No. 4 Arizona Visits Gill Coliseum in a Regionally Televised Game

Jan. 3, 2003

Corvallis, Ore. -

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SERIES: Arizona holds a 37-15 advantage. The Wildcats have won four straight and six of the last seven. The two games last season were decided by a combined nine points, with Arizona defeating the Beavers 76-73 in last season's conference opener Dec. 20 at Gill Coliseum. Arizona erased a 21-point deficit last year in Tucson to rally for a 93-87 victory. Arizona's five starters scored in double figures in last season's victory in Corvallis, with Channing Frye leading the way with 18 points and 16 rebounds. The Beavers were down by 12 points (16-4) early in the game, but methodically chipped away and eventually took their first lead of the game on a pair of free throws by Philip Ricci at the 14:26 mark of the second half at 48-46. OSU had leads of two points five times the rest of the game, but it was held scoreless in the last 2:19. The game featured 10 ties, all in the last 15:53.

JOHN VS. OLSON: The game marks a match-up between longtime Arizona coach Lute Olson and his former assistant Jay John. John spent the last four seasons at the University of Arizona, helping the Wildcats to 101 victories and four NCAA Tournaments. Arizona played for the national title in 2001.

HALL OF FAME TYPE GAME: Arizona head coach Lute Olson, an inductee into the Naismith Hall of Fame last September, brings his Arizona Wildcats to Gill Coliseum, named after OSU legendary coach Slats Gill -- a member of the same Hall of Fame. The game will be played on Ralph Miller Court, also named after Hall of Fame member Ralph Miller.

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