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OSU Notes 3/4/2008
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/04/2008
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Game 30:? Arizona (17-12, 7-9) at Oregon State (6-22, 0-16)

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Date: ? Thursday, March 6, 2008

Time: ? 6 p.m. PST

Location: ? Gill Coliseum (10,400), Corvallis, Ore.

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

TV: ?FSNAZ (Dave Sitton/Bob Elliott)

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Game Data: ? Arizona (17-12, 7-9 Pac-10) closes the regular season in the state of Oregon beginning Thursday in Corvallis at Oregon State (6-22, 0-16 Pac-10) ... The last four meetings in Gill Coliseum have been decided by an average of 6.5 points with each team winning two ... In the previous four seasons, Arizona is 5-3 on the Oregon road swing with two sweeps to its credit.

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The Rankings: ? Arizona is unranked in both polls for the eighth 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 18 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: ? In what seems to be a recurring theme at home, Arizona exhibited another solid effort against a ranked team only to come up short at the end in a 68-66 loss to UCLA on Sunday.? The two teams traded blows for much of the game with UA rallying from a six-point deficit with 2:28 to go before failing on the final possession.? Ultimately, UA had no answer for Kevin Love, who tallied 24 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots.? Chase Budinger led the Cats with 24 points, while Jordan Hill added 18.

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Scouting Oregon State: ? The Beavers enter play Thursday with a 6-22 record (0-16 Pac-10) following Sundayˇ?s 80-68 loss to Oregon.? Through 28 games, OSU averages 60.5 points per game, shoots 37.8 percent (624-of-1,649), and posts a -2.1 rebound margin per game.? Opponents shoot 45.9 percent from the floor and are outscoring OSU by an average of 9.2 points per game.? Individually, two Beavers average in double figures, led by Marcel Jones, who averages 10.7 points? per game.? He also leads the club with an 5.5 rebounds per game average.

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The Series: ? Tonightˇ?s game is the 65th meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 47-17 series advantage. UA has won 14 of the last 16 meetings in the series, which dates back to Jan. 28, 1975, including the last meeting, 76-63, on Jan. 3 in Tucson. All-time, Arizona is 27-5 in series games played in Tucson, 18-12 in Corvallis, and 2-0 in neutral-site games. See page 101 of the UA media guide for more series information.

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Last Meeting: ??Arizona 76, Oregon State 63, Jan. 3, 2008: ? Arizona needed a second-half comeback to earn its first conference win of the season.? Trailing 44-38 with 12:59 to go, UA went on a 16-4 run over the next 5:10 to take control of the game.? The Cats shot 61.5 percent from the field after the break and limited OSU to 40.0 percent shooting in the same period to stretch the margin to double figures.? Chase Budinger scored 18 of his game-high 20 points in the second half to lead four Arizona players in double figures, while Nic Wise added a career-high 17 points and five 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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Streak Stopped: Regardless of how Arizona fares this week, one streak of note has ended.? Prior to this season, the Cats were riding a streak of 23 consecutive seasons with 11 or more Pac-10 Conference wins. Outside of Tucson, the longest current streak by another Pac-10 foe is UCLA with four.

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Strong Stuff: ? According to collegerpi.com, Arizona entered the week with an RPI that ranked No. 23 nationally and had the nationˇ?s No. 1 strength of schedule.??? Arizona is the only unranked team in the top 24 places.? UA has done this despite losing a total of 24 games due to injury (Brielmaier 13, Wise 7, Bayless 4).? When completely healthy, the Cats are 9-4 (.692), and when Bayless and Wise both available, Arizona has posted a 14-4 (.778) record.

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Thereˇ?s a Moral Here somewhere: ? UA is 3-5 against ranked opponents this season.? Except for a 22-point loss at UCLA on Feb. 2, Arizona has played each of those games tight, as the margin in the seven other games against ranked opponents have been decided by an average of 7.6 points.? For comparison, UA was a combined 3-15 against nationally ranked opponents in 2006 and 2007.

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Be My Downfall: ? Look no further than close games to see why the Cats are still clawing for postseason seeding, both on a conference and national level.? Following Sundayˇ?s two-point loss to UCLA, Arizona dropped to 2-7 in games decided by five points or less, including a 1-5 record in those games against Pac-10 opposition.? Just how tight has it been...through 16 conference games Arizona has scored 1,098 points (68.6 ppg), just five points more (1,093/68.3 ppg) than the opposition.

