Arizona Wildcats basketball: Seen & heard at McKale Center

2012-12-19T00:00:00Z 2014-07-02T12:12:55Z Arizona Wildcats basketball: Seen & heard at McKale CenterPatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
December 19, 2012 12:00 am  • 

New, old voice

The Arizona Wildcats' rotation of replacement radio analysts continued Tuesday night with a new, old voice - Joe Nehls.

Nehls served as the Wildcats' color analyst at least part of the time - he worked home games - for 18 years before being bumped in 2004 to work the pregame show.

Nehls played under coach Fred Snowden from 1976 to 1980, reaching the NCAA tournament in 1977. He later became an all-conference guard, scoring 1,409 points.

He runs Joe Nehls Realty in Tucson.

The UA has cycled in guest radio analysts this season when, as was the case Tuesday, color commentator Matt Muehlebach switched to cover the UA for Pac-12 Networks.

Brian Jeffries has worked alongside former color analyst Ryan Hansen and former coach Jim Rosborough already this year. Muehlebach has five total television conflicts this year.

Chase

For the second straight game, Chase Budinger got one of the best seats to watch the Arizona Wildcats.

The former UA forward sat on a folding chair along the baseline, in the corner in front of the Wildcats bench. He was in the same spot Saturday night, when the Wildcats stunned Florida.

The Minnesota Timberwolves product is in Tucson and living with UA trainer Justin Kokoskie while rehabbing a torn meniscus in his knee. (Budinger rested his leg upon another folding chair.)

He leaves Tucson later this week and aims to return to NBA games in March.

Remembering KT

Oral Roberts debuted a black circular patch on its navy jerseys in honor of maybe the most famous coach in school history.

The patch, which reads "KT," is in memory of Ken Trickey, who died at 79 on Dec. 4.

Trickey coached the Golden Eagles on two separate occasions. In the 1970s, he went 118-23, reaching the Elite Eight in '74.

He later coached at Iowa State and Oklahoma City University before returning to ORU, where he coached from 1987 to 1993.

Trickey is second in school history in career wins with 214. Current coach Scott Sutton leads the pack with 255.

The big number

3

Blocks by the UA on the same possession, stifling ORU with about 20 seconds left in the first half

From all over

Oral Roberts is a Christian school founded by the man (real first name: Granville) who was best known as a American Charismatic Christian evangelist.

It makes sense then that the Golden Eagles recruit like-minded students from all over the country, not just Tulsa, Okla. The school of about 5,000 has students from all 50 states and 30 countries.

The basketball team is no different.

Of the 15 players on the Golden Eagles, 11 hail from different states or countries.

There are those from Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina, Florida, Maryland, Canada, Alaska … and England. Mikey Manghum, a redshirt junior guard, hails from Derby, England.

Schedule

Oral Roberts switched to the Southland Conference this year after spending 15 seasons n the Mid-Continent-turned-Summit League.

The change brought some scheduling difficulties. Only two teams on ORU's schedule this year - Missouri and Oklahoma State - were on the slate last year.

Quotable

"Give your guy or gal a kiss." - McKale Center public address announcer, setting up the Delta Dental Smile Cam, which, for the holidays, was changed to the "Kiss Cam," complete with superimposed mistletoe.

Famous grads

For a medium-sized school founded in 1963, Oral Roberts can lay claim to famous alumni.

The school claims "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening as a brief enrollee and even points to the fact that Ned Flanders is said to have attended ORU. Kathy Lee Gifford went there, as did congresswoman Michele Bachmann, pastor Joel Osteen and former NBA player-turned referee Haywoode Workman.

Another big number

Dec. 6, 2003

The last time a Pac-12 school not named Arizona beat a top-five nonconference team, when Stanford beat No. 1 Kansas. The UA has done it three times since - in 2008 against No. 4 Gonzaga, the 2011 Sweet 16 against No. 3 Duke and Saturday against No. 5 Florida.

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