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Release: 01/14/2008
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Game 17:? ? Arizona (11-5, 1-2) at Stanford (13-3, 2-2)

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Date: ? Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008

Time: ? 8 p.m. PST

Location: ? Maples Pavilion (7,223), Palo Alto, Calif.

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

TV: ? FSN (Ted Robinson/Marques Johnson)

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Game Data: ? Arizona (11-5, 1-2 Pac-10) remains in the midst of a four-game road swing with a Pac-10 game Thursday at Stanford (13-3, 2-2 Pac-10) ... Rebounding could prove important in this game as Stanford leads the conference in rebound margin (+10.4), while Arizona ranks ninth (+2.4) ... UA does shoot it a bit better than Stanford, posting a .492-.462 advantage in field goal percentage.

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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: ? Arizonaˇ?s Jerryd Bayless made his return from injury a dominating one as he controlled this game nearly from the start, finishing with a career-high 33 points, five rebounds and nine assists in Arizonaˇ?s 85-71 win last Saturday at Houston.? He set a UA single-game record with 18 free throws made and equaled another with 20 free throw attempts.? Bayless helped the Wildcats shoot 61 percent from the field and hold Houston to just 35.8 percent shooting.? Chase Budinger posted his first double-double of the year with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Jordan Hill added 17 points.

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Scouting Stanford: ? The Cardinal enters play Thursday with a 13-3 record (2-2 Pac-10) following Sundayˇ?s 71-66 loss at Oregon.? Through 16 games, Stanford averages 71.9 points per game, shoots 46.2 percent (414-of-897), and posts a +10.4 rebound margin per game.? Opponents shoot 38.9 percent from the floor and are outscored by an average of 14.9 points per game.? Individually, two Cardinal players average in double figures, led by Brook Lopez, who averages 16.7 points? per game.? He also leads Stanford with a 7.6 rebounds per game average.

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The Series: ? Tonightˇ?s game marks the 74th meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 48-25 series advantage.? Arizona has won six straight in the series, including an 85-80 overtime win in Palo Alto on March 3, 2007, in the last get-together.? All-time, Arizona is 25-7 in series games played in Tucson, 19-16 in Palo Alto, Calif., and 4-2 in neutral site games. See page 101 of the UA media guide for more series information.

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Last Meeting: ??Arizona 85, Stanford 80 (OT), March 3, 2007: ? Ivan Radenovic scored a career-high 37 points, and played what Lute Olson called, ˇ?one of the best games Iˇ?ve ever had anyone play for me,ˇ± to lead Arizona to the five-point road win.? The senior forward hit two key free throws with 12 seconds to go in regulation and scored six of the teamˇ?s points in the extra session to clinch the victory.? The Cats built as much as a 20-point lead in the first half and then withstood a Stanford rally that ultimately tied the game with seven seconds remaining in regulation, but most importantly, never trailed in the contest.

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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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Welcome Back: ? In his only appearance this week, Bayless tallied 33 points, five rebounds and nine assists in leading the Wildcats to a 14-point win at Houston.? The freshman from Phoenix, Ariz.., shot 53.8 percent from the field (7-of-13), and .900 (18-of-20) from the free throw line to go with a steal.? In his first game since Dec. 22 due to a knee injury, Bayless notched a career highs with 33 points, which is a UA team high this season, and nine assists in 39 minutes played.? Additionally, he set a new Arizona record for free throws made in a single game (18) and equaled the school mark for free throws attempted (20).? It was also his seventh game with 20 or more points in 12 appearances.? On the season, Bayless averages 19.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.? He was named a ˇ?Diaper Dandy of the Weekˇ± by Dick Vitale on ESPN.com.

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Just How Important is He?: ?? Saturday at Houston, Arizona scored 85 points ?C UAˇ?s second-highest total this season ?C and shot 60.9 percent (28-of-46) from the field.? In the four games missed due to injury, the Wildcats averaged 68 points and shot 46.1 percent (101-of-219) from the field.? Additionally, Arizona averaged just 61.5 points in its four previous true road games prior to Saturdayˇ?s win and two of those were overtime contests.

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A Record-Setting Performance: ? As mentioned above, Jerryd Bayless set a new Arizona single-game record with his 18 free throws made at Houston, surpassing the previous mark of 17 by Miles Simon on Jan. 8, 1998, at Washington State.? He also equaled the school mark of 20 free throw attempts, which he now shares with Bob Elliott, who originally set the record against Arizona State on Feb. 2, 1974.

