Arizona-Texas Preview

Jan. 26, 2001

TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona looks to go 4-for-4 since coach Lute Olson's return as it steps outof conference play Saturday to welcome No. 20 Texas to the McKale Center.

The 12th-ranked Wildcats (13-5) have won five in a row, including threestraight since their coach came back to the sidelines following the death ofhis wife. Their latest triumph was an 86-75 win over rival Arizona State onWednesday.

Olson has noticed a difference in his team on the practice floor.

'I think the confidence continues to come back,' Olson said. 'The focusin the practice situation is as good as I have seen in a while.'

The Wildcats have risen to the occasion thanks in large part to the successof sophomore guard Gilbert Arenas. The 6-foot-3, 188-pounder has averaged 21points over his last three games and Arizona won all three by at least 10points.

Michael Wright leads the team in scoring and rebounding, collecting 16.6points and 7.9 rebounds per game, while Jason Gardner averages a team-high 4.3assists.

Texas (15-4) looks to rebound from Wednesday's 75-68 loss to Oklahoma.Darren Kelly, who averages 17.8 points per game, had just 10 as the Longhornsshot 37.3 percent from the field and missed nine of 12 free throws in the finalfour minutes.

'We had great effort and gave ourselves a chance. We just couldn'tcapitalize,' coach Rick Barnes said.

Arizona leads the all-time series 4-2, with both losses coming at neutralsites.

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