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Team Georgia Notes
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 11/07/2007
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Game data: ? No. 17 Arizona (0-0, 0-0 Pac-10) plays its final preseason exhibition Thursday against Team Georgia ... Itˇ?s the fourth consecutive year that Team Georgia, a collection of former college players based in Atlanta, has played an exhibition game in McKale Center ... The average score in the previous three meetings is 113-78 in UAˇ?s favor with the closest game coming in 2006, a 104-81 Wildcat triumph.

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The Rankings: ? Arizona will open the 2007-08 campaign ranked No. 17 in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches preseason poll.? It marks the 20th time in the last 21 seasons that the Cats will open the season nationally ranked.

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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 ... 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: ? Chase Budinger scored 17 points and Jawann McClellan added 13 points and six rebounds as Arizona posted a 68-50 exhibition win over Concordia University last Sunday.? UA shot 50 percent from the field and limited the visiting Stingers to just 27.3 percent in racing to a 33-15 halftime lead.? Concordia cut the lead to eight points with just over eight minutes to go before Nic Wise scored on back-to-back possessions to keep the lead in double figures.

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

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First Impressions: ? Jordan Hill put forth a good effort in his first appearance of the preseason.? The 6-foot-10 sophomore forward posted 12 points, seven rebounds and two steals in 27 minutes.? Hill connected on 6-of-9 field goal attempts, including four dunks in the first half.

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Defensive impressions: ? Arizona did a few things well in the won over Concordia.? UA held the Stingers to just 35.2 percent (19-of-54) from the field, including 6-of-22 (.237) in the first half and .238 shooting behind the arc, posted a 36-33 rebound advantage and turned 14 CU turnovers into 19 Arizona points.? UAˇ?s 19-3 points-off-turnovers advantage proved to be the difference in the game.

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Leading the Way: ? Arizonaˇ?s defensive efforts may have been highlighted by freshman Jamelle Horne, who collected four blocks and a steal ?C all in the second half of Sundayˇ?s contest.? The 6-foot-6 native of San Diego also knocked down 5-of-8 free throws and finished with seven points.

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Nice Ratio: ? Stating that heˇ?d, ˇ?take that every game,ˇ± interim head coach Kevin Oˇ?Neill definitely enjoyed seeing his point guard post an 8:1 assist:turnover ratio against Concordia.? Additionally, Jerryd Bayless chipped in with eight points, three boards, a block and a steal in just 27 minutes.

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Iron Men: ? In a game in which 10 Wildcats saw action, only two, senior Jawann McClellan and sophomore Chase Budinger, played more than 30 minutes.? The wings combined for 30 points (13-of-26 shooting), 10 rebounds and four assists and only one turnover in 71 minutes of action.? Incidentally, six players logged double-figure minutes against Concordia.

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Strong Off the Bench: ? Nic Wise made the most of his 19 minutes against Concordia, especially in the second half.? In addition to the efforts listed above, Wise hit all three of his FG attempts and both FT attempts after the halftime, finishing with nine points and an assist.? Heˇ?s a combined 8-of-14 (.571) from the field during the exhibition season.

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Hitting Shots: ? Perhaps itˇ?s why they were selected to start.? Regardless, Arizonaˇ?s starting lineup against Concordia (Tangara, Budinger, Hill, Bayless, McClellan) combined to hit 22-of-44 (.500) from the floor and finished with 52 of the teamˇ?s 68 points.? The downside:? the UA bench contributed just 16 points and 11 rebounds to the cause.

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Honorably Mentioned: ? The Associated Press released its preseason top 25 (at left) and the list of preseason All-Americans on Nov. 5.? Wildcat sophomore Chase Budinger was an honorable mention selection after averaging 15.6 points and 5.8 rebounds a year ago.? He is the first UA player to be recognized in the preseason by the Associated Press since Channing Frye in 2004-05.

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Preseason KUDOS: ? Two Arizona players have garnered a few preseason accolades, as Chase Budinger and Jerryd Bayless have found themselves included on a few lists to watch.? Budinger has been tabbed a preseason All-American by both collegeinsider.com and collegehoops.net and heˇ?s also on both the John R. Wooden and Naismith Awards preseason watch list.? Bayless was a second team all-freshman pick by collegehoops.com.

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An Educated Guess: ? According to media members that regularly cover the Pacific-10 Conference, Arizona was picked to finish fourth in this yearˇ?s Pac-10 race.? Arizona received 238 points, trailing UCLA, Washington State and Oregon. The last time UA was predicted to finish this low was in the 2001-02 preseason poll.? On a historical note, the Wildcats have been the preseason favorite 11 times in the last 18 years.? The complete poll is listed on the next page.

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

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More on the NBA: ? Bolstered by UAˇ?s 10 alumni in the NBA, the Pac-10 Conference had a total of 45 former players on opening day rosters, a figure that ranks third among conferences nationally.? Here is the breakdown by league:? 1.) Atlantic Coast and Big East, 54; 3.) Pac-10, 45; 4.) Southeastern, 41; 5.) Big 12, 35; and 6.)? Big Ten, 33.

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Up Next: ? The Wildcats open the regular season on Tuesday, Nov. 13, vs. Northern Arizona.? Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. MST and will be carried live by FSN Arizona.

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