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Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 01/18/2008
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Game 18:? ? Arizona (11-6, 1-3) at California (11-5, 2-3)

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Date: ? Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008

Time: ? 5 p.m. PST

Location: ? Haas Pavilion (11,877), Berkeley, Calif.

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

TV: ? FSNAZ (Dave Sitton /Bob Elliott)

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Game Data: ? Arizona (11-6, 1-3 Pac-10) closes a four-game road swing with a Pac-10 game Saturday at California (11-5, 2-3 Pac-10) ... The Wildcats enter play Saturday having lost four of its last six games and need to improve on its 68.2 points per game scoring average in that span ... UA is 2-4 in true road games this season, including an 0-2 mark in Pac-10 play.

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The Rankings: ? Arizona is unranked in both polls for the first time since Nov. 26.? For the season, the Wildcats have been ranked in either or both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coachesˇ? Top 25 polls in eight of 11 polling periods this season.

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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: ? For the second straight league game, Arizona failed to capitalize on opportunities late in the game in a 56-52 defeat Thursday at Stanford.? The Wildcats erased as much as a 12-point lead but could not close the game out, missing three layups and two free throws in its last four possessions.? UA struggled with its shooting touch, connecting on 37.5 percent of its field goals and 46.2 percent of its free throws, and was outrebounded by seven.? Nic Wise and Chase Budinger shared team-high honors with 13 points, while Wise added four assists and four steals.

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Scouting California: ? The Golden Bears enter play Saturday with an 11-5 record (2-3 Pac-10) following Thursdayˇ?s 99-90 double overtime loss to Arizona State.? Through 16 games, Cal averages 79.8 points per game, shoots 48.1 percent (445-of-925), and posts a +3.8 rebound margin per game.? Opponents shoot 42.2 percent from the floor and are outscored by an average of 8.8 points per game.? Individually, three Golden Bears average in double figures, led by Ryan Anderson, who averages 21.4 points? per game.? He also leads Cal with a 9.9 rebounds per game average.

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The Series: ? Todayˇ?s game marks the 75th meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 49-25 series advantage. Arizona has won 16 of the last 18 meetings, including the last, a 70-65 win in Berkeley on March 1, 2007. All-time, Arizona is 25-8 in series games played in Tucson, 21-16 in Berkeley, Calif., and 3-1 in neutral site games. See page 99 of the UA media guide for more series information.

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Last Meeting: ??Arizona 70, California 65, March 1, 2007: ? Arizonaˇ?s last six points were scored from the free throw line over the gameˇ?s final five minutes as the Wildcats pulled out a five-point win.? Marcus Williams led all scorers with 21 points, including seven points in a key 11-2 run late in the second half that enabled UA to take control.? Ivan Radenovic added 19 points and eight boards, while Chase Budinger posted a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.? A 4.2 magnitude earthquake was registered at 17:35 of the second half.

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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.? 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.

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Slow out of the Gate: ? With its four-point loss on Thursday, Arizona fell to 1-3 in Pac-10 play.? Thatˇ?s the worst conference start for the Wildcats in 25 years.? Arizona lost its first four conference games in 1983-84 ˇ? Lute Olsonˇ?s first season in Tucson.? After dropping its first four league games, that 1983-84 club won eight of its last 14 games to finish 8-10 and in a tie for fifth place.

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In the Bay Area: ?? Over the last 24-plus seasons, Arizona has fared pretty well on the Bay Area road swing.? The Wildcats are 30-19 (.613) to date in those games dating back to 1983-84.? The series history includes 10 Arizona sweeps, 10 splits and four times swept.? The last time Arizona was swept in the Bay Area happened in 2003-04.

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Letˇ?s Be Honest: ? Arizona needs a win not only to stay in the middle of the pack of the Pac-10 race, but to begin righting the proverbial ship after losing four of the last six games.? Itˇ?s going to take a stout effort to change the current momentum, as the Wildcats are averaging 68.2 points per game, shooting 46.7 (150-of-321) percent from the field and are being outrebounded by 3.6 rebounds per game.? Each of those figures is a significant dip from the overall season totals.? Four of the Catsˇ? last six games have been played away from McKale Center.

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Taking Care of the Ball: ? Arizona committed only 10 turnovers in Thursdayˇ?s game, which was marked the sixth time this season that Arizona has had 10 or fewer miscues in a game.? Additionally, it was the lowest total for the Wildcats in any road or neutral-site game this year.

