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20070117 Men's Basketball Game Notes, 1/18/2007
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Release: 01/17/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Rockwell; mso-bidi-font-family: Rockwell">Game 17:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>No. 11 <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> (13-3, 4-2) at USC (13-5, 3-2)<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Rockwell; mso-bidi-font-family: Rockwell"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 225.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Date:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 225.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Time:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>7:30 p.m. PST<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 225.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Location:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Galen</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType> (10,258), <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Los Angeles</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State></st1:place><B><o:p></o:p></B></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; tab-stops: 225.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Radio:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Wildcat Radio Network (<st1:PersonName w:st="on">Brian Jeffries</st1:PersonName>/<st1:PersonName w:st="on">Ryan Hansen</st1:PersonName>)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; tab-stops: 225.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">TV: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>FSNAZ (<st1:PersonName w:st="on">Dave Sitton</st1:PersonName>/Bob Elliott)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Game Data:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>No. 11 Arizona (13-3, 4-2 Pac-10) heads out on the road for the final time this month beginning Thursday against USC (13-5, 3-2 Pac-10) in the brand-new Galen Center ... Since Arizona joined the Pac-10 in 1978-79, the Galen Center will be fourth different venue to host a UA-USC game in Los Angeles, joining the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, The Forum (1984, ?93, ?94) and the Staples Center (2002, ?04) ... USC and Arizona rank 1-2 in the Pac-10 in defensive rebounds (27.44/25.88 drpg) ... The Wildcats are 4-2 away from home in 2006-07.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 4.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Rankings:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Following a split of two games last week, Arizona slipped to No. 11 in the <I>Associated Press</I> Top 25 poll and to No. 12 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></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 4.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; 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 style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">is in his 24th season at Arizona and his 34th overall as a college head coach with a career record of 774-272 (.740) and 582-180 (.764) 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 750th collegiate victory on Dec. 31, 2005, and became Arizona&rsquo;s career victories leader (510) on Jan. 17, 2004 ... He has the most Pac-10 wins (320) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.769/320-96) 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 342-36 (.905) in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> and have won 270 of its last 290 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 39-12 against USC.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 4.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Last Time Out:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Oregon</st1:State> held <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> scoreless on its final four possessions to come from behind and earn a hard-fought win, 79-77, Sunday 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>UA led 77-73 with 2:40 to play before the Ducks clamped down with two blocks and a turnover to score the final six points.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Aaron Brooks&rsquo; floater with two seconds remaining provided the final margin.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Brooks&rsquo; heroics topped a stellar effort by <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A>, who tallied a career-high 34 points and added 12 rebounds. <B><o:p></o:p></B></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 4.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Scouting USC:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Trojans (13-5, 3-2 Pac-10) enter tonight&rsquo;s game with a 9-3 record in the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Galen</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> following Saturday&rsquo;s 65-64 loss to UCLA.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>As a team, USC averages 72.1 points per game, shoots 48.6 percent (463-of-952) from the field and posts a +3.4 per game rebound margin.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Defensively, USC allows 60.5 points per game and a .352 field goal percentage.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Three Trojans average in double figures, led by Nick Young&rsquo;s 16.4 points per game figure.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Taj Gibson leads the club with a 9.2 rebounds per game mark.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 4.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Series:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Tonight&rsquo;s game is the 88th meeting of the two schools with <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> holding a 53-34 series advantage. UA has won 14 of the last 18 meetings in the series, which dates back to 1922, but USC captured the last get-together, 77-70, in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Los Angeles</st1:place></st1:City> on Feb. 2, 2006. All-time, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> is 27-8 in series games played in <st1:City w:st="on">Tucson</st1:City>, 23-26 in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Los Angeles</st1:place></st1:City>, and 3-0 in neutral-site games. Please see page 101 in the UA media guide for more series information.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 4.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Last Meeting:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>USC 77, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> 70, Feb. 2, 2006:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>USC capitalized on a season-high 22 UA turnovers in rolling to the seven-point win.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Trojans converted those UA miscues into a 24-10 advantage in second-chance points and held a 22-4 advantage in fast break points.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Gabe Pruitt and Nick Young did most of the damage, combining for 46 points, 11 rebounds and seven steals.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The game featured six ties and five lead changes, but USC held the lead for the game&rsquo;s final 14 minutes.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 4.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">A Good Week:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> split a pair of conference games, as Williams averaged 30.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, while shooting 55.3 percent (21-of-38) from the field.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The sophomore forward also connected on 16-of-17 (.941) free throws and three blocks and four steals.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He opened the week with a career-best 27 points, eight rebounds and three steals in an 11-point win over <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> in which he set a season-high with four assists.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Williams topped that with a career-high 34 points (including a career-nest 11 FGs in 20 attempts) added 12 rebounds, and two blocks Sunday vs. No. 15 Oregon.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It was the first 30-point game of his career and the third double-double this season for Williams.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Additionally, it was the most points by a Wildcat since 2004-05.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>On the year, Williams is averaging 18.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and a conference-leading 1.7 assists per game, while shooting 54.3 percent from the field.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 4.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Rankings Boost:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Perhaps it&rsquo;s the team&rsquo;s strength of schedule or some kind of cache of national respect, but whatever the reason, defeating <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> seems to lead to a boost in the national rankings.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Both <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> (Jan. 6) and <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> (Jan. 14) enjoyed such a boost following recent victories over the Wildcats.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Cougars went from also receiving votes to No. 22 in the Associated Press poll, while the Ducks jumped from No. 15 to No. 9.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 4.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">A Win Tonight ... </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">would be the 775th career victory for <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A> on the NCAA Division I level.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Only 12 coaches in NCAA history (covering all levels) have won as many games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Now in his 34th year as a college head coach, Olson has a career record of 774-272 (.740).<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 4.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">One Possession-a-phobia:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Sunday&rsquo;s two-point loss to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> continued a season-long trend for the Wildcats that has seen the tam struggle in tight games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In 16 games to date, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 0-3 in games decided by five points or less and 13-0 in games decided by 13 or more points.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 4.