PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Hassan Adams' leadership was even more
important to Arizona than his solid shooting.
Back from a two-game suspension, Adams scored 21 points and Ivan
Radenovic added 18, leading the eighth-seeded Wildcats to a 94-75
victory over No. 9 seed Wisconsin in the Minneapolis Regional on
Playing in his hometown, Mustafa Shakur had 17 points and nine
assists, and Arizona advanced behind tough defense and outstanding
"It was tough last week without Hassan," Wildcats coach Lute
Olson said. "He's a great competitor. The more there is on the
line, the better he plays. He's a winner. We need his leadership.
It was great to have him back."
Adams missed two games in the Pac-10 tournament because the
senior was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. He shot
10-for-14 while playing only 23 minutes.
"We were well-prepared," Adams said. "It took us a week to
The Wildcats shot 59 percent (35-for-59) and will play Sunday
against top-seeded Villanova.
A tight game was expected in a matchup featuring two teams that
reached the quarterfinals last season. But Arizona dominated from
the opening tip and hardly let up.
"You can't play from behind. It's very difficult," Wisconsin
coach Bo Ryan said. "We talked about playing
possession-for-possession. We are not athletic enough or quick
enough to play from behind. That was our worst nightmare."
The Wildcats' man-to-man defense smothered Wisconsin early,
holding the Badgers to just 11 points on 4-for-14 shooting through
the first 11-plus minutes. Meanwhile, Arizona made 14 of its first
20 shots and led 35-11.
A 15-2 run allowed Wisconsin to close to 37-26 and the score was
46-34 at halftime. But Arizona scored the first seven points in the
second half and went ahead 53-34 after Adams hit a long jumper
following his driving layup.
The Badgers never got within single digits and Adams put it out
of reach with another long jumper that made it 80-63 with 5:55
"It was a matter of sticking to our game plan," Shakur said.
"The coaches kept saying, 'No let-ups."
Arizona has reached the NCAA Tournament 22 straight years, the
second-longest streak in history behind North Carolina's 27 from
1975-01. The Wildcats lost to Illinois 90-89 in overtime in the
final of the Chicago Regional last year.
Arizona began the season ranked No. 10 in The Associated Press'
preseason poll, but wasn't among the Top 25 over the final eight
weeks. Arizona's streak of 312 consecutive regular-season
appearances in the AP poll ended in December.
"We played offensively as well as we played all year," Olson
said. "We let the game come to us. We worked to get the open shot
and, when we got it, we knocked it down."
While it was a happy return to Philadelphia for Shakur, it was a
tough homecoming for Ryan, who grew up just outside the city in
The Badgers won their first three tournament games last year
before losing to eventual national champion North Carolina. Making
its eighth straight trip to the tournament, Wisconsin lost in the
first round for the first time since 2001.
"What got them going was the easy baskets and from there,
they're confidence skyrocketed," Tucker said. "Those are things
that can't happen."