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Bombs Away: ? Arizonaˇ?s 61 percent shooting at Houston put it in reach of passing the .500 barrier if success continues. The Cats are seven buckets below 50 percent shooting as a team. To put that in perspective, the current team rate of .492 would be the best in the past 15 seasons. UA last shot .500 as a team in 1992 (.503) with Sean Rooks, Chris Mills and Ed Stokes inside, and Khalid Reeves and Matt Othick bombing away from outside.

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Denting the Scoreboard: ? Jerryd Baylessˇ? 33-point game at Houston was the most points scored by a Wildcat this season, and equaled the 10th-highest single-game point total for a freshman in Pac-10 history.? Furthermore, he joins Chase Budinger as the only UA players to score 30 or more points this season.

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Doubling Up: ? Chase Budinger posted his first double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds (equaling a career high) Saturday at Houston.? It was the sixth career double-double for Budinger.? He and Jordan Hill (five double-doubles) are the only Arizona players to register a double-double in 2007-08.

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Leading By Example: ? Bolstered by Chase Budinger and Jordan Hill, Arizona shot 60.9 percent (28-of-46) from the floor at Houston.? UAˇ?s starting forwards combined to connect on 16-of-23 (.696) attempts leading the Wildcats to its third FG percentage of 60 percent or better this season.? UA shot a season-best 71.4 (15-of-21) percent in the second half at Houston.? In addition, Arizona improved to 7-0 this season when shooting 50 percent or better from the field this season and Saturdayˇ?s effort was the first time Arizona had accomplished the feat on the road this year.

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Close to the Basket: ? Arizona held a 44-34 points-in-the-paint scoring advantage over Houston of which Chase Budinger and Jordan Hill each tallied 17.? When combined with Arizonaˇ?s 26 free throws, that means the Cats scored 70 of 85 (82 percent) points in and at the top of the lane.? Thatˇ?s marked improvement for a team that shot just 32.3 percent (20-of-62) from three-point range in the previous four games.

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It all Starts with Defense: ? Credit the Wildcat defense for a large part of Saturdayˇ?s win, as Arizona held Houston to a season-low .358 (24-of-67) field goal percentage.? Entering the game Houston was averaging better than 10 made treys per game and UA held the Cougars to just five three-point field goals and a season-low 22.7 percent figure (5-of-22) from behind the arc.

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An Inside Presence: ? Jordan Hill continues to develop into a nice shot blocker.? The 6-foot-10 sophomore from Atlanta, Ga., equaled a career high with five blocked shots Saturday at Houston.? Hill has 24 blocks in 16 games to date, a 1.5 bpg average, which is just two shy of his total from all of last season.? He ranks among the top-five in the Pac-10 with that 1.5 block per game average.

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No Empty Possessions: ?? The Cats have averaged 12 turnovers over the past four games, a manageable amount with fewer than the opponent in three of those outings. Empty possessions give UA a chance to win, notably with a .72 edge in FG percentage.

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Assisting the Cause: ? Jerryd Baylessˇ? nine assists at Houston pushed him back into the team lead at 4.6 per game. The nine dishes tied the UA individual season high, which Bayless originally set against UMKC on Nov. 19. Nic Wise trails at 4.1 per game, which gives Arizona a pair of playmakers at times. Wise has had seven helpers twice this year for season and career highs. Wise currently ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in that statistic (1.86:1).

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The By-product of Success: ? T he Cats average a Pac-10 leading 17 assists per game on an average of 26 made field goals, a 65 percent assisted bucket ratio. With coach Kevin Oˇ?Neillˇ?s style of play ˇ? mainly set calls ˇ? the assist is a requirement and normal by-product of offensive success.

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Steal Away: ? ? Assuming a typical season involving postseason play in March, Arizonaˇ?s midway through the year in terms of games played. Nic Wise has put himself in reach of the 50-steal plateau with 28 through 16 games. Last yearˇ?s leader, Mustafa Shakur, had 47 in 31 games played. Jason Terry has the somewhat unassailable school mark of 85 in his sophomore season as the sixth man in the rotation during UAˇ?s national championship season.

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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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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: ? The Cats close this four-game road swing Saturday, Jan. 19, at California.? Tip-off at Haas Pavilion is scheduled for 5 p.m. PST and can be seen on FSN Arizona.

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