"The most important thing about Arizona is to block out the Wildcats on the boards; they will fly over you if you let them," says an assistant whose team played them in the NCAAs. "The great thing, though, is that they can be blocked out, all of them, except for maybe Eugene Edgerson. To that end, although you have to mix up your defenses on them somewhat, it's better to play man-to-man. It's really hard to find them and keep them off the boards when you're in a zone.
"Next, you have to stop their transition game. With all the talk about Loren Woods being a pivotal player, their key guy is Jason Gardner. He's a great point guard with a lot of energy, but he's much more effective when he's on the run than in a half-court game. The way you stop their transition game, of course, is to make shots, which is easier said than done.
"Finally, do anything you can to make it a physical game. Take it right to them in every respect. Woods is a classic 'soft' shot blocker in that he's much better the farther away he is from you. Richard Jefferson also doesn't like a rough game. Even Gilbert Arenas, who's a fantastic athlete, gets frustrated in a physical game. This isn't a reflection on Lute Olson, but I don't think they're tough enough to win it all."