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Some people already are counting down to the 2017 Pima County Fair, even if it is a month away.

The fair opens April 20 and runs 11 days, until April 30. But it\u2019s not even the prospect of sticky cotton candy, gobbling smoked turkey legs and riding the G Force or Mega Drop on the midway until you throw up that turkey leg and cotton candy that has everyone excited.

It\u2019s the concerts.

This is the chance of the year to see so many different genres \u2014 from rock and rap to reggae and regional Mexican \u2014 on one stage. And we get the bonus of the legendary Tanya Tucker. Sweet.

Admission is free with fair admission, which is a pretty good deal: $8 for adults, $4 for kids 6 to 10 and free for those 5 and younger. You also have to pay $5 to park, but when you do the math, you end up paying less than $15 to see some pretty big names playing in the beautiful Tucson outdoors on the fair\u2019s Budweiser Main Stage.

Here\u2019s the lineup, which is naturally subject to change:

Details: pimacountyfair.com

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SAN JOSE, Calif. \u2013 After the Arizona Wildcats ended their season short of the Final Four again, Allonzo Trier was asked what he thought about the questioning Sean Miller might receive ahead.

He seemed puzzled, even as somebody appeared to be\u00a0updating Sean Miller\u2019s postseason record on Wikipedia\u00a0at about the same time.

\u201cUm. Questioning a guy who had a 32-5 basketball team?\u201d Trier said. \u201cThey probably don\u2019t know much if they\u2019re questioning him from that standpoint. Coach did what he thought was best for us to put us in the best position to win the game, and we\u2019re going to go out there and try to execute as well as we can as a basketball team. I totally have faith in my coach that he\u2019s knows what he\u2019s doing, not somebody else who doesn\u2019t.\u201d

The Sporting News\u2019 Mike DeCourcy also offered some perspective about Miller\u2019s track record.

FWIW, my Twitter notifications in the immediate few hours after the game included a \"Fire Miller,\" \"his teams are predictable,\" \"team's intelligence level unacceptable,\" \"what's up with his poor timeout management\" and \"Miller will never reach a Final Four.\"


Miller actually put a lot of the blame on himself during his podium interviews after Thursday\u2019s game. Miller spoke of the Wildcats\u2019 inability to defend well, especially down the stretch, and their lack of confidence against the zone, and talked about his role in it all.

\u201cEqually disappointed in myself,\u201d Miller said. \u201cYou know, our team never really ever established great confidence against the zone. And I think in some ways that was the reason, defensively, that we weren\u2019t as good as we usually are, because the game never really felt good, and that\u2019s on me.

\u201cYour job when you get to this area, when you get to this level of college basketball, your best players have to be confident. We have to get them shots. I don\u2019t care what defense they\u2019re playing \u2013 1-3-1, 2-3, man-to-man \u2013 I don\u2019t feel we did that tonight. And that\u2019s the worst feeling you can have as a coach.\u201d


Here's the full podium comments from Miller, Kadeem Allen and Parker Jackson-Cartwright. Xavier's are here.


Sounded like Miller had a pretty uplifting postgame locker room talk, with virtually all of the players repeating his reminder that they did, after all, win the Pac-12 Tournament and (tie for) the Pac-12 regular season title, while winning 32 games.

\u201cWe had a great year,\u201d Rawle Alkins said. \u201cWe had an historical year.\u201d

Lauri Markkanen sat looking downbeat but tried to keep that in mind, too.

\u201cWe went through a lot this year, so of course we have to think about all the good things we did,\u201d Markkanen said. \u201cIt\u2019s just sad the season ended so we can\u2019t go to Phoenix.\u201d

Allonzo Trier discussed that point at more length.

\u201cWe had a great year, a tremendous year,\u201d Trier said. \u201cA year that will have a lot of memorabilia and history that will be in McKale, on the walls and in the locker rom. It\u2019s just tough because we all had our sights on the Final Four.

\u201cThat was what we talked about and we believed it. We knew it was something we could do and then our journey kind of got cut short. We knew it wasn\u2019t going to be easy. We weren\u2019t going to walk there. Nobody was going to let us go to a Final Four just because it\u2019s in Phoenix. It doesn\u2019t work like that.\u201d


Markkanen and UA's other players who are considered potential early departures this spring all declined to comment on their plans or decision processes ahead. UA players are normally off-limits for the most part in the offseason so face immediate questioning after their last game.


