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20070504 Men's Basketball 2006-07 Season-In-Review(1)
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Release: 05/04/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Season Recap:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arizona (20-11, 11-7 Pac-10) won 20 games and earned a berth in its 23rd consecutive NCAA Tournament ... The Cats have now won 20 games in each of the last 20 seasons, which is the longest active streak in the nation ... UA&rsquo;s 23 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances is the longest active streak in all NCAA divisions and is the second-longest streak in Division I history ... Along the way, the Wildcats posted a 12-game win streak, which equaled the program&rsquo;s longest win streak in nine seasons ... UA went 6-3 on the road in Pac-10 play, the Cats&rsquo; second-best road mark in the last four season ... It was Arizona&rsquo;s 30th season with 20 or more wins and the 22nd time under <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A> in his 24 seasons as the Wildcat mentor.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Rankings:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> finished the 2006-07 campaign unranked in both the <I>Associated Press</I> Top 25 poll and ESPN/<I>USA Today</I> Coaches polls.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It marks the second straight season in which the Cats have ended the year without a national ranking ... However, Arizona was nationally ranked in 15 of 20 polling periods during the 2006-07 season, reaching as high as No. 7 in both polls.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona Head Coach <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A> . . . </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">completed his 24th season at Arizona and his 34th overall as a college head coach with a career record of 781-280 (.736) and 589-188 (.758) 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 Arizona&rsquo;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 UCLA&rsquo;s John Wooden (.810/304-74/16 titles)<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>... 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, ?89, ?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, ?88, ?89, ?93, ?94, ?98, 2003), the Big Ten Coach of the Year twice (1979 &amp; ?81) and directed the UA program to the nation&rsquo;s third-best winning percentage over the past 20 years (519-142/.785) ... In his collegiate career, Olson has produced 49 NBA Draft picks, including 30 at Arizona ? 21 alone since 1990 ... He&rsquo;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...<B> </B>Under Olson, the Cats are 344-40 (.896) in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> and have won 272 of its last 296 home games ... He was assisted by <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39540"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39540">Jim Rosborough</A></A>, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39516"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39516">Josh Pastner</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181087"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=181087">Miles Simon</A></A>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">A Remarkable Run:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>As mentioned above, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> won 20 games in 2006-07, marking the Cats&rsquo; 20th straight 20-win season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It was also the 29th 20-win season in 34 years for <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A> as a collegiate head coach.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That extends an NCAA record he shares with Bob Knight (Army, Indiana, Texas Tech) and Jim Boeheim (<st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Syracuse</st1:place></st1:City>) for most career 20-win campaigns.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Over the last 20 seasons, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has the third-best winning percentage in the nation at .785 (519-142).<B><o:p></o:p></B></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona in the National Statistical Rankings:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>As a team, Arizona ranked in the top 30 nationally in six statistical categories:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>personal fouls per game (13.7/3rd), free throw percentage (.750/20th), rebound margin (+5.6/23rd), assists per game (16.5 apg/25th), scoring offense (78.0 ppg/26th) and field goal percentage (.478/29th).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Individually, UA players ranked in the top 100 of four categories:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542">Mustafa Shakur</A></A>, assists per game (6.9 apg/3rd); <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534">Ivan Radenovic</A></A>, free throw percentage (.872/20th), rebounds per game (7.6 rpg/94th); and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241">Chase Budinger</A></A>, free throw percentage (.845/52nd).<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">All-America:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>For the second consecutive season, no UA player earned All-America honors.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Prior to last year, UA had a total of 19 All-America accolades earned since the start of the 1996-97 season.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">All-Region:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Three <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> players earned all-region honors in voting released by the NABC and the USBWA. <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A> was a first team all-District 15 pick by the NABC, while <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534">Ivan Radenovic</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241">Chase Budinger</A></A> claimed second team honors.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Additionally, Williams was an all-District 9 selection by the USBWA.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">All-Conference:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> Four <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> players earned all-Pac-10 honors in voting released March 5 by the league&rsquo;s head coaches. <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A> was a first team all-conference honoree, while <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534">Ivan Radenovic</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542">Mustafa Shakur</A></A> were honorable mention picks, and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241">Chase Budinger</A></A> was named Freshman of the Year. Williams moved up to first team honors after being an all-freshman selection last year. Previously, Radenovic was an honorable mention all-conference selection in 2006.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Freshman Accolades:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241">Chase Budinger</A></A> picked up a pair of freshman All-America honors, as the Encinitas, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Calif.</st1:place></st1:State>, product was a second team selection by both collegehoops.net and rivals.com.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Leading the Pac:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is riding a streak of 23 consecutive seasons with 11 or more Pac-10 Conference wins. The longest current streak by another Pac-10 foe is UCLA with three.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">A Top-10 Guy:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542">Mustafa Shakur</A></A> closed his <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> career having firmly dented the UA record book.