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20070126 Men's Basketball Game Notes, 1/27/2007
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Release: 01/26/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Game 20:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>No. 17 <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> (14-5) vs. No. 4 <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">North Carolina</st1:place></st1:State> (18-2)<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p>?</o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 225.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Date:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1">????????????????????????????? </SPAN><B>Time:</B><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>11 a.m. MST<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 225.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Location:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN><st1:Street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">Olson Court</st1:address></st1:Street>, <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType> (14,545), <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Tucson</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State></st1:place><B><o:p></o:p></B></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; tab-stops: 225.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Radio:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1">???????? </SPAN><B>TV: </B><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">?</SPAN>CBS (Verne Lundquist/Billy Packer)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><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">Game Data:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>No. 17 Arizona (14-5, 5-4 Pac-10) steps out of conference play for the final time Saturday to host No. 4 North Carolina (18-2, 5-1 ACC) in McKale Center ... The Tar Heels are the first top-five opponent to visit McKale Center since fourth-ranked Stanford on Jan. 10, 2004, and the first non-conference foe to do so since fifth-ranked Michigan State on Dec. 11, 1999 ... This morning&rsquo;s game is one of only two this weekend featuring two nationally ranked teams and both feature Pac-10 teams ? the other is tonight&rsquo;s No. 7 Oregon at No. 20 Washington State affair.<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>After losing two games last week, Arizona slipped to No. 17 in the <I>Associated Press</I> Top 25 poll and to No. 19 the ESPN/<I>USA Today</I> Coaches poll.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>The Wildcats have been ranked in each poll to date 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">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">is in his 24th season at Arizona and his 34th overall as a college head coach with a career record of 775-274 (.739) and 583-182 (.762) 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 (321) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.766/321-98) 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 22 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 & ?81) and directed the UA program to the nation&rsquo;s second-best winning percentage over the past 19 years (499-131/.792) ... 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 19 consecutive 20-win seasons and has 28 overall in his career, making him one of only three head coaches in NCAA history to record 28 or more 20-win seasons...<B> </B>Under Olson, the Cats are 343-36 (.905) in <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType> and have won 271 of its last 291 home games ... He is 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> ... Olson is 3-2 against <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">North Carolina</st1:place></st1:State>.<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">Last Time Out:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> got what it needed most ? a win ? and received enough solid performances to feel good about the effort in a 71-47 win Thursday vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>Four players finished in double figures, the team shot 50 percent from the floor and limited <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> to a season-low 47 points.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> used a 17-6 run to close the first with an 11-point lead then methodically pushed the lead to as many as the final tally.<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 all players with game-high totals of 21 points and 10 boards.<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">Scouting <st1:State w:st="on">North Carolina</st1:State>:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>The Tar Heels (18-2, 5-1 ACC) enter today&rsquo;s game riding a three-game win streak following Wednesday&rsquo;s 88-60 win at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Wake</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Forest</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>As a team, UNC averages 87.6 points per game, shoots 50.4 percent (637-of-1,263) from the field and posts a +10.6 per game rebound margin.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>Defensively, UNC allows 65.4 points per game and a .399 field goal percentage.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>Three Tar Heels average in double figures, led by Tyler Hansbrough&rsquo;s 18.5 points per game figure.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>He also leads the club with an 8.1 rebounds per game 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">The Series:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>Today&rsquo;s game is the seventh meeting of the two schools with the series knotted at three wins apiece. UA has won two of the last three meetings in the series, which dates back to Dec. 28, 1948, but <st1:City w:st="on">Carolina</st1:City> prevailed in the last, 86-69, in <st1:place w:st="on">Chapel Hill</st1:place>, on Jan. 28, 2006. Last season&rsquo;s tilt was the first in the series to be played on campus as the previous five meetings had been at neutral sites. All-time, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> is 0-0 in series games played in <st1:City w:st="on">Tucson</st1:City>, 0-1 in <st1:place w:st="on">Chapel Hill</st1:place>, and 3-2 in neutral-site games. Please see page 100 in the UA media guide for more series information.<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">Last Meeting:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">North Carolina</st1:State> 86, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> 69, Jan. 28, 2006:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">North Carolina</st1:place></st1:State> broke open a tie game by scoring the last eight points of the first half and then used 58.1 percent shooting in the second half to put it away in the 17-point win.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>The Tar Heels connected on 18-of-31 field goal attempts after the break to stretch its lead to as many as 20 points in posting its third-highest point total of the season.<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> led the Wildcats with 18 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">Against the ACC:</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> holds an 18-14 (.563) cumulative record against schools that currently make up the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Cats have played five games against ACC foes over the past two-plus seasons, including three against <st1:State w:st="on">Virginia</st1:State> and one vs. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Wake</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Forest</st1:PlaceType></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">Against Ranked Teams:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> is 2-2 against nationally ranked opponents this season and is 117-144 (.448) all-time vs. ranked opposition, including a 47-32 (.595) record in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>Under <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A>, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> is 102-75 (.576) against nationally ranked foes, including a 37-16 (.698) mark in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></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">Playing the Four slot:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> faces a tall order in fourth-ranked <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">North Carolina</st1:place></st1:State>, at least based on its history against similarly ranked teams.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>In its history, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 6-13 (.316) against the No. 4 team in the country.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>That equals the most losses (also vs. No. 6) for <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> against any rankings slot.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>However, UA is 4-1 against the No. 4 team in the country dating back to March 1997.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>See page 148 in the UA media guide for more series information.