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20070213 Arizona Men's Basketball Game Notes, 2/15/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Game 25:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>No. 19 <?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> (17-7, 8-5) vs. No. 22 USC (18-7, 8-4)<?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; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><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; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 225.0pt"><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>Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 225.0pt"><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>8:30 p.m. MST<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 225.0pt"><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:Street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">Olson Court</st1:address></st1:Street>, <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType> (14,545), <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Tucson</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State></st1:place><B><o:p></o:p></B></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 225.0pt"><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; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 225.0pt"><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>FSNAZ (Dave Sitton/Bob Elliott)<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"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></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. 19 Arizona (17-7, 8-5 Pac-10) opens the final homestand of the season Thursday against No. 22 USC (18-7, 8-4 Pac-10) in McKale Center ... It should be an interesting match-up featuring the Pac-10&rsquo;s third-best shot-blocking team (USC) against a club (Arizona) that has 48 field goals in the paint over its last three games played ... In 14 home games to date, Arizona is averaging 83.7 points per game, a figure that is 11.8 points per game higher than the opposition ... Arizona is 11-1 at home this season when posting a higher field goal percentage than its opponent.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 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>After a sweep of two road games last week, Arizona jumped to No. 19 in the <I>Associated Press</I> Top 25 poll and to No. 24 in the ESPN/<I>USA Today</I> Coaches poll.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats have been ranked in each AP poll to date this season.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 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 778-276 (.738) and 586-184 (.761) 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 (324) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.766/324-99) and second-most league championships won (11) in Pac-10 history (minimum three years), trailing only UCLA&rsquo;s John Wooden (.810/304-74/16 titles) <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>... During his 24-year tenure at Arizona, the Wildcats have won one national championship (1997), played in the national championship game (2001), participated in four Final Fours (1988, 1994, 1997, 2001), won 11 Pac-10 Conference titles, four Pac-10 Tournament crowns (1988, ?89, ?90, 2002) and been to the NCAA Tournament for 22 consecutive seasons, which is the longest active and second-longest streak in NCAA history (North Carolina, 27) ... He also led Iowa to the 1980 Final Four ... Olson has been named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year seven times (1986, ?88, ?89, ?93, ?94, ?98, 2003), the Big Ten Coach of the Year twice (1979 &amp; ?81) and directed the UA program to the nation&rsquo;s second-best winning percentage over the past 19 years (499-131/.792) ... In his collegiate career, Olson has produced 49 NBA Draft picks, including 30 at Arizona ? 21 alone since 1990 ... He&rsquo;s led UA to 19 consecutive 20-win seasons and has 28 overall in his career, making him one of only three head coaches in NCAA history to record 28 or more 20-win seasons...<B> </B>Under Olson, the Cats are 344-38 (.901) 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 294 home games ... He is assisted by <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39540"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39540">Jim Rosborough</A></A>, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39516"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39516">Josh Pastner</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181087"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181087">Miles Simon</A></A> ... Olson is 39-13 against USC.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 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>In a second half full of runs by both teams, Arizona made the necessary plays late to pull out a 77-74 win Saturday over Oregon in Eugene.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534">Ivan Radenovic</A></A>&rsquo;s field goal with six seconds to go put the Cats up by one and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241">Chase Budinger</A></A> added two free throws four seconds later to clinch it.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UA trailed by as many as nine in the second half, the last time coming at the 8:25 mark, but outscored Oregon 22-10 the rest of the way.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Budinger finished with game-high totals of 30 points and 10 rebounds.<B><o:p></o:p></B></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 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">Scouting USC:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Trojans (18-7, 8-4 Pac-10) saw a three-game win streak end last Wednesday in a 70-65 loss at UCLA.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>As a team, USC averages 70.8 points per game, shoots 48.4 percent (634-of-1,310) from the field and posts a +0.6 per game rebound margin.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Defensively, the Trojans allow 61.7 points per game and a .369 field goal percentage.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Four USC players average in double figures, led by Nick Young&rsquo;s 17.1 points per game figure.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Taj Gibson leads the club with an 8.5 rebounds per game mark.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 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 89th meeting of the two schools with <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> holding a 53-35 series advantage. UA has won 14 of the last 19 meetings in the series, which dates back to 1922, but USC captured the last contest, 80-73, in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Los Angeles</st1:place></st1:City> on Jan. 18.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>All-time, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> is 27-8 in series games played in <st1:City w:st="on">Tucson</st1:City>, 23-27 in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Los Angeles</st1:place></st1:City>, and 3-0 in neutral-site games. Please see page 101 in the UA media guide for more series information.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 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>USC 80, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> 73, Jan. 18, 2007:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Nick Young scored 22 of his game-high 30 points in the second half to lead the Trojans over the Wildcats.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Young&rsquo;s jumper gave USC a lead it would not relinquish with 15:42 to go, though <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> did get to within two points at the 4:44 mark. The Trojans shot 69.2 percent from the floor in the second half to maintain the advantage.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Young, Lodrick Stewart and Gabe Pruitt combined for 64 of USC&rsquo;s 80 points.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542">Mustafa Shakur</A></A> led <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> with 19 points apiece.<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 Way:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A> led <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> to its first Pac-10 road sweep of the season by averaging 19.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, while shooting 51.9 percent (14-of-27) from the field.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The sophomore forward also connected on 4-of-8 (.500) three-point attempts and added two steals.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He opened the week with a team-high 23 points (8-of-12 FGs) to go with four rebounds and two steals in the win over <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oregon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Williams came back to score 13 of his 16 points in the second half as the Wildcats rallied Saturday at Oregon en route to 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the three-point win in Eugene.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He led the defensive effort against <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s Aaron Brooks, the league&rsquo;s leading scorer who entered the game averaging 18.1 ppg, and limited him to just four points on 2-of-14 shooting.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>On the year, Williams is averaging 17.0 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, while shooting 51.5 percent from the field.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 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">Road Sweeps:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>As mentioned above, last week&rsquo;s effort was <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s first road sweep of the year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It was also the program&rsquo;s first road sweep since Dec. 29 and 31, 2005, when the Cats swept the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State> schools.