Seen and heard

2011-03-13T00:00:00Z 2012-11-30T19:13:44Z Seen and heard Arizona Daily Star
March 13, 2011 12:00 am

Wildcat Walk

The UA staged its first-ever basketball "Wildcat Walk" on Saturday, lining the street with band members and cheerleaders outside the JW Marriott near the Staples Center.

About 400 or so participated - including, oddly enough, Washington coach Lorenzo Romar. He was leaving the hotel the same time as the "Wildcat Walk," and jokingly asked UA athletic director Greg Byrne if the fans were friendly. Assured they were, Romar walked through the tunnel of people, waving and even giving a high-five to UA fans.

"They were very very gracious, very nice," Romar said. "There was even some applause.

"I told them I wished them luck for 38 minutes, and they said the last 38. Little did I know."

Fogg: a bit better

Wildcats guard Kyle Fogg played 17 minutes Saturday, but wasn't ready to declare himself back to 100 percent after straining his quadriceps last week against Oregon.

He said the "pain is starting to leave," but he still feels weak.

"My mind will want to do something, but my leg just won't fire up," he said.

The junior said "I think I'll be better by our next game," and coach Sean Miller agreed.

"I think he'll return to that level midweek," he said.

Fogg said he "probably" would not have played on the injury, if it had happened at a less crucial time early in the year.

"We could choose to sit him completely out, but Kyle has contributed in each of the past two nights," Miller said. "We don't look at his injury as getting worse. As a matter of a fact sometimes by running a little bit it gets better."

Fogg lay on his back with ice on his quad after the game.

All -tournament team

For the second-straight year, Isaiah Thomas was named the Pac-10 Tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

"It was pretty cool," he said.

The other five on the team were Arizona's Derrick Williams, Washington's Terrence Ross, Oregon State's Jared Cunningham, Oregon's E.J. Singler and Washington State's Klay Thompson.

The big number

30

Assists by Isaiah Thomas over three games, the Pac-10 Tournament record. He passed Oregon State's Gary Payton, Oregon's Luke Ridnour and USC's Brandon Granville, who all had 24.

Who's in?

Romar said he thought the Pac-10 deserved to have four teams in the NCAA tournament - which would include USC, firmly on the bubble after the Trojans' semifinal loss to Arizona.

"The way SC defends, and with their front line and the quickness of their guards, you just don't face that a lot," Romar said.

Romar said "I hope we get four in, because it will be fun to watch this conference." Quotable

"I can't read the ball. I don't know if the ball is going to go in or not. I just knew he shot the shot, and from the reaction of the crowd, I knew it went in."

UA guard MoMo Jones, on Thomas' game-winner

Hall of Honor

The Pac-10 held a breakfast Saturday to honor the 10 members of the league's Hall of Honor Class of 2011. The Wildcats were represented by wing Michael Dickerson, a member of the 1997 national title team.

Others honored included Arizona State's Isaac Austin, Cal's Bob McKeen, Oregon's Charlie Warren, Oregon State's Charlie White, Stanford's Brevin Knight, UCLA's Don MacLean, USC's Harold Miner, Washington's Todd MacCulloch and Washington State's Ray Sundquist. The team was introduced Friday night, when each member received a replica jersey from his team with his name and number on the back.

Patrick Finley

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