Seen and heard at the Arizona-Oregon basketball game

2011-03-06T00:00:00Z 2012-11-30T19:27:19Z Seen and heard at the Arizona-Oregon basketball game Arizona Daily Star
March 06, 2011 12:00 am

Senior Day

Jamelle Horne received a standing ovation when presented with a framed red jersey as the only player honored in the Arizona Wildcats' postgame "Senior Day" festivities.

"It's good to see Jamelle, at the end his career, be able to cut down the nets," UA coach Sean Miller said. "He's really hung in there.

"I know this experience will be one he looks back on very fondly - which, at one point, maybe he wouldn't have looked back on it like that."

Miller said he thinks about the players he left at Xavier, who now play for former assistant Chris Mack. As smooth as the succession plan was, it was hard.

"That change was hard on those guys and hard on everyone, and there's great continuity there," Miller said. "Think of a kid going through one (coach), and then a second one, then a third one, it really shapes them."


The Wildcats' pregame video lists the program's accomplishments, from NBA players drafted to NCAA tournament appearances.

Saturday, Miller updated one.

He appeared in a speaking role for the first time, saying "12 Pac-10 championships." The Wildcats were guaranteed at least a share of the title after Thursday's win.

Miller recorded the clip Friday, and fans went nuts.

To watch the video on YouTube, go to

Flash mob

Members of Zona Zoo advertised a "flash mob" this week: that's Internet speak for organizing a group performance.

Earlier this week, Zona Zoo's official Twitter page linked to a video of students sitting in an empty McKale Center teaching viewers a dance.

Showtime came during the media timeout with 11:15 left in the first half. The right flank of the front section of Zona Zoo began an organized dance, which included spinning and "Jersey Shore"-like fist pumping, to "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz.

Everywhere signs

Saturday's game aired on CBS, and fans were ready. A few of our favorites, with the network spelled out:

• Can't Beat uS in mckale

• Cats Back to Supremacy

• Cats Best in west at Season's end

Zona Zoo was filled with cardboard signs. We particularly liked the "Treemendous" sign, in honor of Alex Jacobson, and one that simply read, "Momo, please accept my Facebook friend request."

On D-Will

If Saturday was indeed forward Derrick Williams' last game at McKale Center, Miller said he left a legacy for "his extreme rise to the top" of the game.

"How far he came in such a short period of time, is amazing," Miller said. "If you ever want to throw daggers at some of these guys who evaluate high school talent, the only thing you have to look at is where he was ranked. Somebody missed the boat there."

Williams is "now in that line" of Arizona's great players, from Steve Kerr to Luke Walton to Gilbert Arenas, who weren't McDonald's All-Americans.

"It's also a reminder as a coach that just recruiting a McDonald's All-American doesn't guarantee anything," Miller said.

The big number


Number of times, in 17 games, the Wildcats eclipsed 70 points this season to earn fans a free pair of tacos from Jack in the Box.

All-time greats?

Late in the second half, Zona Zoo distributed white signs that read "All-time Pac-10" champs. Here's why: in the history of the Pac-10, no team has won more league titles than the UA's 12. UCLA has 11.

And the Wildcats' record will stay that way, at least semantically. The Pac-10 will become the Pac-12 this summer with the addition of Utah and Colorado.


"There are not a lot of better places to be in the country than on a Saturday with the Pac-10 champions."

UA coach Sean Miller

Patrick Finley

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Arizona 8 1 0 0.889 20 2 0 0.909
Utah 6 2 0 0.750 16 4 0 0.800
Stanford 6 2 0 0.750 15 5 0 0.750
Oregon 5 4 0 0.556 15 7 0 0.682
Oregon State 5 4 0 0.556 13 7 0 0.650
Colorado 4 4 0 0.500 11 8 0 0.579
UCLA 4 4 0 0.500 12 9 0 0.571
Washington State 3 5 0 0.375 9 11 0 0.450
Washington 3 5 0 0.375 14 6 0 0.700
Arizona State 3 6 0 0.333 12 11 0 0.522
California 2 6 0 0.250 12 9 0 0.571
USC 1 7 0 0.125 9 11 0 0.450

AP Top 25

Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Oregon at
Arizona State
1/30 68-67
Oregon State at
1/30 34-57
Stanford at
Washington State
1/31 6:00 pm
Colorado at
1/31 8:30 pm
Utah at
2/1 12:30 pm
California at
2/1 1:00 pm
Washington at
2/4 7:00 pm
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