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20070227 Men's Basketball Game Notes, 3/1/2007
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Release: 02/27/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><A name=OLE_LINK2></A><A name=OLE_LINK1><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Game 28:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></SPAN></B></SPAN></A><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Arizona</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> (18-9, 9-7) at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">California</st1:place></st1:State> (14-14, 6-10)<?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"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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; tab-stops: 225.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Date:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Thursday, March 1, 2007<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 225.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Time:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>7:30 p.m. PST<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 225.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Location:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Haas Pavilion (11,877), <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Berkeley</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; tab-stops: 225.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Radio:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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; tab-stops: 225.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">TV: </SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>FSNAZ (Dave Sitton/Bob Elliott)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; tab-stops: 225.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Game Data:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arizona (18-9, 9-7 Pac-10) opens the final regular season road trip Thursday night at California (14-14, 6-10 Pac-10)<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>... In the previous five seasons, Arizona is 6-4 on the Bay Area road swing ... A win tonight would clinch a winning record in true road games this season ... Currently, the Wildcats are 5-4 in such contests after finishing 5-7 on the road last year ... UA leads the Pac-10 with a 79.6 ppg scoring average, but has only scored that many points once in the last 12 games.<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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Rankings:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>For the second 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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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 779-278 (.737) and 587-186 (.759) 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 (325) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.763/325-101) 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 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 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 40-11 against <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">California</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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Last Time Out:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A> combined for 42 of <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s 61 points, including 22 of 31 in the second half, to lead the Wildcats to a 61-58 road win on Sunday.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The duo scored 11 of <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s last 12 points over the game&rsquo;s final five minutes to withstand a late Sun Devil charge.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Despite being outrebounded for the first time in 14 games, UA limited ASU to 37.7 percent shooting for the game and just 27 second-half points.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The difference in the contest may have been points in the paint, where UA held a 16-2 advantage.<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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Scouting California:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Golden Bears (14-14, 6-10 Pac-10) enter Thursday&rsquo;s game riding a two-game losing streak following an 88-64 loss last Saturday at USC.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>As a team, Cal averages 70.6 points per game, shoots 45.1 percent (712-of-1,578) from the field and posts a -2.9 per game rebound margin.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Defensively, the Golden Bears allow 70.3 points per game and a .466 field goal percentage.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Three <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Cal</st1:place></st1:State> players average in double figures, led by Ryan Anderson&rsquo;s 16.5 points per game figure.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:City w:st="on">Anderson</st1:City> leads <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Cal</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s active players with an 8.0 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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Series:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Tonight&rsquo;s game marks the 74th meeting of the two schools with <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> holding a 48-25 series advantage. <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> has won 15 of the last 17 meetings, including the last, a 94-85 win in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tucson</st1:place></st1:City> on Dec. 28. All-time, <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> is 25-8 in series games played in <st1:City w:st="on">Tucson</st1:City>, 20-16 in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Berkeley</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State></st1:place>, and 3-1 in neutral site games. See page 99 of 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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Last Meeting:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> 94, <st1:State w:st="on">California</st1:State> 85, Dec. 28, 2006:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Once the <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> starters got it going, the Cats gave <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">California</st1:place></st1:State> all it could handle in a nine-point win.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Trailing 24-20 with 9:22 to go in the first half, UA closed the period on a 31-9 run and put the game out of reach.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The UA starting five shot .632 from the floor for the game and built as much as a 29-point lead in the second half.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Olson went to the bench with about nine minutes to go and the reserves surrendered 20 of those points down the stretch.<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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">In March:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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 47-19 (.712) record in the month of March.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In that span, 23 of those games have been played in the regular season and UA is 17-6 (.739) 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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Closing Strong:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>As the Wildcats head into the last weekend of the regular season, it does so with history on its side.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Over the last decade, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has closed the regular season by winning 70 percent of its games when looking at the last two games of the regular season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UA is 14-6 during the final weekend of the season, including a 4-4 record on the road.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The mark includes five UA sweeps (1999, 2000, ?01, ?03, ?04) and one by the opposition (1997).<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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Coming from Behind:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> trailed at the half in Sunday&rsquo;s game at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, marking the 10th time in 27 games this year that UA has been outscored in the opening period.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Cats have rallied to win five of those contests, including three in true road games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UA is 13-4 when leading at the break.<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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Points at a Premium:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats tallied a season-low 61 points in Sunday&rsquo;s win, which was the fifth time in the last 12 games that <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has not broken the 70-point barrier.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Cats are 2-4 this season when scoring less than 70 points.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In Pac-10 play, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is averaging 76.6 points per game as a team.