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TODAY’S GAME AT A GLANCE WASHINGTON STATE AT ARIZONA

Citizen Staff Writer
THE PRESS

Washington State (16-1, 4-0) at Arizona (12-6, 2-3)

Time: 6:30 p.m. Where: McKale Center. TV: FSNA Line: UA by 1.5

UA STARTERS

Nic Wise

Position: G

Class: So.

Ht: 5-9 Wt. 173

Points: 8.1

Rebounds: 2.6

Assists: 4.0

Steals: 1.9

Blocks: 0.1

FG%: 45.0

FT%: 70.7

3PT FG%: 43.2

Jawann McClellan

Position: G

Class: Sr.

Ht: 6-4 Wt. 211

Points: 8.3

Rebounds: 3.8

Assists: 2.8

Steals: 0.8

Blocks: 0.8

FG%: 43.3

FT%: 72.3

3PT FG%: 30.0

Chase Budinger

Position: F

Class: So.

Ht: 6-7 Wt. 205

Points: 17.1

Rebounds: 5.6

Assists: 2.9

Steals: 0.9

Blocks: 0.2

FG%: 43.6

FT%: 72.9

3PT FG%: 36.9

Jordan Hill

Position: F

Class: So.

Ht: 6-9 Wt. 211

Points: 13.8

Rebounds: 7.9

Assists: 0.8

Steals: 0.4

Blocks: 1.6

FG%: 63.8

FT%: 68.2

3PT FG%: 0.0

Jerryd Bayless

Position: G

Class: Fr.

Ht: 6-3 Wt. 193

Points: 19.2

Rebounds: 3.0

Assists: 4.4

Steals: 1.0

Blocks: 0.1

FG%: 46.2

FT%: 84.5

3PT FG%: 42.0

Jamelle Horne

Position: F

Class: Fr.

Ht: 6-7 Wt. 205

Points: 3.9

Rebounds: 2.5

Assists: 0.4

Steals: 0.2

Blocks: 0.3

FG%: 50.0

FT%: 70.0

3PT FG%: 20.0

WASHINGTON STATE STARTERS

Derrick Low

Position: G

Class: Sr.

Ht: 6-2 Wt. 196

Points: 13.6

Rebounds: 1.5

Assists: 1.5

Steals: 1.2

Blocks: 0.1

FG%: 45.8

FT%: 84.6

3PT FG%: 43.1

Aron Baynes

Position: C

Class: Jr.

Ht: 6-10 Wt. 270

Points: 12.1

Rebounds: 6.4

Assists: 0.4

Steals: 0.5

Blocks: 1.1

FG%: 62.0

FT%: 75.0

3PT FG%: 0.0

Kyle Weaver

Position: G

Class: Sr.

Ht: 6-6 Wt. 201

Points: 1-.9

Rebounds: 4.5

Assists: 4.0

Steals: 1.9

Blocks: 0.6

FG%: 46.7

FT%: 81.2

3PT FG%: 37.5

Taylor Rochestie

Position: G

Class: Jr.

Ht: 6-1 Wt. 186

Points: 9.3

Rebounds: 3.2

Assists: 5.2

Steals: 1.2

Blocks: 0.0

FG%: 53.7

FT%: 78.1

3PT FG%: 48.9

Robbie Cowgill

Position: C

Class: Sr.

Ht: 6-10 Wt. 211

Points: 7.7

Rebounds: 4.8

Assists: 0.7

Steals: 0.5

Blocks: 1.1

FG%: 60.5

FT%: 71.4

3PT FG%: 0.0

Daven Harmeling

Position: F

Class: Jr.

Ht: 6-7 Wt. 216

Points: 7.5

Rebounds: 2.7

Assists: 0.7

Steals: 0.3

Blocks: 0.2

FG%: 48.7

FT%: 70.6

3PT FG%: 40.5

NOTES AND QUOTES

How teams match up

UA WSU

73.3 Points per game 69.2

48.6 Field goal % 50.1

66.4 Points allowed per game 52.5

42.7 Foes’ field goal % 39.8

McClellan needs offensive focus

He’s Arizona’s defensive stopper, but Jawann McClellan also knows he needs to be a consistent offensive contributor.
In UA’s win over California on Saturday, the guard went 3 for 6 from the floor for seven points. Not exactly a scoring explosion, but it was a start.
He talked to UA interim coach Kevin O’Neill, and he agreed: “I had been focusing so much on defense that maybe I needed to be more aggressive on offense. My teammates get on me (because he hits shots in practice). They want to see me do it in games.”
The senior is hitting just 31 percent of his shots in Pac-10 play, 43.3 overall. He’s averaging 8.3 points a game.

Coach’s clipboard

UA interim coach Kevin O’Neill, on the defense of WSU’s Kyle Weaver:
“He has a mind-set for it more than most. To me it looks like he takes
great pride in what he does. A lot of his identity is made up of being
great on ball defender.”

