Arizona basketball: Seen & heard at McKale Center

2013-01-04T00:00:00Z 2014-07-02T12:15:30Z Arizona basketball: Seen & heard at McKale CenterPatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 04, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Wow

One of the greatest ovations we've ever seen at McKale Center came at the end of two minutes' worth of replay examination.

After Sabatino Chen banked a three-pointer at the buzzer to seemingly give Colorado a 83-80 victory, the officials went to a flat-screen television.

After two minutes of review, they waved it off.

"He had it on his fingertips," official James Breeding told the press table before the start of overtime.

The crowd went bananas.

"I'm still trying to catch my breath from the game," Arizona's Kevin Parrom said.

Nick Johnson, however, remembered the arena being loudest when Colorado went to shoot free throws with the lead. Spencer Dinwiddie made 1 of 2 with 43 seconds left, and Jeremy Adams missed both with 16 seconds left.

"I think it was the loudest when Dinwiddie was at the free-throw line," Johnson said. "I've never heard it like that before."

Does it count?

Sean Miller went out of his way to say Chen's shot was banked in, and that the Colorado senior had made only 2 of 23 three-point attempts in his career.

He said the decision could have gone either way.

"And so could the call when Spencer Dinwiddie fell down," Miller said, referencing a controversial offensive foul call on Mark Lyons with 43 seconds left.

Miller has joked over the years how much he dislikes it when the officials go to the video screen to review a call. Today, though, "I'll take it," Miller smiled.

Quotable

"Enjoy the NIT?"

Sign held by a Colorado fan before the game, a reference to the Buffaloes victory that kept the UA out of the Big Dance last year.

The big number

12/15/12

The numbers flashed on the McKale Center scoreboard as fans left the arena - a reference to the Wildcats' magical Saturday, in which last month the football and basketball teams won in the final seconds.

Tweets of the game

A smattering of reactions to Sabatino Chen's shot being waved off at the buzzer:

• "#thankyourefs #iamwatching #ukraine" - Former UA forward Kyryl Natyahzko (@kreal4real)

• "McKale Center call." - CBS Sports basketball writer Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS), a UA alum

• "This game should be played on TNT (because) Arizona knows drama!! Let's go! #beardown" - Former UA walk-on David Bagga (@DavidBagga)

Coaching tree

Remember that "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" game?

Colorado can do that with coach Tad Boyle, all the way to the inventor of basketball, Dr. James Naismith.

Seriously.

The CU sports information office distributed a coaching tree within their game notes that traces Boyle back four generations.

Here's how it goes: Boyle played for former Kansas coach (and NBA vagabond) Larry Brown, who played for legendary Tar Heels coach Dean Smith, who played under legendary Kansas boss Phog Allen, who played under Naismith.

If one counts all the "relatives" on the tree, Boyle is also "related" to Hall of Famers Adolph Rupp, Al McGuire, Frank McGuire, Billy Cunningham, Dutch Lonborg, Ralph Miller and Bruce Drake, as well as Kentucky's John Calipari, Kansas' Bill Self, the Denver Nuggets' George Karl and the San Antonio Spurs' Gregg Popovich.

A loooong time

Had the Buffaloes won Thursday's wild game, they would have made history. Consider:

• The Buffaloes had lost the previous 21 times they started league play on the road, dating back 44 years today, when they beat Oklahoma by 14.

• CU had not defeated a top-5 team on the road since it beat No. 5 Missouri in overtime on Jan. 15, 1973.

• Colorado hasn't been 11-2 since the 1979-80 season.

The big number

6,666

Home season tickets sold by Colorado, as of Dec. 29, an increase of more than 60 percent over last year's 3,941, which was then a program record. The gain was the largest, by percentage, in America last year, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Another quotable

"Luck is on our side right now, but it won't be on our side forever."

UA forward Kevin Parrom

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