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Adams State Notes
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 11/20/2007
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Game 4:? Arizona (2-1) vs. Adams State (2-0)

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Date: ? Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007

Time: ? 7:30 p.m. MST

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

Radio: ? Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)?? TV: ?FSNAZ (Dave Sitton/Bob Elliott)

Tickets:?Online?or call (520) 621-CATS

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Game data: ? Arizona (2-1, 0-0 Pac-10) delivers its brand of holiday cheer in the way of a home game just before Thanksgiving as Adams State College (2-0, 0-0 RMAC) comes to McKale Center on Wednesday ... It marks the first time UA has played an NCAA Division II opponent since Chaminade in November 2000, and the first DII opponent to visit McKale Center since Hawaii-Pacific on Dec. 10, 1986, in a 105-85 UA win.

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The Rankings: ? After its loss to Virginia, Arizona dropped out of both the Associated Press Top 25 and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls.

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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: ? Daniel Dillon scored a career-high 14 points, including nine points in an 11-0 UA second-half run that broke the game open, to lead the Wildcats to an 81-62 victory Monday over UMKC.? The run covered just 1:31 and pushed the lead to 22 points.? Dillon, who did not miss a shot all game, helped the Cats shoot better than 64 percent from the field.? Freshman Jerryd Bayless (20 pts./9 reb./9 ast.) was a rebound and an assist shy of a triple-double.

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Scouting Adams State : ? The Grizzlies enter play Wednesday with a 2-0 record after a 67-55 win over West Texas A&M on Saturday.? Through two games, ASC averages 74.0 points per game, shoots 50.0 percent (51-of-102) from the field and outrebounds? the opposition by a +1.0 margin.? Three of Adams Stateˇ?s five starters shoot better than 50 percent from the field.? Individually, four Grizzlies average in double figures, led by Rece Hampton, who averages 18.5 points? and 7.5 rebounds per game.

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The Series with Adams State: ? Tonightˇ?s game is the second meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 1-0 series advantage.? Fred Snowdenˇ?s club raced to a 115-55 win in McKale Center on Dec. 8, 1976.? That 60-point win is tied for the third largest winning margin in school history.

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Against the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference: ? Arizona carries an all-time record of 5-4 (.556) record against teams that currently reside in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.? This is the first time UA has played a RMAC school since Feb. 24, 1962, in what was a 74-71 loss at Western New Mexico.

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Game Themes: ? ˇ?Revenge of the Nerds,ˇ± certainly a comedic tour de force, was released in 1984.? Why is that mentioned here?? The movie was shot in Tucson on the University of Arizona campus, and the filmˇ?s storyline centers around the fictitious Adams College Atoms.? So itˇ?s not a perfect connection to tonightˇ?s UA-Adams State College match-up, but how many times do you get to mention ˇ?Revenge of the Nerdsˇ± in a set of basketball game notes anyway?

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

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Scoring 80: ? Arizona scored a season-high 81 points in Mondayˇ?s win, marking the first time this season that the Cats had topped the 80-point plateau.? Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 163-19 (.896) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points.? Last season, Arizona was 12-1 when scoring 80 or more points.

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Eye Opening: ? Itˇ?s certainly not surprising that Arizonaˇ?s best offensive night would include some good shooting, but even Mondayˇ?s effort vs. UMKC deserves a second look.? UA connected on 64.1 percent (25-of-39) of its field goal attempts against the Kangaroos, including 14-of-20 (.700) shooting in the second half.? That marks three halves in the last four played that the Wildcats have shot 55 percent or better from the field.? Arizona missed only two shots inside the three-point line in Mondayˇ?s second half.

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One Definitely Helps the Other: ? In addition to stellar shooting on Monday, the Arizona defense limited UMKC to 62 points on just 35.0 percent (21-of-60) shooting.? It marked the first time this season that Arizona has posted a higher filed goal percentage than the opposition.? By comparison, UA outshot the opposition 21 times in 31 games last year and was 18-3 when accomplishing the feat.