O’Neill on WSU: “What happened is Dick and Tony Bennett (the ex- and
current coaches) recruited a bunch of guys, kept them together and they
matured. . . . They have a system that they believe in offensively and
defensively, and they built a program.”

He’s Arizona’s defensive stopper, but Jawann McClellan also knows he needs to be a consistent offensive contributor.

In UA’s win over California on Saturday, the guard went 3 for 6 from
the floor for seven points. Not exactly a scoring explosion, but it was
a start.

He talked to UA interim coach Kevin O’Neill, and he agreed: “I had
been focusing so much on defense that maybe I needed to be more
aggressive on offense. My teammates get on me (because he hits shots in
practice). They want to see me do it in games.”

The senior is hitting just 31 percent of his shots in Pac-10 play, 43.3 overall. He’s averaging 8.3 points a game.

Breilmaier is questionable

Bret Brielmaier, out with a shoulder injury, likely won’t play
Thursday. And his availability might be a game-time decision the rest
of the season.

Not having the senior forward has “really affected” UA, O’Neill said.

“Bret is a very positive influence,” O’Neill said. “He has two
turnovers in 225 minutes (actually 239 minutes); (and) he never misses
an assignment. Guys like that have a huge impact.”

The walk-on, who re-injured his right shoulder at Arizona State on
Jan. 9, played 11 minutes against Stanford in his first game back but
was in pain. He first suffered the injury Dec. 22 vs. San Diego State.

STEVE RIVERA

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ANALYSIS

Backcourt

UA’s young duo of Jerryd Bayless and Nic Wise will face WSU’s crafty
and cool pair of Kyle Weaver and Derrick Low. Defense will be the order
for Bayless-Wise, with help from Jawann McClellan. Bayless will have to
take control, but WSU is just too good.

Edge: WSU

Frontcourt

Arizona needs Jordan Hill to stay out of foul trouble and Chase
Budinger to hit shots. WSU’s Aron Baynes and Robbie Cowgill are a load
to defend, and Daven Harmeling has been tough on the Cats in the past.
Without Bret Brielmaier helping, UA is hurting.

Edge: WSU

Defense

WSU’s forte is holding teams to limited possessions. The Cougars’
opponents are hitting 39 percent from the floor and 27.9 from the
3-point line. UA is shooting 42 percent and 34 percent, respectively.
If UA can match WSU on the defensive end, the game will stay close.

Edge: WSU

Outcome

This may be the toughest game to call all year. Arizona needs the
win; No. 6 WSU is better as a team. The Wildcats have played well
against ranked teams, but they couldn’t handle Oregon in McKale.

WSU by 5

COMMENTARY By STEVE RIVERA

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THE COACHES

Kevin O’Neill Arizona Age 50

Years at UA 1

UA record 12-6

Overall 164-171

NCAAs 2

Notable

O’Neill, the interim coach this year, will take over for good someday when Lute Olson retires…

O’Neill was a combined 152-165 in three college stops at Marquette, Tennessee and Northwestern…

He has been the head coach of the NBA’s Toronto Raptors.

Tony Bennett

Washington St.

Age 38

Years at WSU 2

WSU rec. 42-9

Overall 42-9

NCAAs 1

Notable

Bennett, who replaced his father, Dick, at WSU, led the Cougars to a 26-8 mark in his first season.

The 26 wins matched the most in school history…He was an assistant for four years at Wisconsin and for three years at Washington State.

UA MEN, GAME BY GAME

Date Opponent Outcome Record Points Rebounds Assists

Nov. 13 Northern Arizona W, 76-69 1-0 Budinger, 25 Budinger, 6 Bayless, 5

Nov. 17 Virginia L, 75-72 1-1 Bayless, 21 Budinger, Hill, 5 Budinger, 5

Nov. 19 Missouri-Kansas City W, 81-62 2-1 Bayless, 20 Bayless, 9 Bayless, 9

Nov. 21 Adams State W, 88-64 3-1 Hill, 17 Budinger, 7 Bayless, 6

Nov. 25 at Kansas L, 76-72 (ot) 3-2 Budinger, 27 Brielmaier, 8 Wise, 6

Nov. 28 Cal State Fullerton W, 91-65 4-2 Bayless, 21 Horne, 7 Wise, 4

Dec. 2 Texas A&M W, 78-67 5-2 Bayless, 26 Brielmaier, Hill, 5 Bayless, 6

Dec. 8 Illinois W, 78-72 6-2 Hill, 23 Hill, 14 Wise, 8

Dec. 16 Fresno State W, 69-50 7-2 Bayless, 21 Hill, 9 McClellan, 6

Dec. 19 at UNLV W, 52-49 8-2 Hill, 16 Hill, 19 Wise, 7

Dec. 22 San Diego State (a) W, 74-58 9-2 Bayless, Hill, 15 Hill, 10 McClellan, 7

Dec. 29 at Memphis L, 76-63 9-3 Budinger, 20 Budinger, 6 Wise, 5

Jan. 3 Oregon State W, 76-63 10-3, 1-0 Budinger, Hill, 20 Hill, 14 Wise, 6

Jan. 5 Oregon L, 84-74 10-4, 1-1 Budinger, 30 Budinger, Hill, 7 Wise, 7

Jan. 9 at Arizona State L, 64-59 (ot) 10-5, 1-2 Hill, 18 Hill, 14 Dillon, Wise, 5