Our full coverage is attached to this post as are the box score and final stats.

Thanks again for reading this season. The news isn't going to slow down for a while this spring, so please stick around ...

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Roadhouse Cinemas, Tucson\u2019s dine-in movie theater, is expanding.

The theater has leased an additional 10,000 square feet adjacent to its existing site on Grant and Swan roads to add three screens and 225 seats. A $1.5 million building permit was issued for the expansion.

During construction, customers will need to enter the theater from Grant Road, as the north side will be closed.

The company is looking for artists\u2019 ideas for a mural on the outside wall of the addition. Visit roadhousecinemas.com or call 209-2728 for more information.

Scott Cassell, director of operations, said Roadhouse is looking at other locations around Tucson and has been approached by interested investors in other states.

Other construction activity around town includes:

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SAN JOSE, Calif. \u2014 The biggest star on Arizona\u2019s roster, a 7-footer with size and personality, Lauri Markkanen flew under the radar on a sullen Thursday night.

Arizona was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament, and in all likelihood, it was the Finnish freshman\u2019s last game in an Arizona uniform. It shouldn\u2019t be a matter of if, only a matter of when he leaves for the NBA.

A 7-footer with a shot like that?

But Markkanen hid in the corner of Arizona\u2019s locker room, head down, silence all around, as the media stampede poured through the locker room doors. Markkanen positioned himself a few lockers to the right of Allonzo Trier, who missed Arizona\u2019s final shot attempt of the season.

Markkanen slumped into his chair, his legs practically tripping reporters angling to ask Trier about his late-game decision making.

This is a player who was declared a first-round pick before he ever stepped on the floor, and despite a late-season slump, scouts have been swooning for a big man with Markkanen\u2019s range of skills all season, cultivating in an all-around performance in a second round win against Saint Mary\u2019s.

So of course, the question had to be asked. It always is for Arizona\u2019s presumed one-and-done talents.

In so many words, \u2026 you gone?

In the last few years, Aaron Gordon, Stanley Johnson and Trier all said \u201cno comment.\u201d Trier came back, the other two did not.

\u201cI\u2019m not answering that,\u201d Markkanen said. \u201cI just need to take my mind off this right now.\u201d

He was asked the question four more times throughout Arizona\u2019s post-game availability, and always said the same thing.

Not right now.

\u201cI\u2019m not commenting on that,\u201d he said.

Markkanen attempted a 3-pointer at the 11:12 mark of the second half. It missed.

It was his last shot of the game, of the season, and probably, of his Arizona career.

He finished with nine points, and only scored two in the second half.

This is Arizona\u2019s best scorer, and Xavier wouldn\u2019t even let him get the ball.

\u201cOf course I was looking for the shot, but Xavier did a really good job taking my shot away,\u201d Markkanen said. \u201cI think my teammates were in better position to have the ball so I made the passes.\u201d

Markkanen has never been one to show frustration. He never wavered through a late-season slump, and he bounced back just in time for the postseason.

His teammates were frustrated for him.

\u201cOf course it was\u201d frustrating, center Dusan Ristic said. \u201cHe\u2019s one of our main weapons and they did a great job of defending him the last 10 minutes of the game.\u201d

Added Trier: \u201cWe got it to him one time in the post, we swing baseline and then he got under the basket where he couldn\u2019t shoot it so he had throw it far out. So he tried. Just, I guess, it was the way the game was working.\u201d

If this was his last game, it\u2019s not how Markkanen wanted it to go. But all he wanted to talk about after was his teammates. When Trier put his jersey over his face at the end of the game, Markkanen was one of the first teammates to greet him, to prod him up.

It was a bad ending, but not a bad season. Markkanen was an All-Conference selection, an All-Freshman selection and one of the best offensive performers of the Sean Miller era.

\u201cI\u2019m disappointed,\u201d Markkanen said. \u201cIt\u2019s sad that this ended right now. We had the chance to go a lot further but I\u2019m proud of these guys. They played their hearts out. That\u2019s sports.\u201d

As the locker room cleared out, Markkanen reached for his large, red, Nike shoes and put them in his drawstring Arizona backpack, his Arizona jersey crumpled on the floor next to an open Powerade bottle.

A spill would leave a stain.

The bottle didn\u2019t budge, Markkanen put the jersey in his bag, and leaned back in his chair.

