are wondering, the NCAA record for blocks in a season is 207, set by Navy's David Robinson in 1986)... In addition to his NCAA record tying 14 blocks against Oregon, Woods also has 10 blocks in a game once this season (Washington State) and seven blocks in a game three times (Notre Dame, Nebraska and New Mexico)... Last year, the Cats accounted for 93 blocks on the season and this year -- Woods alone had just nine more than that total... This season, the team has 165 blocks.

The Kids are Alright: The starting freshman guard tandem of Jason Gardner and Gilbert Arenas have been major reasons for the UA's 23-4 start... They are combining for 27.5 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 7.0 apg and 3.7 spg... They are No. 1 & 2 in steals on the team... Gardner, who was the top vote getter with 51% of the votes on's Jan. 27 question "who is the Pac-10's top freshman?", leads the team in minutes and assists, averaging 36.4 mpg and 5.0 apg (he has played all 40 minutes seven times this season)... In the home swing against USC and UCLA, he averaged 17.5 ppg, 8.5 apg, 6.0 rpg, 4.0 spg... He was 12-of-23 from the floor (.521) and 7-of-15 from the 3PT line (.466)... The frosh played 79 of a possible 80 minutes and had just two turnovers (17 assists)... At Arizona State, he played well beyond his years, scoring 16 points to go with seven assists, four rebounds and four steals, while playing a part in the defensive effort on ASU's Eddie House... As for Arenas, he is averaging 24.3 ppg in the last four outings, scoring a career-high 29 against Arizona State last weekend... He hounded ASU's Eddie House for the second time this year, holding him to a 3-of-15 shooting performance and just seven points... Prior to that he had 24 at Washington State, 21 against USC and 23 against UCLA... At WSU, he was 11-of-14 from the floor and had five rebounds, four assists and three steals... In the first game against Arizona State, he scored a then-career and game-high 24 points (10-of-13 shooting from the floor) to go with a career-best eight rebounds and he too was a part of the "box-and-one" defense on House that wreaked havoc... Gardner had an excellent weekend the first time he played the L.A. schools as well... In the games at UCLA and USC, he scored 45 points... He was 11-of-22 from the floor, 17-of-20 from the free throw line and 6-of-14 from three-point land (he had a career-high 25 points against USC)... The tandem was exceptional at UCLA, as they combined for 38 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals... Gardner had 20 points, six assists and four rebounds, while Arenas netted 18 and was 7-of-11 from the floor... They backed that up with a 41-point, 8-rebound night at USC... Gardner had a big performance in the win over Stanford, scoring 22 points to go with a career-best six rebounds and four assists... He was 4-of-5 from the three-point line... They enjoyed their time in the Madison Square Garden limelight for the Preseason NIT, appearing in their own version of an off-Broadway "CATS" performance... They were both named to the Preseason NIT All-Tournament team, while Arenas was the tourney's MVP... Arenas averaged 17.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.0 apg and 3.5 spg, helping Arizona beat Notre Dame and Kentucky... He went for a game and career-high 20 points in the title game versus UK... As for Gardner, he averaged 9.5 ppg, 4.0 apg, 2.0 spg and only turned the ball over once while playing in 72 of a possible 80 minutes.

Pac-10 Team of the Decade???: Arizona had the most wins of any Pac-10 team in the 1990s (266), won five Pac-10 Conference crowns and tied for one other... UCLA was second with four Pac-10 conference titles that decade... For conference games only, Arizona's record of 140-40 was the best in the league, with UCLA at No. 2 with a 134-46 mark... The Cats went to the NCAA Tournament each year in the 1990s and won it all in 1997... There were 18 All-Pac-10 first team selections from Arizona, four Pac-10 Players of the Year and two Pac-10 Freshmen of the Year... Arizona has not recorded a double-digit loss total since 1986-87... The Wildcats' seven All-Americans during the 1990s trailed only Duke's 10... UA and North Carolina were tied for second-most All-Americans in the 1990s.

