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Stanford Notes 2/15/2008
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Release: 02/15/2008
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Game 25:? Arizona (16-8, 6-5) vs. No. 7 Stanford (20-4, 9-3)

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Date: ? Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008

Time: ? 1:30 p.m. MST

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

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

TV: ?ABC (Brent Musberger/Steve Lavin)

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Game Data: ? Arizona (16-8, 6-5 Pac-10) closes this three-game homestand by hosting No. 7 Stanford (20-4, 9-3 Pac-10) Saturday at McKale Center ... Todayˇ?s game presents a number of contrasts, most notably Arizonaˇ?s offense (73.2 ppg) vs. Stanfordˇ?s? defense (57.5 ppg allowed) and the Cardinal rebounders (+10.5 rebound margin) vs. the Wildcats (0.0).

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The Rankings: ? Arizona is unranked in both polls for the fifth consecutive week.? For the season, the Wildcats have been ranked in either or both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coachesˇ? Top 25 polls in eight of 15 polling periods this season.

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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: ? Jerryd Bayless topped the 30-point plateau for the second straight game, but this time he got help from his teammates as the Cats pulled away late, defeating California, 83-73, on Thursday.? Bayless finished with a game-high 33 points and Chase Budinger and Jordan Hill combined to score 28 of their 39 points in the second half.? Arizona shot 60.9 percent from the floor after the break and outscored the Golden Bears 52-43 in the period.? UA used a 21-12 run over 6:18 in which the Cats knocked down 10-of-10 free throw attempts.

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Scouting Stanford: ? The Cardinal enter play Saturday with a 20-4 record (9-3 Pac-10) following Thursdayˇ?s 72-68 overtime loss at Arizona State.? Through 24 games, Stanford averages 70.8 points per game, shoots 45.3 percent (601-of-1,328), and posts a +10.5 rebound margin per game.? Opponents shoot 38.2 percent from the floor and are outscored by an average of 13.3 points per game.? Individually, two Stanford players average in double figures, led by Brook Lopez, who averages 18.9 points? per game.? He also leads the club with a 7.8 rebounds per game average.

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The Series: ? Todayˇ?s game marks the 75th meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 48-26 series advantage.? Arizona has won six of the last seven in the series, but Stanford won the last, 56-52, in Palo Alto on Jan. 17.? All-time, Arizona is 25-7 in series games played in Tucson, 19-17 in Palo Alto, Calif., and 4-2 in neutral site games. See page 101 of the UA media guide for more series information.

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Last Meeting: ??Stanford 56, Arizona 52, Jan. 17, 2008: ? For the second straight league game, Arizona failed to capitalize on opportunities late in the game in a four-point defeat.? The Wildcats erased as much as a 12-point lead but could not close the game out, missing three layups and two free throws in its last four possessions.? UA struggled with its shooting touch, connecting on 37.5 percent of its field goals and 46.2 percent of its free throws, and was outrebounded by seven.? Nic Wise and Chase Budinger shared team-high honors with 13 points, while Wise added four assists and four steals.

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In The Coaching Box: ? 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.? It was announced on Dec. 7 that Olson would not return this season.? During this period, assistant coach Kevin Oˇ?Neill will handle the head coaching responsibilities.? Oˇ?Neill, who was tabbed as Olsonˇ?s successor on Dec. 18, has 11 seasons of experience as an NCAA Division I head coach, where he compiled a 152-165 (.479) record while at Marquette, Tennessee and Northwestern. Oˇ?Neill spent the last seven seasons in NBA circles.? During Olsonˇ?s leave of absence all games will be credited to Oˇ?Neillˇ?s coaching record.

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Thirty-Thirty: ? Jerryd Bayless followed up his 39-point effort Feb. 10 vs. Arizona State with 33 points Thursday against California.? He is the first Arizona player to score 30 or more points in back-to-back games since 2003-04 when Salim Stoudamire scored 34 vs. UCLA on Feb. 14 and 37 at Oregon on Feb. 19.? If you are wondering what the best three-game tally is of late, well that mark belongs to Damon Stoudamire, who scored 28, 32 and 40 (100 total) from Feb. 23-March 2, 1995.

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A Nice Run: ? In his most recent two game scoring splurge, Jerryd Bayless has displayed a well-rounded offensive game.? The 6-foot-3 Phoenix, Ariz., product has connected on 58.3 percent from the floor (21-of-36), including 55.0 percent (11-of-20) from three-point range, and 90.5 percent (19-of-21) from the stripe to average 36.0 points.? He also has seven assists in that span.? On the season, Bayless is shooting 49.6 percent from the floor (123-of-248) and averaging 20.7 points per game, a figure that ranks second in the Pac-10 Conference.

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A Stiff Slate: ? Arizona welcomes seventh-ranked Stanford to McKale Center Saturday, which marks the Wildcatsˇ? sixth game this season against a nationally ranked?? opponent (2 wins, 3 losses), and each of those has been a top-10 club.? In 2007-08, UA has faced no opponent ranked lower than ninth in the polls.

