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20070203 Men's Basketball Game Notes, 2/3/2007
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Release: 02/03/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><A name=OLE_LINK2></A><A name=OLE_LINK1><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Game 22:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>No. 20 </SPAN></B></SPAN></A><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> (14-7, 5-5) vs. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State> (14-7, 4-6)<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 225.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Date:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 225.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Time:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>11:30 a.m. MST<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 225.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Location:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:Street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">Olson Court</st1:address></st1:Street>, <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType> (14,545), <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Tucson</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State></st1:place><B><o:p></o:p></B></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; tab-stops: 225.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Radio:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; tab-stops: 225.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">TV: </SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>FSN (Steve Physioc/Marques Johnson)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; tab-stops: 225.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Game Data:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>No. 20 Arizona (14-7, 5-5 Pac-10) attempts to get back on the winning side of the ledger Saturday morning by hosting Washington (14-7, 4-6 Pac-10) in McKale Center ... Arizona and Washington enter the game with nearly identical records and are trying to right the proverbial ship following near-disastrous stretches of the schedule ? UW lost six of its first seven league games, while UA has lost six of its last eight tilts ... From the &ldquo;Racehorse Basketball&rdquo; file:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>in conference games, both squads are allowing more than 74 points per game.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Rankings:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After splitting two games last week, Arizona slipped to No. 20 in the <I>Associated Press</I> Top 25 poll and to No. 22 the ESPN/<I>USA Today</I> Coaches poll.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats have been ranked in each poll to date this season.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona Head Coach <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A> . . . </SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">is in his 24th season at Arizona and his 34th overall as a college head coach with a career record of 775-276 (.737) and 583-184 (.760) at Arizona ... He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 27, 2002 ... Olson became the 16th coach in basketball history to tally 1,000 career victories (covering all levels) on Dec. 11, 2004 ... Olson recorded his 775th collegiate victory on Jan. 24, 2007, and became Arizona&rsquo;s career victories leader (510) on Jan. 17, 2004 ... He has the most Pac-10 wins (321) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.764/321-99) and second-most league championships won (11) in Pac-10 history (minimum three years), trailing only UCLA&rsquo;s John Wooden (.810/304-74/16 titles)<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>... During his 24-year tenure at Arizona, the Wildcats have won one national championship (1997), played in the national championship game (2001), participated in four Final Fours (1988, 1994, 1997, 2001), won 11 Pac-10 Conference titles, four Pac-10 Tournament crowns (1988, ?89, ?90, 2002) and been to the NCAA Tournament for 22 consecutive seasons, which is the longest active and second-longest streak in NCAA history (North Carolina, 27) ... He also led Iowa to the 1980 Final Four ... Olson has been named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year seven times (1986, ?88, ?89, ?93, ?94, ?98, 2003), the Big Ten Coach of the Year twice (1979 &amp; ?81) and directed the UA program to the nation&rsquo;s second-best winning percentage over the past 19 years (499-131/.792) ... In his collegiate career, Olson has produced 49 NBA Draft picks, including 30 at Arizona ? 21 alone since 1990 ... He&rsquo;s led UA to 19 consecutive 20-win seasons and has 28 overall in his career, making him one of only three head coaches in NCAA history to record 28 or more 20-win seasons...<B> </B>Under Olson, the Cats are 343-38 (.900) in <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType> and have won 271 of its last 293 home games ... He is assisted by <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39540"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39540">Jim Rosborough</A></A>, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39516"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39516">Josh Pastner</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181087"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181087">Miles Simon</A></A> ... Olson is 33-17 against <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Last Time Out:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> fought back from an eight-point deficit and took a one-point lead only to surrender a decisive 8-0 run late in the second half as No. 18 Washington State claimed a 72-66 win Thursday in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Cougars shot 50.9 percent from the field, including 50 percent from three-point range in earning its first sweep over <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> since 1983.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Daven Harmeling&rsquo;s trey with 19 seconds to go iced the win.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UA&rsquo;s <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241">Chase Budinger</A></A> led all scorers with 19 points.<B><o:p></o:p></B></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Scouting <st1:State w:st="on">Washington</st1:State>:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Huskies (14-7, 4-6 Pac-10) enter today&rsquo;s game riding a three-game win streak following Thursday&rsquo;s 66-61 win at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>As a team, UW averages 81.5 points per game, shoots 47.8 percent (630-of-1,318) from the field and posts a +9.6 per game rebound margin.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Defensively, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State> allows 75.6 points per game and a .450 field goal percentage.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Four Huskies average in double figures, led by Spencer Hawes&rsquo; 15.0 points per game figure.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Jon Brockman leads the club with a 9.6 rebounds per game mark.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Series:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Today&rsquo;s game marks the 61st meeting of the two schools with <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> holding a 39-21 series advantage. <st1:State w:st="on">Washington</st1:State> has won six of the last nine in the series, but UA claimed a 96-87 win in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Seattle</st1:place></st1:City> on Jan. 4 in the last get-together. All-time, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> is 21-6 in series games played in <st1:City w:st="on">Tucson</st1:City>, 17-13 in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Seattle</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Wash.