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Fullerton Notes
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 11/27/2007
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Game 6:? Arizona (3-2) vs. Cal State Fullerton (3-0)

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Date: ? Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007

Time: ? 7:30 p.m. MST

Location: ? Olson Court, McKale Center (14,545), Tucson, Ariz.

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

TV: ?FSNAZ (Dave Sitton/Bob Elliott)

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Game data: ? Arizona (3-2, 0-0 Pac-10) returns home Wednesday to host Cal State Fullerton (3-0, 0-0 Big West) Wednesday in McKale Center ... Four of Arizonaˇ?s next six games will be at home leading up to the Christmas holiday ... Points shouldnˇ?t be hard to come by tonight, as the two teams have combined to average 163.5 points per game ... Arizona has used three different starting line-ups in the first five games.

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The Rankings: ? Arizona remains unranked in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls for the second consecutive week.

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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: ? In a game that featured six ties and four lead changes after halftime, Chase Budinger scored 27 points to lead a spirited UA effort, but the Wildcats could not overcome 25 turnovers in a 76-72 overtime loss Sunday at No. 4 Kansas.? UA erased an 11-point first-half deficit and controlled play for much of the second half, holding a two-point lead with 1:26 remaining, but could not close it out with two possessions in the final minute.? Kansas took control in overtime, hitting 5-of-6 field goal attempts.

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Scouting Cal State Fullerton: ? The Titans enter play Wednesday with a 3-0 record after a 78-63 win at Southern Utah on Nov. 17.? Through three games, CSUF averages 85.7 points per game, shoots 50.0 percent (94-of-188), but are outrebounded by the opposition by a 2.0 rebounds per game.? Opponents shoot 44.0 percent from the floor and are outscored by an average of 17.4 points per game.? Individually, three Titans average in double figures, led by Josh Akognon, who averages 25.3 points? per game.? Frank Robinson leads Fullerton with a 7.3 rebounds per game average.

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The Series: ? Tonightˇ?s game is the fourth meeting of the two schools with Arizona holding a 2-1 series advantage.? Arizona won the first two games in the series, which dates back to Jan. 6, 1976, but the Titans captured the last, a 67-66 win in Tucson on Dec. 1, 1983.? All-time, Arizona is 2-1 in series games played in Tucson, 0-0 in Fullerton, Calif., and 0-0 in neutral-site games.? Please see page 100 in UA media guide for more series information.

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Against the Big West: ? All-time, Arizona is 24-5 (.828) against schools that currently make up the Big West Conference.? The last time the Cats faced a Big West opponent came March 14, 2002, in an 86-81 win over UC-Santa Barbara.

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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 to the sidelines even though he attended practice on Nov. 26.? 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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Sundayˇ?s Star: ? In three games last week, Chase Budinger led Arizona with per game averages of 17.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists.? The sophomore forward from Encinitas, Calif., shot 43.9 percent from the field (18-of-41), 45.5 percent from three-point range (10-of-22) and made 7-of-9 free throws.? He opened the week with 11 points, one rebound and five assists in a 19-point win over UMKC.? He followed that with 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists and a steal vs. Adams State.? Budinger closed the week with a stellar performance at No. 4 Kansas, scoring a season-high 27 points and tallying six rebounds and two steals in the four-point loss in overtime.? In the contest, Budinger knocked down a season-high 10 field goals, including a career-best six treys, in a career-high equaling 38 minutes.? He leads the Wildcats with averages of 18.6 points and 5.0 rebounds, to go with 4.0 assists per game.

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On the Glass: ? Entering Sundayˇ?s game with a +1 cumulative rebound advantage over the opposition through its first four games, Arizona outrebounded Kansas, 38-29, on Sunday.? Arizona grabbed season-high totals of 12 offensive, 26 defensive and 38 total rebounds to become the firs team to outrebound Kansas this season.? UAˇ?s 38 boards were the most against Kansas this season and KUˇ?s 29 rebounds were a season low.? Over the last two games, Arizona has outrebounded the opposition by a 70-51 margin.

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From Long Range: ? Led by Chase Budingerˇ?s career-high six treys, Arizona knocked down a season-high 10 three-point field goals (in 21 attempts) and a season-best 47.6 three-point percentage.? It marked the first time this season that Arizona made 10 or more treys in a game.? Entering the game at Kansas, UA was averaging 6.5 made treys per game.? UA outscored Kansas 30-6 from three-point range.

