Former Arizona Wildcats point guard Josiah Turner was sentenced to two days in jail and fined $1,529 today in Pima County Justice Court after reaching a plea agreement pertaining to his extreme DUI case from last year, according to the Arizona Daily Star.
Turner pleaded guilty to a general charge of driving under the influence, but had six other charges dismissed. The incident occurred on April 26, 2012, and the original story the Daily Wildcat reported can be found here.
Turner played one suspension-riddled season for the Wildcats in 2011-12 before deciding to transfer to SMU. He never played there, though, choosing instead to play overseas in Hungary, before leaving that team for the Halifax Rainmen of Canada’s National Basketball League. After Turner was cut by the Rainmen, he moved on to play for the Summerside Storm in Canada.
Reports surfaced recently that he would be entering the 2013 NBA Draft.
With Aaron Gordon in the fold, there is a logjam of talent in the front court for Arizona.
There might be a little more playing time available now, as reports indicate forward Grant Jerrett will declare for the NBA Draft. The NCAA’s withdrawal deadline is tomorrow, so if Jerrett is leaving or staying at the UA, the news will become official then.
The news comes as a bit of a surprise, but with Gordon — a Top 5 power forward recruit — coming in, plus the return of bigs Brandon Ashley, Kaleb Tarczewski and Angelo Chol, Jerrett was expected to be coming off the bench again. The Wildcats will also have 6-foot-10 junior college transfer Matt Korcheck.
DraftExpress has Jerrett ranked as the 35th-best freshman from the 2012 season.
In 34 games last year (including two early-season starts), Jerrett averaged 5.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game while hitting 40.5 percent of his 3-pointers.
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When forward Aaron Gordon — the No. 4 overall recruit in ESPN’s 2013 rankings – committed to the Arizona men’s basketball team, the Wildcats firmly took control of the Pac-12 heading into next season.
After some curious pro decisions, coaching changes and transfers the UA still reigns supreme, at least on paper, but several other teams will push the Wildcats in the upcoming year.
Here now, is the current conference outlook for the 2013-14 basketball season.
Arizona (27-8, 12-6) / No. 6-seed NCAA Tournament [Sweet 16]
Notable additions: 5-star PF Aaron Gordon (4); 5-star SF Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (16); 4-star SG Elliott Pitts (100); PG T.J. McConnell (transfer/Duquesne); C Matt Korcheck (transfer/Cochise College)
Notable losses: SF Solomon Hill (senior); PG Mark Lyons (senior); SF Kevin Parrom (senior); PF Grant Jerrett (freshman/draft); C Angelo Chol (sophomore/transfer)
With Gordon’s announcement , Arizona jumped from being potentially great next season to becoming one of the elite teams in the country. The Pac-12 should continue its upward trend in 2013, but the Wildcats are clearly the gem of the class.
A ton of talent is leaving Tucson (Hill, Lyons and Parrom), but even more is coming in. Two more McDonald’s All-Americans are joining an already talent-heavy frontcourt. While McConnell isn’t the dynamic scorer Lyons was, he has the perfect skill set to lead one of the tallest teams in the country.
This past season Arizona talked about having a target on its back. With another top recruiting class headed to the McKale Center, the bull’s eye just got a whole lot bigger.
Of course, the loss of Jerrett and Chol leaves Arizona without an embarrassment of riches inside. Still, the Wildcats will have plenty of talent, even with the two big men gone.
UCLA (25-10, 13-5) / No. 6-seed NCAA Tournament [2nd-round loss]
Notable additions: 4-star (50) PG Zach LaVine; SG Bryce Alford (3-star); SF Noah Allen (3-star)
Notable losses: Larry Drew II (senior), Shabazz Muhammad (declared/draft)
Unlike last season, the Bruins aren’t bringing in a top-three recruiting class. What UCLA will have, though, is a new vibe around Westwood with former New Mexico coach Steve Alford in town.
