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Lute Olson: A Timeline

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By Jeff Lund
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Friday September 27, 2002

· 1973 Begins coaching career at Long Beach State. Finishes first season with 24-2 record.

· 1979 Leads Iowa to Big Ten title, and NCAA Tournament (First Round).

· 1980 Iowa reaches Final Four Olson's first.

· 1983 Last postseason appearance with Iowa (Midwest Regional).
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· 1983 First season at Arizona Team finishes 11-17 (eighth in Pac-10).

· 1986 Olson gets first Pac-10 title, finishes 23-9 and reaches first round of NCAA tournament.

· 1988 Arizona reaches first-ever Final Four, finishing 35-3 (17-1 first in Pac-10). Loses to Oklahoma in semi-final.

· 1991 Arizona wins a share of fourth straight Pac-10 title.
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· 1993 Olson wins sixth Pac-10 title (NCAA First Round).

· 1994 Arizona reaches Final Four (Olson's third). Pac-10 Champions. Loses to Arkansas in semi-final.

· 1997 Arizona wins National Championship, topping Kentucky 84-79 in national final.

· 1998 Arizona wins eighth Pac-10 title under Olson.

· 1999 Arizona ties with Stanford for Pac-10 title (Olson's ninth).

· 2001 Olson's fifth Final Four (loses to Duke in Final).

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