For 30 seconds, he stared into space, listening to Trier talk about how he \u201cjust wants to be great.\u201d

The Xavier loss will be a stain on Markkanen\u2019s college resume.

But boy, was it a good resume.

\u201cThis time,\u201d he said, \u201cit didn\u2019t work out.\u201d

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SAN JOSE, Calif. \u2014

Arizona has been sent home by Sooie Pigs, Sooners, Shockers, Blue Devils, Badgers and Boilermakers, you name it, it all feels the same.

If feels like you\u2019ve been embalmed.

On Thursday night the Wildcats went slip-slidin\u2019 away, sent home by the Musketeers. The names don\u2019t seem to matter. Xavier. Wichita State. Purdue. To Arizona, unable to reach the Final Four for 16 years, it has become a Paul Simon song.

The nearer your destination, the more you\u2019re slip slidin\u2019 away.

By the time the Wildcats get to Phoenix it\u2019ll be 2018. It\u2019ll be in Tempe, not Glendale. It\u2019ll be too late.

Over the last 78 years, there have been more than 624 Sweet 16 games played in the NCAA Tournament. Of those 624 winners, none had more losses than Xavier did entering Thursday\u2019s game. Xavier was 23-13.

Let that sink in.

Arizona\u2019s last five possessions were almost chaotic. It shot 0-for-5. It was out of timeouts. It had non-shooting Keanu Pinder on the court. It lived and died with Allonzo Trier\u2019s free-lancing.

Arizona\u2019s basketball season expired at 9:57 p.m.

At exactly 10:13, Sean Miller climbed the stairs to a podium at the SAP Center and said that Xavier not only outplayed the Wildcats, but outsmarted them too.

He spoke the truth. His team was flummoxed by Xavier\u2019s zone defense, as had been an issue much of the year with any team from A to Z.

\u201cI\u2019m equally disappointed in myself,\u201d said Miller. \u201cOur team never did establish great confidence against the zone. The game never really felt good. That\u2019s on me. The job when you get to this level of college basketball \u2014 I don\u2019t care what defense they\u2019re playing \u2014 you have to get them shots, and I didn\u2019t feel like we did that tonight.

\u201cThat\u2019s the worst feeling you can have as a coach.\u201d

His former team, his former assistant, put a checkmate on Arizona that stopped it in its Nikes.

Xavier coach Chris Mack began his postgame comments with a bolt of perspective, saying \u201cany team that can get through the eye of the needle to get to the Elite Eight. \u2026 \u201d

He didn\u2019t need to say much more. Since 2001, Arizona has found the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament like trying to squeeze an elephant through the eye of a needle. It is a recurring nightmare for the Wildcats and their fans.

One year it\u2019s an inconceivable collapse against Illinois, another it\u2019s Wisconsin playing the game of its life, and on Thursday it was Arizona failing to score on its final five possessions.

It led 69-61. It lost 73-71.

Trier slumped onto the court at the SAP Center after his potential game-winning 3-point shot teased the rim, jigging in and out. It was SAP, all right. Sorrow. Agony. Pain.

Miller spoke of \u201cthe promised land\u201d and how that \u201cit\u2019s on me.\u201d And he spoke bravely about the journey, but it\u2019ll be a bit before anyone in Tucson wants to hear it.

\u201cIt\u2019s never easy when it ends, especially when you\u2019ve had a great team or a great season,\u201d said Miller. \u201cWe define our own success and if you\u2019re a team that is 32-5 and won both the Pac-12 regular season and Pac-12 Tournament and the journey ends in the Sweet 16, it\u2019s hard to look at that as not getting it done, or failure.\u201d

The words don\u2019t matter. Failure. Loss. It all adds up to an exit few saw coming, especially after punching out Oregon and UCLA at the Pac-12 tournament, teams with superior forces to the Musketeers, who, after all, were missing their most talented player, injured point guard Roland Sumner.

Xavier shot 53 percent from the field. Only Gonzaga shot better than that against Arizona this season.

Xavier\u2019s defense was so impenetrable that it forced Arizona to shoot 27 3-point shots, its most of the season and 11 more than its average.

Arizona is not a 3-point shooting team. Xavier turned the Wildcats into one, a bad one; the Wildcats missed 20 of them.

\u201c(Mack) had his way with us tonight,\u201d said Miller, who had a double-meaning message. Not only couldn\u2019t the Wildcats find a good shot, it kept giving Xavier too many.