Roster Additions: A member of Arizona's football team, Peter Hansen, was added to the Arizona basketball roster to help the team out because of the roster depletions... His first day or practice was Jan. 12, and at 6-foot-8, 235 pounds, he is able to give the team an extra big body to go against in practice... He has played in three games so far (at ASU, at WSU, UCLA)... The football team's designated "extra point and field goal blocker", he is a walk-on to the football team who started his career as a quarterback... He went to Palo Alto HS in Palo Alto, Calif... A two-year letterman for the hoops team there... In his two-year career for the Arizona football team, he has blocked three field goals and two PAT's... Last football season, he blocked field goal attempts against Oregon State and UCLA, and knocked down a point after attempt against Washington... In 1998, he blocked an extra point against Washington, and later altered a field goal attempt by the Husky kicker later in the game...Blocked a Nebraska field goal attempt in the first quarter of the 1998 Holiday Bowl... One other addition is walk-on Russell Harris, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound freshman guard from Mundelein, Ill (Mundelein High School)... His only action of the season was at Washington State when he played two minutes and against UCLA in Tucson (one min./one asst.).

Roster Moves: After Richard Jefferson's injury, there are now only seven scholarship players available for action (Rick Anderson, Gilbert Arenas, Jason Gardner, Luke Walton, Justin Wessel, Loren Woods and Michael Wright)... There are three non-scholarship/walk-on players (John Ash, Josh Pastner and Mike Schwertley)... Two additional scholarship players, Eugene Edgerson and Lamont Frazier, are sitting out this season... Edgerson is out with a redshirt season so he can work on the student-teaching portion of his education degree... Frazier has missed the past 19 games to take care of academic responsibilities and a medical condition -- and as a result of all the missed time, the UA coaching staff will look to redshirt him this season... The deletions from the original roster include freshman center Robertas Javtokas, who decided to return his native Lithuania and play professionally... Junior transfer Luke Recker transferred to Iowa he had come to the UA from Indiana prior to this season, but returned to the Midwest to be closer to his family and girlfriend (Kelly Craig), who was injured in a July car crash... Of the transfer, he said, "After what happened this summer, I feel I need to be closer to my family, Kelly and Jason (Craig) and their family, and many other important people in my life. I have been nothing but extremely impressed with coach Lute Olson and the Arizona program and I will miss them greatly"... The third was sophomore guard Ruben Douglas, who was granted his request for a release from his scholarship on Nov. 14... He has transferred to New Mexico.

Michael Wright
John R. Wooden Award & All-America Candidate
Arizona sophomore forward Michael Wright was named as one of 30 candidates for the John R. Wooden Award as the nation's top college basketball player. He is one of two players from the Pacific-10 Conference to be selected, joining Stanford's Mark Madsen. On the season, Wright is averaging 15.0 ppg, and a Pac-10 high 8.4 rpg, while shooting a Pac-10 best 57.8% from the floor. He has 10 double-doubles, bringing his career total to 22 in 56 career games.

McKale Magic: Arizona has won 57 of its last 59 home games and is 186-11 in McKale Center since the 1987-88 season... When New Mexico beat Arizona on Dec. 21, in McKale Center, it snapped what was the nation's fourth-longest active home winning streak... The Wildcats had won 37 consecutive home games... And up until then, only four players on this year's team had ever experienced a loss in McKale Center (Justin Wessel, Josh Pastner, John Ash & Eugene Edgerson -- those four were on teams that were 47-1 at home -- they are now 56-2 at home)... Prior to the New Mexico game, the last loss for the UA in McKale Center was a 66-64 defeat to UCLA on Feb. 13, 1997... During that time, the Cats have lost three non-conference games (New Mexico - Dec. 21, 1999; Syracuse - Dec. 23, 1995; Arkansas - Dec. 6, 1992)... The New Mexico loss also snapped a 23 game home winning streak against consecutive non-conference opponents... Last year was the ninth season in history that Arizona went undefeated at home... Arizona owns an all-time record of 349-65 (.843) in McKale Center... This is the 12th season UA basketball has been sold out in McKale Center on a season-ticket basis... Only 10 pairs of mid-level tickets and 20 pairs of upper level tickets were not renewed for this year.

Road Warriors: Counting this week's trip to Oregon, Arizona has played in 12 different locales and four separate time zones while logging 18,635 travel miles this season... Further, the team will have been through through 15 different airports and on 35 different plane flights.

