NCAA tournament: Seen and heard at the Sweet 16: On Lute, Drew Carey and the Achy Breaky

2013-03-29T00:00:00Z 2014-07-08T15:32:32Z NCAA tournament: Seen and heard at the Sweet 16: On Lute, Drew Carey and the Achy BreakyPatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 29, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Achy Breaky

How's this for a celebrity pair: Lute Olson attended Thursday night's Arizona Wildcats game at Staples Center with a famous friend he met at a concert. His name: Billy Ray Cyrus.

Yup, Miley's dad and the "Achy Breaky Heart" singer - with the Silver Fox.

Also spotted courtside Thursday: Ohio native and "The Price is Right" host Drew Carey sat in the second row in seats valued at $300 apiece. He cheered for the Buckeyes.

Former Wildcats Miles Simon and Jordan Hill attended the game, wearing red and blue.

"It was almost like an away game out there, being so close to Arizona," OSU guard Aaron Craft said.

UA forward Solomon Hill said he could tell Arizona fans from the scarlet-and-gray Buckeyes faithful by looking for navy.

"Ohio State had their share of fans, but it wasn't quite like ours," Hill said. "It's disappointing once again to lose in front of a crowd like that.

"You look for the blue. You see the red and gray and you look away, and you see the red and blue."


When LaQuinton Ross heard Ohio State was going to be stationed in the Los Angeles Lakers' locker room, he playfully called dibs on Kobe Bryant's locker. When the team arrived, though, none were marked.

"I just sat down," he said.

Later, Ross found out that, randomly, he'd chosen the one used by No. 24.

"And I didn't know I had his locker until somebody came in," he said. "One of the guys that works here told me it's his locker."

A word

During the postgame handshake, UA guard Mark Lyons joked with Ross, whose three-pointer with two seconds buried the Wildcats.

"I knew him from camp this summer," Lyons said. "At the end of the game I just told him, 'I can't stand you,' and I laughed at him.

"He's a good guy. He's a great player. And that's one of my friends. So it was just a little joke that we had."

Sticking around

Walk-on Max Wiepking took off his Wildcats jersey for the last time Thursday but plans to be around the program for a while.

He'll stay for the fall semester to finish a degree and hopes to intern within the program, helping with video work. He wants to be an agent or an NBA front-office employee after graduation.

"It's obviously real sad - it's hard to think about anything else right now," he said. "The future's really bright for everyone here. They're going to be a great team for the next decade. Coach Miller's an awesome coach."

The big number


Before the UA-OSU, Wildcats fans were buying seven times the tickets of Buckeyes, per

OSU ties

Danny Peters' Ohio State memorabilia is far away from here, sitting in his parents' Akron, Ohio, basement.

The Arizona Wildcats' assistant director of basketball operations started as an OSU student manager in 2005. One year later, with the team short on players, he suited up. Peters appeared in 35 games over four years as a walk-on.

Peters texted OSU coach Thad Matta, for whom he played, Sunday to congratulate him for reaching the Sweet 16.

Peters is used to sports creating emotional matchups, and he knows how to ignore them.

"When I was at Ohio State, we played Youngstown State," he said Wednesday during game preparations. "My dad was the head coach there.

"OK, let's go play. …

"It's kinda what you go through. It's just another experience."

Dan Peters was a Buckeyes assistant from 2005 to 2007 after serving two years as the assistant operations director. He was once a Cincinnati assistant and the head coach at Youngstown State, Walsh College and St. Joseph's College of Indiana. He's now the operations director at Akron.


"We didn't see anybody, but I'm still hoping. If Chris Paul or Steve Nash want to hang around …"

OSU guard Aaron Craft, on whether the Buckeyes saw any celebrities in L.A.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Arizona 6 1 0 0.857 18 2 0 0.900
Utah 5 1 0 0.833 15 3 0 0.833
Stanford 5 2 0 0.714 14 5 0 0.737
Oregon State 5 2 0 0.714 13 5 0 0.722
Oregon 4 3 0 0.571 14 6 0 0.700
Washington 3 3 0 0.500 14 4 0 0.778
UCLA 3 4 0 0.429 11 9 0 0.550
Washington State 3 4 0 0.429 9 10 0 0.474
Colorado 3 4 0 0.429 10 8 0 0.556
Arizona State 2 5 0 0.286 11 10 0 0.524
California 1 6 0 0.143 11 9 0 0.550
USC 1 6 0 0.143 9 10 0 0.474

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Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
1/24 64-82
USC at
Oregon State
1/24 55-59
Washington State at
1/24 58-90
Arizona at
1/24 73-50
Arizona State at
1/24 70-89
Washington at
1/25 6:30 pm
Oregon State at
Arizona State
1/28 6:00 pm
Oregon at
1/28 8:00 pm
Stanford at
1/28 9:00 pm
Colorado at
1/29 7:30 pm
Utah at
1/29 8:00 pm
California at
Washington State
1/29 9:00 pm
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