\u201cWe could not guard them. We had as hard a time defending them as any team we played this season. We had no answers. They did a better job of that than I did.\u201d

The Musketeers ran the old-fashioned pick-and-roll that your eight-grade PE teacher taught. It gave Arizona fits. There were dunks and bunnies. At times it was like Route 66 the hoop, with no stop lights all the way across New Mexico.

And yet Arizona still had the last shot, an in-and-out 3-ball from Trier, that would\u2019ve won the game and made it all go away.

After a game like that, after examining Xavier\u2019s r\u00e9sum\u00e9, you wonder; how did the Musketeers lose 13 games? How did they lose six straight games from Feb. 15 to March 1? How did it get blown out by 25 at Villanova, 22 at Marquette, 15 at Baylor?

Why, in the year\u2019s most important game, did Arizona\u2019s defense turn to burnt toast?

Can you simply write it off to the Madness? It\u2019s not the first time Arizona exited a season that days earlier was primed, poised and gleamed with possibilities.

Now you wait. You slog through the weeks ahead asking yourself why Lauri Markkanen didn\u2019t get more touches, why Xavier was tougher than Oregon and UCLA, and will Arizona ever get through this long shutout from the Final Four.

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The Tucson City Council approved 5-2 a new ban on using your cellphone while driving.

A push by Councilwoman Karin Uhlich radically increased the size of the fines over what had been initially proposed by the city staff. Councilmen Steve Kozachik and Richard Fimbres voted against the measure.

Under the ordinance passed Tuesday night, anyone caught using a cellphone without a hands-free device while driving will get a $250 fine for the first offense that doesn\u2019t involve an accident, $500 for the second violation and any subsequent violation. The citations will be civil offenses.

The minimum fine for someone involved in a vehicle accident while using a cellphone will be $500.\u00a0

The law, as written, would not allow officers to pull someone over just for using a cellphone while driving \u2014 making it a secondary offense.

Other than the size of the fines, the action by the City Council mirrors a near-identical hands-free ordinance passed by the Oro Valley Town Council several months ago.

The measure is scheduled to go into effect May 1.

Red tags

The council also unanimously backed changes to the city\u2019s \u201cred tag\u201d ordinance concerning noise complaints.

The council opted to add another fine to those who receive a second red tag notice within 180 days, forcing them to pay the city for the costs of responding police officers. The extra fine is capped at $1,000 per incident.

The city already has fines associated with unruly gatherings \u2014 $500 for the first red-tag offense and $1,000 for a second violation \u2014 but the new recovery fee, adds to the overall cost.

A red-tagged property must display the city notice in a visible location for 180 days.

Hate-crime law

The council unanimously raised penalties for those convicted of committing a hate or bias crime under an ordinance that relates to institutional vandalism, such as damaging a place of worship or cemetery.

Tucson\u2019s revised ordinance enhances penalties to misdemeanor crimes, including criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, endangerment, graffiti, harassment and threats or intimidation, that are motivated by such things as a victim\u2019s race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. The ordinance was also changed to include health-care facilities to the list of institutions that fall under the revised law.

For a first misdemeanor offense, the offender would serve at least 10 days in jail and face a $500 fine.

On the second offense, the minimum punishment would be increased to 20 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

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SAN JOSE, Calif. \u2014 Rawle Alkins and Allonzo Trier have their theories about who is to blame for Arizona\u2019s surprising Sweet 16 exit, and neither mentioned Sean Miller.

Even if some outsiders did.

Within minutes of Arizona\u2019s 73-71 upset loss to Xavier in the NCAA West Region semifinal Thursday night, someone updated the postseason record on his Wikipedia page with this description for 2017: \u201cYou guessed it, not the Final Four.\u201d

By midday Friday, a simple Google news search for \u201cSean Miller\u201d revealed the following headlines:

\u201cSean Miller rightly blames himself for Arizona\u2019s loss to Xavier.\u201d (Arizona Republic)

\u201cSean Miller and Arizona come up short yet again after late collapse fueled by ill-advised shots.\u201d (Yahoo)

\u201cArizona coach Sean Miller can only blame himself for the Wildcats\u2019 Sweet 16 exit.\u201d (FoxSports.com)

\u201cHas Sean Miller been a success or failure at Arizona?\u201d (The Big Lead)

On talk radio and social media, the debate was even more polarizing. A national Fox Sports radio host even called for Miller\u2019s firing, while there was also plenty of support across multiple platforms for the eighth-year UA coach, who has landed six straight top-five recruiting classes while reviving a program wracked with instability during a two-year transition from Lute Olson.