If guard Kyle Anderson stays (like he said) and guard Jordan Adams fully recovers from a broken foot, the Bruins will again be a formidable challenger for the Pac-12 crown. They have a solid recruiting class entering (though the decommitment of Allerik Freeman hurts) and only Drew and Muhammad left. The added stability of Alford could help UCLA repeat as Pac-12 champions.
Yet for that to happen, someone like Anderson will need to make “the jump” to the next level. UCLA should be really good; it’s hard to tell if they’ll be great — and it’ll need to be to overtake the Wildcats.
Colorado (21-12, 10-8) No. 10 seed NCAA Tournament [2nd-round]
Notable additions: 4-star SF Tre’Shaun Fletcher (78); PF Dustin Thomas (4-star); SG Jaron Hopkins (3-star)
Notable losses: F Andre Roberson (junior/draft); G Sabatino Chen (senior)
In all honesty, 2012-13 was a disappointing season for Colorado. The Buffaloes started off great, putting together a great non-conference resume and began conference play as a top-tier team.
Things then started to go downhill. Sure, CU had some nice wins, but it finished fifth in the Pac-12 and was knocked out in its opening tournament game by Illinois.
Next season’s team looked destined for greatness as a March Madness-caliber squad returned along with two four-stars recruits, including a top-100 prospect in Fletcher. That all changed when star forward Roberson left early for the draft.
Roberson averaged a double-double the past two season and is an incredible talent. Colorado will still be good, the Buffaloes just won’t be great. In the Pac-12, good won’t be good enough.
Stanford (19-15, 9-9) / No. 4-seed NIT [2nd-round]
Notable additions: PF Schuyler Rimmer (3-star); SG Marcus Allen (3-star); PG Malcolm Allen (2-star)
Notable losses: G Gabriel Harris (senior)
Stanford was dangerous — but ultimately mediocre — last season. With almost the entire core group of players returning, the Cardinal will have a chance to resurrect its middling 2012-13 season.
The only player leaving is the minimally used Harris (10.6 minutes per game). Of course, not much is coming in, either. Or at least no impact freshmen.
Stanford will be the wily veteran in the league, which gives it some dark horse potential. The Cardinal lacks the talent of the teams around it, but experience could help Stanford sneak into the Pac-12 title discussion if Arizona trips a few times in conference play.
Washington (18-16, 9-9) / No. 6-seed NIT [1st-round]
Notable additions: 5-star PG Nigel Williams-Gross (20); SG Darin Johnson (3-star); PG Jahmel Taylor (3-star); F Perris Blackwell (transfer/San Francisco)
Notable losses: PG Abdul Gaddy (senior); C Aziz N’Diaye (senior); G Scott Suggs (senior)
Last season was the worst for the Huskies since 2007-08 and the third lowest win total in Lorenzo Romar’s tenure. The future looks much brighter for Washington with Williams-Gross coming in and leading-scorer C.J. Wilcox returning for a senior campaign.
Unlike Stanford, though, Washington really embraces the dark horse profile. No matter what happens, Stanford will be good; you can’t say the same thing about the Huskies. The three departing seniors contributed roughly 32 of the teams’ 68 points per game, N’Diaye was the team’s top rebounder and Gaddy led UW with 4.6 assists per game.
If Williams-Gross can be an impact player immediately, he and Wilcox will combine for a deadly backcourt. Add that to the great home advantage in Seattle and Washington can be back to fighting for the title.
If the freshman isn’t what people project, the Huskies most likely will be a sub 20-win team and NIT bound.
Cal (21-12, 12-6) / No. 12-seed NCAA Tournament [3rd-round]
Notable additions: 5-star SG Jabari Bird (19); SG Sam Singer (3-star); SG Jordan Mathews (3-star); C Kameron Rooks (3-star)
Notable losses: G Allen Crabbe (declared/draft); F Robert Thurman (senior); G Brandon Smith (senior) F Bak Bak (senior)
Cal caught fire late in the year and finished tied for second in the conference. It went on to add an opening-game upset of No. 5-seed UNLV in the NCAA Tournament to complete the late-season surge.
