Seen and heard

2011-11-24T00:00:00Z 2011-11-24T06:58:03Z Seen and heard Arizona Daily Star
November 24, 2011 12:00 am

VIP visitors

Arizona signee Brandon Ashley brought along a friend to Wednesday's game, and the Wildcats are hoping he just might decide to make it his college home, too.

That's because the friend is Italian point guard Amedeo Della Valle, a teammate of Ashley's at Nevada's Findlay Prep and a 2012 prospect whose recruitment has gained considerable momentum this fall. The 6-foot-5, 180-pound guard averaged 15.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists for Italy during the European Under-18 Championships last summer.

Arizona does not have a scholarship available for the class of 2012, after it signed Ashley, Grant Jerrett, Kaleb Tarczewski and Gabe York during the fall signing period. But the Wildcats could have an opening if Sidiki Johnson transfers or if there are other roster moves by next spring.

Johnson was not on the UA bench Wednesday and has not been with the team since it played in New York last week. He was suspended Monday for what UA termed "violations of team policy."

All smiles

Arizona's senior football players were invited to McKale Center at halftime to watch video highlights of themselves beating ASU for the Territorial Cup last weekend. Then they reached out and grabbed the cup, passing it around during a ceremony and showing it off in front of a standing ovation at McKale Center.

Interim head coach Tim Kish led the group during the ceremony.

Another shot

Arizona coach Sean Miller, the runner-up in last season's charity "Shots from the Heart" free-throw competition among coaches, will enter again this season.

This time, his opening round competition is familiar: NAU's Mike Adras.

"I want to beat Sean," Adras said in an NAU statement. "We have a lot of tough matchups in the season. I am sure he is looking at it to raise awareness. It is not about who we go against as long as we are promoting it in a positive manner."

The event benefits a foundation in the name of former Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser, and the American Heart Association, in an effort to create awareness of heart disease.

Dual-sport power

So who says you have to be either a football or a basketball school? San Diego State has an argument of being both.

Since the 2010 football season began, SDSU has the most combined victories between football and basketball in the country (through Monday's games). They are a combined 55-12 during that time in football and basketball, five games ahead of second-place Alabama (50-16).

The basketball Aztecs won a school-record 34 games last season and entered Wednesday's game at 5-1.

Aloha again

The Wildcats and Aztecs will take a break from their nearly annual series next season but they just might meet in the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu, a Christmastime tournament.

Joining Arizona and SDSU for the fourth year of the event in 2012-13 will be Hawaii, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi, San Francisco, Texas Tech and another team to be named. The eight-team event is scheduled to be a true tournament played over three days. It will be shown on the ESPN networks.

McKale Magic

The team that went undefeated last season at McKale Center leaped out to a 16-2 start Wednesday, like nothing had changed.

We're talking about San Diego State, of course.

The Aztecs won both of their McKale Center games in last season's NCAA tournament, against Northern Colorado and Temple, advancing to the NCAA tournament West Regional semifinal where they ended their season with a loss to Connecticut.

Bruce Pascoe

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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 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 10 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 10 1 0 0.909
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 8 2 0 0.800
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 8 3 0 0.727
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 4 0 0.667
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
USC 0 0 0 0.000 7 4 0 0.636
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 6 5 0 0.545
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 5 6 0 0.455

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Oregon State at
Quinnipiac
12/21 52-60
USC at
Boston College
12/21 75-71
San Jose State at
Washington State
12/21 53-82
DePaul at
Colorado
12/22 2:30 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Oregon
12/22 7:00 pm
Wisconsin at
California
12/22 7:00 pm
Tulane at
Washington
12/22 9:00 pm
Detroit at
Arizona State
12/23 1:00 pm
Stanford at
Texas
12/23 5:00 pm
South Dakota State at
Utah
12/23 7:00 pm
Arizona at
UNLV
12/23 8:00 pm
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