\u201cMiller is really good,\u201d USA Today college sports writer Dan Wolken tweeted. \u201cHe will break through. Arizona fans would be wise not to go nuts at this stage. Run him off, you won\u2019t do better.\u201d

Sporting News college basketball writer Mike DeCourcy posted a story Thursday night noting how UConn\u2019s Jim Calhoun was assailed for not making the Final Four in the 1990s before he won three titles starting in 1999, while writing that Gary Williams was \u201cragged mercilessly\u201d at Maryland before he made a Final Four after 23 years in 2001 and won a national championship in 2002. Then DeCourcy noted some coaches who had reached multiple Final Fours \u2014 Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski and Roy Williams \u2014 who were criticized for not winning it all until they did.

Then there were the actual words from Miller, who said after the game that he was \u201cequally disappointed in myself.\u201d Miller said the UA lacked confidence against Xavier\u2019s zone defense \u2014 the Musketeers shifted skillfully between the 2-3 zone, 1-3-1 zone and man-to-man, as expected \u2014 and said the UA\u2019s offensive struggles bled over to the defense.

\u201cThe game never really felt good,\u201d he said. \u201cAnd that\u2019s on me.\u201d

Especially in the final four minutes, it went particularly wrong for the Wildcats. Arizona held a 69-61 lead with 3:44 left, but fell apart on both ends of the floor afterward. The Wildcats didn\u2019t score for the final 2:52, when Trier made a layup for a seven-point Arizona lead.

Here\u2019s what happened after that point:

That\u2019s five missed shots in the final 2:17, and none taken by the team\u2019s most accurate all-around shooter, Markkanen.

Trier, who had pumped in 15 straight UA points earlier in the half, had three missed shots and a turnover during that stretch.

\u201cIt happens,\u201d Trier said. \u201cI mean, I\u2019ve had a few go in and out. It was tough, especially the last one.\u201d

Trier blamed himself in a big-picture sense, saying he almost pushes himself to the point of being \u201cpsychotic\u201d about improving his game, and appeared puzzled when a Daily Wildcat reporter asked him what he thought about the questioning Miller was likely to receive.

\u201cUm, questioning a guy who had a 32-5 basketball team?\u201d Trier said. \u201cThey probably don\u2019t know much if they\u2019re questioning him from that standpoint. Coach did what he thought was best for us to put us in the best position to win the game, and we\u2019re going to go out there and try to execute as well as we can as a basketball team. So I totally have faith in my coach that he knows what he\u2019s doing, not somebody else who doesn\u2019t.\u201d

Alkins, meanwhile, didn\u2019t blame Miller or Trier or anybody for those last few minutes. To him, it was about allowing 52.8 percent shooting to Xavier and hitting only 25.9 percent from 3-point territory themselves (Alkins was 0 for 3 from 3-point range while shooting with a broken finger).

\u201cIt was a tie game and we had three chances to win,\u201d Alkins said. \u201cBut those three plays didn\u2019t cause us to lose the game. It was the whole game.\u201d

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A 12-year-old Tucson student was arrested on suspicion of felony sexual abuse Monday in connection with an incident that led to the recent arrest of two TUSD employees.

The Arizona Daily Star is not naming the boy, as it is the policy not to name juveniles unless they are charged as adults.

Two employees of Roberts-Naylor K-8 School, Vice Principal Bernadette Rosthenhausler, 45, and counselor Linda Archuleta, 60, were arrested March 14 for failing to report the incident, according to Tucson police.

On March 1, Rosthenhausler and Archuleta were told about a fight that took place in one of the classrooms after the boy grabbed a 12-year-old girl\u2019s breast, according to the interim complaint filed in Pima County Justice Court.

The girl\u2019s mother went to the school and said she wanted to prosecute for sexual abuse, but Rosthenhausler and Archuleta told the woman the school didn\u2019t have to call the police to report the incident, the complaint said.

The victim\u2019s mother called Tucson police and Rosthenhasler and Archuleta were arrested on suspicion of failure to report a reportable offense.

Both women told police they knew they were considered mandatory reporters.

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Sean Miller owes Xavier coach Chris Mack a \u201cdebt\u201d he\u2019s in no mood to repay.