Entering 2013, the Golden Bears were planning to be without a couple senior role players in Thurman, Smith and Bak — something the team can easily overcome.
But Cal received the news that Allen Crabbe, the Pac-12 Player of the Year, will forgo his senior year and head to the NBA. Without Crabbe, the Golden Bears fall from contender status to most likely a middle of the pack team.
The only reason the Cal squeaks into the dark horse conversation is that an extremely talented player in Jabari Bird will fill the void left by Crabbe. The McDonald’s All-American will play alongside Justin Cobbs in what is still a very talented backcourt.
However, Cal went from being a ranked team to fighting for a long-shot bubble spot thanks to the decision by Crabbe. With how well he played last year, though, the veteran shooting guard deserved his shot at the NBA.
Oregon (28-9, 12-6) No. 12-seed NCAA Tournament [Sweet 16]
Notable additions: F Mike Moser (transfer/UNLV); 4-star PF Jordan Bell (79); SF A.J. Lapray (3-star)
Notable losses: PF Arsalan Kazemi (senior); SF E.J. Singler (senior); F Carlos Emory (senior); C Tony Woods (senior)
Despite having no true No. 1 option, Oregon nearly captured the Pac-12 title and had its best season since 2006 when Ernie Kent was in charge and the Ducks made it all the way to the Elite Eight.
Head coach Dana Altman won Pac-12 Coach of the Year and a team built on depth made it all the way to the Sweet 16.
But, again, Oregon was built on that “team” concept and a good chuck of the team won’t be back in 2013. Four of UO’s top five scorers are gone, and while Bell and Lapray replace the experience with young talent, it just won’t be enough.
Point guard Dominic Artis and small forward Damyean Dotson will make Oregon competitive and in no way an easy out at Knight Arena. Also, the addition of Moser is a huge get for Oregon.
The former Runnin’ Rebel averaged 14.0 and 10.5 as a sophomore before hip and elbow injuries resulted in a steep decline last year. Without Moser, Oregon was destined for mediocrity at best. With him, the Ducks could slip into Dark Horse category — it’s better to be safe than sorry, though.
Arizona State (22-13, 9-9) No. 3-seed NIT [2nd-round]
Notable additions: SG Chance Murray (2-star); SF Egor Koulechov (2-star); F Richie Edwards (transfer/Valparaiso)
Notable losses: G-F Carrick Felix (senior); PG Chris Colvin (senior); C Ruslan Pateev (senior); SG Evan Gordon (transfer/Indiana)
Entering the offseason, the Sun Devils knew a talented guard would most likely leave Tempe. And, with the dust setttled, they were right.
Fortunately for Arizona State, that guard was Gordon, not Carson. Last season Gordon was a solid role player and a nice addition to the team. Carson was the team.
Last season ASU flirted with the NCAA Tournament before ultimately making the NIT. The Sun Devils might slip into the field now with Carson returning. Especially if center Jordan Bachynski continues to defend the hoop at a record-breaking level.
USC (14-18, 9-9 Pac-12)
Notable additions: PG Julian Jacobs (3-star); PF Nikola Jovanovic (3-star); SF Roschon Prince (3-star)
Notable losses: SF Eric Wise (senior); G Jio Fontan (senior); F Aaron Fuller (senior); Renaldo Woolridge (senior); C James Blasczyk (senior)
USC is very difficult to read: a new coach in Andy Enfield (Florida Gulf Coast) is coming across country to invigorate some energy into the program and the Trojans already showed a lot more fight at the end of the season.
But, they also lose a pretty decent amount of talent, as top scorer Wise (11.9 ppg) and the leading minutes man Fontan (33.0 mpg) won’t be back.
The cupboard isn’t empty since J.T. Terrell, Byron Wesley and a few others return to Los Angeles. It’s just not enough to seriously contend.