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Practically Perfect: ? In yet another display of offensive efficiency, the Wildcats collected 22 assists on 25 field goals in the UMKC win.? Having 88 percent of your buckets come from an assist would bring a smile to most every coach.? Jerryd Bayless led the way with nine assists, while Chase Budinger added five helpers of his own.? Incidentally, Budinger has 10 assists in his last 10 games.

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Sparking a Run: ? Credit Daniel Dillon as Mondayˇ?s firestarter, or at least the guy that sparked the decisive scoring run.? The 6-foot-3 guard from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, connected on 4-of-4 field goals, including all three attempts from behind the arc, and 3-of-3 free throws en route to a career-high 14 points.? The senior may have been at his best during a second-half run that saw Arizona outscore UMKC 11-0 in a span of 1:31.? In those 91 seconds, Dillon scored nine points as the Cats pushed the lead to 22 points.

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Tripling Up: ? Freshman Jerryd Bayless narrowly missed quickly earning a place in the UA record book as he was one assist and one rebound shy of a triple-double.? The guard from Phoenix, Ariz., tallied 20 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in Mondayˇ?s contest.? The next triple-double registered by an Arizona player will be the 10th in school history, and UAˇ?s nine is the highest figure among Pac-10 schools.

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Luscious Lucas-Perry: ? Another freshman that made quite a statement in Mondayˇ?s win was guard Laval Lucas-Perry.? The 6-foot-3 native of Grand Blanc, Mich., came off the bench and contributed nine points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal in 24 minutes played.? Perhaps that performance is a sign of things to come, as Coach Oˇ?Neill said of him, ˇ?Heˇ?s a hard-playing guy (who) doesnˇ?t get fazed by much. I liked the way he played tonight.ˇ±

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Some Good...Some Bad: ? Regardless of the statistical category, 20-0 is a sizeable margin to say the least.? Thatˇ?s just the advantage the Wildcats had over the Kangaroos in Mondayˇ?s game when it came to fast break points.? Conversely, UMKC posted a 25-7 advantage in second chance points after grabbing 15 offensive rebounds to Arizonaˇ?s five.

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On the Glass: ? The 15-5 offensive rebound deficit mentioned above certainly didnˇ?t help UAˇ?s rebound margin, which sits at -3.0 after three games.? Rebounding is something that will have to improve in the near future.? Over the previous 21 seasons, Arizona has outrebounded the opposition in 20 of those campaigns.? Only the 2005-06 club failed to grab more cumulative rebounds than its opponents.

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Charitable Contributions: ? The Wildcats continue to do a good job of getting to the free throw line, and most importantly, converting those chances into points.? Against UMKC, Arizona hit 23-of-30 free throws (.767) which led to a +10 scoring margin from the line.? Additionally, Arizona is averaging 19.7 points per game from the free throw line and has made 14 more charity tosses (59) than the opposition has attempted (45).

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Being There: ? Sophomore Jordan Hill posted 14 points, four rebounds and two blocks vs. UMKC to notch his second straight double figure scoring game.? The 6-foot-10 center from Atlanta, Ga., has been consistent, connecting on 70.0 percent (14-of-20) of his field goal attempts and 72.7 (8-of-11) percent of his free throws.? Obviously itˇ?s early in the season, but his free throw percentage is 28 points higher than last seasonˇ?s 21-of-47 (.447) effort.? More than anything else, Hill just needs to see more action.? To date Hill has 11 fouls in three games.? Thatˇ?s three more than any other Wildcat.

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Breathing Room: ? After having its first two games decided by seven points or less, it was nice to see the winning margin stretched to 19 points Monday.? UA held a double-digit lead for more than 19 minutes of the second half against UMKC.

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

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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 the Thanksgiving holiday, Arizona travels to Lawrence, Kan., to face No. 4 Kansas on Sunday, Nov. 25.? That game can be seen nationally on ESPN at 7 p.m. CST.

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