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The 6-foot-3 guard from Philadelphia, Pa., finished his career ranked 22nd on the UA career points scored list (1,318), second in assists (670), third in games started (129), fourth in minutes played (4,070), fifth in games played (131), seventh in average minutes per game (31.1) and 10th in steals (156).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Additionally, his 215 assists as a senior was the fourth-highest single-season total in school history.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Better than Most:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534">Ivan Radenovic</A></A> capped his career in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tucson</st1:place></st1:City> by scoring 1,300 points (No. 23 on the UA career scoring list), grabbing 704 rebounds and passing out 192 assists.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>His .872 (150-of-172) free throw percentage in 2006-07 ranked sixth on the UA single-season list, while his .803 (342-of-426) career FT percentage ranks ninth all-time.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Over his last two seasons, Radenovic shot 48.4 percent from the field (287-of-593), while averaging 13.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Scheduled to Return:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Seniors <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534">Ivan Radenovic</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542">Mustafa Shakur</A></A> ended their collegiate careers in 2006-07, and sophomore <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A> opted to make himself available for the National Basketball Association draft, but the Wildcats are scheduled to return quite a bit of talent in 2007-08.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Ten of 13 squadmen should return next year, which means that 44.6 percent of the points scored (1,080 of 2,417), 51.4 percent of the rebounds (595 of 1,158), 30.5 percent of the assists (153 of 502) and 49.7 percent (3,104 of 6,250) of the minutes played could be back on display in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<B><SPAN style="TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Streaking:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The 2007 NCAA Tournament appearance was the 23rd consecutive for <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> and head coach <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It is the second-longest streak in NCAA history, trailing only <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">North Carolina</st1:place></st1:State> (27, 1975-2001).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Individually, Olson&rsquo;s 23-year streak of appearances is tied with UNC&rsquo;s Dean Smith as the longest consecutive appearance streak in tournament history.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The legendary Tar Heel mentor appeared in 23 consecutive tournaments from 1975-97.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Atop this one, Too:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Counting his time as the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Iowa</st1:place></st1:State> mentor, 2007 marked Olson&rsquo;s 28th career NCAA Tournament appearance.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Olson joins Texas Tech&rsquo;s Bob Knight with the most career appearances in tourney history.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>No other active coach has more than 25 career appearances. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">More Olson Minutia:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A> ranks third in the NCAA Tournament record book with 74 games coached.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Only Dean Smith (92) and Duke&rsquo;s Mike Krzyzewski (87) rank ahead the UA coach.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Additionally, Olson&rsquo;s 46 career tournament wins rank fourth on the all-time tournament victory list.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Krzyzewski (68), Smith (65) and UCLA&rsquo;s John Wooden (47) are the only coaches with more NCAA Tournament wins than Olson. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">In March:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Since the start of the 1996-97 season, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has a 49-21 (.700) record in the month of March.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In that span, 34 of those games have been played in the NCAA Tournament and UA is 24-10 (.706) in them.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">On the Right Foot:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Over the course of the 31-game season, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> displayed an ability to get out to an early lead.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats outscored opponents by an average of 4.6 points in the first half of those games and just 0.9 points more in the second half.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Just how much does a good start mean?<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UA was 12-6 in games where it led at the 10-minute mark of the first half and 15-4 when leading at halftime.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Elite Company:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Pac-10 Freshman of the Year <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241">Chase Budinger</A></A>&rsquo;s team-high 15 points in the NCAA Tournament elevated him among some elite company.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The 6-foot-7 forward from <st1:City w:st="on">Encinitas</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State>, is one of just 10 freshmen in <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> history to score more than 400 points in his debut season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He finished the season with 484 points scored in 31 games (15.6 ppg).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Here is the list:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>1.) Coniel Norman (1972-73), 576; 2.) Gilbert Arenas (1999-2000), 523; 3.) Sean Elliott (1985-86), 499; 4.) Eric Money (1972-73), 492; 5.) <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241">Chase Budinger</A></A> (2006-07), 484; 6.) Mike Bibby (1996-97), 458;<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>7.) <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39532"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39532">Salim Stoudamire</A></A> (2001-02), 434; 8.) <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A> (2005-06), 430; 9.) Bob Elliott (1973-74), 429; and 10.) Michael Wright (1998-99), 404.<B><SPAN style="TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Five for Five:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241">Chase Budinger</A></A> was the fifth Wildcat to be named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Each of those five are included in the freshman scoring list above (Elliott, Budinger, Bibby, Stoudamire and Wright).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>All five of those players went on to score more than 1,000 points in their respective <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> careers.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Board Work:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> One figure that uniformly displayed itself during the 2006-07 season was <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s ability to control the boards. The Wildcats outrebounded 23 of 31 opponents this season, including 15 of 18 Pac-10 foes.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It didn&rsquo;t always lead to success, as the club was 15-8 when it happened. On the year, UA posted a +5.6 rebound margin, a figure that ranked 23rd nationally.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It was UA&rsquo;s best rebound margin since the 2002-03 club posted a +6.4 figure.