Arizona notebook: Cats' 7-footer clears the glass

2012-12-02T00:00:00Z 2014-08-01T11:22:25Z Arizona notebook: Cats' 7-footer clears the glassBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
December 02, 2012 12:00 am  • 

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Arizona Wildcats didn't pass the ball inside much early in Saturday's game but Kaleb Tarczewski found it anyhow.

The freshman 7-footer from New Hampshire pulled down nine rebounds in the first half and 13 for the game.

"We knew we'd had to come out and crash the glass, make sure that (they) didn't get any offensive rebounds," Tarczewski said. "That's where they're really good at scoring. So just coming out and making sure all four of our big men rebounded was important and that's what I tried to do."

Tarczewski said it wasn't a problem to rebound when his teammates were shooting as well as they were elsewhere on the court - UA was 6 of 13 from three-point range in the first half - but UA coach Sean Miller would prefer things to be a bit more balanced.

"He's very unselfish. He really is," Miller said. "I think he would love to get the ball more and as his coach, I promise you, he'll be getting more as we keep moving down (the schedule)."

Respect for Majerus

Rick Majerus, who died Saturday, was known for his sense of humor.

But Miller, who coached against Majerus when he was at Xavier and Majerus was at St. Louis, said there were very few coaches more prepared and detail oriented than Majerus was.

"With that, you could also sense that basketball, the love of the game was really a part of his life," Miller said. "We certainly lost a member of the coaching fraternity that all of us respect."

Traveling lobbyist

Because he attended the inauguration of UA president Ann Weaver Hart, athletic director Greg Byrne wasn't able to hop on the Wildcats' easy charter flight to Lubbock on Friday afternoon.

That meant he had to fly Southwest Airlines through Las Vegas to reach Texas Tech, all while hitting up bowl officials on his cellphone.

There are still four bowl possibilities for the Wildcats. That includes the Dec. 15 New Mexico Bowl, which would be played on the same day UA has a home basketball game against Florida.

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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 12 1 0 0.923
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 11 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 10 2 0 0.833
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 9 3 0 0.750
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 9 2 0 0.818
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 4 0 0.667
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 8 5 0 0.615
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 7 4 0 0.636
USC 0 0 0 0.000 7 4 0 0.636
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 5 6 0 0.455

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Harvard at
Arizona State
12/28 12:00 pm
Cal State-Bakersfield at
California
12/28 1:30 pm
Cal-Davis at
Washington State
12/28 4:00 pm
UCLA at
Alabama
12/28 4:30 pm
Stony Brook at
Washington
12/28 6:00 pm
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at
Stanford
12/29 9:00 pm
Cal-Irvine at
Oregon
12/29 9:00 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Oregon State
12/30 7:30 pm
Carroll (Mont.) at
Utah
12/30 7:30 pm
Vermont at
USC
12/30 9:30 pm
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