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NCAA tournament: Pac-12 notes

2013-03-23T00:00:00Z 2014-07-08T15:32:34Z NCAA tournament: Pac-12 notesPatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 23, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Age

Shabazz Muhammad is 20, not 19.

The Los Angeles Times revealed the shocker Friday in a story describing the meticulous, at times controversial, way that the UCLA forward's father tried to raise his son to be a superstar.

One step: lying about his son's age.

"He's a great basketball player regardless of the situation," UA forward Solomon Hill said from a locker room in Salt Lake City. "Sometimes you look at how the NBA looks at things.…

"His dad had his plan, and it worked to Shabazz's favor. He's going be a top-five pick whether he's 20 or 19."

UA freshman Grant Jerrett laughed when told about the story, but said he wasn't surprised.

"He does look pretty old," he said with a smile.

Fellow senior Kevin Parrom laughed when asked if he ever thought about lying about his age.

"I need the females to know how old I am," he said.

Congrats

In the hours after Harvard's first-ever NCAA tournament win, an upset against New Mexico, players and coaches saw their phones practically explode with messages.

Guard Laurent Rivard talked to Jeremy Lin, a Harvard graduate and NBA phenomenon.

"I did get a call from the president - of Harvard," coach Tommy Amaker said.

Drew Faust called from South Korea, where she was traveling.

"She wanted to make sure that I mentioned to our players that she was so proud of our team, and our program," Amaker said.

Connection

UA freshman Gabe York and Crimson sophomore Wesley Saunders played on the same AAU team, the Compton Magic.

"I haven't texted him," York said. "I try to stay away from that, and let him do his thing. I'll probably catch up with him after the game."

York said the wing, who averages 16.5 points, is a quality guy.

"He's a really smart kid," he said.

Quotable

"I probably could not take Sean in a game of one-on-one."

Amaker, a former Duke point guard, on UA coach Sean Miller, who played the same position at Pitt

Snow

Africa-born and San Diego-raised, Angelo Chol doesn't see snow very often.

He was surprised to see flakes falling in Salt Lake City on Thursday and Friday.

And he admitted to never making a snowman or a snow angel.

"It's not really that cold," he said. "It's pretty nice."

Bracket

UA seniors Hill and Max Wiepking took a look at the West bracket Friday and saw a lot of upsets.

"He was saying, 'The West bracket; somebody might not come out with that true bracket,'" Hill said.

By Friday afternoon, four of the six games played in the West bracket featured a lower-seeded team winning.

"It just shows you how far college basketball has come," Hill said. "You've got this thing with one-and-dones, and you got a lot of guys leaving.

"You got teams like La Salle, where they've got older guys on their team. … When they get that berth, they're more hungry to get berths in the tournament."

He said he wasn't rooting for the underdog, potentially giving the UA an easier path.

"It doesn't change anything," Hill said. "You gotta take it all the same, whether they're the big guy or little guy."

Another quotable

"Practices really pick up. You kinda get agitated with each other, because you're so used to beating up on each other. As soon as the game comes, you're like horses being held back."

Harvard forward Jonah Travis, on Ivy League schools having almost two weeks off between the end of the regular season and the NCAA tournament

The big number

1-0

Harvard's record against the Pac-12 this year. The Crimson beat Cal 67-62 on Dec. 29.

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