Arizona basketball notebook: Muehlebach will balance radio work with new Pac-12 TV gig

2012-10-31T00:00:00Z Arizona basketball notebook: Muehlebach will balance radio work with new Pac-12 TV gigBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 31, 2012 12:00 am  • 

The Pac-12 Networks effectively will replace Arizona's local television basketball broadcasting team with a variety of West Coast talent that includes former Wildcat Matt Muehlebach.

Under the conference's new media rights agreements, the Pac-12 Networks will carry all UA games that aren't picked up by other national networks. That will eliminate the so-called "local" UA telecasts formerly worked by the duo of Dave Sitton and Corey Williams for Fox Sports Arizona and/or Channel 58.

Muehlebach, the only member of the Pac-12 Networks team with Arizona ties, will work both UA and ASU games for the Pac-12 Networks. He also will continue to serve as UA's radio analyst but will have five conflicts, so broadcasting director Brian Jeffries said he hopes to rotate in guest analysts with UA ties for those games.

"I supported his efforts to land that," Jeffries said of Muehlebach's TV gig.

Muehlebach is scheduled to work the Pac-12 Networks' coverage of the UA-Charleston Southern opener on Nov. 11 along with play-by-play man Jim Watson, and ex-UCLA player Don MacLean is set to do the analysis for the Pac-12 Networks' second UA game, Nov. 19 vs. Long Beach State, along with Paul Sunderland.

No exhibition on air

Tonight's UA-Humboldt State exhibition will not be televised nor streamed online. UA's second exhibition, on Tuesday against Chico State, also will not be shown.

Duane Lindberg, the Pac-12's associate commissioner for television, said the conference controls all media rights but is willing to host online streaming if schools produce it themselves and meet other protocol. UA senior associate AD James Francis , the school's liaison with the Pac-12 for telecasts, was unavailable for comment.

The Pac-12 hosted streaming of the Oct. 21 Red-Blue Game, but Lindberg said the webcasts are "still in the beta testing stage."

Miller gets assist

After his team's scoring offense rose to nearly 75 average points a game last season, Memphis coach Josh Pastner credited UA coach Sean Miller for help.

"I called to thank him because the offense was really good," Pastner said.

The Tigers, 26-9 last season before losing to St. Louis in the NCAA tournament, increased their scoring from 72.1 points in 2010-11 to 74.7 points per game last season. Their shooting went up, too, from 45.1 to 49.1 percent from the field and 32.9 to 36.2 from three-point range.

Pastner said Miller's ideas helped with offensive effectiveness after the first play fails during a possession.

"I was stuck on how to transform some things, and he helped unlock my mind," Pastner said. "His terminology is the best. I think it's genius. It's as simple as can be. He talks about the 'play after the play' and what you are going into. Most offense is done on breakdown offenses, and you've got to have some structure when you have a breakdown offense."

Pastner actually has been tapping into Miller's thoughts for years, since Xavier beat Memphis in the championship of the 2008-09 Puerto Rico Tip-Off. During that season, Pastner was an assistant at Memphis under John Calipari.

"I've spent a lot of time picking Sean's brain from an offensive standpoint," Pastner said. "Every summer, I've reached out and called him on the phone. I watched his DVDs from clinics. I've always loved his offensive stuff.

"When I go to clinics, I talk to people and tell them I've gotten stuff from Lute Olson, Kevin O'Neill and Coach Cal, but that I've studied Sean Miller's system."

Open opportunity

While wing Kevin Parrom is expected to pick up time behind Solomon Hill at small forward and at shooting guard this season, his exact role could vary.

"It's the combination of the (two positions) where his role will be. How many minutes is up to him," Miller said.

Miller said Parrom played well during UA's exhibition trip to the Bahamas and shot well in the Red-Blue game, when he was 4 for 7 from three-point range. "He's ... knocking off the rust," Miller said. "You forget how much time that he's missed."

Miller has not stated tonight's starting lineup, but UA's game notes list F Hill, G Nick Johnson, G Mark Lyons, F Grant Jerrett and C Kaleb Tarczewski.

The roster

The full list of Pac-12 Networks basketball broadcasters:

Analysts

• Matt Muehlebach, former UA player

• Don MacLean, former UCLA and NBA player

• Ernie Kent, former Oregon coach

• Lenny Wilkens, Hall of Fame player and coach

• Detlef Schrempf, former Washington and NBA player

• Brevin Knight, former Stanford and NBA player

• Lamar Hurd, former Oregon State guard

• Dan Belluomini, former University of San Francisco coach

• Joe Cravens, former Utah coach

• Chris Spatola, former Army guard

Play-by-play announcers

• Kevin Calabro, Pac-12 Networks football announcer and former Seattle Supersonics play-by-play announcer

• Ted Robinson, Pac-12 Networks football announcer and current radio announcer for San Francisco 49ers

• Roxy Bernstein, Cal play-by-play announcer

• J.B. Long, sports reporter with baseball and Olympics experience

• Rich Cellini, veteran football play-by-play announcer for CBS Sports Network, Fox Sports and ABC Sports

• Mark Rogondino, Pac-12 Networks lead men's soccer announcer and current announcer for the Los Angeles Galaxy

• Paul Sunderland, Fox Sports Net announcer for Los Angeles Lakers

• Jim Watson, veteran multi-sport announcer for NBC, Fox Sports, ESPN3 and Universal Sports

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