Jan. 12 at Houston W, 85-71 11-5 Bayless, 33 Budinger, 12 Bayless, 9

Jan. 17 at Stanford L, 56-52 11-6, 1-3 Budinger, Wise, 13 Hill, 8 Wise, 4

Jan. 19 at California W, 79-75 12-6, 2-3 Bayless, 24 Wise, 7 Bayless, 5

Date Opponent Location Time TV

Thursday Washington State McKale Center 6:30 p.m. FSNA

Saturday Washington McKale Center 1 p.m. FSNA

Jan. 31 at USC Los Angeles 8:30 p.m. FSNA

Feb. 2 at UCLA Los Angeles 7 p.m. ESPN

Feb. 10 Arizona State McKale Center 12:30 p.m. FSNA

Feb. 14 California McKale Center 6:30 p.m. FSNA

Feb. 16 Stanford McKale Center 1:30 p.m. ABC

Feb. 21 at Washington Seattle 9 p.m. FSNA

Feb. 23 at Washington State Pullman, Wash. 8 p.m. FSNA

Feb. 28 USC McKale Center 7 p.m. ESPN

March 2 UCLA McKale Center 2 p.m. CBS

March 6 at Oregon State Corvallis, Ore. 8:30 p.m. TBA

March 8 at Oregon Eugene, Ore. TBA TBA

March 12 Pac-10 Tournament Los Angeles

(a) – Fiesta Bowl Classic at McKale Center

UA MEN”S STATS

Through 18 games

| TOTAL | | 3-PTS | | REBOUNDS |

No. Player GP-GS Min Avg FG-FGA Pct 3FG-FGA Pct FT-FTA Pct Off Def Tot Avg PF FO A TO Blk Stl Pts Avg

0 Jerryd Bayless 14-14 491 35.1 79-171 .462 29-69 .420 82-97 .845 6 36 42 3.0 27 0 62 48 1 14 269 19.2

34 Chase Budinger 18-18 628 34.9 109-250 .436 38-103 .369 51-70 .729 17 83 100 5.6 33 1 53 47 4 16 307 17.1

43 Jordan Hill 18-17 510 28.3 102-160 .638 0-0 .000 45-66 .682 48 94 142 7.9 58 1 14 37 29 8 249 13.8

5 Jawann McClellan 18-18 626 34.8 52-120 43.3 12-40 .300 34-47 .723 10 59 69 3.8 41 0 51 34 15 14 150 8.3

13 Nic Wise 18-6 483 26.8 49-109 .450 19-44 .432 29-41 .707 8 38 46 2.6 33 1 72 36 2 34 146 8.1

20 Laval Lucas-Perry 5-0 49 9.8 6-15 .400 3-9 .333 5-7 .714 3 5 8 1.6 4 0 4 3 0 1 20 4.0

42 Jamelle Horne 14-2 207 14.8 23-46 .500 2-10 .200 7-10 .700 15 20 35 2.5 25 0 5 7 4 3 55 3.9

12 Daniel Dillon 15-4 262 17.5 13-34 .382 7-20 .350 14-14 1.000 5 15 20 1.3 31 0 22 9 1 12 47 3.1

44 Bret Brielmaier 15-8 239 15.9 19-27 .704 0-0 .000 4-8 .500 16 31 47 3.1 20 1 10 2 2 3 42 2.8

24 Fendi Onobun 9-0 83 9.2 9-14 .643 0-0 .000 4-6 .667 7 6 13 1.4 13 0 2 3 0 2 22 2.4

54 Kirk Walters 9-3 76 8.4 4-10 .400 0-0 .000 1-8 .125 3 10 13 1.4 10 0 0 6 8 2 9 1.0

2 Zane Johnson 4-0 13 3.3 1-2 .500 1-2 .500 0-0 .000 0 1 1 0.3 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 0.8

14 Mohamed Tangara 3-0 5 1.7 0-1 .000 0-1 .000 0-0 .000 1 0 1 0.3 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0.0

11 David Bagga 2-0 3 1.5 0-0 .000 0-0 .000 0-0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.0

TEAM 20 38 58 3.2 0 3

Total 18 3675 466-959 .486 111-298 .372 276-374 .738 159 436 595 33.1 299 4 295 238 67 110 1319 73.3

Opponents 18 3675 441-1032 .427 108-313 .345 206-293 .703 201 374 575 31.9 339 6 257 248 43 104 1196 66.4

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