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More on Making Shots: ? In three games last week, Arizona connected on 53.7 percent (80-of-149) of its field goal attempts, a figure that is 47 points higher than its season FG percentage (129-of-263/.490).? The quartet of Jerryd Bayless, Jordan Hill, Jawann McClellan and Daniel Dillon combined to make 44-of-73 (.603) of their field goal attempts last week.

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Scoring 80: ? 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.? Arizona is 2-0 this season when topping the 80-point plateau.

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Ball Security: ? Taking care of the ball has been an issue in Arizonaˇ?s two losses to date.? Against Virginia and Kansas, the Wildcats have committed a combined 42 turnovers in those games, including 25 Sunday at Kansas.? In Arizonaˇ?s three wins, the team averages just 10 miscues per game.? Incidentally, Arizona has lost its two games by a combined seven points.? Aside from the sheer number, the turnovers have been an issue late in those games.? On Nov. 17 vs. Virginia, a UA turnover on the last possession prevented a potential game-winning field goal attempt, while another in the final minute Sunday at Kansas kept the Wildcats from possibly extending what was a two-point lead.

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Big Contributions: ? Senior center Kirk Walters made his first career start since March 19, 2006, on Sunday at Kansas and continues his long road back from mononucleosis.? Walters, a 6-foot-11, 247-pound product of Grand Rapids, Mich., logged 19 minutes vs. the Jayhawks, his most action since playing 28 minutes vs. Washington on March 4, 2006, and responded with one point, three rebounds, a block and a steal.? In fact, Sundayˇ?s 19 minutes was more game action than heˇ?s seen in 62 of 82 career appearances.

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Strong Start: ? Jerryd Bayless continued a productive start to the season with 19 points, three boards and a steal at Kansas.? The 6-foot-3 guard from Phoenix, Ariz., hit 5-of-9 FGs and all seven free throws en route to his fifth double-figure scoring game of the season. ?On the year, Bayless is averaging 18.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game, while shooting 47.2 percent (23-of-53) from the field.? His 33.6 minutes per game average leads the Wildcats.

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Setting New Standards: ? Bret Brielmaier set or equaled new career highs in Sundayˇ?s game at Kansas, collecting eight rebounds, three assists and 30 minutes played.? The 6-foot-7 senior forward from Mankato, Minn., who was Arizonaˇ?s leading rebounder in the game, had three offensive boards in the effort.? Brielmaier is averaging 3.6 rebounds per game this season.

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Nice Numbers from Nic: ? Sophomore guard Nic Wise notched seven points, three boards and six assists Sunday against Kansas.? The seven points were a season high, while the rebounds and assists were new career highs, as was his 32 minutes played.? The 5-foot-10 Houston, Texas, native is averaging 3.4 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game through five games to date.

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Tightening its Grip: ? Arizonaˇ?s defense continues to show signs of improvement early this season.? In Sundayˇ?s game at Kansas, Arizona held the Jayhawks to 50 percent shooting, 55 points lower than its season FG percentage entering the game, posted a +9 rebound margin and limited KU to 76 points, 16.8 points below its season scoring average entering the game.

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More from the middle: ? Sophomore Jordan Hill pulled down five rebounds Sunday at Kansas, marking the third time in five games that heˇ?s collected at least five boards in a game this season.? The 6-foot-10 center from Atlanta, Ga., has connected on 71.9 percent (23-of-32) of his field goal attempts and 75.0 (12-of-16) percent of his free throws.? Those are both nice numbers, but Hill needs to stay in the game.? He saw just three first half minutes at Kansas due to foul trouble and is averaging the fewest number of minutes (24.2) of any UA regular starter.

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Taking Advantage: ? Arizona used a 12-6 offensive rebound edge Sunday at Kansas to post a 16-6 advantage in second chance points.? It was the second time this season that Arizona grabbed 10 or more offensive boards and the +6 margin was UAˇ?s best in 2007-08.

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Extra Sessions: ? The Wildcatsˇ? overtime effort at Kansas was UAˇ?s first game this season to go into extra sessions.? Interestingly, it was the first time Arizona has gone into overtime with a nationally ranked team since Dec. 31, 2005, a 96-95 double overtime win at No. 7 Washington.? That streak covered 16 games vs. ranked foes.

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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 Sunday, Dec. 2, when the Wildcats host Texas A&M.? Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. MST and can be seen nationally on Fox Sports Net as part of the Pac-10/Big 12 Hardwood Series.

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