Seen and heard

2011-03-27T00:00:00Z 2012-11-30T19:12:31Z Seen and heard Arizona Daily Star
March 27, 2011 12:00 am

Gone?

After Saturday's game, Derrick Williams talked about trying to win an NCAA title.

"Of course I want to win it next year; of course I do," the star UA forward said. "That's the main focus.

"Whenever you're at a school you want to win a championship."

Um, next year? What about leaving for the NBA draft?

"Not answering," he said. "Right now I'm in school."

Williams will spend the next few weeks examining his options, and figures to leave.

His teammates have teased him all year.

"It's going to (stink) to know that my roommate for two years has a big decision," forward Solomon Hill said. "I don't want to pressure him in any type of way.

"Whatever he does, I'm going to support him 1,000 percent."

Hill said he and Williams talked about the draft often.

"We've joked and laughed, 'What if San Antonio had a top pick? You're joking around with a bunch of grown men. Talking about men with families, married. You can't have no fun with a bunch of grown men,'" Hill said. "He was laughing about it."

Teammate Brendon Lavender said he would "love, love, love him to stay" but doesn't blame him if he goes.

"No hard feelings at all," he said.

Hill said that, if the roles were reversed, he would probably leave early.

"The thing I tell people is, 'Would you hold a lottery ticket for two years?'" Hill said. " I don't think I'd hold my lottery ticket if I won millions of dollars."

Tweet

The Wildcats' team-wide Twitter ban - enforced since before the start of the Pac-10 tournament, in the name of unity and eliminating distractions - became irrelevant following the loss. Within an hour of the game's end, both Williams and Hill had taken to cyberspace with 140-character-or-shorter notes.

"Thank you Tucson," Williams wrote. "Really appreciate everything you have done for us. We wouldn't be anything without you all. Man … we had a great run."

In a later Tweet, he confirmed that his injured pinkie finger was broken earlier in the season - not, as the team stated, sprained.

Hill also sent an appreciative note.

"Thank you to everyone who made this season great," he wrote. "Love all the Arizona fans. It was fun."

Best team?

While Arizona boasted its share of ex-players, UConn had Jake Voskuhl and Emeka Okafor in the crowd.

Okafor, the 2004 NCAA tourney MVP, plays for the New Orleans Hornets, who play the Lakers today. He spoke to the team afterward.

Coach Jim Calhoun compared this year's team to those past.

"I've been fortunate to, over 39 years, have a lot of teams do a lot of different things," he said. "But I never could imagine the team winning nine games in tournament play in 19 days.

Quotable

"We are the ninth-place team in the Big East, by the way. So I've heard people call us 'The Big Least' … The ninth-place team in the 'Big Least' is now in the Final Four."

Calhoun, on his team and conference

All region team

Connecticut star guard Kemba Walker was named the Most Outstanding Player of the West Region, and was accompanied by four other players on the all-region team.

The Arizona Wildcats' Derrick Williams and Jesse Perry made the list, as did the Huskies' Jeremy Lamb and Duke point guard Kyrie Irving.

Coach is even now

Calhoun joked that he was square with the pain that Jeremy Lamb's father, Rolando, caused him 27 years ago while at VCU.

Then, the senior Lamb hit a last-second leaning shot to beat Calhoun's Northeastern team in the NCAA tournament. Jeremy Lamb scored 19 Saturday for UConn.

"He paid me back 10-fold," Calhoun said. "That was just one game."

The big number

.190

Percentage from three-point range, a season low, by the Arizona Wildcats

Another big number

56.8

Derrick Williams' final three-point shooting percentage, barely missing Steve Kerr's UA record of 57.3. Williams did not make enough three-pointers to qualify for the NCAA's single-season mark.

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 11 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 9 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 9 1 0 0.900
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 3 0 0.727
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 6 2 0 0.750
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
USC 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 4 6 0 0.400

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Loyola Marymount at
Stanford
12/17 58-67
Grambling at
Washington
12/17 38-86
DePaul at
Oregon State
12/18 8:00 pm
Eastern Washington at
California
12/19 8:00 pm
Arizona at
UTEP
12/19 9:00 pm
Delaware State at
Oregon
12/20 1:00 pm
Lehigh at
Arizona State
12/20 7:00 pm
Oklahoma at
Washington
12/20 7:00 pm
USC at
Boston College
12/21 2:00 pm
DePaul at
Colorado
12/22 2:30 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Oregon
12/22 7:00 pm
Tulane at
Washington
12/22 9:00 pm
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