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20070312 Men's Basketball Game Notes, 3/16/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Click<STRONG> </STRONG><A href="http://www.gnosports.com/ncaa/?DB_OEM_ID=1600"><STRONG>HERE</STRONG></A> for ticket information</SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"></SPAN></B> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">No. 8 Seed <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> (20-10) at NCAA Midwest Region First/Second Rounds<?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="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><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: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Date:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Friday, March 16, 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: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Time:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>6:20 p.m. CDT<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: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Location:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:City w:st="on">New Orleans</st1:City> Arena (18,000), <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">New Orleans</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">La.</st1:State></st1:place><B><o:p></o:p></B></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Radio:</SPAN></B><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></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">TV: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>CBS-TV<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Game Data:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>No. 8 seed Arizona (20-10, 11-7 Pac-10) makes its 23rd consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance in the Midwest Region ... The Wildcats face No. 9 seed Purdue (21-11, 9-7 Big Ten) Friday in the first round at the New Orleans Arena ... UA has a 41-24 (.631) in its 25 previous NCAA Tournament appearances ... This is Arizona&rsquo;s first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in New Orleans ... The Cats are 8-10 against the 2007 NCAA Tournament field.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Rankings:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>For the fourth consecutive week, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is unranked in both the <I>Associated Press</I> Top 25 poll and ESPN/<I>USA Today</I> Coaches polls.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> fell out of both polls on Feb. 19.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Prior to Feb. 19, the Wildcats had been ranked in each AP poll 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: 10pt; 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: 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 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 781-279 (.737) and 589-187 (.759) 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 (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 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 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, ?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 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...<B> </B>Under Olson, the Cats are 344-40 (.896) 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 272 of its last 296 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 10-13 against Purdue.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Last Time Out:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Oregon</st1:State>&rsquo;s guard tandem of Aaron Brooks and Tajuan Porter combined for 37 points as the Ducks shot down <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>, 69-50,<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament on March 8.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The duo connected on 9-of-14 three-point attempts in the effort as <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> held the lead for the final 39:41.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Cats had no answer from the field, connecting on only 35.0 percent of its attempts to finish with a season-low 50 points.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Jordan</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Hills</st1:PlaceName></st1:place>&rsquo;s 15 points and 14 rebounds were not enough to prevent UA&rsquo;s worst loss in Pac-10 Tournament history.<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: 10pt; 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: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <TABLE borderColor=black cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 align=left bgColor=white border=0> <P> <TBODY> <TR> <TD><IMG id=SCALEPHOTO alt="" src="http://admin.xosn.com//pics13/200/SH/SHUZKKOWNRFLBRE.20070312212540.jpg"></TD></TR> <P></P></P></TABLE>Scouting Purdue:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Boilermakers enter today&rsquo;s game with a 21-11 record (9-7 Big Ten) following last Friday&rsquo;s 63-52 loss to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Ohio</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>As a team, Purdue shoots 46.2 percent from the field (791-of-1712), including 36.0 percent (209-of-580) from three-point range, while averaging 69.9 points per game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Opponents shoot at a 42.4 percent clip and are averaging 63.0 points per game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Two Boilers average in double figures, led by Carl Landry&rsquo;s 18.9 ppg mark.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Series:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Tonight&rsquo;s game is the 11th meeting of the two schools with the series knotted at five wins apiece.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> captured the last meeting in the series, which dates back to Jan. 1, 1934, by a 79-66 count on Dec. 8, 2001, at the John R. Wooden Classic In Anaheim, Calif.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>All-time, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> is 1-0 in series games played in <st1:City w:st="on">Tucson</st1:City>, 0-2 in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">West Lafayette</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Ind.</st1:State></st1:place>, and 4-3 in neutral-site games.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Last Meeting:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> 79, Purdue 66, Dec. 8, 2001:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> shot a season-best .538 from the floor and outrebounded Purdue, 49-28, en route to the 13-point win at the eighth annual John R. Wooden Classic.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats, who limited the Boilers to just .303 shooting in the first half, used a 16-1 run early in the game to take control and led by as many as 24 points.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Luke Walton posted his third double-double of the year (17 pts./13 reb.) and shared team-high honors with Rick Anderson.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Against the Big Ten:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> carries an all-time record of 30-28 (.517) record against teams that currently reside in the Big Ten Conference, including an 84-72 win over <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Illinois</st1:place></st1:State> on Dec. 2. Since the start of the 2000-01 campaign, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 8-5 against Big Ten opposition.