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Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 11/22/2007
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Game 5:? Arizona (3-1) at No. 4 Kansas (4-0)

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Date: ? Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007

Time: ? 7 p.m. CST

Location: ? Allen Fieldhouse (16,300), Lawrence, Kan.

Radio: ? Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)?? TV: ?ESPN (Ron Franklin/Jay Bilas)

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Game data: ? Arizona (3-1, 0-0 Pac-10) hits the road for the first time Sunday at No. 4 Kansas (4-0, 0-0 Big 12) in Allen Fieldhouse ... It is the first of six UA appearances on ESPN or ESPN2 this year ... Defense will make a difference in this game as Arizona has scored 80+ points in its last two games and Kansas is averaging 92.8 points to date ... This is the first time that an unranked Arizona team will face Kansas since 1981.

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

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Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson . . . will begin his 25th season at Arizona and his 35th overall as a college head coach with a career record of 780-280 (.736) and 589-187 (.759) at Arizona upon his return from a leave of absence, which was announced on Nov. 4 ... He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 27, 2002 ... Olson became the 16th coach in basketball history to tally 1,000 career victories (covering all levels) on Dec. 11, 2004 ... Olson recorded his 775th collegiate victory on Jan. 24, 2007, and became Arizonaˇ?s career victories leader (510) on Jan. 17, 2004 ... He has the most Pac-10 wins (327) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.764/327-101) and second-most league championships won (11) in Pac-10 history (minimum three years), trailing only UCLAˇ?s John Wooden (.810/304-74/16 titles)?... During his 24-year tenure at Arizona, the Wildcats have won one national championship (1997), played in the national championship game (2001), participated in four Final Fours (1988, 1994, 1997, 2001), won 11 Pac-10 Conference titles, four Pac-10 Tournament crowns (1988, ˇ®89, ˇ®90, 2002) and been to the NCAA Tournament for 23 consecutive seasons, which is the longest active and second-longest streak in NCAA history (North Carolina, 27) ... He also led Iowa to the 1980 Final Four ... Olson has been named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year seven times (1986, ˇ®88, ˇ®89, ˇ®93, ˇ®94, ˇ®98, 2003), the Big Ten Coach of the Year twice (1979 & ˇ®81) and directed the UA program to the nationˇ?s third-best winning percentage over the past 20 years (519-142/.785) ... In his collegiate career, Olson has produced 52 NBA Draft picks, including 31 at Arizona ?C 25 alone since 1990 ... Heˇ?s led UA to 20 consecutive 20-win seasons and has 29 overall in his career, making him one of only three head coaches in NCAA history to record 29 or more 20-win seasons...Under Olson, the Cats are 344-40 (.896) in McKale Center and have won 272 of its last 296 home games ... He is assisted by Kevin Oˇ?Neill, Josh Pastner and Miles Simon.

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Last Time out: ? Jordan Hill scored 17 points to lead six Wildcats in double figures as UA pulled away late from a scrappy Adams State club, 88-64, on Wednesday.? Hill knocked down all seven field goal attempts in the game and scored 11 of his 17 points in the second half as Arizona connected on 59.3 percent of its shots after the break.? UA forced 19 turnovers, outrebounded the Grizzlies, 32-22, and held a 22-8 scoring advantage from the line.? Arizonaˇ?s 88 points were a season high.

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Scouting Kansas: ? The fourth-ranked Jayhawks enter play Sunday with a 4-0 record after Wednesdayˇ?s 87-46 win over Northern Arizona.? Through four games, KU averages a whopping 92.8 points per game, shoots 55.5 percent (137-of-247) from the field and outrebounds the opposition by a +6.2 margin.? Opponents shoot just 40.3 percent from the floor and are outscored by an average of 31.3 points per game.? Individually, four Jayhawks average in double figures, led by Sherron Collins, who averages 16.0 points? per game.? Darrell Arthur leads KU with a 6.8 rebounds per game average.