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Dubious Distinction:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Including a conference championship and four consecutive NCAA Tournaments, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542">Mustafa Shakur</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534">Ivan Radenovic</A></A> have been part of UA teams that have posted a combined record of 90-41 (.687). That&rsquo;s winning basketball, yet also puts them on a strange perch.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>They&rsquo;re atop the <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A>-era teams for the most losses by Wildcat regulars, just eclipsing Steve Kerr, who played on Olson teams that recorded a 90-39 (.698) record from 1984 to 1988. Had Kerr not been injured and redshirted in 1986-87 when the Cats finished 18-12, instead of sticking around for the 1988 35-3 Final Four squad, he would have left with a 73-48 (.603) mark.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Better than the Magic 8-Ball:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>If you were looking for predictors of Wildcat success, look no further than these two statistics:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>field goal percentage and turnovers.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>This season, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> was 18-3 when outshooting the opposition, 2-8 when not.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Secondly, the Wildcats were 12-1 when committing the same or fewer turnovers than its opponent, and 8-10 when posting more.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">A Seedy Predicament:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Since seeding was introduced to the entire NCAA Tournament field in 1985, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s average seed in those 23 events is 4.1.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>But that number has trickled higher of late.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Over the last five seasons, UA&rsquo;s average seed is a 5.8.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The only five-year period that produced a lower average seed (higher number) was 1985-89, when the average seed was 6.2.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Assisting the Cause:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542">Mustafa Shakur</A></A> closed the 2006-07 campaign ranked third nationally with a 6.9 assists per game average, and finished the season with 215 assists, which was the fourth-highest total in school history.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Shakur finished his career with more assists (670) than any other player in the <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A> era, which was the second-most in school history and No. 6 in Pac-10 annals.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Incidentally, UA was 60-19 (.759) during Shakur&rsquo;s career when he passed out five or more assists, a feat he accomplished in 29 of 31 games this season.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Double-Doubles:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> players totaled 18 double-doubles in 2006-07, 12 more than in the previous season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241">Chase Budinger</A></A> led the way with five, while <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534">Ivan Radenovic</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A> each tallied four.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Interestingly, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542242"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542242">Jordan Hill</A></A> collected three double-doubles and each of them came in the last 12 games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>No Wildcat had as many double-doubles in than span as the freshman from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Atlanta</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Ga.</st1:State></st1:place><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Legendary Comparison: </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A> set a high standard when he favorably compared <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241">Chase Budinger</A></A> to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> standout Sean Elliott (1985-89) long before Budinger even played his first collegiate game. Budinger handled the comparison well. Here is a look at both players&rsquo; freshman-year statistics:<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0.5pt 0pt 0in; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 40.5pt right 1.25in 128.25pt 148.5pt 184.5pt 204.75pt 238.5pt 261.0pt 283.5pt 299.25pt 315.0pt 355.5pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Player<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>GP-GS<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Min<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>FG-A<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Pct.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>3FG-A<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Pct.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>FT-A<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Pct.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Reb.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>A<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Stl<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Pts.-Avg.</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0.5pt 0pt 0in; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 40.5pt right 1.25in 128.25pt 148.5pt 184.5pt 204.75pt 238.5pt 261.0pt 283.5pt 299.25pt 315.0pt 355.5pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Elliott<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>32-32<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>1079<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>187-385<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>.486<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>--<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>--<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>127-167<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>.760<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>171<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>70<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>22<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>499-15.6<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0.5pt 0pt 0in; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 40.5pt right 1.25in 128.25pt 148.5pt 184.5pt 204.75pt 238.5pt 261.0pt 283.5pt 299.25pt 315.0pt 355.5pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Budinger<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>31-31<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>1024<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>176-363<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>.485<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>50-136<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>.368<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>82-97<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>.845<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>179<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>62<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>34<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>484-15.6<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Out of Nowhere:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>There haven&rsquo;t been many players that have enjoyed the kind of productivity that <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542242"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542242">Jordan Hill</A></A> produced in the second half of the season, especially after sparse contributions early on.