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How did he get there

By Maxx Wolfson & Jeff Lund
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Friday September 27, 2002

A look at the career of a legend

Lute Olson

Career Record:

­663-235 (.738) in 29 years overall

­471-143 (.767) in 19 years at Arizona

­167-91 (.647) in nine years at Iowa

­24-2 (.923) in one year at Long Beach St.

­Pac-10 Championships ÷ 9 (1986, 1988, 1989,1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2000)

­Final Four Appearances ÷ 5 (1980- Iowa, 1988, 1994, 1997, 2001)

­National Championships ÷ 1 (1997)

­18 straight NCAA Tournament appearances (second most in history behind North Carolina's 26)

Awards/Honors

­Big Ten Coach-of-the-Year ÷ 2 (1979, 1981)

­World Championship Team Coach ÷ 1986

­Pac-10 Coach-of-the-Year ÷ 6 (1986, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1994,1998)

­Pima County Sports Hall of Fame ÷ 1999

­Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame ÷ 2002

Milestone Wins

­Win No. 1 ÷ Dec. 12, 1973 Long Beach State 84 Puget Sound 55

­Win No. 100 ÷ Feb. 3, 1979 Iowa 97 Minnesota 71

­Win No. 200 ÷ Feb. 25, 1984 Arizona 69 Oregon State 58

­Win No. 300 ÷ March 27, 1988 Arizona 70 North Carolina 52 (West Regional Final)

­Win No. 400 ÷ Feb. 13, 1993 Arizona 94 Washington state 72

­Win No. 500 ÷ Feb. 11, 1996 Arizona 79 Cincinnati 76

­Win No. 600 ÷ Jan. 8, 2000 Arizona 68 Stanford 65

45 Best Players

­Sean Elliot ÷ One of the greatest players in the history of Arizona. He is the all-time leader in points, field goals and free throws, just to name a few.

­Steve Kerr ÷ One of two players in UA history to have his number retired. Kerr has had one of the best NBA careers ever for an ex-Arizona athlete.

­Khalid Reeves ÷ Even though he never had the kind of NBA career some expected, he was a great college player. His 1993-1994 was one of the best in UA history. He averaged 24.2 points, the most ever for a Wildcat.

­Damon Stoudamire ÷ One of the best to play the point guard position at Arizona. Many have followed ¸ Terry, Bibby, Gardner ¸ but all are still compared to him.

­Ronnie Lester ÷ Was an All-American for Olson in the year the Hawkeyes went to the Final Four.

45 Best Wins

­Kentucky, 1997. After defeating three No. 1 teams leading up to this game fifth seeded Arizona won the national title 84-79 in overtime at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.

­Georgetown, 1980. Iowa's "Fabulous Few" defeated Georgetown 81-80 on a three-point play by Steve Waite with only five seconds to go to put Olson's Hawkeyes in the Final Four.

­Kansas, 1997. Considered one of the greatest upsets in school history, Arizona beat the No. 1-ranked Jayhawks 85-82 to advance to the Final Four.

­North Carolina, 1988. An Olson first at UA. The school's first-ever Final Four appearance was locked up after this 70-52 victory against the Tar Heels.

­Cincinnati, 1996. Olson gets his 500th win on a full-court buzzer-beater by Miles Simon.

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