Arizona in 1999-00 Polls/Week-by-Week

Date Record AP USA Today/ESPN Pre. 0-0 #9 #9 11/15 1-0 #10 #9 11/22 2-0 #8 #9 11/29 4-0 #4 #4 12/6 6-0 #2 #2 12/13 7-1 #4 #3 12/20 9-1 #3 #2 12/27 9-2 #5 #4 1/3 11-2 #5 #4 1/10 13-2 #2 #2 1/17 15-2 #2 #2 1/24 16-3 #5 #4 1/31 17-4 #9 #5 2/7 19-4 #7 #7 2/14 21-4 #4 #4 2/21 23-4 #4 #4 2/28 24-4 #3 #3

Jefferson's Starship: Prior to going down with his foot injury, sophomore forward and Phoenix product Richard Jefferson and was a regular on the various "Plays of the Week" shows... He will get his chance to get back at again this week after receiving clearance to play... One of the most athletic players in the country, he had turned in a solid season, while providing more than a fair share of highlight reel dunks and blocks... Prior to the injury, he was fourth on the team in scoring (12.2 ppg) and first in three-point shooting (.452/14-31) -- he is still second on the team in blocks, even though he has missed the last 10 games... He was third in field goal percentage (.532) and rebounding (4.9 rpg)... He was second in assists (3.3 apg)... Earlier this season, he was a subject of's question of the day on the college basketball site it asked "who is the best small forward in the country?"... He garnered 12% of the vote to finish fourth behind Michigan State's Morris Peterson, Maryland's Terrance Morris and Cincinnati's Pete Mickeal... He is finally coming into his own as a wing player after spending his high school career as a back-tothe-basket post player... His season was highlighted by a 19-point, five rebound, four assist outing at Texas, that helped lift Arizona to an 88-81 win over the ninth-ranked Longhorns... All 19 points came in the second half when he was 8-of-10 from the floor... He was named to the Fiesta Bowl All-Tournament team.

Lower Output, Same Results: Arizona has scored less than 70 points in a game nine times this season... In the past three seasons combined, the Wildcats only had eight games of less than 70 points...The Cats are averaging 77.2 ppg this season... Conversely, this year's Cats have been playing some pretty stingy defense, allowing only 66.9 ppg... That mark is the best since the 1985-86 club finished the season giving up just 62.3 ppg... Seven teams have scored less than 60 points against Arizona this season.

The UA's record of 345-78 over the course of the past 12+ years (since 1987-88) gives it the nation's best winning percentage during that span (.816).

Groovin' & Truckin': Redshirt freshman Luke Walton has been one of the Cats better all-around players of late... The team's leading assist man in five of the past seven outings, he has been the starting three-man in the past 13 games after Richard Jefferson went down with his injury... His best game of his career came last weekend against Arizona State, when he scored a career-high 23 points to go with a game-high seven assists, a game and career-high three blocks and three steals... He was 7-of-9 from the floor and made his first five shots of the game... In the USC game, he had a career-best five steals and tied a career-high with 13 points... He also had five assists and four rebounds... He had seven assists, six rebounds and six points in the Washington game... Against Oregon State, he scored 12 points to go with a career-best eight assists, six rebounds and three steals... He also turned in good back-to-back games at ASU and LSU...In the LSU outing, he had a career-best 13 points to go with four rebounds and three assists... That was preceded by his "break-out" game the UA coaches had been expecting to come... At Arizona State, he scored a then-career-high 10 points and had a career-best six rebounds and was 5-of-8 from the floor... It would make sense that a "Deadhead" would choose Berkeley -- and the Bay Area -- to not only come out of a shooting slump, but turn in what was until the ASU game, his most impressive performance of the season... Against California, Walton made his first field goal since the IUPUI game back on Dec. 13 -- breaking a five-game drought without a field goal... He had a solid all-around game, scoring five points to go with three rebounds and three assists... His jumper with 2:31 left in the game gave Arizona a 60-58 lead -- an advantage it would never relinquish... Against Stanford, he filled in for an injured Richard Jefferson and played a career-high 32 minutes, including all 20 in the second half... Although he was only 1-of-6 from the floor, he had a game and career-best seven assists... It was his defense and heady play that received the most mention from Lute Olson and Stanford head coach Mike Montgomery... In the Oregon win, he had nine points to go with five boards and a game-high five assists... He had another good all around game against Washington, scoring four points to go with five rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Pac-10 Prognostications: The Wildcats were picked to win the 1999-2000 Pac-10 Conference title, according to a poll of media members who regularly cover the league... The poll showed Arizona getting 32 of the possible 36 first-place votes, edging No. 2 UCLA, which received three first place votes and No. 3 Stanford, which garnered one first place vote... Following the top-three were Oregon, Oregon State, California, USC, Arizona State, Washington and Washington State. This poll has correctly picked the Pac-10 Champion for five years in a row and Arizona has now been the preseason No. 1 pick six times since the poll was started back in 1989.

