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Pac-10 Quarterfinal Notes
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/13/2008
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No. 7 Seed Arizona (19-13, 8-10) at Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament

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Date: ? Thursday, March 13, 2008

Time: ? approx. 8:30 p.m. PDT

Location: ? Staples Center (19,282), Los Angeles, Calif.

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

TV: ?FSN (Barry Tompkins/Dan Belluomini)

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Arizona Probable Starters

??? No.??? Name????????????????????????? Ht.???? Wt.??? Yr.?? Hometown???????????????????? PPG?????? RPG????? APG

F?? 34??? Chase Budinger?????? 6-7??? 203?? So.?? Encinitas, Calif.???????????? 17.1???????? 5.3??????? 3.0

F?? 43??? Jordan Hill???????????????? 6-10? 226?? So.?? Atlanta, Ga.??????????????????? 13.1???????? 7.9??????? 0.8

G? 13??? Nic Wise???????????????????? 5-9??? 178?? So.?? Houston, Texas?????????????? 9.0???????? 2.2??????? 4.4

G???? 5??? Jawann McClellan??? 6-4??? 204??? Sr.?? Houston, Texas?????????????? 8.7???????? 3.8??????? 2.8

G???? 0??? Jerryd Bayless????????? 6-3??? 199??? Fr.??? Phoenix, Ariz.???????????????? 20.1???????? 2.7??????? 4.1

Reserves

F???? 2??? Zane Johnson?????????? 6-5??? 199??? Fr.??? Phoenix, Ariz.?????????????????? 0.9???????? 0.6??????? 0.1

G??11??? David Bagga????????????? 6-5??? 182??? Jr.??? Foothill Ranch, Calif.????? 0.5???????? 0.0??????? 0.0

G? 12??? Daniel Dillon???????????? 6-3??? 197??? Sr.?? ?Melbourne, Victoria, Australia????????? 2.2???????? 1.1??????? 1.4

F?? 14??? Mohamed Tangara? 6-9??? 235??? Jr.??? Bamako, Mali?????????????????? 0.0???????? 0.2??????? 0.0

F?? 24??? Fendi Onobun?????????? 6-6??? 235??? Jr.??? Houston, Texas?????????????? 1.7???????? 1.4??????? 0.2

F?? 33??? Lucas Spencer???????? 6-5??? 187??? Jr.??? Yuma, Ariz.????????????????????????? --??????????? --?????????? --

F?? 42??? Jamelle Horne ???????? 6-6??? 204??? Fr.??? San Diego, Calif.???????????? 3.1???????? 2.8??????? 0.3

F?? 44??? Bret Brielmaier????????? 6-7??? 237??? Sr.?? Mankato, Minn.??????????????? 2.8???????? 2.9??????? 0.6

C? 50??? Alex Jacobson?????????? 6-11? 243??? Fr.??? Santa Ana, Calif.??????????????? --??????????? --?????????? --

C? 54??? Kirk Walters?????????????? 6-11? 247??? Sr.?? Grand Rapids, Mich.????? 0.9???????? 1.3??????? 0.0

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Game Data: ? No. 7 seed Arizona (19-13, 8-10 Pac-10) participates in the quarterfinals of the 2008 Pacific Life Pac-10? Tournament in Los Angeles Thursday night against No. 2 seed Stanford (24-6, 13-5 Pac-10) ... Arizonaˇ?s 17 wins and four championships (1988-90, 2002) in this event are league bests ... Since the event was reincarnated in the Staples Center in 2002, the Cats are 8-5 in tournament play.

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Last Time Out: ? With all five starters in double figures, Arizona blitzed Oregon State, 87-56, Wednesday in the opening round of the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament.? The Wildcats connected on 71 percent (22-of-31) of its field goal attempts in rolling to a Pac-10 Tournament record- 59 points in the first half and a 38-point lead at the break.? Jerryd Bayless and Nic Wise combined for 26 first-half points, while Wise added seven assists and a tournament-record five steals in the opening period alone.? UAˇ?s 31-point win equaled its largest in Pac-10 Tournament history.

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Scouting Stanford: ? The Beavers enter play Wednesday with a 24-6 record (13-5 Pac-10) and a No. 2 seed following Saturdayˇ?s 77-64 loss at USC.? Through 30 games, Stanford averages 70.6 points per game, shoots 44.9 percent (643-of-1,665), and posts a +8.1 rebound margin per game.? Opponents shoot 39.5 percent from the floor and are outscored by an average of 10.6 points per game.? Individually, two Cardinal players average in double figures, led by Brook Lopez, who averages 18.9 points per game.? He also leads the club with an 8.2 rebounds per game average.

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The Series: ? ?Todayˇ?s game marks the 76th meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 48-27 series advantage.? Arizona has won six of the last eight in the series, but Stanford won the last, 67-66, in Tucson on Feb. 16.? All-time, Arizona is 25-8 in series games played in Tucson, 19-17 in Palo Alto, Calif., and 4-2 in neutral site games. See page 101 of the UA media guide for more series information.? UA is 4-0 vs. Stanford in Pac-10 Tournament play.

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Last Meeting: ? Stanford 67, Arizona 66, Feb. 16, 2008: ? Trailing by eight points with 4:07 remaining, Arizona outscored Stanford 9-0 over the next two minutes to take the lead but could not hold on in the one-point loss.? Stanfordˇ?s Brook Lopez made two free throws with 18 seconds to go that provided the final margin.? UAˇ?s Chase Budinger had his shot blocked by Brookˇ?s twin brother Robin in the final seconds.? Arizona shot just 37.3 percent for the game and was outrebounded 40-26.? UAˇ?s Jerryd Bayless, who scored a game-high 31 points, became the first player in Arizona history to score 30 or more points in three straight games.

