Arizona/Oregon State: In-Depth Scouting Report

Arizona will play in Corvallis, Thursday night against Oregon State in what will be a test of Arizona's patience more than anything else. The Beavers like to play a methodical, slow-down style and while the Cats have mainly played up-tempo teams, both the coaches and players say they're up to the challenge.

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Starting Lineups:

Arizona (5-2, #10)-

PG-Jason Gardner, 5-10 Jr. (23.1ppg,4.3rpg, 4.3apg,.450FG%,.444 3pt%)
SG-Will Bynum, 5-10 Fr.(6.6p,2.4r,.281FG%,.261 3pt%)
F-Luke Walton, 6-8 Jr. (13.1p,8.9r,5.4a,.429FG%)
F-Rick Anderson,6-9 Jr. (14.6p,7.1r,1.4b,.487 FG%, .429 3pt%)
C-Isaiah Fox, 6-9 Fr(6.6p,5.3r,.469 FG%)

Oregon State (5-3, NR)-

G-Jimmie Haywood, 6-2 Jr. (8.9p,3.0r,.462FG% .400 3pt%)
G-Adam Masten, 6-5 Sr. (10.1p,4.4r,.533FG% .438 3pt%)
F-Floyd North III, 6-6 Fr. (5.0p,3.1r, .517FG%)
F/C-Brian Jackson, 6-10 Jr. (12.1p,3.3r,.615FG%)
PF-Philip Ricci, 6-8 Jr. (16.7p,8.1r,1.4b, .549 FG%)


Arizona (three deep)-

*Salim Stoudamire, 6-1 Fr. SG (8.1ppg)
*Channing Frye, 6-10 Fr. C (4.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.0b)
*Dennis Latimore, 6-8 Fr. PF (2.1ppg, 3.4rpg)

Oregon State (two deep)-

*Joe See, 6-0 Fr. PG (4.9ppg, 2.2apg)
*J.S. Nash, 6-3 Fr. G (3.1ppg)

Key Matchup: Fox/Frye, UA. vs. Ricci, OSU *Ricci was heavily recruited by the Cats out of junior college before signing with the Beavers. He sat out last year with an injury but has shown no ill effects this season so far. Ricci is one of the Pac-10's strongest players and best rebounders. His aggressiveness will have to be matched by the Wildcat freshmen duo of Fox and Frye to keep Ricci from dominating in the low blocks. Olson has said that he is very pleased with the aggressiveness shown by Frye of late, but that he needs to stay out of foul trouble.

Backcourt Edge: Arizona-Jason Gardner has been a bit down the past two games and one would think this is a perfect time for him to have another breakout game against inferior guards and to atone for his two awful games a year ago vs. OSU.

Frontcourt Edge: Arizona-Ricci will be a handful for Oregon State, but putting two 6-5 guys on Luke Walton will hurt the Beavers' chances of containing the all-around star. Rick Anderson should out-rebound the taller Brian Jackson by sheer will alone (the 6-10 Jackson only grabs 3 rebounds per game, unthinkable for a player his size).

Bench Edge: Arizona-Deeper, more talented and much, much bigger. Salim Stoudamire wants to play well in front of his family this weekend up in Oregon and if he was ever going to break out of his shooting slump, this is the time.

Prediction: Arizona 67-53.


*Arizona has won 32 of the previous 35 meetings between the schools, including 17 straight from 1990-1999.

*The last two Oregon State victories have each been by one-point (60-59 in '99 and 70-69, OT in 2000).

*Arizona swept the Beavers last season by scores of 68-41 in Corvallis and 65-54 in McKale. *Jason Gardner had two of his worst games ever as a Wildcat vs. OSU last year. Combined, he shot 1-8 from the field for three total points in the two games.

*Luke Walton had one of his finest games of the season vs. the Beavers in McKale last year with a game-high 16 points, plus five boards and four assists.

*Three OSU starters were heavily recruited by Arizona: G Jimmie Haywood, F Philip Ricci and F/C Brian Jackson. Haywood had even committed, then decommitted and the Cats wound up with Gilbert Arenas instead.

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