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20070307 Men's Basketball Game Notes, 3/8/2007
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Release: 03/07/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><A name=OLE_LINK4></A><A name=OLE_LINK3><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">No. 5 Seed </SPAN></B></SPAN></A><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> (20-9, 11-7) at Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 225.0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 225.0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Date:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Thursday, March 8, 2007<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 225.0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Time:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>12:20 p.m. PST<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 225.0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Location:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Staples</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType> (19,282), <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Los Angeles</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State></st1:place><B><o:p></o:p></B></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 225.0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Radio:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; mso-layout-grid-align: none; tab-stops: 225.0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">TV: </SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>FSN (Barry Tompkins/Dan Belluomini)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Game Data:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>No. 5 seed Arizona (20-9, 11-7 Pac-10) travels to Los Angeles for the 2007 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament and opens play in the quarterfinals Thursday afternoon against No. 4 seed Oregon (23-7, 11-7 Pac-10)<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>... Arizona&rsquo;s 16 wins and four championships (1988-90, 2002) in this event are league bests ... Since the event was reincarnated in the Staples Center in 2002, the Wildcats are 7-4 in tournament play ... Arizona is 2-0 in neutral-site games this year.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Rankings:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>For the third consecutive week, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 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><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> fell out of both polls on Feb. 19.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Prior to Feb. 19, the Wildcats had been ranked in each AP poll this season.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><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></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><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 781-278 (.737) and 589-186 (.760) 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 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 &amp; ?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 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:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType> and have won 272 of its last 296 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 36-12 against <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Last Time Out:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><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> scored a career-high 37 points, and played what <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A> called, &ldquo;one of the best games I&rsquo;ve ever had anyone play for me,&rdquo; to lead Arizona to the 85-80 overtime win at Stanford last Saturday.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The senior forward hit two key free throws with 12 seconds to go in regulation and scored six of the team&rsquo;s points in the extra session to clinch the victory.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Cats built as much as a 20-point lead in the first half and then withstood a Stanford rally that ultimately tied the game with seven seconds remaining in regulation, but most importantly, never trailed in the contest.<B><o:p></o:p></B></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Scouting Oregon:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Ducks (23-7, 11-7 Pac-10) enter the tournament as the league&rsquo;s hottest team having won its last four games, including a 70-49 triumph over Oregon State last Saturday.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>As a team, Oregon averages 76.3 points per game, shoots 44.2 percent (781-of-1,765) from the field and posts a +2.7 per game rebound margin.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Defensively, the Ducks allow 66.9 points per game and a .447 field goal percentage.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Five <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> players average in double figures, led by Aaron Brooks&rsquo; 18.0 points per game figure.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Maarty Leunen leads UO with an 8.6 rebounds per game mark.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Series:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Today&rsquo;s game is the 60th meeting of the two schools with <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> holding a 39-20 series advantage. UA has won eight of the last 10 meetings in the series, which dates back to Jan. 12, 1979, including the last meeting, 77-74, on Feb. 10 in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Eugene</st1:place></st1:City>. All-time, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> is 23-6 in series games played in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tucson</st1:place></st1:City>, 16-13 in Eugene, and 0-1 in neutral-site games. Please see page 100 in the UA media guide for more series information.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Last Meeting:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> 77, <st1:State w:st="on">Oregon</st1:State> 74, Feb. 10, 2007:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In a second half full of runs by both teams, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> made the necessary plays late to win by three.<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>&rsquo;s field goal with six seconds to go put the Cats up by one and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=542241">Chase Budinger</A></A> added two free throws four seconds later to clinch it.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UA trailed by as many as nine in the second half, the last time coming at the 8:25 mark, but outscored Oregon 22-10 the rest of the way.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Budinger finished with game-high totals of 30 points and 10 rebounds.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Green With Envy:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><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>&rsquo;s 16-5 (.762) record in the Pac-10 Tournament is a league best, however, UA is 0-1 against the Ducks in tournament action.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Oregon</st1:State> defeated <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>, 72-63, on March 6, 1987, in the only previous postseason meeting.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It is one of two first-game exits for the Wildcats (2003) in this event.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Up and At ?Em:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>With tip-off scheduled for 12:20 p.m., today&rsquo;s game marks the eighth game this season that has started on or before 1 p.m. local time.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Cats have a 4-3 record in the seven prior early-afternoon affairs.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">In the Bag:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Saturday&rsquo;s victory over Stanford gave <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 20th win of the season and extended to 20 UA&rsquo;s streak of consecutive 20-win seasons, which is the longest active streak in the country. It was the 29th 20-win season for <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A>, extending an NCAA record he shares with Bob Knight and Jim Boeheim, and was the 30th 20-win season in <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> history. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Against Ranked Teams:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>With 16-ranked <st1:State w:st="on">Oregon</st1:State> on the docket this afternoon, it marks <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s 10th game against a nationally ranked opponent this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>To date, the Wildcats are 3-6 in such contests. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Strong to the finish:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After struggling for much of the season in tight games, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place>&rsquo;s luck seems to have turned in games decided by five points or less.