Pac-12 basketball: Seen & heard in Las Vegas

2013-03-15T00:00:00Z 2014-07-08T15:32:54Z Pac-12 basketball: Seen & heard in Las VegasPatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 15, 2013 12:00 am  • 

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Thursday's UA-Colorado game barely missed being a sellout, attracting 12,915 fans.

Three-quarters of them seemed to be Arizona Wildcats partisans.

"Felt kinda like a home game," UA forward Solomon Hill said.

The Wildcats sold their allotment of 1,800 tickets, but athletic director Greg Byrne said fans bought tickets from elsewhere.

"I'm so proud of our fans," Byrne said. "We've been encouraging them for the last year. … 'Let's take it over.'"

When Byrne worked in the SEC, Kentucky fans dominated the league tournament.

"We should be doing the same thing," he said, "and we did."

Socks it to 'em

After watching Mark Lyons and Kevin Parrom make a fashion statement with their socks for a week, Brandon Ashley decided to do the same.

The Wildcats' two Empire State transplants have been wearing white tube socks, made by skylinesocks.com, with the New York skyline in New York Giants (and UA) colors.

"We wanna look good while we're winning," Parrom said.

Thursday, Ashley wore a pair depicting the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco 49ers' colors.

Ashley first heard about the socks from walk-on Drew Mellon.

"I had them first," Ashley said. "I just didn't wear them in a game."

Ashley, who had eight points and five rebounds, said he "probably wouldn't have worn them again" if he played poorly.

No score

MGM Garden Arena has one flaw - the score of the game is shown only on the scoreboard directly above the players' heads.

"I couldn't really see it," Parrom said.

UCLA guard Larry Drew II said he "just started trying to memorize the score" rather than crane his neck.

"The whole game, I'm trying to look - time and score, time and score," he said. "I got the time, but I couldn't see the score."

The shot clocks showed the game clock. The video boards -in each corner had stats, but no score.

"I wish they had it on the side screens, where they have our stats and stuff," said ASU center Jordan Bachynski. "When you're running up the court, it's really hard to look up."

Quotable

"It's always exciting to play my grandpa's old school, the history and everything. … My family, they love the rivalry. They definitely cheer for me now." - UA walk-on Jacob Hazzard, grandson of former UCLA All-American and head coach Walt Hazzard.

Fight

With 0.9 of a second left Thursday, ASU's Jahii Carson and Carrick Felix received technical fouls, as did UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson.

At issue was Felix fouling Muhammad with the Bruins up three. Muhammad thought the ASU wing kicked at him when he dived on the ground.

"He's a competitor, and he's mad they lost," Muhammad said.

Carson said, "Shabazz thought he was being a dirty player, which is not Carrick's character."

Felix, Carson said, "is not the type of guy to get into a ruckus."

UCLA senior point guard Drew reminded his teammates to keep cool and close out the game.

"If you've got something to say to him after the game, do it in the hotel or something," Drew said. "But not out there on the court."

The big number

10

Free throws tried by CU guard Spencer Dinwiddie, six fewer than the entire UA team Thursday

New unis

UCLA wore white, sleeved basketball jerseys with contrasting silver, camouflage-like shorts. It was part of an attention-grabbing, widely panned promotional gimmick for Adidas.

"I'm really feeling the pants," Drew said.

Anderson said "I like 'em, since we won."

Coach Ben Howland said "our players love them," and that he understood why they enjoyed the change.

"I'm 55, but I'm hip. I'm cool, y'know?" he said with a smile. "But we're going back to our UCLA traditional jersey design (today)."

He said the uniforms were "a marketing deal (for adidas), and we're happy to help them in any way we can."

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