Ties Count as a Win: With each win by the Arizona basketball team this year, head coach Lute Olson donates the tie he wore in the game to the Tucson YMCA , and in turn they auction off that tie to the public, with all the proceeds going towards their youth programs... So far, his closet is minus 24 ties on the season - including the one he wore at Stanford, which was career win No. 600 -- that piece of his wardrobe was shipped to the Basketball Hall of Fame, where it will be displayed in a temporary display honoring his 600th victory.

Woods' and the Wildcats' Block of Charity: In recognition of his breaking the University of Arizona record for blocked shots in a single season, The River Internet Access Company donated $500 to the University of Arizona General Scholarship Fund in the name of Loren Woods... This donation ties in with The River's season-long commitment to local charities of $25 per blocked shot made during all U of A games televised by Fox Sports Net Arizona.

Pretty Good Success: Dating back to the first round loss of the 1986 Big Apple NIT, Arizona has won 68 of its last 74 games that have been played as part of an in-season tournament or one-game special event (i.e. Bank One Fiesta Bowl Classic, Preseason NIT, Maui Invitational, Great Eight Classic, Las Vegas Showdown, Great Alaska Shootout, Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic, etc., etc.)... This season, Arizona is 7-1 in such events, going 4-0 in the Preseason NIT, losing to Connecticut at the Great Eight, beating Nebraska in the Las Vegas Showdown and beating UNC-Wilmington and Delaware in the opening round of the Fiesta Bowl Classic.

Counting Classes: The 1999-2000 Arizona basketball roster is relatively young... From top-to-bottom, it is comprised of just two seniors, of which only one will play, due to Eugene Edgerson's redshirt season (Josh Pastner, who has played just 95 minutes in his four year career is the lone "playing" senior)... After that, there are four juniors two of whom had never played in a game for the Cats before the Kansas State season opener (Wake Forest transfer Loren Woods & junior college transfer Lamont Frazier)... Then there are three sophomores, one redshirt freshman and three true freshmen.

Happy Action Graduation Time: If getting your undergraduate degree in just two-and-a-half years was not enough, Arizona senior Josh Pastner has pushed the envelope even further with his most recent scholastic accomplishment... On Dec. 18, he received his master's degree in teaching & teacher education, taking just three-and-a-half years to do so... He walked in the University of Arizona's graduation ceremonies on Saturday morning, and then boarded a plane to Las Vegas to meet up with the team for that night's game against Nebraska... Last year the road trip and graduation day was exactly the same as well, when he received his undergraduate degree in family studies... He walked the morning of Dec. 19, 1998 and then flew to Las Vegas later that day for the Cats' game in the Las Vegas Shootout versus Iowa State.

A Redshirt Year: Arizona is without the services of senior forward Eugene Edgerson this season, as he will redshirt so he can complete his degree requirement in his education major... In order to accomplish his goal of getting his degree and teaching certificate from the UA in four years, he will student teach during the 2000 spring semester, while fulfilling other requirements this fall... He is student teaching kindergarten at Borton Magnet Elementary School in Tucson... He will still practice with the team but will miss practices on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The Golden Arches: This season's roster contains three former McDonald's High School All-Americans freshman Jason Gardner, sophomore Richard Jefferson and junior Loren Woods.

Then There Were Four: Just four players remain from Arizona's 1997 NCAA Championship team Eugene Edgerson, Justin Wessel, John Ash and Josh Pastner.

