Seen and heard

2011-01-28T00:00:00Z 2012-11-30T19:32:39Z Seen and heard Arizona Daily Star
January 28, 2011 12:00 am

Giant heads!

Zona Zoo was overrun by giant heads Thursday night.

The student section had giant images of each UA player's head - plus that of UA coach Sean Miller - dry-mounted on cardboard. They measured about 3 feet wide and 4 feet tall.

Our favorite - Jesse Perry, dreadlocks and all.

The giant heads are becoming more popular around the country; we first saw it at San Diego State a few years back.

Another silly new thing we liked Thursday: UA cheerleaders facing the student section had three new signs, which read "Boing!," "Pass!" and "Brick," showing the Zona Zoo what to chant during big moments of the game. Miller taught the student section those cheers when he arrived at Arizona last year.


UA athletic director Greg Byrne had a familiar guest Thursday - ESPN football analyst Mark May.

The former offensive lineman came to Tucson to see Byrne, his friend of six years, and ESPN football partner Rece Davis, who called the game.

May was asked which player on the floor - Joshua Smith, Reeves Nelson or even Derrick Williams - would make the best football player.

His answer: the 6-foot-10-inch Smith, easy.

"I've said all night, 'The kid needs to be wearing shoulder pads,'" May said.

May, who wore a Wildcats cap, was a prep basketball star who could have attended Rhode Island, among other places, on scholarship.

He played football at Pitt instead, winning the Outland Trophy before becoming part of the Washington Redskins' famed "Hogs."

Early arrival

Tyler Broker likes to get to Arizona Wildcats' games early.

Thursday, however, was ridiculous.

When his last class of the day ended at 2 p.m., the senior history major walked to the Zona Zoo entrance doors on the west side of McKale Center.

"There wasn't anyone there," he said. "I started a line, and a guy came right after."

Broker found a way to spend the time. He read more than 350 pages to finish Jon Krakauer's book about Pat Tillman, "Where Men Win Glory."

Broker was rewarded for his wait. He sat in the front row of Zona Zoo, on the far right side. That's where he was seated last year when the Wildcats defeated USC. He tries to sit near there every game; it's lucky.

"Now," he said, "I have to have it."

The big number

Dec. 5

The last time center Alex Jacobson played - against Oklahoma - before entering Thursday night's game in the second half.

Sent in

Twenty-three years ago this week, Jerome sent it in.

Jerome Lane, a Pitt power forward, shattered the backboard on a national television dunk. Announcer Bill Raftery's call - "Send it in, Jerome!" - became part of the basketball lexicon.

Sean Miller, then a freshman, passed to Lane.

"A lot of people call it 'The Dunk,'" Miller said this week. "It's definitely 'The Pass.' The dunk wouldn't have happened if the pass didn't happen."

Miller saw mention of the dunk on an ESPN broadcast Monday.

"I was very disappointed Bill Raftery didn't mention me at all," Miller said. "I thought we were connected at a very high level."

Miller joked that his "name should be brought up," always, when talking about the dunk.

"Just imagine if we're playing UCLA here, and it's a nationally televised game like that one was, and on a 2-on-1, Derrick (Williams) shatters the backboard," he said. "It's a moment that's unforgettable."


"ESPN does a great job."

Byrne, refusing to be baited when asked if he'd like to see ESPN at McKale Center more. The Pac-10 has a television contract to negotiate in the next year.

Another big number


UCLA's 18-point deficit Thursday was its largest of the season.

Pat Finley

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Arizona 7 1 0 0.875 19 2 0 0.905
Utah 6 1 0 0.857 16 3 0 0.842
Stanford 6 2 0 0.750 15 5 0 0.750
Oregon State 5 3 0 0.625 13 6 0 0.684
Oregon 4 4 0 0.500 14 7 0 0.667
UCLA 3 4 0 0.429 11 9 0 0.550
Colorado 3 4 0 0.429 10 8 0 0.556
Washington State 3 4 0 0.429 9 10 0 0.474
Washington 3 5 0 0.375 14 6 0 0.700
Arizona State 3 5 0 0.375 12 10 0 0.545
California 1 6 0 0.143 11 9 0 0.550
USC 1 6 0 0.143 9 10 0 0.474

AP Top 25

Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Oregon State at
Arizona State
1/28 55-73
Oregon at
1/28 56-90
Stanford at
1/28 84-74
Colorado at
1/29 7:30 pm
Utah at
1/29 8:00 pm
California at
Washington State
1/29 9:00 pm
Oregon at
Arizona State
1/30 6:00 pm
Oregon State at
1/30 8:00 pm
Stanford at
Washington State
1/31 6:00 pm
Colorado at
1/31 8:30 pm
Utah at
2/1 12:30 pm
California at
2/1 1:00 pm
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