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In UA&rsquo;s first 18 games of the season, the 6-foot-9 forward made 16 appearances (0 starts/7.4 minutes per game) and averaged 2.1 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In the last 12 games of the season, Hill made 12 appearances (11 starts/21.6 mpg) and averaged 7.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In that closing push, Hill finished in double figures six times and shot 69.0 percent from the field.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">On Target:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Guard <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68648"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68648">Jawann McClellan</A></A> led all Wildcats in three-point field goal percentage at 37.8 percent (37-of-98), and his 37 treys were a career high.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In his three-year career, the 6-foot-4 guard from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Houston</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Texas</st1:State></st1:place>, hit 61-of-161 (.379) field goal attempts from behind the arc.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>On Nov. 19, McClellan set a UA record for three-point FG percentage in a single game when he sank 7-of-7 in the 102-87 win over <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<B><SPAN style="TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">From the Line:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Not only did <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> finish 20th nationally with its 75.0 free throw percentage, but the Cats managed to make 171 more free throws (553) than the opponents attempted (382).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Over the 31-game season, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> averaged 11.5 more free throw attempts per game than the opposition and outscored them by an average of 9.4 points per game from the line.<B><SPAN style="TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Good and Bad:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The 2006-07 Wildcats averaged 13.8 turnovers per game, which was the second-lowest turnovers per game figure for the program in the last 10 seasons.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Only last season&rsquo;s 13.2 topg figure tops it.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>However, UA&rsquo;s -1.6 turnover margin in 2006-07 was the worst for the program in that span.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In fact, it was just the second time (2001-02) in those 10 seasons that <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> had failed to force more miscues than it committed.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Hand in hand:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>If you saw the note above, you know that <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> had trouble forcing turnovers this year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Here are two numbers which often go hand-in-hand when it comes to basketball statistics.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> collected only 186 steals this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That&rsquo;s the fewest number of steals for the program in a single season since 1984-85 (173).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Additionally, UA opponents turned the ball over 379 times in 2006-07, which is the lowest total on record since turnovers became an officially kept statistic in 1974-75.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Steady:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Junior <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68642"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68642">Daniel Dillon</A></A> proved to be a key reserve, ranking seventh on the team in minutes played.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>But the 6-foot-4 guard also proved worthy by ranking second on the club with a 1.53 assist:turnover ratio.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Furthermore, Dillon averaged a turnover every 21.2 minutes played ? the stingiest figure on the team.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>His 1.9 points per game average was also a career high for Dillon.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Scoring 80:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 162-19 (.895) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> was 12-1 this season when scoring 80 or more points.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Always On the Run:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Early this season, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has shown the ability to post large scoring runs with some regularity.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Here are the ones of note to date:<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">25-0 run over 7:45 vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, Nov. 19 (UA went 11-of-16 during run: NMSU 0-of-10)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">34-11 run over 9:00 vs. Northern <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>, Nov. 15 (UA went 12-of-16 during run: NAU 3-of-16)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">31-9 run over 7:54 vs. <st1:State w:st="on">California</st1:State>, Dec. 28 (UA went 11-of-13 during the run; <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Cal</st1:place></st1:State> 4-of-14)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">28-9 run over 11:22 vs. Samford, Nov. 22 (SU went 3-of-16 with four turnovers during run)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">20-2 run over 5:59 vs. <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Louisville</st1:place></st1:City>, Dec. 5 (UL went 1-of-10; UA 7-of-8 during the run)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">21-4 run over 8:08 vs. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Illinois</st1:place></st1:State>, Dec. 2, 2006 (UA 8-of-12 FGs during run)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">25-8 run over 9:01 vs. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State>, Feb. 3, 2007 (UW 4-of-12 FG with five turnovers during run)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">24-8 run over 9:17 at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">San Diego</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, Dec. 9, 2006 (SDSU 4-of-18 FG with five TO during run)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">18-3 run over 4:15 at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Virginia</st1:place></st1:State>, Nov. 12 (UA went 6-of-8 during run: UVa 1-of-8)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">23-8 run over 7:11 vs. UNLV, Nov. 28 (UNLV 3-of-7 with six turnovers during run)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">22-7 run over 9:10 at Stanford, March 3 (Stanford 2-of-12 FG during the run, UA 8-of-12)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">15-0 run over 2:28 at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Washington</st1:place></st1:State>, Jan. 4 (McClellan 3-of-3 from three-point range, UA 6-of-6 FTs)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Early Signees:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Coach Olson and his staff signed five student-athletes to National-Letters-of-Intent during the November early signing period.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Jerryd Bayless (G, 6-3, 193) from Phoenix, Ariz., St. Mary&rsquo;s High School; Jamelle Horne (F, 6-7, 205) from San Diego, Calif., San Diego High School;<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Alex Jacobson (C, 7-1, 223) from Santa Ana, Calif., Mater Dei High School; Zane Johnson (F, 6-6, 200) from Phoenix, Ariz., Thunderbird High School; and Laval Lucas-Perry (G, 6-1, 191) from Grand Blanc, Mich., Powers Catholic High School, will join the squad next fall.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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