During the UA coach\u2019s appearance on a national radio show Monday, host Jim Rome told Miller that Mack says the two coaching buddies have a pact.

That is, since Arizona knocked his Musketeers out of the 2015 Sweet 16, Miller would allow Xavier to win in their Sweet 16 rematch Thursday.

\u201cAnd Chris rolled over on his pillow \u2014 right? \u2014 and he woke up,\u201d Miller said, chuckling.

While Miller is unavailable to local media this week until Wednesday\u2019s news conference in San Jose, California, he did go on Rome\u2019s show to talk about the Wildcats, Musketeers and having to face his top assistant at Xavier before taking over the Wildcats in 2009.

\u201cIt\u2019s really improbable that we\u2019ve met twice in the Sweet 16, especially with us being out here in the West and him being in the Big East, but it is what it is,\u201d Miller said. \u201cThe thing you find as a coach there\u2019s relationships and storylines throughout the tournament and you can\u2019t get too caught up in the emotional aspect of it.

\u201cBecause at the end of the day, it\u2019s really about the group of kids who are playing on our team this year and the group of kids that are playing on Xavier\u2019s team this year.\u201d

At this point, the ties between the two programs are thinning anyway.

There are no players left at Xavier that Miller\u2019s staff even began to recruit, and the only connections left to Xavier on the UA staff are Miller, basketball operations director Ryan Reynolds, assistant coach Book Richardson, strength coach Chris Rounds and equipment manager Brian Brigger.

At Xavier, staffers who worked with Miller include associate head coach Travis Steele and assistant coach Luke Murray, who was a graduate assistant on Miller\u2019s first UA team in 2009-10, along with basketball administrator Mario Mercurio and longtime publicist Tom Eiser.

But no players, and eight years of distance.

\u201cThat makes it easier,\u201d Reynolds said.

What might not make it easier for Arizona: That Xavier is on the same kind of upswing \u2014 maybe even more \u2014 than the Wildcats are entering the Sweet 16.

The Musketeers have followed a similarly adversity-ridden path as the Wildcats have this season, losing standout point guard Edmond Sumner for the season when he tore an ACL on Jan. 30.

Xavier lost six straight games in February and early March, then went 2-1 in the Big East Tournament and squeaked into one of the final spots with a first-round bye in the NCAA Tournament field.

As an 11-seed, they upset Maryland and Florida State last weekend to become the lowest-seeded team in the Sweet 16.

Miller said this season\u2019s Musketeer journey reminds him of their season in 2003-04, when Miller was a Xavier assistant to Thad Matta. Having lost star forward David West to the 2003 NBA Draft, Xavier was 10-9 at the end of January but won nine of its final 10 regular-season games, won four straight to capture the Atlantic 10 Tournament and kept rolling into NCAA Tournament play.

\u201cWe had a lot of ups-and-downs and injuries, but we caught fire and wound up losing to Duke and J.J. Redick in the Elite Eight,\u201d Miller said on Rome\u2019s show. \u201cIf you looked at us entering the tournament, we didn\u2019t strike fear. But once we established who we were, you recognized we were playing at an all-time high.

\u201cTo me, that\u2019s Xavier this year. You can\u2019t really look at their year or their losses or their seed.

\u201cThey\u2019re playing at a very, very high level and it\u2019s up to us to be ready.\u201d

If some of that detail sounds a bit like careful coach-speak, maybe it is. Or maybe it\u2019s just Miller, as always, worried about his team being the best it can be.

Mack knows that line of thinking. He said during his press conference at Xavier on Monday that he still talks with Miller once every week or two.

\u201cI usually listen to him complain about his, you know, 30-4 team or whatever their record,\u201d Mack said.

Seriously, though, Mack said he\u2019s gained plenty from their relationship over the years, both off the court and on it.

\u201cThe list would go on and on the stuff I took from Sean,\u201d Mack said. \u201cHow to run recruiting, to practice habits, to practice plans, even how we stand during timeouts. There are a lot of things that I stole from Sean.\u201d

How to stand during time-outs?

Mack said he always has the point guard in front of him, with the two-guard and four man on one side, and the three and five on the other side.

\u201cGuys play multiple positions, so you never want to draw up a play for your three-man and find out when you\u2019re on the floor that he\u2019s your four,\u201d Mack said. \u201cIf guys come over to a huddle and sort of stand where they want, that can happen.\u201d

That\u2019s the level of sharing they have done over the years. But all that gets put on hold this week. There\u2019s too much on the line.

