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photo Lineup solidified to face USC, UCLA

After 11 different lineups in 12 games, it finally seems that UA head coach Lute Olson has settled on a starting lineup for the remainder of the season.

Three seniors, Jason Gardner, Rick Anderson and Luke Walton, and two sophomores, Salim Stoudamire and Channing Frye, are included in the lineup, coincidentally the same group the Wildcats used for the majority of last season.

"We're expecting, knock on wood, that we'll have the same lineup out on the floor that we had on Saturday and start getting people to understand what their roles are," Olson said. [Read article]

Recap, in case you missed it

Let me begin by saying it's nice to be back in Tucson. Each day that goes by is one day closer to the start of Tucson's best event ÷ MLB spring training.

Anyway, in case you happened to take a couple weeks off from UA athletics, let me help you catch up.

Willy B is turning Yellow ÷ Yellow Jacket, that is. Bynum, who was just eight games into his sophomore season with the Wildcats, has bolted for Georgia Tech. He will now get to play with super freshman Chris Bosh for the next two and half years. Hopefully everything works out for Bynum, but come on, if you can't start in your four years in college, like he thought would've happened if he stayed in Tucson, is the NBA really realistic for him in the future? [Read article]

photo Georgia Tech steals Bynum

Former UA guard Will Bynum decided to transfer to Georgia Tech and play for the Yellow Jackets next season.

Bynum, who left Arizona just eight games into his sophomore year, can begin play at the conclusion of the 2003 fall semester.

"When we heard about him leaving Arizona, we let his high school coach know that we'd have an interest," said GT head coach Paul Hewitt Monday in a statement. "After we received his release on Tuesday of last week, I had a chance to talk to Will on Wednesday, and he expressed an interest in attending Georgia Tech." [Read article]

photo Short of final four, v-ball looks ahead

From the beginning, 2002 didn't quite seem to be Arizona's year, and in the end, the Wildcats came up just short in their goal of reaching the school's second Final Four. Despite falling short of reaching the national semi-finals for the second year in a row, Arizona has plenty to look forward to next year, as the next generation of Wildcats heads into its first off-season.

UA head coach David Rubio and the Wildcats managed to reach their third consecutive Elite Eight game before losing to Pacific 10 Conference foe Stanford, which will be a springboard for next fall's campaign. [Read article]

photo Athlete of the week: Stoudamire shines

Sport: Men's basketball
Position: guard
Year: Sophomore
Major: Undecided
Hometown: Lake Oswego, Ore.

Why Stoudamire won: Coming off an ankle injury that sidelined the sophomore early in the season, Stoudamire had his best two-game stretch against the Washington schools. He shot 52.6 percent from the field (10-of-19), including 46.7 percent from three-point range, to average 18.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals. Stoudamire, who leads the Pac-10 from the free-throw line, shooting 93.5 percent (29-of-31), hit all 10 attempts last week. [Read article]

Gymcats successful in opener

If the UA women's gymnastics team wants to get back in the top 10, it knows where it needs to improve.

"We need to be more consistent," head coach Bill Ryden said. "I mean we're very good on certain events but we are not very good on every event."

The strength of the No. 11 Gymcats' beam and floor were enough to give them the edge to defeat Minnesota on the road in the team's opener on Saturday. [Read article]

photo Icecats dominate all games over break

The No. 7 Arizona Icecats, paced by sophomore goaltender Bryan Aronchick and sophomore forward Shaun Brooks, started off the New Year in impressive fashion, sweeping both two-game sets against No. 10 Saint Louis and NCAA Division-III Northland College.

On Jan. 3 against Saint Louis, Brooks notched three goals and an assist during the Icecats' 4-2 victory. Senior forward Dave Loftus added two assists of his own as well. [Read article]


Arizona Wildcats in the rankingsˇ

Team Rank This week:
M Basketball No. 2 Thurs. @ USC, Sat. @ UCLA
M Tennis No. 61 none
M Swim/Dive No. 15 none
W Basketball No. 18 Thurs. vs. USC, Sat. vs. UCLA
Gymnastics No. 10 Fri. vs. Oregon State
W Tennis - Fri. @ Pac-10 Indoor Championships (Seattle)
W Swim/Dive No. 10 none
Icecats No. 7 Fri. vs. Robert Morris (IL), Sat. vs. RM


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