Barry Tompkins' phone buzzed at halftime Saturday with text messages from former Arizona Wildcats players. They were panicked.

"They said, 'What's happened to my Cats?'" the Fox Sports announcer said.

Tompkins made a bold prediction.

"I said, 'They'll win by 15,'" Tompkins said. "So I was six off."

Tompkins, who called the game with former New Mexico State and Sacramento Kings coach Reggie Theus, knows all about perspective.

He's been calling Pac-12 basketball for "about 28 years," he estimated, and was the voice of the football game of the week until moving to the Western Athletic Conference Sports Network this past year.

Tompkins, who played a boxing announcer in "Rocky IV," said a Utah victory would have been "the biggest upset in the conference" this season.

As is, though, the UA escaped.

"You gotta hold serve at home," he said. "They did."

Welcome to McKale

Utah's first-ever conference game at McKale Center lived up to expectations - in part because the Utes struck fear in the Arizona Wildcats faithful by leading for most of the game.

After the game, first-year Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said the atmosphere and the UA program are something he'd like to mimic in Salt Lake City.

"I look in the stands and see a lot of red, and I'm hoping we can get it like that at our place," he said. "It's a great college atmosphere when it's rocking and rolling like it was.

"It's fun to play in, and I want to bring that atmosphere for us, and I want to be where Arizona is.

"Sean (Miller) has done a great job with his program."

Utah wing Cedric Martin called McKale Center "the perfect arena to play in."

Wiener Nationals!

He should have won the halftime dachshund race on name alone.

As it turns out, he won anyway.

Meet Oscar My Wiener, the 5-year-old Phoenix bowser and winner of the Tucson Wiener Nationals bracket.

Oscar - named after the hot dog brand, of course - beat seven other wiener dogs at halftime at McKale Center and will advance to the finals at December's Holiday Bowl.

"He's intense, and we know it," said Jillian Rondeau, who owns Oscar with her husband, Tyson.

The reigning "Wiener Mania" champion - we imagine that's like "Wrestlemania," complete with title belts, right? - knows what he's doing.

Oscar's owners hold a "Chuck-it," which flings tennis balls, at the finish line.

"We don't let him have it during normal times," Jillian said. "And right before races we let him have it, and he goes berserk-o."

The big number


Field goal attempts by UA point guard Josiah Turner. UA coach Sean Miller said he wants the freshman to be more aggressive, but loved his 7-to-0 assist-to-turnover ratio Saturday.


"We took only one shot we shouldn't have this game. The rest were just errors."- Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak

No start

Kyle Fogg did not start Saturday after reporting late to a walk-through that morning.

The disciplinary action might, eventually, cost the UA guard a top-five spot on the UA's all-time starts list.

With at least six games left - five regular-season, plus at least one in the Pac-12 tournament, not counting the postseason - Fogg is No. 7 on the UA's all-time starts list, with 110.

Here's a look at the top seven:

1. Jason Gardner (1999-2003) 135

2. Sean Elliott (1985-89) 133

3. Mustafa Shakur (2003-07) 129

4. Anthony Cook (1985-89) 123

5. Channing Frye (2001-05) 119

6. Salim Stoudamire (2001-05) 117

7. Kyle Fogg (2009-present) 110

Another big number


Free throw attempts by the Arizona Wildcats over the past seven games. Opponents have shot 116.

More hurtin'

The Wildcats' list of walking wounded expanded by one this week. Walk-on guard Quinton Crawford rolled his ankle during practice this week, and sat on the UA bench Thursday and Saturday in sweats. He joined Jordin Mayes and Kevin Parrom, who have foot injuries.

Another quotable

"We're getting better. We know what it takes to win."- Utah center David Washburn

Patrick Finley