Most likely USC will bounce between decent and bad throughout the year, much like in 2012-13. The Trojans just have enough talent and potential to avoid being labeled as a bottom-feeder.
Oregon State (14-18, 4-14)
Notable additions: C Cheikh N’diaye (2-star); SG Hallice Cooke (2-star)
Notable losses: F-C Joe Burton (senior)
Not much went right for head coach Craig Robinson and Oregon State last year. The Beavers won most of their games during a ridiculously easy nonconference schedule and only had one impressive win all season — in the final game of the regular season at Colorado.
Things should probably improve in 2013-14 with only the big man Burton departing from Corvallis, Ore.
Still, the Beavers didn’t show enough on the court to really be taken seriously and unless seniors Devon Collier and Robert Nelson take their game to another level, it will be another lackluster year for Oregon State. Plus, its recruiting class leaves a lot to be desired.
Robinson’s seat might start getting hot in the near future.
Utah (15-18, 5-13)
Notable additions: SG Parker Van Dyke (3-star); SG Brandon Miller (3-star); Ahmad Fields (2-star); C Harry Whitt (transfer/Southern Illinois)
Notable losses: G Jarred DuBois (senior); C Jason Washburn (senior); Cedric Martin (guard)
After a miserable opening campaign for Utah in the Pac-12, 2012-13 was a huge upgrade. While a 5-13 record doesn’t really reflect that, the Utes managed to push a lot of teams to the edge. They could just never finish the upset.
The Utes even won four of its last five and freshman Jordan Loveridge showed some flashes last year. With more experience and a decent recruiting class, it seems like Utah is getting ready to turn a corner.
But, it’s not quite time for the jump to happen. DuBois (12.4 ppg) and Washburn (11.9 ppg), the team’s first and third scoring option, are leaving and there isn’t enough talent to make up for it.
In a few years Utah could start approaching a .500 record in the conference; it just won’t happen next year.
Washington State (13-19, 4-14)
Notable additions: PG Ikenna Iroegbu (3-star); PF Tanner Lancona (3-star); Josh Hawkinson (3-star); C Jordan Railey (transfer/Iowa State)
Notable losses: F Brock Motum (senior); Mike Ladd (senior)
Somehow head coach Ken Bone survived a 13-19 season last year, one where the Cougars lost nine straight and 11 of 12 in the conference. Even with a great player in Motum, Washington State finished in a last place tie with Oregon State and had the worst overall record in the Pac-12.
WSU does have a solid recruiting class coming in, but the loss of Motum will keep the Cougars squarely at the bottom of the conference. Heck, its other graduate, Ladd, finished third on the team in scoring.
To be fair to Bone, he’s had a winning season in three of his first four years and is slightly over .500 in his career in Pullman (70-65).
With how next years’ team looks on paper, that winning record might disappear and along with it Bone’s job.
Ball State has selected Arizona basketball associate head coach James Whitford as its head basketball coach.
“In a very talented pool of candidates, James separated himself from the pack based on the success he has experienced at multiple institutions and the vision he has for Ball State basketball,” Ball State athletics director Bill Scholl said.
Much of Whitford’s success comes from his partnership with Sean Miller, at both Arizona and Xavier. He has been with the Arizona staff for four years, serving as associate head coach for two. Before joining Miller at Xavier, Whitford worked for Miami University basketball.
Whitford helped Arizona average 27 wins per season, and advance to the Sweet 16 in March. He worked as recruiting coordinator, helping Arizona remain one of the top 5 recruiting classes in the nation.
“James Whitford is a winner. He has won championships at every level he has coached, including the Mid-American Conference. He has also been an integral part of four Sweet 16 teams over the past six seasons at Xavier University and here at the University of Arizona,” head coach of Arizona basketball Sean Miller said.
The decision is now on Arizona to fill in that empty spot in the coaching staff.
Remember the “He touched the ball,” episode? It has made its return, and the suspicion is all starting to come together.