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In the <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A> era, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has a conference-best 139-74 (.653) record in Pac-10 road 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">Toughness of Schedule:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s win over No. 13 Oregon Saturday was its third over a nationally ranked team this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It was also the first over such an opponent in its last five tries.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>This year, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 3-4 against nationally ranked opponents and will play two more this week in No. 22 USC and No. 5 UCLA.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It marks the seventh straight week in which UA will face at least one ranked foe.<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">Playing From Behind:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> erased a 10-point halftime deficit, and trailed by as many as nine with 8:25 to go Saturday in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Eugene</st1:place></st1:City>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Over that span, the Wildcats outscored the Ducks, 22-10.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It evened the team&rsquo;s record at 4-4 this year when trailing at the half and marked the largest halftime deficit overcome in a victory 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">Finally, A Close Call that Ended Well:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534">Ivan Radenovic</A></A>&rsquo;s field goal with six seconds remaining gave <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> the lead for good in Saturday&rsquo;s win, which gave the Wildcats a victory in a game decided by five points or less.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Prior to Saturday, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> was 0-4 in close games. The three-point win also was UA&rsquo;s first this season when trailing with five minutes remaining in the second half.<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">Strong to the Finish:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">One of the keys in <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State>&rsquo;s decisive 22-10 run to close the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> victory was its ability to shut down the Ducks in the final 8:25.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In that span, UA limited <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> to just two field goals in 10 attempts.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>At one point during the run, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> missed seven consecutive shots.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Conversely, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> connected on 9-of-12 field goal attempts, an effort that was capped by <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534">Ivan Radenovic</A></A>&rsquo;s game-winner.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UA shot 52.8 percent (19-of-36) from the field in the second half Saturday.<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">Gathering Momentum:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats seem to have righted the ship over the last week. After surviving a stretch that saw the Cats drop six of eight contests, the team has rebounded to win its last three games. The wins improved the club&rsquo;s record to 17-7 overall and 8-5 in Pac-10 play.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In those three wins, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is averaging 77.2 points per game, 5.2 points better than in the previous eight 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">True to Form:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats limited <st1:State w:st="on">Oregon</st1:State> to just 41.2 percent (28-of-68) shooting Saturday, including 39.4 percent (13-of-33) in the second half,<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>enabling <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> to outshoot <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State>, .449-.412. That&rsquo;s noteworthy because the Wildcats are 15-2 this year when posting a higher field goal percentage than the opposition.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>On the year, opponents are shooting 44.0 percent from the field, UA is at .487.<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">Commonality:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Balanced is a common theme for the Wildcats.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In racing to an 81.1 points per game scoring average, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> now has four players (<A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A>, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241">Chase Budinger</A></A>, <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>) that have scored more than 300 points this season ? a feat matched by no other Pac-10 school.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>With five players averaging in double figures (<A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68648"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68648">Jawann McClellan</A></A>), that number should rise to five before the end of the regular 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">Something Special:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Freshman <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241">Chase Budinger</A></A> reached the 30-point plateau for the second time this season in the win at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He is the only freshman in the <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A> era to score 30 or more points in a game, and his 30 points Saturday was just two points off his career best of 32 vs. <st1:place w:st="on">Northern Arizona</st1:place> on Nov. 15.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It was his 20<SPAN style="POSITION: relative; TOP: -2.5pt; mso-text-raise: 2.5pt">th</SPAN><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>double-figure scoring game of the season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>For good measure, Budinger collected 10 boards in the contest for his fourth double-double of the year, which is tied with <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=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A> for the team lead.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>On the season, Budinger is averaging 15.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game, while shooting .509 (140-of-275) from the field. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Budinger joins Coniel Norman (5) and Eric Money (3) as the only UA freshmen to top the 30-point plateau multiple times in their initial collegiate season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Both <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Norman</st1:place></st1:City> and Money accomplished the feat in 1972-73, the first season of freshman eligibility.<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">Follow his Lead:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Senior <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534">Ivan Radenovic</A></A> bounced back from a lackluster first half (4 pts./4 reb.) at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> to be a key factor in the second ? long before his game-winning heroics.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The 6-foot-10 forward from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Belgrade</st1:City>, <st1:country-region w:st="on">Serbia</st1:country-region></st1:place>, tallied 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting to go with five rebounds after the break.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Eight of those 12 points came in the final 8:25.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He is averaging 15.7 points, a team-leading 7.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game, while leading the Cats with a 52.2 (120-of-230) field goal percentage.<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">Transparent:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Led by <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241">Chase Budinger</A></A>&rsquo;s 10 boards, the Wildcats had four players tally seven or more rebounds en route to a 45-33 positive margin over the Ducks last Saturday.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That continued a string that has seen <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> outrebound its last 10 Pac-10 opponents ? four of the last five by 10 or more.<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 161-19 (.894) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 11-1 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: 10pt; 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: 10pt; 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: 10pt; 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; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">22-10 run over 8:25 at <st1:State w:st="on">Oregon</st1:State>, Feb. 10 (UA 9-of-12 FGs during run, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> 2-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: 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>Following tonight&rsquo;s game, UA hosts No. 5 UCLA on Saturday, Feb. 17.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Tip-off is scheduled for 11 a.m. MST and can be seen on CBS-TV.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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