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Release: 11/18/2007
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Game 3:? No. 17 Arizona (1-1) vs. UMKC (1-2)

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Date: ? Monday, Nov. 19, 2007

Time: ? 7:30 p.m. MST

Location: ? Olson Court, McKale Center (14,545), Tucson, Ariz.

Radio: ? Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)

TV: ?FSN (Dave Sitton/Bob Elliott)

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Game data: ? No. 17 Arizona (1-1, 0-0 Pac-10) begins a stretch of three games in six days Monday against UMKC (1-2, 0-0 Summit League) in McKale Center ... The Kangaroos average 25.6 three-point attempts per game while Arizona is allowing an average of 9.5 made treys in 19.5 attempts per game.

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The Rankings: ? Arizona currently is ranked No. 17 in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls.? 2007-08 marks the 20th time in the last 21 seasons that the Cats opened the season nationally ranked.

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Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson . . . will begin his 25th season at Arizona and his 35th overall as a college head coach with a career record of 780-280 (.736) and 589-187 (.759) at Arizona upon his return from a leave of absence, which was announced on Nov. 4 ... 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 Arizonaˇ?s career victories leader (510) on Jan. 17, 2004 ... He has the most Pac-10 wins (327) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.764/327-101) and second-most league championships won (11) in Pac-10 history (minimum three years), trailing only UCLAˇ?s John Wooden (.810/304-74/16 titles)?... 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, ˇ®89, ˇ®90, 2002) and been to the NCAA Tournament for 23 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, ˇ®88, ˇ®89, ˇ®93, ˇ®94, ˇ®98, 2003), the Big Ten Coach of the Year twice (1979 & ˇ®81) and directed the UA program to the nationˇ?s third-best winning percentage over the past 20 years (519-142/.785) ... In his collegiate career, Olson has produced 52 NBA Draft picks, including 31 at Arizona ?C 25 alone since 1990 ... Heˇ?s led UA to 20 consecutive 20-win seasons and has 29 overall in his career, making him one of only three head coaches in NCAA history to record 29 or more 20-win seasons...Under Olson, the Cats are 344-40 (.896) in McKale Center and have won 272 of its last 296 home games ... He is assisted by Kevin Oˇ?Neill, Josh Pastner and Miles Simon.

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Last Time out: ? Virginia built an 11-point halftime lead on the strength of nine first half treys and withstood an Arizona rally to earn a 75-72 win Saturday night.? Trailing by one with 26 seconds to go, UA forced a five-second call, but responded with a turnover of its own on the ensuing inbounds play and couldnˇ?t get a potential tying bucket on its final possession.? Jerryd Bayless led the Cats with 21 points, including 13 in the second half.

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Scouting UMKC: ? The Kangaroos enter play Monday with a 1-2 record after a 77-62 loss at Northern Arizona on Saturday.? Through three games, UMKC averages 67.7 points per game, shoots 41.3 percent (69-of-167) from the field and is outrebounded by an average of 10.7 rebounds per game.? Nearly half (46.1 percent) of UMKCˇ?s field goal attempts come from behind the arc.? Individually, three Kangaroos average in double figures, led by Brent Stephensˇ? 18.7 points per game average.

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The Series: ? This is the first meeting of the two schools.

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Against the Summit League: ? Arizona has an all-time record of 4-1 (.800) record against teams that currently reside in the Summit League.? The last time UA faced a Summit League foe came Dec. 13, 1999, in a 70-41 UA win over IUPUI in McKale Center.? The Summit League was formerly known as the Mid-Continent Conference.

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A Different Look on the Sidelines: ? Prior to the Nov. 4 exhibition game, it was announced that UA head coach Lute Olson would be taking a leave of absence due to a personal matter.? There has been no timetable set for his return.? During this period, assistant coach Kevin Oˇ?Neill will handle the head coaching responsibilities.

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Back At It: ? Interim head coach Kevin Oˇ?Neill has 11 seasons as an NCAA Division I head coach, where he compiled a 152-165 (.479) record while at Marquette, Tennessee and Northwestern.? His last appearance on the collegiate sidelines prior to this came March 9, 2000, in a 51-41 loss to Wisconsin at the Big Ten Conference Tournament in Chicago.? Oˇ?Neill spent the last seven seasons in NBA circles.? During Lute Olsonˇ?s leave of absence all games will be credited to Oˇ?Neill.

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Nail Biters: ? Saturdayˇ?s three-point loss was, obviously, the first of the season for the Wildcats, but it marked the second game decided by 10 points or less.? With a 1-1 record, itˇ?s worth mentioning that Arizona is 19-20 in games decided by 10 points or less since the start of the 2005-06 season.

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That Just Doesnˇ?t Happen: ? Virginiaˇ?s win on Saturdayˇ?s marked the first time since 1978 that Arizona has lost a home game in November.? The streak covered a total of 28 games over those 29 seasons.? The last time UA lost in McKale Center in November came on Nov. 24, 1978, in an 84-82 decision to Arizona State in what was a non-conference game in UAˇ?s first season in the Pac-10 Conference.? Incidentally, there were 11 seasons during the streak in which Arizona played no home games in November due to scheduling.

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On Target: ? Led by Jerryd Baylessˇ? 4-of-8 effort from behind the arc, Arizona connected on 47.1 percent of its three-point attempts against Virginia.? That was a significant improvement over the 6-of-22 (.273) effort from long range in the season opener vs. Northern Arizona.? On the season, Arizona is shooting 35.9 percent (14-of-39) from three-point range.

