Under the knife
While his Arizona Wildcats teammates were taking what could be the toughest road trip of the season, Kevin Parrom had it even worse: He is scheduled for surgery today to repair his fractured right foot.
Parrom will receive a permanent screw in the foot and should be able to return within 8 to 12 weeks, according to UA trainer Justin Kokoskie.
Parrom's injury and surgery are similar what UA guard Jordin Mayes had last summer.
You might say the Arizona Wildcats probably could have used MoMo Jones' scoring Thursday.
On the same evening that the Wildcats and Bears had a rematch of last year's triple-overtime thriller at Haas Pavilion - when Jones had 27 mostly clutch points to will UA to the win - Jones dropped 43 points on Canisius to lead Iona to a 105-86 win.
The 43 points was Jones' career high and tied the second-highest scoring total in Iona history.
After Jones' Twitter account lit up with congratulations, Jones responded with a grateful tweet:
"Thanks too everyone showing love!!" his Twitter page said. "So proud of my team!! Staying humble and hungry!!"
The background of Jones' Twitter page, incidentally, shows him in a blue Arizona uniform, with UA cheerleaders behind him.
Looking to the future
Arizona is mired in the middle of the Pac-12 race, but the Wildcats had reason to feel good about the future before Thursday's game.
Three out of four of UA's 2012 signees from last fall were named to the prestigious Jordan Brand Classic all-star game: center Kaleb Tarczewski, forward Grant Jerrett and forward Brandon Ashley.
Tarczewski was named to the East team while Ashley and Jerrett will play for the West. The game will be played April 14 in Charlotte, N.C..
Participants in the McDonald's All-American game, still probably the most prestigious spring prep event, will be named next week.
Idea doesn't strike it rich
Arizona's "White Out" remains tough to match in the Pac-12.
The Bears tried to hold a "Gold Out" at Haas Pavilion that largely failed Thursday.
Nearly half of Haas Pavilion was wearing gold, but many fans still wore Cal blue or, apparently, whatever color they happened to be wearing to work. The backs of the empty seats in the top of the arena also provided shades of blue.
UCLA tried a "Blue Out" against the Wildcats last season at Pauley Pavilion that had similarly unremarkable results. Many of the Bruins fans that day actually wore gold.
Maybe they had nothing to lose.
At 3-4 in their blue road uniforms this season, the Wildcats pulled out the red roadies on Thursday for only the second time this season.
Arizona lost 71-60 to Gonzaga at Seattle on Dec. 17 in the only other game in which they wore red road uniforms this season.
Last season, the Wildcats lost a late-season game 65-57 at USC in red and didn't use them again. They finished 5-2 in blue last season, losing only at UCLA and to UConn in the NCAA tournament in them.
Before the game, they had an overall record of 8-6 in blue since they were redesigned.
Not only does UA assistant coach Joe Pasternack have eight years of good memories at Haas Pavilion from his days working on Ben Braun's staff, but his brother-in-law is still the Bears' play-by-play broadcaster.
But Pasternack tried to keep his focus on Thursday's game, no matter how hard the affable Roxy Bernstein may have tried to tease him.
"I told him we can't communicate for the next 10 days," Pasternack said.
Cal guard Allen Crabbe wore a boot on his foot and sat out for Tuesday's practice, creating a minor buzz, but appeared pretty healthy by Thursday.
In the first half alone, Crabbe logged 18 minutes with six points and three rebounds.
"ZONA ZOOOOOOO !!! WASSUP !!! WE GON GET THIS W !!!" - Kevin Parrom, updating his Twitter page early in the game Thursday while watching it on TV.
It's on ESPN
Arizona's next home game, at 7 p.m. on Feb. 9 against Colorado, will be televised by ESPN.
It was announced earlier this week that the game would be on either ESPN or ESPN2.
The big number
Wins in 14 home games by Cal entering Thursday's game.