</st1:State></st1:place>, and 1-2 in neutral site games. See page 102 of the UA media guide for more series information.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Last Meeting:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arizona 96, <st1:State w:st="on">Washington</st1:State> 87, Jan. 4, 2007:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> shot a blistering 76.2 percent (16-of-21) from the floor in the second half to outlast <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Four Wildcats scored more than 20 points as the squad erased a 14-point first-half deficit and won its 12th straight game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UA held <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State> to just one field goal in the last 4:27 and outscored the Huskies 9-3 in that span.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241">Chase Budinger</A></A> scored 23 points, while <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68648"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68648">Jawann McClellan</A></A> chipped in with 22, and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542">Mustafa Shakur</A></A> added 21 points and 11 assists. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Early to Rise:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>This morning&rsquo;s game is the third of four regular season games to tip-off at noon or earlier local time.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>All of the games, coincidentally, were scheduled for <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Currently, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 1-1 in those games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The last such early tip comes on Saturday, Feb. 17, against UCLA, which will start at 11 a.m. MST and air on CBS-TV.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Dubious Distinction:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Thursday&rsquo;s loss marked the Wildcats&rsquo; second straight loss at <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType>, which marks the first back-to-back home defeats for <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> since the 1983-84 season:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Jan. 12-14, 1984, vs. the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State> schools.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">A Rarity:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> enters today&rsquo;s game with a 14-7 record.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Only nine times in <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A>&rsquo;s previous 23 seasons in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tucson</st1:place></st1:City> have the Wildcats finished the season with more than seven defeats.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>If one takes a look at Pac-10 play, UA has finished the season with more than its current five league defeats only six times.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Decisive Stretch:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>As mentioned above, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> fought back from an eight-point deficit in the second half Thursday and took a 57-56 lead over <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> with 7:44 to go.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>What transpired next proved decisive in WSU&rsquo;s six-point victory.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Cougars scored on four of it&rsquo;s next six possessions, while <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> scored on just one of its six possessions, which gave WSU a five-point lead.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Antithesis of Clutch:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats were just 1-of-6 from the field in the last five minutes of Thursday&rsquo;s loss.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That 16.7 percent marksmanship is obviously difficult to overcome in any contest, and it has severely affected the Wildcats in its seven losses to date.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In those seven games, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> has shot a combined 18-of-51 (.353) from the field in the last five minutes of regulation (including overtime in the Jan. 6 game at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Five of the seven losses have been by six points or less.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Off Target:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arizona&rsquo;s field goal shooting has dipped over the last eight games, as the Cats have connected on 194-of-459 (.423) of its attempts in that span, a figure that is down significantly from its season percentage of .487.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UA has shot 50 percent from the field only once in the last eight games after accomplishing the feat eight times in its first 13 outings.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Alter the Long Range Goals:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The greatest contributor to UA&rsquo;s falling field goal percentage is its accuracy from three-point range.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Over the last eight games, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has connected on only 22.4 percent (33-of-147) of its three-point field goal attempts.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>By comparison, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> was shooting 42.3 percent (94-of-222) from three point range.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Book It:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Who wouldn&rsquo;t take an 86 percent success rate.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Through 21 UA games to date, the team with the highest field goal percentage has won 18 times.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>And in two of the three occasions that proved not to be true, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> posted the higher field goal percentage (at <st1:State w:st="on">Virginia</st1:State>, vs. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State>).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>This year, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 13-2 when outshooting the opposition and 1-5 when not.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">A Difference:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is in the middle of a stretch where it has lost six of its last eight games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In the two victories in that stretch (Jan. 11 vs. <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> and Jan. 24 vs. <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType>), <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> shot a combined 53-of-107 (.495) from the field.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In those five losses, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> combined to shoot 141-of-352 (.401) from the field.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Additionally, in its last six losses, Wildcat opponents are averaging 79.5 points per game, nearly six points better than the season average.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Remember When?:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Prior to this recent eight-game slump, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> was shooting an impressive .527 (396-of-752) from the field as a team.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That high-water mark was reached on Jan. 4 following UA&rsquo;s 96-87 win at Washington where the Cats connected on 32-of-49 (.653) field goal attempts in what <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A> called his team&rsquo;s best offensive performance of the season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In that contest, UA and UW combined to shoot 58.6 percent (68-of-116) from the field.