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Off Target:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Despite leading the Pac-10 with a 51.2 (478-of-933) cumulative field goal percentage, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has struggled of late with its long-range shooting.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Over the last three games, UA has connected on only 22.2 percent (12-of-54) of its three-point field goal attempts.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In the same span, opponents are shooting a respectable 35.9 percent (28-of-78) from behind the arc.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 4.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">ON the Glass:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> posted a 34-31 rebound advantage in Sunday&rsquo;s loss.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It was the third straight game in which the Cats have outrebounded the opposition, yet the club managed to win just one of those games, and was the 11th time this season that UA has outboarded its opponent.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>On the year, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 9-2 when accomplishing the feat, and the club carries a +5.7 rebound margin.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 4.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Telling Turnovers:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats lost the turnover battle Sunday to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State>, 10-9. Turnovers have proven to be a noteworthy predictor of success, as <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 8-0 this season when turning it over less than its opponent.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 4.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">League Leaders:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In a week where he averaged 30.5 points per game in a pair of games, sophomore forward <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A> moved to the top of the Pac-10 scoring leaders list with his 18.4 ppg average.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>His effort last week against <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> and <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> improved his scoring average from 16.7 to the current 18.4 and jumped him from fourth to first place.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Incidentally, Williams is one of three Wildcats to currently lead the league in a statistical category.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534">Ivan Radenovic</A></A> leads the conference in free throw percentage (78-of-87/.897) and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542">Mustafa Shakur</A></A> leads in assists (7.6 apg).<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 4.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Step right up and knock them down:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>As mentioned above, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534">Ivan Radenovic</A></A> leads the Pac-10 with a .897 free throw percentage.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He&rsquo;s certainly made the most of his chances.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The 6-foot-10 senior forward from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Belgrade</st1:City>, <st1:country-region w:st="on">Serbia</st1:country-region></st1:place>, has made his last 23 consecutive free throws.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>His last miss came on Dec. 28 vs. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">California</st1:place></st1:State>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In case you are wondering, the school record is 39 straight by <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39532"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39532">Salim Stoudamire</A></A> in 2001-02.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 4.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Doubling Up:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A>&rsquo; 34 points and 12 rebounds marked his third double-double of the season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Williams now shares the team lead in that category with <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534">Ivan Radenovic</A></A>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>By comparison, it was <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s 10th double-double of the year, which is four more than all of last season.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 4.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Forward Progress:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534">Ivan Radenovic</A></A> (13) and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A> (12) combined for 25 of <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s 34 rebounds on Sunday.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It was also the second time this year that two Cats posted double-figure rebound totals in the same game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Williams (12) and Radenovic (11) also accomplished the feat on Dec. 17 vs. <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Houston</st1:place></st1:City>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Both Radenovic (seventh) and Williams (ninth) rank in among the top 10 in the league&rsquo;s rebound leaders.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 4.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Topping 20:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Senior guard <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542">Mustafa Shakur</A></A> knocked down a season-high eight field goals in 14 attempts en route to 21 points, which was his fourth 20-point effort of the year, which nearly equaled his career total entering this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The 6-foot-3 <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Philadelphia</st1:place></st1:City> product had five 20-point games to his credit through his first three collegiate seasons.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Incidentally,<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has had a player notch 20 or more points in a game 23 times this season.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 4.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Playing a Nice Role:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Junior <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68642"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68642">Daniel Dillon</A></A> quietly went about his business Sunday and equaled career highs with two assists and two steals in 10 minutes vs. the Ducks without a turnover.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He&rsquo;s played the back-up guard role well this season, posting a 2.43 assist:turnover ratio.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In fact, Dillon has just seven turnovers in 177 minutes played, or one turnover every 25.3 minutes played, easily the best figure on the team.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 4.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Back End:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Junior guard <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68648"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68648">Jawann McClellan</A></A> connected on 5-of-8 field goals Sunday and finished with 12 points against <st1:State w:st="on">Oregon</st1:State>, which was four points better than his output against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> on Jan. 11.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It was the first time through three Pac-10 weekends that McClellan had scored more points in the back end of the weekend doubleheader.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 4.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Scoring 80:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; 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 14 games this year.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 4.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Always On the Run:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; 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></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; 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></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; 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></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; 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></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="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; 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></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="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; 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></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="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; 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></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="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; 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></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="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; 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></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="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; 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></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="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; 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></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 4.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Early Signees:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; 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></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 4.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Up Next:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Following tonight&rsquo;s game, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> heads across town to face third-ranked UCLA.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The game will take place on Saturday, Jan. 20, and will tip-off at 1 p.m. PST.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It can be seen nationally on Fox Sports Net.</SPAN></P>
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