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Arizona's Adams to start despite arrest last weekend

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona senior guard Hassan Adams, the
leading scorer for the Wildcats (Not ranked in ESPN/USA Today poll; No. 24 AP), will be in the starting
lineup Saturday at Utah despite being arrested last weekend and
cited for disturbing the peace.

"I think in this country, the legal system is you are innocent
until you are proven guilty unless you are an athlete," Wildcats
coach Lute Olson said Wednesday. "I'm not the least bit concerned
about what happened. What he is charged with is similar to you
getting a speeding ticket."

Adams was arrested Sunday after an early morning incident
outside his apartment complex here.

Some 200 people were in the parking lot about 2 a.m. and a party
apparently erupted into fighting along with drinking and dancing on
cars, according to Tucson police.

Adams reportedly became involved in an argument between a woman
and her former boyfriend.

Police said Adams was ticketed and released after he refused to
leave when officers told him to go home.

Adams is averaging 18.3 points this season and is Arizona's
second-leading rebounder at 7.3 per game.

Meanwhile, Wildcats guard Chris Rodgers is looking for more
playing time.

Rodgers did not start in two of the last three games because of
missing a team meal at Houston and then having a final exam during
preparation for last weekend's home game against St. Mary's.

Rodgers is averaging 10.3 points and 2.1 assists.

"We are a better team when I am on the floor," Rodgers said.
"The seniors need me out there. Hassan needs me out there to help
him out. I do a good job as far as disrupting things. We are a
better team when I am out there, and I think everybody can see
that."

Olson agreed, to an extent.

"The guy is our best defensive player. We need him on the
court, but he is not going to be on the court if he over
penetrates, over dribbles or shoots with people in his face,"
Olson said. "That has been the same message he has heard for four
years."