Pac-12 coordinator of basketball officials Ed Rush is said to have told the Pac-12 tournament officials in Las Vegas on that Thursday night of the tournament that he would give them $5,000 or a trip to Cancun if they either “rang up” Miller or “ran him”. This could provide some serious explanation to referee Michael Irving’s double dribble call on Mark Lyons, which led to a technical foul on Miller after brief argument. Later in a press conference, Miller claimed he used no profanity towards Irving and simply stated, “He touched the ball,” repeatedly.
Miller was later fined $25K for inappropriate behavior towards a Pac-12 staff member in the hallway after Arizona’s Pac-12 tournament loss to UCLA. No more information is known as to what Miller said or did.
It’s been concluded that Rush’s statements were made, and the Pac-12 will work to ensure this type of behavior doesn’t happen again. Sources say that Irving’s technical foul call on Miller is not typical of his officiating style. So why did it happen, other than because of what was said by Rush?
It’s a tough position for a referee to be in, when they could potentially lose assignments from the Pac-12. What needs to be made sure of, is that they don’t get into this position in the first place. With Rush in charge, the notorious reputation of Pac-12 officiating is starting to make sense.
Some pre-game notes from Salt Lake City before today’s 3:10 p.m. game against Harvard at EnergySolutions Arena:
The Pac-12 had a pretty good first day in the tournament — Arizona beat Belmont, and Oregon and Cal (both 12 seeds) upset Oklahoma State and UNLV, respectively.
Things didn’t go quite as well in Friday’s games, as both Colorado (a 10 seed) and UCLA (a six) faltered and were sent packing. Rumors are swirling that UCLA head coach Ben Howland might not be back, but he reportedly wouldn’t talk about that after the game.
Still, 3-of-5 ain’t bad, especially for a conference that got the short end of the stick in terms of seeding (three double-digit seeds, two sixes, Pac-12 champ Oregon was a 12).
“I don’t know why people overlook the Pac-12,” said guard/forward Kevin Parrom. “Cal’s a great team, Oregon’s a great team.
“I think pac12 is representing very well. We had a great year in the conf. With the Pac-12, they sleeping on us and we’re winning so it’s good for the conference.”
Oregon will take on four-seed Saint Louis at 5:10 p.m. on TBS, and Cal will face four-seed Syracuse at 7:40 p.m. on the same channel.
Arizona assistant impressed with Chambers
Arizona assistant coach Book Richardson was the lead advance scout for Harvard, and he was wholly impressed with Crimson freshman point guard Siyani Chambers.
“Siyani Chambers, he doesn’t get the national credit he deserves,” Richardson said.
Chambers led the Pac-12 in assists with 5.8 per game and was named to the All-Ivy-League first team and the Freshman of the Year. Richardson said ASU’s Jahii Carson might have been the best freshman point guard in the nation, but Chambers isn’t far behind him.
The craziest part about Chambers’ success, in Richardson’s eyes, is that no one had really heard of him before the NCAA tournament. Chambers played high school ball in Minnetonka, Minn., and was a 3-star, unranked recruit coming out. His only other offers came from Central Michigan and Nebraska, according to Scout.com
“There are no more surprises,” Richardson said. “You know about players since they’re in fifth grade, you have stuff on kids so you know who everyone is. So what he’s doing is amazing.”
Kenyatta Smith emerging for Crimson
Harvard is like Belmont — it has a guard dominated line-up, without much height, and shoots a lot of 3-pointers.
Steve Mondou-Missi is probably Harvard’s best big — the 6-foot-7 forward gets 5.1 rebounds per game. But, against New Mexico, 6-foot-8 forward Kenyatta Smith emerged. And he’ll have to again if the Crimson is going to overcome Arizona’s clear height advantage.
Smith had 10 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 19 minutes against the Lobos, and is getting 8.0 rebounds per game in his last four.