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After starting 0-4, UA has won four of its last five close calls.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Interestingly, all four of <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s victories in such contests have come on the road in those games in Pac-10 play.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Additionally, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has won its last five road games this season.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">In March:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><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 49-19 (.721) record in the month of March.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In that span, 25 of those games have been played in the regular season and UA is 19-6 (.760) in them.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Week&rsquo;s Best:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><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> was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the second time this season on March 5 after averaging 28.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game, while shooting 68.0 percent (17-of-25) from the field in wins at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">California</st1:place></st1:State> and Stanford.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The senior forward also connected on 2-of-2 (1.000) three-point attempts and added two blocks and two steals.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He opened the week with 19 points (5-of-7 FGs) to go with eight rebounds and two blocks in the win over <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">California</st1:place></st1:State>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He followed that up with a career-high 37 points, nine rebounds, a career-high seven assists and zero turnovers in 44 minutes of the overtime win at Stanford.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Radenovic connected on both three-point attempts and all 11 free throws en route to the second-highest point total by a Pac-10 player this season and the most for a UA player in two seasons.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>On the year, Radenovic is averaging 15.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, while shooting 51.8 percent from the field.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Something Special:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><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>&rsquo;s 37-point, nine-rebound, seven-assist, zero-turnover effort Saturday at Stanford could simply have been noteworthy for the career highs (points, assists, minutes played), or the shooting (12-of-18 FG, 11-of-11 FT), but it may have been more so for this reason.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>At a school dominated recently by perimeter players, Radenovic&rsquo;s 37 points are the most in a single game by a Wildcat post player since F/C Larry Demic poured in 38 points at UCLA on Feb. 17, 1979.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Elite Company:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><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 25 points last week elevated him further 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 nine 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 currently has 459 points scored through 29 games (16.1 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), 459; 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; and 9.) Bob Elliott (1973-74), 429.<B><SPAN style="TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Miscellaneous Germinations:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> The Wildcats enter the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament as the No. 5 seed. That is <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s lowest seed in the tournament&rsquo;s 10-year history. Previously, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has been a No. 1 seed four times (1988, ?89, 2003, ?05), No. 2 three times (1987, ?90, 2002) No. 3 once (2004) and No. 4 once (2006).<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">All-Conference:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><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 Musta Shakur 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></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Streaking:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><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 wins. The longest current streak by another Pac-10 foe is UCLA with three.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Trends Worth Watching:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>On average, Arizona outscores the opposition by 10.1 points per game from the free throw line ... This season, the Wildcats are 12-1 when committing the same or fewer turnovers than the opponents ... Arizona is 18-2 when posting a higher field goal percentage than the opposition.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Board Work:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> One figure that almost unfailingly continues is <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 the Cardinal, 35-34, Saturday, which marked the 22nd time in 29 games that <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has collected more caroms than the opposition. In conference play, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> outrebounded 15 of 18 overall. In the last 15 league games, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> outrebounded eight of them by seven rebounds or more. In conference games, UA&rsquo;s rebound margin in +4.9.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Scoring 80:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><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> is 12-1 this season when scoring 80 or more points.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Always On the Run:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><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></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><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></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><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></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><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></SPAN></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="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><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></SPAN></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="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><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></SPAN></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="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><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></SPAN></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="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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></SPAN></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="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><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></SPAN></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="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><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></SPAN></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="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><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></SPAN></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="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; 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></SPAN></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="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><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></SPAN></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="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">22-10 run over 8:25 at <st1:State w:st="on">Oregon</st1:State>, Feb. 10 (UA 9-of-12 FGs during run, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> 2-of-10)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Early Signees:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><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></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Up Next:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>A win today would vault <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> into tomorrow&rsquo;s semifinal at 6:20 p.m. PST.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>A loss sends the Cats back to <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tucson</st1:place></st1:City> to await placement in the 2007 NCAA Tournament.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Sunday&rsquo;s announcement is scheduled to air on CBS-TV at 3 p.m. PDT.</SPAN></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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