Arizona basketball: Cats' annual white-out may go dark

2013-01-30T00:00:00Z 2014-08-01T11:24:36Z Arizona basketball: Cats' annual white-out may go darkBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 30, 2013 12:00 am  • 

UA coach Sean Miller indicated Tuesday that fans may no longer be asked to wear white clothing for a specially designated game each season, after UA lost its second straight white-out against UCLA last Thursday at McKale Center.

"The white-out theme that we have, I think we're going to retire it, put it in a package and let someone else do it," Miller said on the Pac-12 teleconference call. "It hasn't worked out very well for us the last two years."

When asked about it later Tuesday during his weekly McKale Center news conference, Miller said that UA officials as a whole would re-evaluate the concept and joked that maybe a "polka dot" concept could be next.

Arizona AD Greg Byrne said a final decision on the white-out concept won't be made until next season but that he and Miller discussed it Sunday, with an "idea of not moving forward with it."

While Byrne said the white-out's fate ultimately would be a group decision, he said that the top priority is putting the basketball team in the best position to succeed.

"Like anything, we spend time talking about what works well and what we need to do better," Byrne said. "Whatever we can do to win ballgames is what we want to do, and one of the great things about our fan base is their passion no matter what color they're wearing."

Arizona's first white-out on Feb. 19, 2011, was a resounding success, capped memorably by Derrick Williams' blocked shot that preserved UA's 87-86 win before a national ESPN audience.

The next two white-out games were also visual successes shown before ESPN-family audiences, but they ended in UA losses.

Last season, Washington's Tony Wroten blocked a late layup by Josiah Turner to preserve the Huskies' 69-67 win. In this season's white-out Thursday, Arizona missed 12 of its first 13 shots and never recovered in UCLA's 84-73 win.

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