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">As a No. 8 Seed:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>This will be <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s second NCAA Tournament appearance as a No. 8 seed, and the club is 1-1 in those games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Since seeding was introduced in 1985, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has been a higher seed four times:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>No. 9 (1986, 2004) and No. 10 (1985, 1987) and is 0-4 in those games.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">In the White Jerseys:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Perhaps it doesn&rsquo;t mean as much in the 8-9 game, but <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> will wear the white jerseys in Friday&rsquo;s game vs. Purdue.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Since 1985, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 32-10 (.762) in NCAA Tournament games when playing in the white jerseys as the seeded favorite.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">A Geographic Note:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>This will be <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State>&rsquo;s first NCAA game in <st1:City w:st="on">New Orleans</st1:City>, but UA has played 15 tournament games (8-7 record) east of the Mississippi River ? in <st1:City w:st="on">Philadelphia</st1:City>, <st1:City w:st="on">Chicago</st1:City>, <st1:City w:st="on">Raleigh</st1:City>, <st1:City w:st="on">Milwaukee</st1:City>, <st1:City w:st="on">Indianapolis</st1:City>, <st1:City w:st="on">Birmingham</st1:City>, <st1:City w:st="on">Memphis</st1:City>, <st1:City w:st="on">Dayton</st1:City>, <st1:City w:st="on">Charlotte</st1:City> and <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Atlanta</st1:place></st1:City>. In the Midwest Region ? which UA&rsquo;s pod feeds into ? <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has played four tournaments, posting a 5-4 record. The 2001 club played in <st1:City w:st="on">Kansas City</st1:City>, <st1:City w:st="on">San Antonio</st1:City> and <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Minneapolis</st1:place></st1:City>&rsquo; Final Four, going 5-1. The 1977 Wildcats lost a Midwest opener to Southern Illinois, the 1995 Cats dropped a first-round game to Miami of Ohio and the 1999 team was sent home from a Midwest Region first round game by <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oklahoma</st1:place></st1:State>. The NCAA went back to regional designations this year after a couple of years of city-name usage for regionals (such as St. Louis Regional as it would be this year for teams advancing from UA&rsquo;s pod in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">New Orleans</st1:place></st1:City>.)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">In the Bag:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The regular season ending victory over Stanford gave <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 20th win of the season and extended to 20 UA&rsquo;s streak of consecutive 20-win seasons, which is the longest active streak in the country. It was the 29th 20-win season for <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A>, extending an NCAA record he shares with Bob Knight and Jim Boeheim, and was the 30th 20-win season in <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> history.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Streaking:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>This NCAA tournament appearance is the 23rd consecutive for <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> and head coach <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It is the second-longest streak in NCAA history, trailing only <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">North Carolina</st1:place></st1:State> (27, 1975-2001).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Individually, Olson&rsquo;s 23-year streak of appearances is tied with UNC&rsquo;s Dean Smith in tournament history as the longest consecutive appearance streak in tournament history.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The legendary Tar Heel mentor appeared in 23 consecutive tournaments from 1975-97.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Atop this one, Too:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Counting his time as the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Iowa</st1:place></st1:State> mentor, 2007 marks Olson&rsquo;s 28th career NCAA Tournament appearance.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Olson joins Texas Tech&rsquo;s Bob Knight with the most career appearances in tourney history.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>No other active coach has more than 25 career appearances. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">More Olson Minutia:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A> ranks third in the NCAA Tournament record book with 73 games coached.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Only Dean Smith (92) and Duke&rsquo;s Mike Krzyzewski (87) rank ahead the UA coach.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Additionally, Olson&rsquo;s 46 career tournament wins rank fourth on the all-time tournament victory list.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Krzyzewski (68), Smith (65) and UCLA&rsquo;s John Wooden (47) are the only coaches with more NCAA Tournament wins than Olson. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">All-Region:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Three <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> players earned all-region honors in voting recently released by the NABC and the USBWA. <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A> was a first team all-District 15 pick by the NABC, while <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534">Ivan Radenovic</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241">Chase Budinger</A></A> claimed second team honors.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Additionally, Williams was an all-District 9 selection by the USBWA.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">All-Conference:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Four <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> players earned all-Pac-10 honors in voting released March 5 by the league&rsquo;s head coaches. <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A> was a first team all-conference honoree, while <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534">Ivan Radenovic</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542">Mustafa Shakur</A></A> were honorable mention picks, and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241">Chase Budinger</A></A> was named Freshman of the Year. Williams moved up to first team honors after being an all-freshman selection last year. Previously, Radenovic was an honorable mention all-conference selection in 2006.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Leading the Pac:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is riding a streak of 23 consecutive seasons with 11 or more Pac-10 Conference wins. The longest current streak by another Pac-10 foe is UCLA with three.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">In March:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Since the start of the 1996-97 season, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has a 49-20 (.710) record in the month of March.