Who's Gone From 1998-99: Leading the losses from last season are 1998-99 seniors Jason Terry and A.J. Bramlett... Terry was named the National Player of the Year in three circles last year and was the Pac-10 Player of the Year after becoming the first player to lead the league in scoring (21.9 ppg), assists (5.5) and steals (2.8) in the same season since Gary Payton of Oregon State did it in 1989-90... He was No. 10 in the NBA Draft and went to the Atlanta Hawks... Bramlett was an All-Pac-10 selection last season after averaging 14.2 ppg, 9.4 rpg... He was drafted in the second round of the NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers... Both Terry and Bramlett were members of four Arizona teams that went 103-28 (55-4 at home), winning a national title (1997), a Pac-10 crown and they were 11-3 in the NCAA Tournament... Jason Stewart was the third senior last year, while freshman guard Traves Wilson transferred in the off-season.

Arizona's NCAA Tournament History: Last year marked the 18th time Arizona has made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament and it was the 15th invite under head coach Lute Olson... UA's current string of 15 consecutive appearances in the NCAAs is the second longest streak in NCAA history, trailing only North Carolina's 25 straight invites (UNC's is a current streak as well)... Last season was the 20th time in the last 21 years that Olson has taken a team to the NCAAs... He has directed Arizona to 15 tourneys and a 24-14 record -- and when he was the coach at Iowa, he coached five Hawkeye squads to the NCAAs... With 20 career appearances in the NCAA Tournament, he is tied for fourth on the NCAA's all-time tournament appearance list for head coaches with Adolph Rupp and John Thompson... Over the course of their last 20 NCAA games, the Wildcats own a record of 15-5... In the last five years, Arizona has played in 21 tournament games... Arizona's all-time record in the NCAA Tournament is now 26-17... The Wildcats have been to three Final Fours -- 1988, 1994 & 1997... Arizona has advanced to the Sweet 16 seven times in the last 12 years.

2000 NCAA West Region First/Second Rounds in McKale Center The University of Arizona will host the first and second rounds of the 2000 NCAA Tournament West Region this March 16 & 18 in McKale Center. Tickets are currently on sale for each of the three sessions and cost $90. Ticket orders can be made at the McKale Center ticket office or by calling 520-621-CATS (2287). Media credential applications will be ready in January. Contact media coordinator Tom Duddleston with any questions (520-621-4163).

Former Cats in the NBA: This season, there are nine former Arizona players on NBA rosters -- the list has been cut by three in recent weeks, as A.J. Bramlett, Ben Davis and Khalid Reeves were been released when the final cut-down date hit... The current nine-man list includes, Mike Bibby (Vancouver), Jud Buechler (Detroit), Michael Dickerson (Vancouver), Sean Elliott (San Antonio/injured list), Steve Kerr (San Antonio), Chris Mills (Golden State), Sean Rooks (Dallas), Damon Stoudamire (Portland) and Jason Terry (Atlanta).

Shooting Sets the Tone: Since the 1996-97 season, Arizona is 82-4 in games when it has a better shooting percentage than its opponent... The Wildcats are 21-0 this year, 19-1 last season, 23-2 the year before and 18-1 in 1996-97 campaign.

80s Preservation Society: In the past four years, the UA is 87-8 when it scores 80 or more points in a game... Further, since the 1992-93 season, Arizona is 148-15 when it scores 80 or more... The Cats are 12-0 this year, were 15-2 in 1998-99, 26-3 in 1997-98 and 19-2 in 1996-97.

Prowlin' With the Wildcats: Here's the upcoming broadcast schedule for Fox Sports Net Arizona's bi-weekly magazine show about University of Arizona athletics -- "Prowlin' with the Wildcats"...Wed., Feb. 23, 9 p.m./Fri., Feb. 25, 9 p.m. (repeat); Wed., Mar. 8, 7 p.m.; Wed., Mar. 22, 5 p.m./Fri., Mar. 24, 7 p.m. (repeat); Wed., April 5, 3:30 p.m./Sat., April 8, 5 p.m. (repeat); Thurs., April 20, 3:30 p.m./Sat., April 22, 3:30 p.m. (repeat).

Surfin' With The Cats: Follow Arizona basketball games on the internet at Go to the TotalCast portion of the site to see the live real-time play-by-play updates of each of the Arizona men's basketball games.

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