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Off The Bench:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Due to an ankle injury suffered during the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">North Carolina</st1:place></st1:State> game, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A> come off the bench for the first time this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The 6-foot-7 forward registered 12 points and seven rebounds, while equaling a season high with four assists in 29 minutes vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Showing Consistency:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Freshman <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542242"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542242">Jordan Hill</A></A> seems to be displaying the kind of consistency (as much as could be expected in three games) needed in the post rotation.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The 6-foot-9 forward from <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Atlanta</st1:place></st1:City> is averaging 10.0 points and 8.3 rebounds in 25.3 minutes during that span, while shooting 75.0 percent (12-of-16) from the field.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Those stats far outdistance the 3.3 points and 3.1 rebounds Hill is averaging on the year.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Dutch Boys:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats proved to enjoy the paint on Thursday, as the club posted a 32-12 advantage in points in the paint.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>All told, 16 of the team&rsquo;s 22 field goals on Thursday were scored in the lane.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Included in the effort was a 24-6 advantage in the first half.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Despite those advantages, UA trailed by three at the break and by six at the final buzzer.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">From the Line:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Senior <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534">Ivan Radenovic</A></A> made 5-of-5 free throws Thursday to push his free throw percentage to .885 (100-of-113) this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That figure is currently tied for fifth place on the UA single-season FT percentage list.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The effort has also boosted his career FT percentage to .796 (292-of-367), which tied him for ninth on the current UA career chart.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Guarded Optimism:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> collected five blocked shots in Saturday&rsquo;s game against <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">North Carolina</st1:place></st1:State>, a figure that was one shy of its season high.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Interestingly, four of the five blocks were registered by its starting guards <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542">Mustafa Shakur</A></A> (2) and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68648"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68648">Jawann McClellan</A></A> (2).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>For Shakur and McClellan it set and equaled a new career high for blocks in a single game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It was McClellan&rsquo;s 10<SPAN style="POSITION: relative; TOP: -2.5pt; mso-text-raise: 2.5pt">th</SPAN><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>blocked shot of the season, which ties him for third on the squad.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Scoring 80:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 160-19 (.894) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 10-1 this season when scoring 80 or more points, a feat that has happened in 11 of 20 games this year, but not in the last five games.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Always On the Run:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Early this season, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has shown the ability to post large scoring runs with some regularity.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Here are the ones of note to date:<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">25-0 run over 7:45 vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, Nov. 19 (UA went 11-of-16 during run: NMSU 0-of-10)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">34-11 run over 9:00 vs. Northern <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>, Nov. 15 (UA went 12-of-16 during run: NAU 3-of-16)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">31-9 run over 7:54 vs. <st1:State w:st="on">California</st1:State>, Dec. 28 (UA went 11-of-13 during the run; <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Cal</st1:place></st1:State> 4-of-14)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">28-9 run over 11:22 vs. Samford, Nov. 22 (SU went 3-of-16 with four turnovers during run)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">20-2 run over 5:59 vs. <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Louisville</st1:place></st1:City>, Dec. 5 (UL went 1-of-10; UA 7-of-8 during the run)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">21-4 run over 8:08 vs. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Illinois</st1:place></st1:State>, Dec. 2, 2006 (UA 8-of-12 FGs during run)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">24-8 run over 9:17 at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">San Diego</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, Dec. 9, 2006 (SDSU 4-of-18 FG with five TO during run)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">18-3 run over 4:15 at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Virginia</st1:place></st1:State>, Nov. 12 (UA went 6-of-8 during run: UVa 1-of-8)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">23-8 run over 7:11 vs. UNLV, Nov. 28 (UNLV 3-of-7 with six turnovers during run)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">15-0 run over 2:28 at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State>, Jan. 4 (McClellan 3-of-3 from three-point range, UA 6-of-6 FTs) <o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Early Signees:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Coach Olson and his staff signed five student-athletes to National-Letters-of-Intent during the November early signing period.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Jerryd Bayless (G, 6-3, 193) from Phoenix, Ariz., St. Mary&rsquo;s High School; Jamelle Horne (F, 6-7, 205) from San Diego, Calif., San Diego High School;<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Alex Jacobson (C, 7-1, 223) from Santa Ana, Calif., Mater Dei High School; Zane Johnson (F, 6-6, 200) from Phoenix, Ariz., Thunderbird High School; and Laval Lucas-Perry (G, 6-1, 191) from Grand Blanc, Mich., Powers Catholic High School, will join the squad next fall.<B><SPAN style="TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; tab-stops: 225.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Up Next:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Following today&rsquo;s game, UA will be on the road for five of its last seven tilts.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The trip begins Thursday, Feb. 8, when the club travels to <st1:City w:st="on">Corvallis</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Ore.</st1:State>, to take on <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. PST and can be seen on FSN Arizona.</SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P>
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