<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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Close Calls:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>UA&rsquo;s three-point win Sunday was the team&rsquo;s seventh game this season decided by five points or less.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In those games, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 2-5, but each of those victories has come on the road.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Close calls haven&rsquo;t been to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s liking, as the club is 16-4 in contests decided by six points or more.<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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Credit the Defense:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats may not have been offensively efficient in Sunday&rsquo;s win, but its defense deserves a bit of credit for a nice road win.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> 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 58 points (27 in the second half) and just 37.7 percent shooting (20-of-53).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>With the game decided in the second half, UA limited the Sun Devils to a 34.8 FG percentage (8-of-23), including 4-of-15 (.267) from three-point range.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It was the sixth time this season (third in Pac-10 play) that <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has held an opponent under 40 percent shooting from the field.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>When <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> posts a higher field goal percentage than the opposition this season, the squad is 16-2.<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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Rampant Theft:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Through a balanced attack, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> collected nine steals in Sunday&rsquo;s win.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Four of the Wildcats&rsquo; five starters had two pilfers apiece, as it was UA&rsquo;s second-highest steals total in the last 11 games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In Pac-10 play, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> ranks third in the conference with an average of 6.25 steals per game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Additionally, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542">Mustafa Shakur</A></A> enters tonight&rsquo;s game just two steals shy of 10th place on the UA career steals list.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Shakur has 149 steals in 127 career appearances to date and trails Luke Walton (1999-2003), who amassed 151 steals as a Wildcat.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Shakur currently ranks sixth in the league with a 1.48 steals per game average.<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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Leading the Way:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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> led <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> to a win in its only Pac-10 game last week by totaling 23 points, six rebounds and two assists, while shooting 66.7 percent (8-of-12) from the field.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The freshman forward also connected on 3-of-7 (.429) three-point attempts and added two steals in a season-high 38 minutes.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Budinger scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half to lead UA, including two free throws with one second to go that provided the final margin of victory.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In 27 games, Budinger is averaging 16.1 points, 5.8 boards and 2.0 assists per game, while shooting 50.2 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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">20-Point Games:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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 23-point night (mentioned above) at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> was his sixth 20-point game of the season and the 28 for UA this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Budinger&rsquo;s six 20-point efforts is tied for second on the club (Radenovic) and trails only <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=186162">Marcus Williams</A></A>&rsquo; 10.<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> (4) and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68648"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68648">Jawann McClellan</A></A> (2) also have combined for six.<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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">On the Glass:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType> outrebounded <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>, 33-28, Sunday to snap a streak that had seen the Wildcats outrebound its last 12 Pac-10 opponents and 13 of 16 to date.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Oddly enough, though, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is a spotless 3-0 when being outrebounded.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In conference play, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> posts a +4.6 rebound margin.<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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Stepping In:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Junior forward <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68641"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=68641">Bret Brielmaier</A></A> definitely impacted Sunday&rsquo;s game, as the 6-foot-6 native of Mankato, Minn., posted season-high totals of eight points and six rebounds in a career-best 27 minutes played.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Brielmaier hit all three shots from the floor in the effort.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The display boosted his per game averages to 1.8 points and 2.1 rebounds.<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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Breaking 100:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39542">Mustafa Shakur</A></A> enters Thursday&rsquo;s game one three-point field goal shy of 100 for his career.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In 127 career games played, the Bob Cousy Award finalist has connected on 99-of-270 (.367) three-point field goal attempts.<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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">A Familiar Theme:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Arizona&rsquo;s 6-foot-3 senior guard from Philadelphia, Pa., also enters tonight&rsquo;s game just five assists shy of becoming the fourth player in Arizona history (accomplished five times) to pass out 200 or more assists in a single 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> currently averages 7.2 assists per game (195 in 27 games) and has passed out five or more assists 26 times in 27 games this season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He is on pace to tally more assists in his career than any other UA player in the <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39523">Lute Olson</A></A> era.<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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Rare Indeed:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Forward <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=39534">Ivan Radenovic</A></A> stepped to the line last week as the Pac-10&rsquo;s free throw percentage leader (122-138/.878) and promptly missed 2-of-5 charity attempts at <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>It was the first time this season that Radenovic has missed three free throws in a game this season with five or fewer attempts. There was a stretch earlier this season where Radenovic went 12 games without missing three total free throws and in that span he sank 95.0 percent of his attempts (57-of-60).<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>His current .851 free throw percentage ranks second in the conference.<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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Scoring 80:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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 161-19 (.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 11-1 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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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; tab-stops: 63.0pt 139.5pt right 351.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Early Signees:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><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_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; tab-stops: 225.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Up Next:</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Following tonight&rsquo;s game, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> closes the regular season with another early-afternoon affair.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> takes on Stanford on Saturday, March 3.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That game will tip at 12:30 p.m. PST and be televised by ABC-TV.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"></SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P>
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