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Help Has Arrived: ? It took a bit more than 20 minutes, but some offensive help finally arrived for the Wildcats on Thursday.? After Jerryd Bayless scored 18 of UAˇ?s 31 first-half points, Chase Budinger and Jordan Hill combined to hit 8-of-13 field goal and 11-of-12 free throws en route to 28 second-half points.? When this trio is on good things tend to happen for the Cats, as the team is 6-0 this season when Bayless, Budinger and Hill each score 14 or more points.

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Warming Up: ? The Wildcats connected on 14-of-23 shots (.609) in the second half vs. the Golden Bears to roll up a season-high 52 points in the period.? It was a welcome thaw for the UA, as the team had shot a cumulative 36.2 percent (25-of-69) from the field in its previous three halves of basketball.? The second half heroics enabled UA to score 83 points and improve to 7-0 this season when scoring 80 or more points.

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A Winning Combination : ? Arizonaˇ?s improved shooting in the second half and just enough defense Thursday helped the Cats outshoot the Golden Bears, .471-.422.? Field goal percentage becomes important when speaking of Arizona, as the Cats are 12-0 this season when outshooting the opposition and 10-0 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field.

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Board Battle : ? With the Pac-10ˇ?s best rebounding team as the opposition today, one canˇ?t overlook the significance of the battle on the boards.? The Wildcats surrendered 17 offensive rebounds to California, an opponentsˇ? season high, and was outrebounded, 38-31.? Through 24 games, Arizona has the exact number of rebounds as its opponents (754/31.4 rpg), and in Pac-10 play, the teamˇ?s rebound margin slips to -4.1.? UA has been outrebounded in eight of 11 conference games to date.

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Toeing the Line: ? Arizona did well to get to the free throw line Thursday, converting season-high totals of 29 FTs in 36 attempts (.806).? UA did especially well in the second half, connecting on 20-of-22 attempts and at one point making 16 consecutive charity attempts.? Jerryd Bayless (10-of-12) and Chase Budinger (9-of-12) combined to score 19 of their 29 points from the line.? Incidentally, Bayless is averaging 7.2 free throw attempts per game and has attempted eight or more FTs 10 times this season.? When he shoots eight or more charity tosses, he averages 24.3 points per game.?

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Doubling Up: ? Sophomore forward Jordan Hill notched his seventh double-double (10th career) Thursday with 21 points and 11 rebounds vs. California.? He ranks fifth in the Pac-10 with that figure.? His 21 points marked the first time the Atlanta, Ga., native has scored 20 or more points since the league opener vs. Oregon State on Jan. 3.? For good measure, Hill collected a block and a career-high two steals against California.

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A Solid Contributor: ? Thursday night against California, freshman Jamelle Horne earned his fifth start of the season and responded with four points, four rebounds and two blocked shots in a season-high 35 minutes.? His best effort might have been on defense where he hounded Pac-10 scoring leader Ryan Anderson into 6-of-18 shooting and four turnovers.? In 18 appearances, Horne is averaging 3.3 points and 2.4 rebounds in 14.2 minutes per game.

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Holding it All Together: ? While his contributions of five points and two rebounds might seem modest, senior Jawann McClellan continues to be the glue that holds Arizona together.? McClellan equaled a season high Thursday with seven assists (against one turnover) in 37 minutes.? He currently carries a 1.66 asssit:turnover ratio, easily the best of his career, and ranks third on the squad in rebounds (4.0 rpg) and assists (73), second in blocked shots (20) and fourth in steals (15).? Heˇ?s playing an average of 35.5 minutes per game, a figure that ranks second in the Pac-10.

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An Unwelcome Opponent: ? Sophomore guard Nic Wiseˇ?s arthroscopic surgery Jan. 30 put even more stress on a somewhat depleted Wildcat bench. With the 5-foot-10 Wise expected to miss four to six weeks, Arizona starters or key reserves have missed a total of 14 games (Bayless 4, Brielmaier 8, Wise 2) due to injury this season.

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Shuffling the Deck: ? By reinserting Jamelle Horne into the starting lineup, UA interim head coach Kevin Oˇ?Neill continues to shuffle the Wildcat lineup to find successful combinations.? In 24 games, Oˇ?Neill has used nine different combinations and six of those have been used at least twice.

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To Their Advantage: ? Led by Jerryd Bayless and Jordan Hill, who combined for five thefts, Arizona equaled a season high with nine steals against California.? That effort enabled the Arizona defense to force Cal into 16 miscues Thursday and a victory in the turnover battle.? When UA posts a positive turnover margin, it is 12-4 this year.

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Scoring 80: ? Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 169-19 (.899) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points.? Arizona is 7-0 this season when topping the 80-point plateau.

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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: ? Following this afternoonˇ?s game, Arizona will be on the road for four of its last six regular season games.? The closing push begins Thursday, Feb. 21, at Washington.? Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. PST and will be shown on FSN Arizona.

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