Lavender filling up the hoop for Wildcats

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Arizona's Brendon Lavender celebrates one of his 3-pointers against Oregon State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/John Miller) By Catherine Holland Arizona's Brendon Lavender celebrates one of his 3-pointers against Oregon State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/John Miller) By Catherine Holland

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Brendon Lavender knows his role.

On a team with so many issues and question marks across its roster, Lavender might be the closest to a sure thing for Arizona. The senior guard is the Wildcats' designated shooter, and he's one of the best from 3-point range in the country.

Lavender ranks third in the country in 3-point shooting percentage, hitting 57.5 percent from the arc. Throughout his career, Lavender has always come off the bench, but, especially this season, he has made the most of his minutes.

Over the last six games, Lavender has gone 15-of-24 from long range, highlighted by a 5-of-6 performance that led to 18 points in a win over Oregon State last Thursday.