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The Series: ? Tonightˇ?s game is the 10th meeting of the two schools with Kansas holding a 6-3 series advantage.? Five of those meetings have come at neutral sites, including the last, a 61-49 Wildcat win in Lahaina, Hawaii, on Nov. 21, 2005.? All time, Arizona is 0-2 in series games played in Tucson, 1-1 in Lawrence and 2-3 in neutral-site games.? Please see page 100 in UA media guide for more series information.

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Last Meeting: ? Arizona 61, Kansas 49, Nov. 21, 2005:? Arizona jumped out to a 16-4 lead in the first nine minutes and held on for a 61-49 win in the first round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.? UA limited KU to 33.9 percent shooting (19-of-56), forced 27 turnovers and parlayed 28 Jayhawk fouls into a 23-7 scoring advantage from the free throw line.? Kirk Walters led Arizona with a game-high 13 points and seven rebounds.

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Last Trip to the Phog: ? Arizona 91, Kansas 74, Jan. 24, 2003:? Salim Stoudamire scored 20 of his career-high 32 points in the second half as Arizona erased a 20-point deficit to earn the 17-point victory.? The sophomore, who was 7-of-10 from the floor after the break, ignited a 10-0 UA run to start the second half with a steal and layup and gave the Cats its first lead with a trey at the 14:15 mark.? All told, Arizona outscored Kansas, 67-30, over the final 25:41.? Jason Gardner added 23 points, seven boards and six assists.? The win also snapped KUˇ?s 25-game homecourt win streak.

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Against the Big 12 Conference: ? Arizona carries an all-time record of 62-65 (.488) record against teams that currently reside in the Big 12 Conference.? Other than Kansas, who Arizona has played four times dating back to 2001-02, the last time UA faced a Big 12 opponent was March 24, 2005, in a 79-78 win over Oklahoma State in the NCAA Chicago Regional semifinal.

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A History of Big Games: ? It may include only nine games, but the UA-KU series has been full of seemingly big games.? As mentioned above, five of the games have been played at neutral sites, including three NCAA Tournament match-ups.? Since the series rekindled in the 1996 NCAA Tournament, four of the seven games played have been decided by three points.? The average margin of victory for either team in that span is just seven points.

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Against ranked Teams: ? Tonightˇ?s game is Arizonaˇ?s first this season against a ranked opponent. ?Over the last 25 years, Arizona is 103-80 (.563) against nationally ranked teams, including a 23-34 (.404) record in true road games.? UAˇ?s all-time record against teams with the No. 4 ranking is 6-14.? See page 148 in the UA media guide for more information regarding ranked opposition.

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A Different Look on the Sidelines: ? Prior to the Nov. 4 exhibition game, it was announced that UA head coach Lute Olson would be taking a leave of absence due to a personal matter.? There has been no timetable set for his return.? During this period, assistant coach Kevin Oˇ?Neill will handle the head coaching responsibilities.? Oˇ?Neill has 11 seasons of experience as an NCAA Division I head coach, where he compiled a 152-165 (.479) record while at Marquette, Tennessee and Northwestern. Oˇ?Neill spent the last seven seasons in NBA circles.? During Olsonˇ?s leave of absence all games will be credited to Oˇ?Neillˇ?s coaching record.

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Finding the Range: ? After shooting 43.0 percent (49-of-114) in its first two games this season, the Wildcats have done a better job of making shots and steadily raising its field goal percentage.? In two games this week, UA has connected on 58.9 percent (56-of-95) of its shots from the field, including 63.8 percent (30-of-47) shooting in the second half alone.? The effort raised UAˇ?s cumulative field goal percentage to 50.2 percent (105-of-209).? Individually, Jordan Hill leads the Wildcats with a 77.8 field goal percentage (21-of-27), but if you removed his numbers, the team field goal percentage would drop 40 points.

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Getting on the Glass: ? With five players grabbing at least five rebounds in Wednesdayˇ?s win, Arizona collected a season-high 32 rebounds against Adams State.? It was also the first time this season that the Wildcats had outrebounded the opposition.? The +10 margin gave the Cats one more rebound than its opponents through four games this year.