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In The Coaching Box: ? Prior to the Nov. 4 exhibition game, it was announced that UA head coach Lute Olson would be taking a leave of absence due to a personal matter.? It was announced on Dec. 7 that Olson would not return this season.? During this period, assistant coach Kevin Oˇ?Neill will handle the head coaching responsibilities.? Oˇ?Neill, who was tabbed as Olsonˇ?s successor on Dec. 18, has 11 seasons of experience as an NCAA Division I head coach, where he compiled a 152-165 (.479) record while at Marquette, Tennessee and Northwestern. Oˇ?Neill spent the last seven seasons in NBA circles.? During Olsonˇ?s leave of absence all games will be credited to Oˇ?Neillˇ?s coaching record.? On March 10, UA announced that Olson would return once this year is complete.

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Wrong Color: ? No other Pac-10 team has played in as many conference postseason tournament games as Arizonaˇ?s 23.? Of those 23 contests, the Wildcats have only played three previous games as the lower seed.

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Waiting for the Sun: ? Thursdayˇ?s scheduled 8:30 p.m. PDT start time doesnˇ?t fit well into the Wildcat comfort zone.? This season the Cats are just 1-4 in games that tip-off later than 8 p.m. local time.

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On Fire: ? The? Wildcats shot an impressive 71.0 percent (22-of-31) from the field in the first half of Thursdayˇ?s win, a figure that was the programˇ?s best shooting half in Pac-10 Tournament play.? It was also UAˇ?s best shooting first half of this season, and was the teamˇ?s second-best shooting half this seasonˇ?second only to its 71.4 percent (15-of-21) shooting in the second half at Houston on Jan. 12.? Incidentally, Arizona had separate streaks of seven and six consecutive field goal made in the first half vs. the Beavers.

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The Numbers Come INto Play: ? Even though the Cats emptied the bench and cooled off a bit in the second half, the squad still shot 54.4 percent (31-of-57) for the game.? It was the 13th time that Arizona has shot 50 percent or better from the floor, but just the third time in the last 12 games.? This season, Arizona is 13-0 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field.

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Thatˇ?s Deep: ? The Wildcats connected on 9-of-17 (.529) three-point field goal attempts Wednesday, which was the seventh time this season that UA has sot better than 50 percent from behind the arc.? In the first half, UA connected on 8-of-11 treys (.727), and in one stretch made four consecutive treys to stretch the Wildcat lead to 32-8.? On the season, UA shoots .389 (209-of-537) from three-point range as a team.

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A GOod 18 Minutes: ? Sophomore Nic Wise had quite an impact in 18 first-half minutes on Wednesday.? The 5-foot-10 guard knocked down 5-of-7 shots en route to 13 points to go with seven assists and five steals.? The five steals equaled a Pac-10 Tournament record he now shares with seven other players.? Wise averages 2.04 steals per game.

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On Target: ? Forward Jordan Hill entered the tournament as the Pac-10ˇ?s field goal percentage leader (.616) and only boosted that number on Wednesday, as the 6-foot-10 sophomore hit all seven attempts against Oregon State.? The effort boosted his season FG percentage to .625 (172-of-275), a figure that currently ranks third on the Arizona single-season Field goal percentage list.

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From the Bench: ? Itˇ?s safe to say that everyone contributed to Wednesdayˇ?s 31-point win.? A total of 13 players saw action with 11 players scoring and 10 grabbing at least one rebound, and seven passing out an assist.? The UA bench totaled 76 minutes and combined for 17 points.? Not bad for a bunch that entering the tournament averaged just 35 minutes per game.

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Finally on the Glass: ? Rebounding has been an Arizona shortcoming all year long, as the club posted a -1.2 rebound margin during the regular season, the programˇ?s worst effort since 1982-83.? During Pac-10 play it was even worse at -4.5.? When Arizona outrebounds the opposition, the club is 9-2.? All told, the Wildcats were outrebounded in 14 of 18 Pac-10 games, but managed to outrebound Oregon State, 39-32, on Wednesday.? Against Pac-10 foes, UA 1s 4-1 when it manages to win the rebounding battle.

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Even More Balanced: ? As stated in yesterdayˇ?s notes, Arizonaˇ?s tournament fate may be dependant upon its ability to be balanced offensively.? The team certainly accomplished that feat by placing five players in double figures and seeing 11 of 13 players in the scoring column.? On the year, Arizona has placed four or more scorers in double figures nine times, and the team is 7-2 when that happens to go with a 77.6 ppg scoring average.? In 2007-08 Arizona is 16-3 when scoring 70 or more points.

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Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 171-19 (.900) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points. Arizona is 9-0 this season when topping the 80-point plateau.

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In March: ? Since the start of the 1996-97 season, Arizona has a 51-23 (.689) record in the month of March.? In that span, 34 of those games have been played in the NCAA Tournament and UA is 24-10 (.706) in them.? In the two previous seasons, the Cats were 5-5 in March.? This season, UA is 2-3 in March.

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Up Next: ? Thursdayˇ?s result either puts the Wildcats in Fridayˇ?s semifinal or hastens a return to Tucson to await its NCAA Tournament selection fate.
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