“Kenyatta’s done a great job had a breakout game against Princeton,” said forward Jonah Travis. “And that’s where he steppd into his own and built up so much confidence that helped us get to the point we’re at now.”
Against Princeton on Feb. 16, Smith had 14 points, seven rebounds and six blocks. He’s had three or more blocks eight times this season, including 10 in one game against Pennsylvania (he also had 20 points and nine boards in that game).
SALT LAKE CITY — It almost happened, finally.
In 112 matchups between the No. 1 and No. 16 seeds in NCAA tournament’s long history, the one has always won.
But, a small school from Baton Rouge, La., nearly pulled maybe the greatest upset in tournament history in a 64-58 loss to top-seeded Gonzaga.
The Jaguars only trailed by 10 or more points for one minute and 27 seconds of the entire game, and were within one point with 2:28 to go.
But, a late three from Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos put it away for the Bulldogs, securing what was supposed to be an easy win.
Either way, Southern was the the closest 16-seed to a win since Murray State lost to Michigan State by four, in overtime, in 1990.
“Coming into the game,” said Jaguars point guard Jameel Grace, “we thought we were gonna make history. We always expected to come into the game and win.”
Said Southern head coach Roman Banks: “This has been an amazing ride for us.”
Friday night’s Pac-12 Tournament game against UCLA was undoubtedly dramatic. If the game wasn’t enough, Arizona head coach Sean Miller was fined $25,000 by the Pac-12 Sunday for his confrontation with the referee during the game, and for some unknown behavior towards an unknown staff member in the hallway.
The reality is what Miller said or did is a mystery, and whom he acted out towards is unknown, but it was deemed inappropriate. Without enough knowledge, Arizona fans are going to be unhappy. There is no right or wrong answer as to whether Miller deserves this fine, but $25,000 is quite a fine.
Miller drew attention to himself in his postgame press conference after Friday’s loss to UCLA, in which he repeated what he said the the officials after a travel call – “He touched the ball.” – eight times and said that the Bruins “didn’t earn those points.”
Another instance where a coach was fined this much money is former New Jersey Nets head coach John Calipari’s insulting comments made towards a journalist, who he referred to as a “f***ing Mexican idiot”.
NASCAR racer Denny Hamlin was recently fined 25K for making comments about the new Generation 6 car after racing in Phoenix. What he actually said has not been released to the public.
So what are we supposed to believe? We saw him on the court interacting with the referee, but we did not hear what he said, and we don’t know if he was unprofessional towards a staff member or if this is a bold accusation. We may or may not hear more, but until then Arizona can choose to stand by its coach or be disappointed.
Here is Miller’s take on what led to his technical foul Friday night.
LAS VEGAS — Arizona State (21-12, 9-9 Pac-12) probably needed to win out if it wanted to make the NCAA tournament.
Against UCLA, the Sun Devils had the looks of a team ready to make a run — they held a 15-point lead early in the second half.
But, on the shoulders of stud freshman Shabazz Muhammad, the Bruins fought back and won 80-75, relegating ASU to a likely NIT berth. Muhammad scored 16 points, including 10 in the final 11 minutes of the game.
“It just sucks,” said junior center Jordan Bachynski, who scored a game-high 22 points. “Nothing else really to say. It’s really disappointing.”
It was no fault of Sun Devils freshman point guard Jahii Carson, though. After scoring 34 points in a win against Stanford on Wednesday, Carson came back with 21 points, seven assists and six rebounds against UCLA.
After the game, a dejected Carson was asked about whether or not he’s considered his future at ASU beyond the season.
“No,” he said, “I don’t even think about that at the moment. I was just thinking about trying to get out here and get a championship.”
UCLA will face the winner of Colorado/Arizona, which is at halftime as of this post.
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The game’s winding down now, with under a minute to go, and the Blue team is trying to complete a 10-point comeback with 30 seconds left now just down four. Angelo Chol decides Red won’t score, and almost pops the ball swatting a shot out of bounds.