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Ten or More: ? Led by Jordan Hillˇ?s career-high 17 points, Arizona placed six players in double figures Wednesday as the team tallied a season-high 88 points.? That is the first time Arizona had six players finish in double figures since a 107-83 win over UCLA on Feb. 14, 2004 ˇ? a span of 113 games.

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Room for Improvement: ? While Arizona has held opponents to an average of 63 points in its last two games, one area that needs improvement is field goal percentage defense.? In four games to date, UA opponents have posted a .453 (97-of-214) cumulative field goal percentage.? Twice this season Arizona foes have topped the 50 percent plateau, while Adams Stateˇ?s 53.1 (26-of-49) percent effort Wednesday was an opponent high in 2007-08.

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Answering the Call: ? Senior guard Daniel Dillon was inserted into the starting lineup three games ago, having made just one start in 84 career appearances.? Since then, the 6-foot-3 native of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, responded by averaging 9.7 points, 2.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game while shooting 50 percent from the floor (8-of-16), 45.5 percent (5-of-11) from three-point range, and posted the first two double-figure scoring games of his career.? He logged 40 minutes vs. Adams State (a career first) and is averaging 31.3 minutes per game of late, more than 22 minutes per game better than his career average entering the year (9.1 mpg).

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Off the Bench: ? Freshman Jamelle Horne notched his first double-figure scoring game of the season with 15 points off the bench against Adams State.? The forward from San Diego, Calif., hit 6-of-7 field goals in a nice all-around effort that included five rebounds (four offensive) and a blocked shot.? Horneˇ?s effort helped the UA reserves post a 22-17 scoring advantage, the first time this year that the Wildcat bench has outscored an opponent.

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Center of Attention: ? Sophomore Jordan Hill poured in 17 points, grabbed five rebounds and passed out two assists vs. Adams State.? The 6-foot-10 center from Atlanta, Ga., hit all seven field goal attempts and all three free throws en route to a career-high point total.? Heˇ?s connected on 77.8 percent (21-of-27) of his field goal attempts and 78.6 (11-of-14) percent of his free throws.? Hillˇ?s free throw percentage is 34 points higher than last seasonˇ?s 21-of-47 (.447) effort.? More than anything else, Hill just needs to stay in the game.? Heˇ?s been limited to just 24 minutes per game, the lowest of any starter.

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Ball Movement Leads to Buckets: ? Arizona has shown a bit more ball movement in the last two games, and that movement has led to 45 assists.? In the wins over UMKC and Adams State, Arizona collected an assist on 80.4 percent of its field goals (45-of-56).? In Wednesdayˇ?s game, four players (Budinger 5, Hill 2, McClellan 5, Dillon 3) set or equaled career highs in assists.

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At the Line: ? The Wildcats continue to do a good job of getting to the free throw line, and most importantly, converting those chances into points.? Against Adams State, Arizona hit 22-of-26 free throws (.846) which led to a +14 scoring margin from the line.? Additionally, Arizona is averaging 20.3 points per game from the free throw line and has made 22 more charity tosses (81) than the opposition has attempted (59).

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Scoring 80: ? Arizona scored a season-high 88 points in Wednesdayˇ?s win, marking the first time this season that the Cats had topped the 80-point plateau in back-to-back games.? Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 164-19 (.896) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points.? Incidentally, itˇ?s the first time UA has scored 80 or more in consecutive games since Dec. 30-Jan. 4 of last season, a span of 22 games.

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Early Signees: ? The Arizona coaching staff signed four student-athletes to National-Letters-of-Intent during the November early signing period.? Brandon Jennings (G, 6-0, 170) from Lakewood, Calif., Oak Hill Academy; Brendon Lavender (G, 6-4, 180) from Mesa, Ariz., Mountain View High School;? Emmanuel Negedu (F, 6-7, 230) from Bloomington, Ind., Brewster Academy; Jeff Withey (C, 6-11, 240) from San Diego, Calif., Horizon High School, will join the squad next fall.? According to rivals.com, this class was ranked as the seventh-best nationally.

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Up Next: ? Arizona returns to action on Wednesday, Nov. 28, when UA hosts Cal State Fullerton.? Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. MST and can be seen on FSN Arizona.

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