Nickname: Wildcats Coach: Kevin O'Neill Location: Tucson, Arizona Conference: Pac-10 Overall Record: 19-14 Conference Record and Finish: 8-10, 7th Seed, Region and Bid: 10, West, At-Large Total NCAA Tournament Bids: 27 NCAA Tournament Record: 41-25 (.630) Final Four Appearances: 4 (1988, 1994, 1997, 2001) NCAA Tournament Championships: 1 (1997) Starters: F -- Jordan Hill (6-10, 226, So. -- 13.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg) F -- Chase Budinger (6-7, 205, So. -- 17.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg) G -- Nic Wise (5-10, 178, So. -- 9.1 ppg, 4.5 apg) G -- Jawann McClellan (6-4, 211, Sr. -- 8.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg) G -- Jerryd Bayless (6-3, 199, Fr. -- 20.4 ppg, 4.1 apg) Key Reserves: F -- Jamelle Horne (6-6, 204, Fr. -- 3.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg) F -- Fendi Onobun (6-6, 235, Jr. -- 1.7 ppg, 1.4 rpg) (statistics before NCAA Tournament) OUTLOOK: Arizona survived an eventful season to make its 24th straight tournament appearance. The Wildcats had to cope with legendary coach Lute Olson taking a leave of absence, star freshman Bayless missing four games with a knee injury and Wise missing seven contests due to a knee injury as well. At 8-10 in the Pac-10, Arizona survived the cut to make it back to the "Big Dance," despite losing eight of its final 12 games. Bayless has the ability to take over the game at any time, and became the first player in school history to post three straight 30-point games this season. Hill must stay out of foul trouble and is the only true big man for the Wildcats, who do not have a very deep bench. Budinger has a tendency to virtually disappear during games, but can also score a lot of points in a hurry. Arizona has the talent to win a game or two, but haven't played like a team capable of putting together any type of run in the NCAAs over the past couple months. NEXT GAME: vs. No. 7 West Virginia, Thursday
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Updated Monday, Mar 17, 2008