<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 Milestone:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN></SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Wednesday&rsquo;s win was the 775th career victory for <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A> on the NCAA Division I level.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>Only 12 coaches in NCAA history (covering all levels) have won as many games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>Now in his 34th year as a college head coach, Olson has a career record of 775-274 (.739).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>Today&rsquo;s game vs. UNC is the 1,050th game of Olson&rsquo;s collegiate coaching career and the 1,431st in his 49-year career covering all levels.<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">Perhaps It Starts With Defense:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> snapped a three-game losing streak Wednesday with a defensive effort that limited <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> to just 17 field goals, 47 total points and 34.7 percent shooting (17-of-49).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>All told, ASU&rsquo;s 17 FGs, 49 field goal attempts, 21 second half points and 47 total points were all <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> opponent lows for the 2006-07 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">We&rsquo;ll Throw this out for Discussion:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN></SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona enters today&rsquo;s game with North Carolina riding a 29-game non-conference homecourt win streak, which according to research provided by ESPN currently is the fourth longest streak in the country.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>The steak dates back to a 107-68 win over <st1:place w:st="on">Western Kentucky</st1:place> on Nov. 23, 2002.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>UA&rsquo;s last non-conference loss in <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType> happened Jan. 26, 2002, in a 100-98 overtime defeat to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Connecticut</st1:place></st1:State>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>Duke (51), <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Sam</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Houston</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> (35) and Air Force (31) are the only teams nationally that currently carry longer streaks than the Wildcats.<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">So that&rsquo;s What It Feels Like:</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> shot 50 percent from the field Wednesday (25-of-50), marking the first time the team has accomplished that feat in six games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>In it&rsquo;s previous five games, UA connected on 42.8 percent (127-of-297) of its field goal attempts, including only 22.6 percent (19-of-84) from behind the arc.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>On the year, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 9-0 when shooting 50 percent or better 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">Board Work:</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> posted a 34-24 rebound advantage in Wednesday&rsquo;s victory, marking the sixth straight game in which the Cats have outrebounded the opposition.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>It was also the fifth time this year that the Wildcats had posted a rebound margin of 10 or more, and the first since Dec. 17.<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">Turnovers:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>The Wildcats took care of the ball against the Sun Devils Wednesday, equaling a season low with nine turnovers.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>It was the second time this season (vs. Samford) that the Cats kept the miscues to less than 10.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>Turnovers tell quite a story for the Wildcats, as the squad is 9-1 this year when committing fewer turnovers than the opposition.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>Incidentally, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> held a 15-3 advantage Wednesday in points off turnovers.<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">He&rsquo;ll Be Back:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A> served a one-game suspension Wednesday for unspecified violations of team policy.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>The 6-foot-7 sophomore forward will be back in the lineup Saturday against the Tar Heels.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s leading scorer, Williams currently averages 18.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>Wednesday&rsquo;s game was the first game he had missed in his UA career.<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><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241">Chase Budinger</A></A>&rsquo;s game-high totals of 21 points and 10 rebounds marked his third double-double of the season for the freshman from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Encinitas</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State></st1:place><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>It was UA&rsquo;s 13th double-double of the year, which is seven more than all of last season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>The Cats have had a player register a double-double in five straight games.<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">Taking Advantage of Charity:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>The Wildcats posted a 12-4 scoring advantage from the free throw line in Wednesday&rsquo;s win to continue a season-long trend.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>On average, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> outscores the opposition by 11.1 points per game (19.2-8.1) from the free throw line.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>All told, Arizona has made 133 more free throws than the opposition has attempted, and takes advantage of the opportunity with a team FT percentage of .752 (366-of-487).<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">Not Quite Wally Pipp:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>Freshman forward <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542242"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542242">Jordan Hill</A></A> definitely took advantage of his first career start Wednesday (in place of <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A>) by totaling season-best totals of 12 points and nine boards to go with two blocked shots.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>The 6-foot-9 Atlanta native connected on 5-of-7 field goal attempts in 32 minutes to register his first career double-figure scoring game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>In 17 appearances, Hill is averaging 2.6 points and 2.5 rebounds while shooting 58.1 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">Excruciating:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>Junior <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68648"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68648">Jawann McClellan</A></A> broke out of an 0-of-15 slump from three-point range Wednesday by connecting on 4-of-7 attempts from behind the arc.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>After missing his first three-point attempt vs. ASU, McClellan broke the streak with a trey with 6:16 to go in the first half.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>The 0-fer covered five games and a total of 232 minutes and 43 seconds of game action.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>Prior to the slump, the 6-foot-3 guard from <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Houston</st1:place></st1:City>, was shooting .500 (26-of-52) from three-point range.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>That figure is now .405 (30-of-74). <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 160-19 (.894) 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> is 10-1 this season when scoring 80 or more points, a feat that has happened in 12 of 18 games this year.<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: 10pt; 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: 10pt; 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: 10pt; 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; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><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.<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"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Up Next:</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> opens the second half of the Pac-10 schedule by hosting No. 20 Washington State on Thursday, Feb. 1.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">? </SPAN>Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. MST and can be seen on FSN Arizona.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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