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Published: Wednesday, 12/19/2007

College basketball: O'Neill will succeed Olson at Arizona


TUCSON - Kevin O'Neill will succeed Lute Olson as Arizona's basketball coach, according to a press release.

O'Neill, who has been serving as interim coach since Olson went on a personal leave of absence in November, was designated as Olson's successor when the 73-year-old Hall of Famer retires. O'Neill is a former Wildcats assistant who rejoined Olson's staff last spring.

O'Neill, 50, first served on Olson's staff from 1986-89. O'Neill is 152-165 in 11 seasons as a college head coach. Olson is 589-187 at Arizona.

The move was the latest in a strange series of events that began on Nov. 3, when Olson told Livengood he needed to take a leave of absence to deal with undisclosed family-related issues. Even after taking leave, Olson appeared at a few practices. But on Dec. 6, Olson said he was extending his leave through the end of the season - and he filed for divorce from his wife, Christine, on the same day.

No. 3 Kansas 71, Georgia Tech 66

ATLANTA - Russell Robinson scored 17 points, becoming the Jayhawks' seventh different leading scorer in 11 games, and Kansas survived a last-minute scare to remain unbeaten at 11-0.

No. 4 Texas 66, Oral Roberts 56

AUSTIN - D.J. Augustin scored 24 points and Texas (11-0) survived its toughest home test this season.

Louisville 85, Marshall 75

LOUISVILLE - Earl Clark scored 23 points and Louisville coach Rick Pitino notched his 500th victory (500-185).

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