Seen and heard in the Sweet 16

2011-03-25T00:00:00Z 2012-11-30T19:26:52Z Seen and heard in the Sweet 16 Arizona Daily Star
March 25, 2011 12:00 am

Forty-six

Ernie McCray wouldn't have minded seeing his record broken.

"It'd be fun," he said.

More than 51 years ago - on Feb. 6, 1960 - the Tucson native scored 46 points against Cal State-Los Angeles.

His school record has stood since.

McCray, now a retired teacher, watched Thursday's game from his home in San Diego. He did some housework while keeping an eye on the Wildcats - and Derrick Williams.

"He's very good in so many ways," McCray said of Williams at halftime. "He's fun. He makes everything seem so easy.

"Did you see his rebound dunk?"

Williams had 25 points at the half, putting him on pace to break McCray's record.

McCray said he would be fine with Williams having the record - "Doggone right! It's been 51 years," he said - but figured more scoring from only Williams would mean the Wildcats were losing, big, to the Blue Devils.

He proved prophetic, as the Wildcats' fortunes rose with less Williams scoring. He finished with 32.

NCAA

There was no mistaking that Thursday's games were NCAA-sanctioned.

All courtside signage was removed, as is the case whenever and wherever the NCAA tournament is played throughout the country.

Neither beer nor alcohol was served; instead, we saw a Blue Moon concession stand selling chicken salad sandwiches.

And here's our favorite corporate gimmick of the day: Every single cupholder inside Honda Center is sponsored by San Manuel Casino, which has its logo written on the inner ring.

How did the NCAA handle that?

With 17,000-plus strips of royal blue electrical tape affixed over each logo.

Honda Center

Anaheim's Honda Center is home to the Anaheim Ducks, which is why its former name, Arrowhead Pond, was one of the best in sports.

In October 2006, Honda took over the name, paying $60 million over 15 years for the rights.

A steep three-level arena with copper-colored seats and the most marble we've ever seen in one place, the Honda Center has been home to a number of famous events. No Doubt recorded "Live in Tragic Kingdom" here, and the Jonas Brothers made their 3-D movie in the arena.

The Los Angeles Clippers played parts of four seasons here before moving to Staples Center, but the arena could gain an NBA team soon. Earlier this month, the owners of the Sacramento Kings copyrighted various forms of the name Anaheim Royals, and will decide soon whether to relocate to Orange County.

Quotable

"Anaheim Gonna Win."

The phrase written across the white headband of Duke's mascot, presumably a play on "And I'm going to win."

No rest

When the Huskies struggled to start the second half against SDSU, Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun figured that, mentally, the Huskies were tired. He called it "psychic energy."

UConn had every right to be tired. The Huskies have played eight games in 16 days, dating to a five-games-in-five-days stretch in the Big East tournament. Guard Kemba Walker said the Huskies won' t be tired Saturday, either.

"We won five games in five days in the Big East tournament, and everybody said it was going to affect us in the second and third round of the tournament, and it hasn't yet," Walker said. "We have something huge in front of us. We have a huge goal as a team, and we're not going to let fatigue beat us. We're going to overcome it. We have a team that's mentally tough, and that's going to get us over the hump." The big number

78-75

The average score prediction - with Arizona winning - we got when polling the first six fans to respond on Twitter. Five of six had the Wildcats winning. Seriously.

He said it

"Sean Miller was a player at Pittsburgh when I was coaching against them, and he's developed into a terrific coach, and they have terrific players. And do you know what? We would be happy to play anybody for 40 minutes to go to Houston."

UConn coach Jim Calhoun, on the Wildcats

Patrick Finley

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 12 1 0 0.923
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 11 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 10 2 0 0.833
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 9 3 0 0.750
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 9 2 0 0.818
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 4 0 0.667
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 8 5 0 0.615
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 7 4 0 0.636
USC 0 0 0 0.000 7 4 0 0.636
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 5 6 0 0.455

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Harvard at
Arizona State
12/28 12:00 pm
Cal State-Bakersfield at
California
12/28 1:30 pm
Cal-Davis at
Washington State
12/28 4:00 pm
UCLA at
Alabama
12/28 4:30 pm
Stony Brook at
Washington
12/28 6:00 pm
Cal-Irvine at
Oregon
12/29 9:00 pm
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at
Stanford
12/29 9:00 pm
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