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Creating Turnovers: ? Led by Nic Wiseˇ?s game-high four steals, Arizona equaled a season high with nine steals Thursday against Stanford.? On the season, UA averages 5.9 steals per game.? The number of steals led directly to more than half of Stanfordˇ?s turnover total (17) and helped the Cats post a +7 turnover margin.

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Scoring 80: ? Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 166-19 (.897) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points.? Arizona is 4-0 this season when topping the 80-point plateau.

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Facial Hair Might Be a Good Option . . . ? because close shaves are killing the Wildcats.? Thursdayˇ?s four-point loss at Stanford dropped the teamˇ?s record to just 1-4 in games decided by five points or less.? Arizona is 10-2 in games decided by six points or more this season.? What makes matters worse is that two of those games have been Pac-10 road affairs.? Last year, the Wildcats were 4-5 in close games.

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Similar Features: ? One might expect some growing pains with a starting lineup that features one senior, three sophomores and a freshman.? Each of UAˇ?s last two road losses shares similar features.? In Arizonaˇ?s 64-59 overtime loss at Arizona State on Jan. 9, the Wildcats led by five points with 1:53 to go in regulation before a turnover and a missed trey opened the door for the Sun Devils to send the game into the extra session.? In Thursdayˇ?s loss at Stanford, UA led 50-49 with 5:17 to go before the Wildcats closed the game with three missed layups, a turnover and two missed free throws over its last six possessions.?

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Both Ends of the Spectrum: ? Stanford shot 63.6 percent (14-of-22) from the floor in the first half of Thursdayˇ?s game, which was the highest field goal percentage allowed by Arizona in the first half of any game this season.? Arizona rebounded to limit the Cardinal to just 26.9 percent (7-of-26) shooting in the second half, which was a 2007-08 UA opponent season low in the second half.

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Put the Ball in the Bucket: ? The Wildcats equaled a season low by scoring 52 points (also Dec. 19 in a win at UNLV).? Much of that can be tied to poor shooting, as Arizona connected on just 37.5 percent (21-of-56) of its attempts.? Arizona missed its first eight shots vs. the Cardinal and ended the opening period with a 32.3 (10-of-31) shooting percentage.? UAˇ?s leading scorers Jerryd Bayless and Chase Budinger were a combined 8-of-30 (.267) from the field on Thursday.? The rest of the squad shot 50 percent from the floor (13-of-26).? Field goal percentage proves important as Arizona is 4-6 this season when failing to shoot 50 percent or better from the field and is just 2-6 when shooting worse than the opposition.

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Seeing More time: ? Junior forward Fendi Onobun has seen his playing time increase of late, as he is averaging nearly 10 minutes per game over the last six outings.? In that span, the 6-foot-6 Houston, Texas, native is averaging 3.0 points and 1.7 rebounds, while shooting .700 (7-of-10) from the field.? He equaled a season-high with four points (2-of-3 FG) Thursday at Stanford.

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Get In There: ?? Center Kirk Walters made his first appearance since the Memphis game on Dec. 29 with a modest three minutes Thursday at Stanford.? Perhaps the 6-foot-11 senior from Grand Rapids, Mich., will see time Saturday against the California front line, which features 6-foot-11 DeVon Hardin and 6-foot-10 Ryan Anderson.? In eight appearances this season, Walters is averaging 9.3 minutes per game.

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A Milestone: ? He needed 18 shots to get there, but sophomore forward Chase Budinger finished with a team-high 13 points.? It was the 14th time this season that Budinger has scored 10 or more points in a game and the 40th time in his career.? In 48 career appearances, the 6-foot-7 Budinger is averaging 16.0 points per game.

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Can you Do this Quietly?: ? Sophomore Jordan Hill amassed 11 points to go with eight rebounds, three blocks and a steal on Thursday.? The effort boosted the forwardˇ?s season averages to 14.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game to go with a .639 (99-of-155) field goal percentage.? Hill connected on 5-of-7 field goal attempts on Thursday, which means that three other Wildcats took more shots than he did and no one came close to that kind of accuracy.

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Step To It: ? ? A game after making a season-best 26-of-34 free throw attempts at Houston, Arizona managed to make just 6-of-13 charity tosses Thursday at Stanford.? Neither the six makes nor the 13 attempts were season lows, but the seven misses certainly could have helped in the four-point loss.? On the season, Arizona shoots 73.5 percent (258-of-351) from the free throw line.

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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 will play at home for the first time since Jan. 5 when the Wildcats host No. 8 Washington State on Thursday, Jan. 24.? Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. MST and can be seen on FSN Arizona.

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