Frank Busch turned to the crowd and bowed.
The legendary UA swim coach was honored at halftime alongside his wife and three of his five adult children.
Wearing a red UA dress shirt, Busch stood at midcourt and listened as an announcer rattled off his stellar résumé while swimming highlights aired on the scoreboard.
Since 1991, at least one UA swimmer has won an individual championship in every season.
The crowd, which included former swimmer and Olympian Amanda Beard, rose to its feet.
"Just being part of this community, part of this university," he said. "I'm so fortunate."
Busch announced last month he is leaving the UA to become the USA Swimming national team executive director, effective at the end of the season.
Greg Byrne and athletic department personnel gave Busch the John "Button" Salmon Service Award - the same given to Dick Tomey in the fall - for his contributions to the Wildcats.
The big number
Field goals attempted by WSU's Klay Thompson, the most by any UA foe this year. BYU's Jimmer Fredette had 22.
Washington guard Scott Suggs sprained the medial collateral ligament in his knee after three minutes at Arizona State on Thursday, hurting his chances to play Saturday against the Wildcats.
It could be a major blow for the Huskies. The guard averages 7.6 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.
We pointed out after the last McKale Center game that, for his contribution against USC, Alex Jacobson didn't even have a giant Xerox-copied head held aloft by Zona Zoo.
So we're obligated, and happy, to report that Tree has received his giant head, as have reserves Daniel Bejarano, Robert Arvizu, Dondre Wise and Max Wiepking.
What, no assistant coaches?
(Your move, Zona Zoo).
Tucson Water crews began an emergency repair of a waterline break at the corner of Campbell Avenue and Sixth Street during the game, prompting fears of a catastrophic traffic jam afterward.
Cars moved slower, but they weren't bumper-to-bumper.
San Diego guys
Angelo Chol became the latest San Diego star to commit to play for the Arizona Wildcats.
Short of Bill Walton - depending on whom you ask, the greatest collegiate player ever - San Diego isn't known as a basketball hotbed. Yet since the 1989-90 season, the Wildcats have boasted three first-team All-Pac-10 players from the area.
Jud Buechler hails from the suburb of Poway and Chase Budinger is from Encinitas. Luke Walton is from San Diego proper.
Throw in Tony Clark, who played basketball briefly at the UA before switching to pro baseball, and those four San Diegans who played basketball at the UA have made at least $53 million.
The Jacksonville Jaguars offensive lineman and UA grad was honored as the Wildcat Club Member of the Game at halftime. Too bad they spelled his name wrong on the scoreboard. It's E-b-e-n.
"We have some games where we're good at the beginning of the games and bad at the end, and others where we're bad at the beginning and good at the end. Tonight was one of those games where we weren't good at the start - or (Arizona) was just really good."
WSU coach Ken Bone