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photo Pressure pays off

It took almost 10 minutes, but the Arizona men's basketball team finally showed how scary it can be when both its offense and press work together at the same time.

With the score tied at 20 in the first half, the Wildcats cashed in on seven consecutive turnovers from their fulll-court press to go on 27-3 run, as they coasted to an easy 100-83 victory over Team Nike in front of 14,550 last night in McKale Center. [Read article]

photo Defense keeps Nike guessing

It only took one word from the team to sum up the entire first half ¸ defense.

That was the only thing said by the Wildcat's in their team huddle right before the start of the second half.

Last night was the first of what's going to be many times that the much-anticipated full-court press will leave the opposing team without an answer to get by it.

At one point in the first half, Team Nike couldn't get the ball past halfcourt on seven-straight possessions. [Read article]

photo Volleyball trying to hang on to 3rd

The Arizona women's volleyball team has won four out of its last five matches, but those wins have not been against the best competition that the Pacific 10 Conference has to offer.

That will change tonight, when the No. 16 Wildcats take on No. 1 Southern California (22-1 overall, 15-1 Pac-10) on their home court.

The Wildcats are 1-8 against No. 1 teams under head coach David Rubio.

"I don't think we have to play out of our minds to win," freshman middle blocker Bre Ladd said. "We have to play our game and be consistent." [Read article]

Icecats to unveil new jersey Hockey Notes

The Icecats will have a new look this weekend when the team debuts a new third jersey against DePaul.

When asked what the new game sweaters would look like, head coach Leo Golembiewski kept quiet about the specifics.

"We want our fans to be surprised," Golembiewski said. "We think they look great, and we think our fans will, too. If they want to know what they look like, they should come out to the games." [Read article]

Sports Briefs

Baseball signs two pitchers

The Arizona baseball team added another pair of arms during the early signing period, head coach Andy Lopez announced today.

Lefthander Griffin Phelps and righty Jason Ward signed National Letters-of-Intent to play for the Wildcats next season.

Phelps is a hard-throwing southpaw from Farmington, N.M. He has posted a perfect 12-0 record during his high school career to go along with a 2.15 ERA. [Read article]

Opponent analysis: LSU Tigers

When a team finishes its season 18-12, often times that's the sign of a mediocre program. In the case of Louisiana State, it's just a reloading year for one of the nations' elite squads.

The Tigers return every player from last year's team that reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament before bowing out to host Colorado.

In addition to returning all of last years' minutes, LSU has four players returning from injury and one of the best freshmen classes in the nation. [Read article]

Olson speaks out in support of AD

Men's basketball head coach Lute Olson expressed support for athletic director Jim Livengood last night, calling him one of the biggest reasons Arizona has had athletic success in recent years.

Olson's endorsement came in response to a post-game question from KVOA sports reporter Pete Delgado about the coach's future at the UA. Delgado had heard reports that Olson would not be around next season if Livengood left Arizona. [Read article]

Wildcat Staff Picks

No. 9 Michigan vs No. 2 Ohio State

The best running back in football is named Ě Maurice Clarett? Sounds like a pastry chef or an Impressionist painter. Running backs have nicknames like ╬Bus' or ╬Tank' or ╬Moose.' What nickname do you give an oft-injured guy named Maurice Clarett? ╬Peugeot?' Having a WR/DB named Gamble might make up for it. Clarett says he'll play, and if he does, OSU wins at home. [Read article]


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