And Mack knows Miller really won\u2019t give him a freebie this time.

\u201cWe shared a couple of texts,\u201d Mack said. \u201cThat\u2019s about it.\u201d

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I see his Tucson Roadrunners jersey hanging near the home locker room, turned backward so the stitched name shows to all who pass by. It\u2019s \u201cCUNNINGHAM,\u201d all in capital letters. The jersey is there at all the road games, too, the team captain\u2019s \u201cC\u201d above the Roadrunners logo on the front.

When the team wears specialty uniforms, like last weekend\u2019s lavender version in support of cancer research, they make and display a Craig Cunningham model. The No. 14 jersey is always there, reminding all that the team captain is still there, too.

Craig Cunningham hasn\u2019t actually worn his jersey on the ice since suffering a major cardiac event on the ice on Nov. 19. It has been months of touch-and-go hospital stays, then stabilization, and now rehabilitation for the 26-year-old. An amputation took a foot, and now a prosthetic ankle and foot are in place.

Videos posted to social media recently show Cunningham up and mobile, walking with a good gait as he learns his new foot. One clip showed him walking down the TCC arena stairs last Saturday during the Roadrunners\u2019 game, tentatively at first, and then foot over foot at near-regular speed.

So don\u2019t be surprised if you see Craig Cunningham, donning his signature jersey as he walks onto the TCC ice this Saturday night to drop the ceremonial puck. It\u2019s Craig Cunningham Night for the Roadrunners as they take on the AHL Pacific Division-leading San Jose Barracuda, but it just as easily could be billed as Not A Dry Eye In The House Night.

The captain will be back, where he belongs, with his team, on the ice. No, he won\u2019t skate in the game, instead appearing as proof that his ongoing recovery is full steam ahead. There is nothing wrong with Cunningham\u2019s hearing, but he might need to get his ears checked after the game, because my guess is that the TCC faithful will scream with joy at his entrance. An extended, thunderous standing ovation will undoubtedly stretch on until Craig himself begs for it to stop.

After all, there is also a hockey game that night.

I can\u2019t remember any comparable event where so much goodwill and support has oozed publicly for a sports figure in medical peril. Dozens of former and current teammates flew to his side as he survived his still mostly unexplained heart failure and stayed with him as he slowly recovered. At practices, players are drawn to him rink-side, like a magnet.

Letters and get-well cards continue to pour in from around the globe. Other teams adopted his #CunnyCan social media hashtag. Team management didn\u2019t shy away from the fallen Roadrunner \u2014 they embraced his importance as a player and an even-more-important legacy as a leader and just plain good guy.

Craig Cunningham\u2019s health was always at the forefront of the Roadrunners\u2019 minds, but it became apparent as the weeks turned into months away that the team lost a lot more than just one of its best players.

The Roadrunners lost their ultimate leader.

\u201cYou can\u2019t replace that,\u201d coach Mark Lamb said this week. \u201cThis may sound funny, I really don\u2019t know how to put it, but nobody wants to take it (Cunningham\u2019s leadership role) because of the situation, and I really don\u2019t blame the guys.\u201d

Hockey leadership is hard to explain or define. Every team has its own character, its own needs for leadership, and the Roadrunners quickly embraced and embodied Craig Cunningham\u2019s likable, honest style.

There are other seasoned veterans on this team who have chipped in on the leadership front, but it has been said over and over by all in the Roadrunners\u2019 organization: You cannot replace a Craig Cunningham. He\u2019s a one-in-a-million hockey leader.

\u201cThere\u2019s a void there, it\u2019s the kind of a spot where you can\u2019t explain, but it\u2019s real, and you can\u2019t fill it,\u201d Lamb said.

That ultimate respect from the coaching staff, players, management, support staff and fans is the reason why earplugs will be useful at tomorrow night\u2019s game. This should be as pure and honest as group emotion can be at a sporting event.

Craig Cunningham will wear his \u201cC\u201d and join his teammates at center ice, and the crowd will roar.

\u201cYou see Cunny around here and he\u2019s doing so well, and for everything that\u2019s happened, this is going to be a great night,\u201d Lamb said.

Oh, that #CunnyCan hashtag evolved into #CunnyDid for this event.

The Craig Cunningham story isn\u2019t in the past tense, though. He is just getting started.

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