Arizona Basketball: Seen and heard

2012-01-29T00:00:00Z Arizona Basketball: Seen and heard Arizona Daily Star
January 29, 2012 12:00 am

Whiteout

It was like Superman stepping into the phone booth - if the Man of Steel was dressing for a party at Diddy's house.

Zona Zoo members wore their typical red T-shirts during the shoot-around of Saturday's "White Out" game. But while the Wildcats were introduced to a crowd with the lights dimmed, the student-section members ripped off their reds, exposing white undershirts.

The all-white look matched the rest of the crowd, which seemed to revel in the UA's second annual "White Out."

For the most part, the only fans we saw in colors were Huskies loyalists in purple.

Best ever?

How loud was McKale Center?

It was the noisiest arena Tony Wroten had ever played in. Ever.

"By far," he said. "Especially when they came down from 10. I couldn't hear myself think or breathe.

"It was crazy. I'm just glad we got out of here with a win."

Earlier this year, the Huskies played Duke at Madison Square Garden, but there were Washington fans in attendance.

"The Duke game was 50-50," Wroten said. "This crowd was super-loud. We shut the crowd down for most of the game."

Huskies home games are loud, he said, but not like this.

"We gotta step it up," Wroten said. "We gotta get much louder, because this is so loud."

No Muhammad

Shabazz Muhammad, the Las Vegas small forward considered one of the elite recruits in the Class of 2012, was supposed to take an unofficial visit to the UA on Saturday.

Only he didn't.

The Bishop Gorman High School prospect - ranked the top recruit in America by numerous services - did not attend the UA-UW game, and did not come to Tucson.

The Wildcats have the nation's top recruiting class for 2012.

Muhammad has taken official visits to Texas A&M and Kentucky, and has shown interest in USC, where he took an unofficial trip.

Paul Watson, a Class of 2013 small forward from Paradise Valley High School, was at McKale on an unofficial trip.

The big number

4

Washington players who finished the game with four fouls - Abdul Gaddy, Tony Wroten, Terrence Ross and Darnell Gant

Shoes for cancer

Sean Miller wore neither a tie nor dress shoes Saturday.

He and his staff donned sneakers as part of Coaches vs. Cancer's annual movement for cancer awareness.

Miller, for the first time we can remember, wore a navy coat and khaki pants. UW coach Lorenzo Romar wore sneakers with his suit and tie.

College and high school basketball coaches nationwide wore the shoes Saturday. The charity has raised more than $70 million since 1993 to pay for cancer research, education and advocate for policies that benefit the cause.

Pumped-up kicks

If Wroten isn't the Pac-12's best player, he's close.

If he isn't the biggest shoe collector, either, it's by a photo finish.

Washington's freshman guard collects Air Jordan-brand shoes, and tries to wear a different pair for each game.

"Sometimes I ask my friends what to wear," he said Friday. "It depends on what color we wear."

Wroten's favorite pair is the Air Jordan Retro DMP 6 shoes.

"I haven't worn those yet," he said. "I'm going to bring those out for a big, big, big game."

Wroten has too many pairs for his locker, so he keeps them at home.

"I have to make up my mind the day before the game," he said.

Road trips are easier; UW players bring one pair of white shoes and one pair of black, and must decide to wear the same shade.

Wroten, whose shoe fetish has become a popular Twitter topic, aims to top former Huskies guard Isaiah Thomas.

"I try to outdo Isaiah," he said. "I got every shoe he didn't wear last year."

Quotable

"I think I knew how the game was going to turn out in the first four minutes. (Washington) had the most points, and the most offensive rebounds."

- UA coach Sean Miller

- Patrick Finley

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