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Updated: Saturday, March 8, 2003 3:09 PM EST
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Oregon (20-8) at No. 1 Arizona (24-2)
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TUCSON, Arizona (Ticker) -- Top-ranked Arizona tries to match a season high with its 10th straight victory on Saturday when it hosts Oregon in a Pac-10 Conference matchup at McKale Center.

The Wildcats have won nine consecutive games since losing on their home floor to conference rival Stanford on January 30. That loss snapped a season-high 10-game winning streak for Arizona, which also lost at Louisiana State on December 21.

The Wildcats extended their home winning streak to five games with a 72-60 victory over Oregon State on Thursday.

Channing Frye collected 24 points and 12 rebounds for Arizona, which had a closed-door meeting with coach Lute Olson following the difficult victory.

Olson felt like the Wildcats played with little urgency after clinching the Pac-10 Conference regular season title last week.

"I just didn't feel mentally that we were with it like we have to be," Olson said. "You can say it was the long road trip or that we had already had wrapped up the Pac-10 championship, but we have to be more mentally ready than we were (Thursday)."

Luke Walton scored 12 points to give him 1,013 for his career. He is two shy of passing Gilbert Arenas for 27th place on the school's all-time scoring list.

Jason Gardner is also approaching a milestone, needing only two assists to become the third player in school history to reach 600.

Walton, Gardner and fellow senior Rick Anderson make their final appearances at McKale Center on Saturday. The Wildcats are 18-1 in home finales under Olson.

Oregon (20-8, 10-7) had its two-game winning streak snapped with a 91-77 loss at Arizona State on Thursday.

Luke Ridnour had 26 points, seven rebounds and six assists and Luke Jackson scored 20 for the Ducks, who will be either the fourth or fifth seed in the Pac-10 Conference tournament.

Ridnour needs just three assists to break the single season record of 184, set by Ron Lee during the 1975-76 campaign.

Oregon has won four of the last six meetings with Arizona, which is 19-5 all-time against the Ducks in Tuscon.


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