Arizona basketball: Miller will rake in cash if Cats keep winning

2014-03-20T00:00:00Z 2014-03-20T11:20:09Z Arizona basketball: Miller will rake in cash if Cats keep winningBy Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 20, 2014 12:00 am  • 

A long Arizona Wildcats NCAA tournament run would push coach Sean Miller near or over the $3  million mark in total compensation this season.

Miller has already earned $140,000 in performance incentives, including $50,000 for winning a Pac-12 regular-season championship, on top of $2.3 million

in guaranteed compensation this season. He also receives a retention bonus of $300,000 per season if he stays at UA through 2015-16.

If the Wildcats beat Weber State on Friday, Miller would receive $25,000 extra, and if they win a second game Sunday, he’d receive $50,000 more. But the big payoffs come if the Wildcats reach the Final Four: If the Wildcats get there, UA would owe Miller $175,000 more that would push his pay to $2.69 million.

If Arizona then goes on to win it all, Miller would receive a $375,000 bonus for a total payment of $3.065 million. He could also receive up to $100,000 in academic incentives.

Miller is under contract through 2017-18. He receives $1.2 million in base salary, $700,000 for peripheral duties, and $400,000 from Nike and IMG. His base pay escalates $100,000 every season until 2016-17, when it is scheduled to remain the same for his final year.

When Miller’s contract was extended to 2018 last June, UA athletic director Greg Byrne said Miller requested that his base salary not change in 2017-18.

Johnson on SI cover

Junior guard Nick Johnson is shown happily surrounded by Zona Zoo members on a regional cover of Sports Illustrated’s NCAA tournament preview issue this week.

However, if there’s an SI jinx in the making, it should be noted that SI is also featuring four other men’s teams: Michigan State, Syracuse, Florida and Wichita State. The Connecticut women also have a cover.

Silver likes Wildcats

Nate Silver’s analytically driven bracket forecasting model projects the Wildcats as the most likely team to reach the Final Four, with a 42.4 percent chance of doing so.

That’s based in part on the fact that Arizona has a big travel advantage in San Diego and, if it wins two games this weekend, Anaheim, Calif.

“In our model, travel often plays a fairly large role in determining the favorites in the NCAA tournament’s West Region,” Silver wrote. “Arizona has an especially easy travel schedule and can reach the Final Four while crossing only one state border. The Wildcats are the favorites here, although they face a potentially tough second game against Oklahoma State, which the model regards as being more talented than its regular-season record might imply.”

Silver estimates Wisconsin has a 15.6 percent chance of winning the West, Creighton 12.2, San Diego State 7.5, Oklahoma State 4.8 and the rest of the field (including Gonzaga) 17.5.

More predictions

Humans apparently like Arizona, too, at least on Friday. The Wildcats opened as a 14.5-point favorite to beat Weber State, but the line was pushed to 19.5 to 20 points, according to VegasInsider.com.

Meanwhile, President Obama picked the Wildcats to make it all the way to the Final Four, then lose to Louisville in the national semifinal game.

Fogg scores 51

Former Wildcat guard Kyle Fogg threw down 51 points in a game Wednesday for his Finnish team, Lapua. According to Eurobasket.com, Fogg was 10 of 13 from two-point range, 5 of 7 on three-point attempts and 16 of 20 from the free-throw line.

That left former UA teammate Derrick Williams impressed.

“51!?” Williams posted on Twitter. “Can I get your shoes!? Wrist band?! Autograph!? Anything ! Haha good work homie.”

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 12 1 0 0.923
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 11 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 10 2 0 0.833
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 9 3 0 0.750
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 9 2 0 0.818
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 4 0 0.667
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 8 5 0 0.615
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 7 4 0 0.636
USC 0 0 0 0.000 7 4 0 0.636
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 5 6 0 0.455

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Harvard at
Arizona State
12/28 12:00 pm
Cal State-Bakersfield at
California
12/28 1:30 pm
Cal-Davis at
Washington State
12/28 4:00 pm
UCLA at
Alabama
12/28 4:30 pm
Stony Brook at
Washington
12/28 6:00 pm
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at
Stanford
12/29 9:00 pm
Cal-Irvine at
Oregon
12/29 9:00 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Oregon State
12/30 7:30 pm
Carroll (Mont.) at
Utah
12/30 7:30 pm
Vermont at
USC
12/30 9:30 pm
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