Arizona basketball: Seen & heard in Pullman, Wash.

2013-02-03T00:00:00Z Arizona basketball: Seen & heard in Pullman, Wash.Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 03, 2013 12:00 am  • 

White glow

WSU attempted a new twist on the white-out trend Saturday, giving out 6,000 shirts with glow-in-the-dark WSU and sponsor logos.

Before the game, the WSU video board implored fans to "put on your white-out shirts please!" while showing those who were not in compliance.

Cougars players wore the exact same shirt during their pregame warmups over their usual white home uniforms.

The only problem was that about a quarter of the non-student seats in the lower half were empty - and they were colored red.

More color-outs

The trend of color-out promotions spread to Berkeley, Calif., where the Bears were giving out 8,000 gold T-shirts to fans in an effort to gold-out Haas Pavilion. But that promotion fell short somewhat when many dark blue empty seats were visible on television cameras.

Having probably held its last white- out in a while on Jan. 24 against UCLA, Arizona is also scheduled to hold a "pinwheel" game on Wednesday against Stanford, in which fans are being asked to wear different colors depending on the section they are sitting in.

Cancer awareness

As part of a local Spokane-area Coaches vs. Cancer event, WSU coaches wore white polo shirts for Saturday's game, while UA pitched in by having its staffers wear navy polos.

The event was not to be confused with the national coaches-cancer efforts, which encourage coaches to wear suits and sneakers. This was a dress shoes-and-polos affair.

Baby faces

According to "The Dirt," the cheat sheet distributed to Washington State's ZZU CRU student fans for potential chant fodder, Wildcat players Gabe York and Max Wiepking don't pass for college age.

"Face of a 12 year old," it said of York, who is 19.

That was about as sinister as it got - The Dirt even implored everyone to have "RESPECT" for Kevin Parrom because of what he's been through off the court - though forward Angelo Chol took a shot.

"Looks like the human version of one of the baddies in Space Jam," it said.

The Dirt also teased Mark Lyons for having a Facebook page with "only 744 likes."

It did get one fact wrong, however. Of Grant Jerrett, it noted "he is basically their only tall guy so if we shut him down they have no one in the paint."

The big number

5

Solomon Hill's career high in three-pointers made before Saturday, when he had six in the first half

Know your opponent (sort of)

Aside from stats and advertisements, Washington State's video board presented a "Know Your Opponent" briefing as Beasley Coliseum filled up Saturday.

But this is what it listed for UA's hometown: "Tuscon, Ariz."

Snowy memories

The flight to Spokane, Wash., and 90-minute bus ride to Pullman, Wash., to reach Washington State may be unique to the Pac-12 but it's not to UA coach Sean Miller.

Miller said the trip compares to when Xavier had to play Atlantic 10 games at St. Bonaventure before it was able to fly charter.

St. Bonaventure is located outside Olean, N.Y., just north of central Pennsylvania. Or, basically, in a place nearly as remote as Pullman.

"At one point you had to fly to Buffalo and drive two hours," Miller said. "And that's if the weather was good."

D-League pals

Former WSU center Aron Baynes joined another ex-Cougar, guard Kyle Weaver, on the Austin Toros this week after a two-game stint with the San Antonio Spurs. Baynes had been playing in Slovenia.

Arizona has one player in the NBA Development League this season: Guard Kyle Fogg, who is averaging 7.6 points a game for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

Let the stumping begin

The Pac-12 is projected to have five NCAA tournament teams this season, according to the latest ESPN "bracketology" projections, and that doesn't count possible bubble teams such as Stanford and California.

Already, Miller is backing the conference's position.

"Our conference is very good," Miller said. "There's no one who should be beating our conference up right now. There's quality depth, great coaches and a number of teams who can get to the postseason and advance."

Tourney tickets on sale

The Pac-12 has put single-session tickets on sale for its conference tournament at Las Vegas' MGM Grand on March 13-16.

According to Ticketmaster, remaining seats for the March 15 semifinal games range from $74 to $146 with fees, and from $64 to $136 for the March 16 championship game.

It's the tournament's first in Las Vegas after 11 years at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Quotable

"Be respectful! Especially to the refs (they like suck-ups)." - Instruction sheet given to the ZZU CRU student fans

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