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20070131 Men's Basketball Game Notes, 2/1/2007
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Release: 01/31/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Click <A href="http://www.arizonaathletics.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=1600&amp;ATCLID=87302">HERE</A> for ticket information</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><A name=OLE_LINK1><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Game 21:<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"> (14-6, 5-4) vs. No. 18 <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> (17-4, 6-3)<?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>Thursday, Feb. 1, 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>6:30 p.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>FSNAZ (Dave Sitton/Bob Elliott)<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 (14-6, 5-4 Pac-10) opens the second half of conference play Thursday by hosting No. 18 Washington State (17-4, 6-3 Pac-10) in McKale Center ... The Cats look to hold serve at home in the return to Pac-10 play ... The Wildcats were 4-1 in McKale Center in the first trip through the league ... Over the last four home games Arizona is averaging 73.8 points per game, 11.4 points per game lower than its season average at home ... After scoring 80 or more points in 10 of its first 13 games, Arizona has accomplished the feat just once in its last seven contests.<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 775-275 (.738) and 583-183 (.761) 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 (.766/321-98) 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 343-37 (.903) in <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType> and have won 271 of its last 292 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 43-4 against <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">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>Fourth-ranked <st1:State w:st="on">North Carolina</st1:State> controlled this contest from the opening tip and handed <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> its worst home loss in the <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A> era, 92-64, on Saturday. The Tar Heels placed six players in double figures and forced the Wildcats into a season-low 33.9 percent shooting and 20 turnovers.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Leading 21-20 with 10:02 remaining in the first half, UNC closed the half with a 24-5 run to put the game out of reach.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UA freshman <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542242"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542242">Jordan Hill</A></A> notched the first double-double of his career with 13 points and 10 rebounds.<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"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Scouting</SPAN></B></st1:PlaceName><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType>:</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 Cougars (17-4, 6-3 Pac-10) enter tonight&rsquo;s game looking to get back on the winning side of the ledger following Saturday&rsquo;s 77-74 overtime loss to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>As a team, WSU averages 68.7 points per game, shoots 46.8 percent (528-of-1,128) from the field and posts a -2.0 per game rebound margin.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Defensively, WSU allows 58.9 points per game and a .403 field goal percentage.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Two Cougars average in double figures, led by Derrick Low&rsquo;s 15.4 points per game figure.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Kyle Weaver leads the club with a 5.8 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>Tonight&rsquo;s game is 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 48-12 series advantage. <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> has won 41 of the last 43 meetings in the series, which dates back to Dec. 22, 1959, but the Cougars claimed the last one, 77-73 in overtime, on Jan. 6 in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Pullman</st1:place></st1:City>. All-time, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> is 23-6 in series games played in <st1:City w:st="on">Tucson</st1:City>, 20-6 in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Pullman</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Wash.</st1:State></st1:place>, and 5-0 in neutral-site games. Please see page 102 in 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><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> 77, Arizona 73 (OT), Jan. 6, 2007:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> seemed to make every necessary play in earning a four-point win.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>, however, wasn&rsquo;t without chances.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Trailing by seven points with 46 seconds remaining, Arizona outscored WSU, 8-1, the rest of the way to force overtime and actually had the final possession of regulation, but came away empty.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The result ended <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State>&rsquo;s 12-game win streak and was WSU&rsquo;s first win over UA in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Pullman</st1:place></st1:City> since January 1986.<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"><BR>Emerging in the Middle:</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><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542242"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542242">Jordan Hill</A></A> helped <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> split a pair of games last week, including a Pac-10 win over <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, by averaging 12.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game, while shooting 71.4 percent (10-of-14) from the field.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The freshman forward also connected on 5-of-9 (.556) free throws and added a steal.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He opened the week with a career-best 12 points and nine rebounds in the 24-point win over <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> in which he set a season-high with 32 minutes played.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It was also his first career start.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Hill topped that with career-high totals of 13 points and 10 rebounds, to go with a block and steal Saturday vs. No. 4 North Carolina.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It was Hill&rsquo;s first double-double in his career.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Additionally, he tallied 25 points last week, which nearly equaled his 33 points for the year entering the week.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>On the year, Hill is averaging 3.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game, while shooting 60.5 percent 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">With increasing regularity:</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>&rsquo;s 92-64 loss to No. 4 North Carolina Saturday dropped the Wildcats&rsquo; record to 2-3 this season against nationally ranked opponents.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>With No. 18 Washington State in town on Thursday, it marks the fifth consecutive week in which <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> will face a ranked opponent.<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">Back at 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>Junior <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68641"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68641">Bret Brielmaier</A></A> returned to action Saturday just 23 days after suffering a right knee injury in a Jan. 4 shootaround.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The 6-foot-6 forward from <st1:City w:st="on">Mankato</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Minn.