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In that span, 33 of those games have been played in the NCAA Tournament and UA is 24-9 (.727) in them.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">It&rsquo;s a Wooden Thing:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Like 64 other Division I teams (including the play-in), <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> lost its last NCAA Tournament game. And NCAA Tournament winning streaks are pretty much a John Wooden thing. But the Wildcats under <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A> have played in every NCAA Championship event since 1985 (60 total games) and have lost consecutive games only a handful of times. It last lost consecutive NCAA games in March 2003 with a West Regional Final loss to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Kansas</st1:place></st1:State> and March 2004 with a first round loss to Seton Hall. Other times it&rsquo;s happened: the Cats lost each of <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A>&rsquo;s first four years at UA; lost a Sweet 16 game in 1991 to Seton Hall and then were bumped in the first rounds by East Tennessee State in 1992 and Santa Clara in 1993; lost a Final Four<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>semifinal to Arkansas in 1994 and then a first-round game to Miami (Ohio) in 1995; and lost to Utah in a Regional Final in 1998 and to Oklahoma in the opening round in 1999. The Cats have followed a loss with a victory under Lute 13 times in NCAA play.<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: 10pt; 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: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Elite Company:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Pac-10 Freshman of the Year <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241">Chase Budinger</A></A>&rsquo;s 10 points last week at the Pac-10 Tournament elevated him further among some elite company.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The 6-foot-7 forward from <st1:City w:st="on">Encinitas</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State>, is one of just nine freshmen in <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> history to score more than 400 points in his debut season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He currently has 469 points scored through 29 games (16.1 ppg).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Here is the list:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>1.) Coniel Norman (1972-73), 576; 2.) Gilbert Arenas (1999-2000), 523; 3.) Sean Elliott (1985-86), 499; 4.) Eric Money (1972-73), 492; 5.) <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241">Chase Budinger</A></A> (2006-07), 469; 6.) Mike Bibby (1996-97), 458;<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>7.) <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39532"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39532">Salim Stoudamire</A></A> (2001-02), 434; 8.) <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A> (2005-06), 430; and 9.) Bob Elliott (1973-74), 429.<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: 10pt; 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: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Ex Factor:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>If experience matters in this event, then credit the Wildcats with a total of 35 games of NCAA Tournament experience.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Of those 35 games, 16 reside in the projected starting lineup (<A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542">Mustafa Shakur</A></A>/<A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534">Ivan Radenovic</A></A> 7, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A> 2).<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Board Work:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> One figure that almost unfailingly continues is <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s ability to control the boards. The Wildcats outrebounded <st1:State w:st="on">Oregon</st1:State>, 38-35, in the Pac-10 Tournament last week, which marked the 23rd time in 30 games that <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has collected more caroms than the opposition.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It hasn&rsquo;t always led to success, as the club is 15-8 when that happens. On the year, UA posts a +5.9 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: 10pt; 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: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Dubious Distinction:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Including a conference championship and four consecutive NCAA tournaments, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542">Mustafa Shakur</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534">Ivan Radenovic</A></A> have been part of UA teams that have posted a combined record of 90-40 (.692). That&rsquo;s winning basketball, yet also puts them on a strange perch.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>They&rsquo;re atop the <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A>-era teams for the most losses by Wildcat regulars, just eclipsing Steve Kerr, who played on Olson teams that recorded a 90-39 (.698) record from 1984 to 1988. Had Kerr not been injured and redshirted in 1986-87 when the Cats finished 18-12, instead of sticking around for the 1988 35-3 Final Four squad, he would have left with a 73-48 (.603) mark.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Simply Put:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>If you are looking for predictors, look no further than these two statistics:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>field goal percentage and turnovers.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>This season, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 18-2 when outshooting the opposition, 2-8 when not.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Secondly, the Wildcats are 12-1 when committing the same or fewer turnovers than its opponent, and 8-9 when posting more.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Travel Partners:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Cats have played at venues with the No. 1 seed on hand in six of the past seven years. Last year in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Philadelphia</st1:place></st1:City>, it was Villanova, UA&rsquo;s second-round opponent. Two years ago in <st1:City w:st="on">Rosemont</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Ill.</st1:State>, it was <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Illinois</st1:place></st1:State>, a Regional Final opponent. Three years ago in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Raleigh</st1:place></st1:City> it was Duke, but UA lost before a chance to meet the Devils. Four years ago, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> was the No. 1 seed in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Salt Lake City</st1:place></st1:City>. Six years ago, UA beat No. 1 Illinois in the Midwest Regional, and faced a pair of top seeds at the Final Four. Seven years ago, UA was the No. 1 seed in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Salt Lake City</st1:place></st1:City>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The only time during this stretch where <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> didn&rsquo;t share a venue with a top seed was 2002, when West region top seed <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Cincinnati</st1:place></st1:City> failed to advance past the second round.