Send it in!
There are moments that make you feel old.
Friday produced one for UA coach Sean Miller: the 25th anniversary of the great "Send It In, Jerome!" play.
Miller made the assist to Pitt teammate Jerome Lane, who dunked on a fast break and shattered the backboard. Bill Raftery's call became as popular as the play itself.
ESPN produced a video package highlighting the dunk Friday.
"We all have those moments that for the first time in your life, you're like, this is the first time you feel old," Miller said. "I couldn't believe when they told me it's been 25 years. Wow. Where has time gone by?"
Asked how he's held up, Miller smiled.
"I dunno - that's for other people," he said.
What to wear?
The next UA home game - Feb. 6 against Stanford - will feature another color gimmick. Fans are encouraged to wear either red, white or blue, depending on where their seats are located inside McKale Center.
Saturday, the UA distributed flyers, leaving instructions on the backs of seats for what colors to wear.
The resulting design will feature a red cross that bisects center court, with navy- and white-clad fans alternating in the corners.
Here's what to wear, by section:
• Red: Sections 2-4, 8-10, 14-16, 20-22, 101B, 101C, 101D, 115B, 115C, 115D
• White: Section 5-6, 11, 17-18, 23, 101E, 115E
• Blue: Sections 1, 7, 12-13, 19, 24, 101A, 115A
Greg Byrne made it back to Tucson and, just barely, to McKale Center.
The UA athletic director returned Saturday from a 10-day tour of Nike's Asian factories in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, China; and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Byrne, one of five ADs to make the trip, slept five hours on a flight from Beijing to Seattle before connecting to Tucson. He landed in Southern Arizona at 2:45 p.m. Saturday, attended a quarter of his son Davis' basketball game and went to McKale Center to shower.
By the time he got cleaned up, it was 4:59 p.m. - one minute before tipoff.
"I'll sleep well tonight," he said.
Miller wore navy and white Nikes as part of Coaches vs. Cancer's Suits and Sneakers Weekend, which helps the American Cancer Society to raise awareness for its cause.
The UA coach donned a white Arizona golf shirt, navy sportcoat and khaki pants with his sneakers. USC interim coach Bob Cantu wore a suit and tie with sneakers.
More than 4,000 coaches - lead guys and assistants at the high school and college levels - were expected to participate this weekend. In 20 years, Coaches vs. Cancer has raised more the $85 million.
Steve Kerr is the most popular man in Tucson, even from hundreds of miles away.
At 6:35 p.m. Saturday, the former UA great tweeted the following: "Hey U of A students at Mckale right now - don't forget to start the 'just like football' chant. We don't get to use that one often vs. SC!"
At 6:37, Zona Zoo started the chant.
Seriously. Two minutes later.
Ah, the power of Twitter.
The big number
1 month, 3 days
The amount of time between points for Angelo Chol. When he hit a free throw in the second half Saturday, it marked his first score since the Dec. 23 Miami game
"I believe USC has won twice here in 27 years. But there's a reason why, no matter how good or bad the team is - they're a very good team, they have a lot of talent, they have depth, they execute, they run a great offense. And they're No. 6 in the country for a reason."
- USC interim head coach Bob Cantu