</st1:State>, logged seven minutes vs. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">North Carolina</st1:place></st1:State>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>On the year, Brielmaier is averaging 1.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in 12 appearances.<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">Unfortunate Occurrence:</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>Not only was Saturday&rsquo;s loss the worst at home in the <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A> era, it was also the second-worst loss by <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> (any location) in the last 24 seasons.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Only a 30-point loss at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> on Dec. 21, 2001, topped Saturday&rsquo;s margin of defeat.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Here is the complete list:<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">30 ? 105-75, at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State>; Dec. 21, 2001<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; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">28 ? 92-64, vs. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">North Carolina</st1:place></st1:State>, Jan. 27, 2007<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></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">26 ? 86-60, at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Louisiana</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, Jan. 29, 2000<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 ? 76-51, vs. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Utah</st1:place></st1:State>, March 21, 1998 (NCAA West Regional Final)<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">23 ? 84-61, at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, Dec. 2, 1989<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">How important is Offensive Efficiency?:<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">Poor shooting and a plethora of turnovers did in the Wildcats Saturday, as the team shot a season-low 33.9 percent (20-of-59) from the field and equaled a season high with 20 turnovers.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The effort led to season-low totals of 25 first-half points and 64 total points for the game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Aside from those figures, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> measured up statistically with <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">North Carolina</st1:place></st1:State>, equaling UNC on the boards, 43-43, and outscoring them from the free throw line, 23-9.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Not surprisingly, field goal percentage and turnovers prove to be a telling statistics.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 9-0 this season when shooting 50 percent or better from the field and 9-1 when committing the same or fewer turnovers than the opposition.<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 five of its last seven 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 119-of-299 (.398) from the field.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Additionally, in its last five losses, Wildcat opponents are averaging 80.2 points per game, nearly seven points better than the season average.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Incidentally, prior to this recent slump, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> was shooting .527 (396-of-752) 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 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>Included in Saturday&rsquo;s shooting effort was a 1-of-23 (.043) accuracy from three-point range.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Only a <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542">Mustafa Shakur</A></A> trey with 2:10 remaining kept the Wildcats from a dubiously impressive 0-fer from behind the arc.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats missed its first 19 three-point attempts against the Tar Heels.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Had Shakur&rsquo;s lone trey not gone down, it would have been just the third time that <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> had finished a game without a trey since the advent of the three-point shot in 1986-87.<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">Positives:</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> did a nice job on the boards and getting to the line against <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">North Carolina</st1:place></st1:State>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> was even with <st1:State w:st="on">North Carolina</st1:State> on the boards (43-43), marking just the third time in 21 games this season that <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">North Carolina</st1:place></st1:State> had not outrebounded the opposition.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Furthermore, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> outscored <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">North Carolina</st1:place></st1:State> 23-9 from the free throw line on Saturday.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Entering Saturday&rsquo;s game, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">North Carolina</st1:place></st1:State> was scoring twice as many points per game (17.7-8.9) from the free throw line as the opposition.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UA&rsquo;s +14 scoring advantage was the best against the Tar Heels this 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">Bouncing Back:</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 playing just five first-half minutes vs. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">North Carolina</st1:place></st1:State> on Saturday due to foul trouble, freshman <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241">Chase Budinger</A></A> bounced back in the second half with 16 points and seven rebounds.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In two games last week, Budinger led <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> in scoring by averaging 18.5 points.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He also averaged 8.5 rebounds during the week.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Through 20 games this season, Budinger is averaging 15.6 points and 6.0 rebounds, while shooting 51.8 percent (113-of-218) 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">Streak Stopped:</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=39542"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542">Mustafa Shakur</A></A> tallied just four assists in Saturday&rsquo;s game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It was the first time this season that Shakur had failed to pass out at least five assists.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Dating back to last season, the 6-foot-3 guard from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Philadelphia</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Pa.</st1:State></st1:place>, had passed out at least five assists in 21 consecutive games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>This season, Shakur is averaging 14.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 7.4 assists 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">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>The Wildcats return to action on Saturday, Feb. 3, by hosting <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Tip-off is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. MST and can be seen nationally on Fox Sports Net.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Following that game, five of <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s last seven games will be away from home.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"></SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P>
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