Arizona-Southern pregame notes

2013-12-19T12:15:00Z 2013-12-19T16:00:36Z Arizona-Southern pregame notesBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

While the Wildcats were getting ready to host Southern tonight (7 p.m., Pac-12 Networks, with Matt Muehlebach and Roxy Bernstein), the recruiting world was focused on Las Vegas and the Tarkanian Classic.

There, UA signee Stanley Johnson scored 42 points and wasn't all that satisfied with things. Gorman's Stephen Zimmerman also let a talkative defender know who's in charge.

PGU had some highlights and an interview with Johnson, too.

Some pregame links of possible interest:

-- Here's the school-produced notes from Arizona. There don't appear to be any from Southern but here's the Jaguars' stats and roster.

-- An SI account of the Jaguars' near upset of Gonzaga in the NCAA tournament last season.

-- The Baton Rouge Advocate had a preview of the Jaguars entering the game.

-- Southern's Malcolm Miller was named the SWAC's preseason player of the year.

-- Our coverage today: A look at what's new with Southern and a scouting report in a gameday package. Earlier this week, we also had a look at Sean Miller's efforts to develop his bench.

James Whitford has gone through a rough stretch at Ball State.

Kyle Anderson's dad says his son is mentally prepared to leave for the NBA after this season. And UCLA teammate Zach LaVine is moving up the draft boards.

UCLA will play Duke at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN, at Madison Square Garden, if you're looking for a warmup before tonight's UA game.

Oregon State beat Towson even with Roberto Nelson having been ejected.

Stanford pulled out a big win for the Pac-12 -- and Johnny Dawkins' job status -- at Connecticut.

Utah's Jordan Loveridge may have been working out too much.

A little off topic here, but there's a really good long read on onetime UA recruiting target Jahlil Okafor, if you have time and interest.

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