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Pacific 10 Tournament

Ucla Vs. No. 1 Arizona

March 13, 2003|Steve Henson

Season results: UCLA (9-18 overall, 6-12 in Pacific 10), Arizona (25-2, 17-1 in Pac-10), Arizona has defeated UCLA by at least 30 points three times in the last two seasons, including by scores of 87-52 and 106-70 this season. UCLA edged the Wildcats, 77-76, last season at Pauley Pavilion.

How they match up: They don't. Arizona was head, shoulders and torso above the Bruins in both meetings this season, winning by a combined 71 points. UCLA has no answer for Wildcat center Channing Frye or his backup, burly Isaiah Fox. Arizona also has more senior leadership, better guard play and greater depth.

*--* STARTERS UCLA Ht Wt Stat Pos Arizona Ht Wt Stat Jason 6-8 215 16.9 ppg F Rick 6-9 225 6.1 rpg Kapono Anderson Andre 6-7 210 62.3% FG F Luke Walton 6-8 245 4.6 apg Patterson Ryan 6-11 215 60.0% FG C Channing 6-10 235 12.1 ppg Hollins Frye Dijon 6-7 195 13.7 ppg G Jason 5-10 191 5.0 apg Thompson Gardner Ray Young 6-4 210 9.4 ppg G Salim 6-1 176 13.0 ppg Stoudamire KEY RESERVES T.J. 6-10 215 10.0 ppg Hassan 6-4 201 9.4 ppg Cummings, Adams, G C Ryan 6-1 180 3.5 apg Andre 6-6 200 5.0 rpg Walcott, Iguodala, G F Isaiah 6-9 269 3.5 rpg Fox, C

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Keys to the game: Arizona uses devastating runs that bury opponents. UCLA knows this firsthand, so a key will be to make adjustments quickly and stem a Wildcat rally. UCLA must shoot at a high percentage to cut down on Arizona's fastbreak opportunities.

-- Steve Henson

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