Jarred DuBois shouldn't have had a three-point attempt with a chance to tie the game as time expired.

That's because, up three, the Arizona Wildcats wanted to foul him instead.

"That was the plan," UA coach Sean Miller said. "We did not execute it."

Utah had the ball with seven seconds left. The UA had only five team fouls, so it planned to foul with about four seconds left to creep closer to the bonus.

The Wildcats did, giving Utah the ball on the side of the court.

Miller had told his team to foul again, which would have sent Utah to the free-throw line, needing to make the first free throw and miss the second, get a rebound, and put it back to tie the game.

It's a strategy preferred by some coaches, including Miller, who figure it's tougher than making a three-pointer.

"We messed up at the end of the game," forward Solomon Hill said. "We were supposed to foul before Jarred DuBois got a good look. He could have taken it to overtime.

"We had a chance to take advantage of that foul."

The Wildcats "talked a lot about that after the game," Miller said.

The big number


Days between home games. The UA returns to McKale Center on Jan. 24.


The Wildcats watched the attention given to Thursday's controversial finish on Twitter, ESPN and all over the sports world.

"There's nothing you can change," Hill said. "If you're playing basketball and the ref calls a bad call, you can't get it back.

"That's what ESPN's for, that's what the commentary's for, and that's to get attention. That's the best part about ESPN. You watch ESPN to see what happened that night."

It sneaked up on the UA on Friday, after the Clippers' Chris Paul beat the buzzer at the end of the first half against the Lakers.

The shot counted, ESPN announcer Dave Pasch joked, because, "This is not Tucson."


"I would be very surprised if he doesn't play in the NBA."

- Miller, on Utes forward Jason Washburn, who had 17 points and 11 rebounds.


This season, the Utes are wearing an "RM" logo on their collars as a tribute to one of the best coaches in school history, Rick Majerus, who died Dec. 1 of a heart condition.

The Utes hung one of the coach's ubiquitous sweaters over a chair in tribute, and later created a replica sweater to place in the rafters of the Huntsman Center in his honor.

Majerus took Utah to the 1998 national championship game - beating Arizona to reach the Final Four - before losing to Kentucky. He also coached at Marquette, Ball State and St. Louis.

The Billikens reached the NCAA tournament last year; Majerus took a leave of absence soon after to deal with heart problems.

Comeback kid

One of our favorite moments Saturday was on the court, but it had nothing to do with players.

Joe Cavaleri, the UA's "Ooh Ahh Man," tried to take the floor to lead cheers midway through the second half. But Cavaleri, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease almost three years ago and uses a cane, couldn't quite get the momentum to make it to center court.

He stood in the corner, frustrated.

The UA cheerleaders took the floor instead.

At the end of the commercial break, Cavaleri led the crowd in a brief cheer from the corner of McKale Center, and got a round of supportive applause from his section.

Then, four minutes later, he had his chance again.

Cavaleri marched to midcourt, spiked his cane with exuberance and led the crowd in his trademark cheers.

It was very cool.

Another quotable

"If we were in the NBA, it would have been a fine. We have to take a look why we're charging so much."

- Miller, on his team getting too many charging calls