Arizona basketball: Seen & heard in Seattle

2013-02-01T00:00:00Z 2014-08-01T11:24:38Z Arizona basketball: Seen & heard in SeattleBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 01, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Some good history

A long, rectangular video board above the upper seats at Hec Edmundson Pavilion often stretched out the following sentence in blaring capital letters "THE WINNINGEST HOME IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL."

The Huskies have accumulated 928 wins inside Hec Edmundson, where they started playing on Dec. 27, 1927 (though the inside of the arena was fully renovated during the 1999-2000 and is now known as "Alaska Airlines Arena.")

That's the most of any team in Division I, and more than 100 wins more than second-place Pennsylvania.

Another frequent banner that popped up on the video board: Starbucks, boasting that it has been "fueling home court advantage since 1971."

Free stuff

Washington has not been able to sell out Hec Edmundson Pavilion this season, but the Huskies are trying.

They held a campus pep rally before the game and, inside the arena, fans were handed purple-and-black knit beanies courtesy of a local credit unit.

Washington also set up a table that gave away posters, programs and even decks of 14 double-sided glossy playing cards of the Huskies.

Softening the blow

In order to ease the preparation for their game Saturday at Washington State, the Wildcats left straight after Thursday's game for a charter flight that took them across the state to Spokane.

There, the Wildcats will spend today and tonight resting and practicing at Gonzaga's Martin Centre, also known as the Zags' "Old Kennel." "The New Kennel," built in 2004, is known formally as the McCarthey Athletic Center.

In UA coach Sean Miller's first season of 2009-10, the Wildcats traveled straight to Pullman, Wash., and stayed in nearby Moscow, Idaho. Since then they have spent the night before each WSU game in Spokane, then made the 90-minute bus ride south to Pullman.

"It's a little different not to shoot around (at WSU) the day prior," senior Solomon Hill said earlier this week.

"But the trip is pretty great for us. I like the direction the coaches have changed it."

Take that, San Diego

The most crowded concession stand by far at Hec Ed on Thursday was the new Ivar's fish bar, which hangs a sign proclaiming that it has "Seattle's Fish Sandwich."

It's basically a cross of the fish taco and standard ballpark hot dog: Lightly battered Pacific cod, cole slaw and tartar sauce all inside a hot dog bun.

The stand also sells a blackened salmon sandwich, fish and chips, and, of course, its chowder.

The big number

4

Straight losses for Washington, which has not lost that many in a row since 2008.

Line was right on the money

Arizona opened as a 5 1/2 -point favorite over the Huskies but, according to vegasinsider.com, the line dropped to just four points at most Las Vegas sports books by game time. UA won 57-53.

Tweet minders

Washington drew some heat during football season for restricting the number of tweets media can send during games, and the restriction is even tougher for basketball.

Because it does not allow media to provide "real time" updates via Twitter or any other source - the Pac-12's media rights agreements collect millions from the entities that have that right - Washington opted to restrict media to 45 tweets during football season and 20 during basketball season.

Washington's official coverage policy says "periodic updates of scores, statistics or other brief descriptions of the competition throughout the event are acceptable, as long as they do not exceed the recommended frequency" (of 20 for basketball and 45 for football).

Todd Dybas, the Washington beat reporter for the Tacoma News Tribune, tweeted in November that he was "reprimanded" by UW officials for tweeting too much.

Quotable

"We need to play at our highest level and we want our crowd to be at their highest level"

Washington coach Lorenzo Romar, before Thursday's game

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
USC 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Cal Poly Pomona at
Arizona
11/9 4:00 pm
Mount St. Mary's at
Arizona
11/14 6:00 pm
Coppin State at
Oregon
11/14 10:00 pm
Detroit at
Oregon
11/17 9:00 pm
Cal-Irvine at
Arizona
11/19 7:00 pm
Oral Roberts at
Oregon State
11/21 7:00 pm
Texas-Pan American at
Utah
11/26 6:00 pm
Northern Colorado at
Colorado
12/13 4:00 pm
Washington State at
Santa Clara
12/13 8:00 pm
Grambling at
Oregon State
12/15 8:00 pm
Delaware State at
Oregon
12/20 1:00 pm
Oklahoma at
Washington
12/20 7:00 pm
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