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Sharing the Ball: ? Bolstered by the fact that four Wildcats set or matched career highs on Saturday, Arizona passed out a season-high 20 assists on 26 field goals against the Cavaliers.? Chase Budinger (5), Jawann McClellan (4), Daniel Dillon (3) and Nic Wise (3) all equaled or bettered career bests in making passes that lead to buckets.? Through two games, Chase Budinger and Jerryd Bayless lead the Cats with a 4.5 assists per game average.

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Stolen Moments: ? Arizona collected seven steals against Virginia to boost the season total to 13.? That figure is more than twice as many as opponents have tallied through two games (6).? In fact, senior guard Daniel Dillon has as many steals individually as do UA opponents.

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Chasing Greatness: ? Preseason All-American Chase Budinger is off to a nice start, averaging team-leading figures of 20.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.? The 6-foot-7 forward is shooting 44.8 percent (13-of-29) from the field, including 50 percent (4-of-8) from three-point range, and has knocked down all 10 free throw attempts to go with a 3:1 assist:turnover ratio.?

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A Lack of Control: ? One area that needs improvement is the rebounding, as the Cats have been outrebounded in both contests to date.? While the rebound margin is -5.0 per game, it was nearly equal Saturday against Virginia (26-27).? Over the last three seasons, Arizona is 15-10 (.600) when outrebounded.

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Gotta Get Better: ? Another figure that must show improvement is UAˇ?s field goal percentage defense.? In its two games, Arizona is allowing opponents to shoot 47.6 percent (50-of-105) from the field.? Virginia posted a .510 field goal percentage in Saturdayˇ?s game.? UA opponents have shot 50 percent or better in three of four halves of basketball this season.? As witnessed in the Virginia game (12-of-21/.571), UA opponents have been successful from long range, connecting on 13-of-39 attempts (.487) from behind the arc.

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Into the Spotlight: ? Daniel Dillon earned the second start of his career against Virginia (85 career appearances) and came through with five points, three boards, three assists and two steals in 37 total minutes.? The assist and minutes played were new career highs.? His only other career start came on Dec. 3, 2005, at Houston.? The 6-foot-3 senior guard from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, is averaging 25 minutes per game this year, a figure that nearly triples his career average (9.1 mpg) entering this season.

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An Unlikely Leader: ? When thinking of blocked shots, one might think that those tall frontcourt players might have an advantage, but through two games the Arizona leader is 6-foot-4 guard Jawann McClellan.? McClellan, a 6-foot-4 Houston, Texas, native, has four blocks in the first tow games to lead the team.? McClellan has a pair of blocks in both games to date, and interestingly, was joined in the blocked shot column Saturday by 5-foot-10 guard Nic Wise, who tallied his first career swat.

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More in the Middle: ? Sophomore Jordan Hill posted 14 points and five rebounds vs. Virginia on 5-of-7 shooting from the field and 4-of-4 accuracy from the free throw line.? For the 6-foot-10 native of Atlanta, Ga.,? it was his first double figure game of the season and the seventh of his career.? To date, Hill is averaging 11.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 64.3 percent (9-of-14) from the floor.? Those seven double-figure scoring games have come in Hillˇ?s last 15 appearances dating back to last year.

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Pac-10 Prognostications: ? According to media members that regularly cover the Pacific-10 Conference, Arizona was picked to finish fourth in this yearˇ?s Pac-10 race.? Arizona received 238 points, trailing UCLA, Washington State and Oregon. The last time UA was predicted to finish this low was in the 2001-02 preseason poll.? On a historical note, the Wildcats have been the preseason favorite 11 times in the last 18 years.? The complete poll is listed at left.

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Springboard to the Next Level: ? With the 2007-08 National Basketball Association regular season underway, no fewer than 10 former Arizona Wildcats are on the opening day NBA rosters.? Only three schools nationally have more alumni in the league (Connecticut, 13; North Carolina, 12; Duke, 12).? Here is the complete list:? Gilbert Arenas, Washington Wizards; Mike Bibby, Sacramento Kings; Channing Frye, Portland TrailBlazers; Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 76ers; Richard Jefferson, New Jersey Nets; Mustafa Shakur, Sacramento Kings; Damon Stoudamire, Memphis Grizzlies; Salim Stoudamire, Atlanta Hawks; Jason Terry, Dallas Mavericks; and Luke Walton, Los Angeles Lakers.? There have been at least 10 former Wildcats in the NBA in six of the last eight seasons and no fewer than eight during that span.

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More on the NBA: ? Bolstered by UAˇ?s 10 alumni in the NBA, the Pac-10 Conference had a total of 45 former players on opening day rosters, a figure that ranks third among conferences nationally.? Here is the breakdown by league:? 1.) Atlantic Coast and Big East, 54; 3.) Pac-10, 45; 4.) Southeastern, 41; 5.) Big 12, 35; and 6.)? Big Ten, 33.

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Early Signees: ? The Arizona coaching staff signed four student-athletes to National-Letters-of-Intent during the November early signing period.? Brandon Jennings (G, 6-0, 170) from Lakewood, Calif., Oak Hill Academy; Brendon Lavender (G, 6-4, 180) from Mesa, Ariz., Mountain View High School;? Emmanuel Negedu (F, 6-7, 230) from Bloomington, Ind., Brewster Academy; Jeff Withey (C, 6-11, 240) from San Diego, Calif., Horizon High School, will join the squad next fall.? According to rivals.com, this class was ranked as the seventh-best nationally.

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Up Next: ? The Wildcats return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 21, by hosting Adams State College.? The contest is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. MST and will be televised by FSN Arizona.? Following that game, UA travels to Lawrence, Kan., to face No. 4 Kansas on Sunday, Nov. 25.? That game can be seen on ESPN at 7 p.m .CST.

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