Cats roll Team Georgia

Arizona played their first exhibition game without Kirk Walters and Marcus Williams. It didn't matter. The Wildcats played an outside opponent for the first time and dominated Team Georgia 125-74.

The Wildcats won in decisive fashion, but for the staff it meant just the beginning of their work. To most of us a 50-point win is about as good as it gets, but for Lute Olson it meant a lot of work dissecting the tape to see who really played well and who took advantage of a team that was overmatched.

Olson said after the game that he was interested in establishing an eight or nine man rotation before the Wildcats take the court against Virginia. When you have five players scoring in double figures it is tough to find fault with many players, but Olson indicated he may shorten the bench for Wednesday's exhibition game. Things get even tougher because Walters and Williams are expected to play.

Freshmen Chase Budinger and Nic Wise were impressive. Each scored 24 points. It was even more impressive for Budinger because he struggled to shoot three pointers. The small forward was just 1-6 behind the arc, but was 10-20 overall. He also added nine rebounds.

Wise was far more efficient. The Texan was 8-8 from the field, making all four three pointers. He also had three steals.

Veteran players also made an impact. Mustafa Shakur dished out a headshaking 16 assists, made more impressive in the fact that he spent some time at the off guard playing next to Wise.

Shakur pumped in 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while also turning the ball over just three times.

The Cats also got steady play from Jawann McClellan and Daniel Dillon. McClellan made all three of his three-point field goal attempts on his way to 19 points. McClellan, who Olson praised for his tenacity on the boards, added six boards, but did turn the ball over four times, for which Olson was critical after the game.

Dillon came off the bench to score 15 points and dish out five assists.

Not everyone had a great game. Ivan Radenovic did not look like the player who dominated the Red/Blue game as he had just five points and four rebounds.

Mohamed Tangara had a chance to showcase himself before Walters returns, but failed to do so. He was a non-factor on offense, failing to score but did manage to grab five rebounds in just 13 minutes.


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