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Assisting the Cause:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542">Mustafa Shakur</A></A> enters the NCAA Tournament ranked third nationally (as of March 8) with a 6.9 assists per game average.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He trails Wildcat legend Damon Stoudamire on two key UA assist lists.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Shakur&rsquo;s 207 assists this year is just one shy of Stoudamire&rsquo;s 1993-94 tally, which ranks as the fourth highest single-season mark in UA history.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>On the career list, Shakur&rsquo;s 662 helpers is just one behind Stoudamire, which currently ranks as the No. 2 figure in school history.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Should Shakur collect two or more assists he will finish his career with more assists than any other player in the <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A> era.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Incidentally, UA is 60-18 (.769) during Shakur&rsquo;s career when he passes out five or more assists, a feat he&rsquo;s accomplished in 28 of 38 games 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: 10pt; 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: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Legendary Comparison: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A> set a high standard when he favorably compared <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241">Chase Budinger</A></A> to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> standout Sean Elliott (1985-89) long before Budinger even played his first collegiate game. Budinger has handled himself well to date. Here is a look at both players&rsquo; freshman-year statistics:<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0.5pt 0pt 0in; tab-stops: 40.5pt right 1.25in 128.25pt 148.5pt 184.5pt 204.75pt 238.5pt 261.0pt 283.5pt 299.25pt 315.0pt 355.5pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Player<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>GP-GS<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Min<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>FG-A<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Pct.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>3FG-A<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Pct.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>FT-A<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Pct.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Reb.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>A<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Stl<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Pts.-Avg.</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0.5pt 0pt 0in; tab-stops: 40.5pt right 1.25in 128.25pt 148.5pt 184.5pt 204.75pt 238.5pt 261.0pt 283.5pt 299.25pt 315.0pt 355.5pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Elliott<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>32-32<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>1079<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>187-385<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>.486<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>--<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>--<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>127-167<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>.760<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>171<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>70<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>22<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>499-15.6<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0.5pt 0pt 0in; tab-stops: 40.5pt right 1.25in 128.25pt 148.5pt 184.5pt 204.75pt 238.5pt 261.0pt 283.5pt 299.25pt 315.0pt 355.5pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Budinger<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>30-30<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>991<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>172-354<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>.486<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>49-132<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>.371<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>76-90<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>.844<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>173<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>61<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>34<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>469-15.6<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Double-Doubles:</SPAN></B><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> collected his third double-double of the season with 15 points and 14 rebounds March 8 vs. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Each of Hill&rsquo;s double-doubles have come in the last 11 games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The effort boosted his season per game averages to 4.9 points and 4.2 rebounds.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In those 11 games, the 6-foot-9 freshman from <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Atlanta</st1:place></st1:City> is averaging 8.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Milestones:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Senior forward <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534">Ivan Radenovic</A></A> enters Friday&rsquo;s game five rebounds shy of 700 and 12 points shy of 1,300 for his career, certainly in reach for a player averaging 15.2 ppg and 7.6 rpg this season.<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: 10pt; 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: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Scoring 80:</SPAN></B><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 162-19 (.895) 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 12-1 this season when scoring 80 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: 10pt; 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: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Always On the Run:</SPAN></B><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></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">25-8 run over 9:01 vs. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State>, Feb. 3, 2007 (UW 4-of-12 FG with five 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">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">22-7 run over 9:10 at Stanford, March 3 (Stanford 2-of-12 FG during the run, UA 8-of-12)<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: 10pt; 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: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Early Signees:</SPAN></B><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></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Up Next:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>A win tonight moves <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> into Sunday&rsquo;s second round against the Florida/Jackson State winner at either 1:15 or 3:45 p.m. CDT.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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