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Shuffling the Deck: ? When junior forward Fendi Onobun made his first career start on Sunday, it marked the 10th different line-up combination used by Arizona interim head coach Kevin Oˇ?Neill this year.? All told, 10 different Wildcats have earned at least one start this season and only Chase Budinger and Jawann McClellan have started all 29 games this season.

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40-Minute Men: ? Most of it is due to necessity, but a trio of Arizona players have played more than their share of minutes this season, as Jerryd Bayless (36.0), Jawann McClellan (35.7) and Chase Budinger (35.5) are each averaging better than 35 minutes per game.? In fact, Bayless, McClellan and Budinger rank 2-3-4 in the Pac-10 in terms of minutes played.? Since Nic Wise went down with a knee injury, those three have combined to play 40 minutes six times in those seven games.? Over the course of the season, UA players have logged 40 or more minutes a total of 22 times in 2007-08.? Additionally, not since Jason Gardner (38.2) and Luke Walton (36.7) in 2001-02 has any UA players averaged as many minutes in a season, and not in the last 25 seasons have three players averaged more than 35 minutes per game in the same year.

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Keep This in Mind: ? Itˇ?s worth noting that Arizona is a very young team, comprised of seven freshmen or sophomores among its 13-man travel squad.? Through 29 games,? 80.3 percent (1,667 of 2,077) of the points scored, 65.0 percent (582 of 896) of the rebounds and 66.2 percent (3,891 of 5,875) of the minutes played have been tallied by underclassmen.

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Just Two: ? With 15 points Sunday against UCLA, Jerryd Bayless became just the second freshman in school history to score 500 or more points in a season.?? He now has 509 points (20.4 ppg) in 25 appearances.? He joins Coniel Norman, who? in 1972-73 -ˇ? the first season of freshman eligibility ˇ? scored 576 points in 24 games (24.0 ppg), as the only Wildcat frosh to break the 500-point barrier.

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Just Two: ? With 15 points Sunday against UCLA, Jerryd Bayless became just the second freshman in school history to score 500 or more points in a season.?? He now has 509 points (20.4 ppg) in 25 appearances.? He joins Coniel Norman, who? in 1972-73 -ˇ? the first season of freshman eligibility ˇ? scored 576 points in 24 games (24.0 ppg), as the only Wildcat frosh to break the 500-point barrier.

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Just Two...Take Two: ? By sharing game-high honors with 24 points Sunday, Chase Budinger scored his 500th point of the season, which gave the Wildcats two 500-point scorers (Bayless) this year.? They became the first Wildcat duo since Salim Stoudamire (662) and Channing Frye (584) in 2004-05 to score 500 or more points in the same season.? Budinger enters Thursdayˇ?s game with another milestone on the horizon, as he needs 16 points to become the 42nd player in Arizona history to score 1,000 career points.? To date, the 6-foot-7 sophomore has 984 points in 60 career games played (16.4 ppg).

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College Boards: ? Rebounding continues to be the Wildcatsˇ? Achillesˇ? heel of late, as? Arizona has been outrebounded by an average of 7.6 rebounds per game over the last eight games, and been outboarded by 10 or more three times in that span.? UA has been outrebounded in 13 of 16 Pac-10 games to date and the team is 5-8 in those contests.? When Arizona pulls down more rebounds than its opponents, the Cats are 7-2.? UA hasnˇ?t outrebounded an opponent since Jan. 31 at USC (37-30).

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Center of Attention: ? In two games last week, Jordan Hill averaged 18.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocked shots as Arizona dropped a pair of conference games.? The sophomore from Atlanta, Ga., hit 15-of-21 (.714) shots from the floor, including 6-of-8 from the free throw line, to go with three assists and a steal.? He opened the week with a team-high 18 points and five rebounds, two assists and two blocks? in a loss at Washington before following that with 18 points, six rebounds and an assist against No. 4 UCLA.? It was Hillˇ?s best back-to-back scoring effort since Dec. 8-16.? All told, it was Hillˇ?s 20th game in double figures.? On the year, he averages 12.9 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots per game.

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Helping Out: ? Senior Jawann McClellan passed out five assists Sunday vs. UCLA, which marked the sixth time this season that he has collected five or more assists in a game.? His 86 assists this year are easily a career high and surpass his career total entering the season.? Additionally, McClellanˇ?s 1.56 assist:turnover ratio is the best of his career and ranks second among the UA regulars this season.

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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: ? Arizona closes the regular season Saturday, March 8, at Oregon.? Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PST and can be seen nationally on Fox Sports Net.

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