Nick Johnson leads all scorers with 20 points, followed by Kevin Parrom with 17 and Jerrett and Hill with 14 each.
Each team scored over 30 second half points after a 28-24 Red halftime lead. Red wins, 62-58.
The 1987-88 team was just honored with a video montage and words form Steve Kerr and Sean Elliot thanking fans for making their time here special and never forgetting what they accomplished. Elliott and Kerr marveled at the size and skill of current Wildcat players and said “our hearts are still in it,” even 25 years after moving on from the university.
Lyons leads all scorers with 11 points at the half. I guess that means Miller won’t be missing Josiah Turner at the point. Nick Johnson and Solomon Hill are tied for third on the team in scoring with six points apiece, after Grant Jerrett’s nine.
Right now, two morning crews from local Tucson media members are taking the court for blind-folded free throws. The Final Four team to be honored is standing near the tunnel entrance waiting to be introduced.
Mark Lyons and Grant Jerrett, both on the red team, have been the most productive players thus far. Lyons has eight points, two assists and one rebound along with Jerrett’s nine points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field. The only problem is that they make up 17 of Red’s 22 points. Blue just tied the game on two Solomon Hill free throws with 1:45 remaining in the first half.
Arizona football coach Rich Rodriguez walked onto the court during the first media timeout and thanked fans for attending last night’s game and requested sell outs for the remaining three home games. The crowd reacted OK to USC, below average for Colorado, but when Rodriguez mentioned “the school up north,” boos were raining down.
Although the Wildcats have repeatedly said they wanted to pound the ball inside, the fast-break still looks like it did a year ago. Hill leading the way up the court, looking for a three-point shooter.
So far, a low scoring game with just under 11 minutes left in the first half. 4-0 Red
The dunk contest just ended, and freshman guard Gabe York is going to be fun to watch. For his final dunk, he jumped over Angelo Chol and Matt Korcheck, who both stand at 6-feet-10-inches, which sent the crowd into a frenzy. The teams are warming up to face one another.
At the behest of Lute Olson, the McKale Center crowd will split up and cheer for one color or the other, depending on where they sit in order to simulate the real game day atmosphere.
The dunk contest is set to begin, with Matt Korcheck, Grant Jerrett, Gabe York, Brandon Ashley, and Nick Johnson participating.
Blue Team Roster:
Red Team Roster:
Instead of doing the pregame warmups on the sideline in front of the bench, the Wildcats are running out of the locker rooms while flames shoot up into the arena in front of the cheerleaders. Matt Korcheck, a Tucson native, sophomore Angelo Chol, and seniors Solomon Hill and Kevin Parrom got the biggest ovations from the crowd.
After showing a separate introduction video specifically for the Final Four team being honored, the 1987-88 team is now being introduced to the crowd. No jogging onto the court or dancing like the 2012-13 team though.
The jumbotron in McKale is showing highlights of the Sean MIller era and the crowd is going insane for Derrick WIlliams’ block on Washington and dunk on Duke in the 2010-2011 season.
2013 uncommitted recruit Aaron Gordon is definitely in attendance on the west side of the court in front of where the 1988-89 Final Four team will be sitting. Interesting placement for an uncommitted recruit, no?
At halftime of the wheelchair basketball contest (Red leads Blue 20-19), three London Paralympians were introduced at half court and were received by a standing ovation from the mostly full McKale Center crowd. UA band members have taken position behind the north basket.
We’re in McKale Center for today’s Red-Blue exhibition scrimmage between Arizona’s basketball players. The UA will honor the 1987-88 Final Four team, the first in Arizona history at halftime.
The stands are about 85 percent filled in a little over 30 minutes before halftime. This is the second consecutive year in which the game has been sold out. The Arizona wheelchair basketball program had a short game on the court before the courts were raised in preparation for the actual game to start.
It looks like the UA band has less seats than usual, and there are only going to be 300 ZonaZoo members allowed in, opposed to the usual 3,000-plus.
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