Sweet 16 Sidelines

2011-03-24T00:00:00Z 2014-07-24T10:03:41Z Sweet 16 SidelinesBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 24, 2011 12:00 am  • 

Miller asked about job opening

The North Carolina media are in town to cover Duke, so there was one question UA coach Sean Miller was bound to face Wednesday.

Sure enough, a television reporter told Miller that a lot of North Carolina State fans would love to see him become the Wolfpack's new head coach.

Miller, the subject of N.C. State rumors about the opening since the day Sidney Lowe resigned last week, did not flinch.

"I just got to Arizona," Miller said. "I'm really happy to be here, and this is one of the great programs in college basketball, and I sure hope I can be here for a long time."

Arizona AD Greg Byrne posted on Twitter last week that he and Miller have had good talks, and that Miller "has zero interest in any job openings."

Miller is due for an extension or reworking of his five-year contract at the end of the season, since he was promised a seven-year deal upon his hiring in April 2009, but could only be contracted for five under Arizona Board of Regents policy.

Reunited and it feels so good

The New York Gauchos traveling team is holding a reunion this weekend that UA assistant coach Book Richardson could have never imagined.

Richardson, the Gauchos' former coach, knew that former Gauchos Kemba Walker (of Connecticut), MoMo Jones and Kevin Parrom would be playing high-major college basketball. But he said he did not think he'd be around as a coach, in the Sweet 16, with them, all at the same site.

"Coaching college basketball was never a real option for me," Richardson said. "I never thought about it. The calling was that you do AAU basketball and you give back."

Not your father's "Tonight Show"

By now, there may be a day or two that goes by without Miller being asked about appearing on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show" as a child dribbling prodigy.

But Wednesday was not one of them.

Miller was asked who joined him that night during the second of a two-part question. When he declined to address that second part, he was asked again by the moderator about the "Tonight Show" and dodged it again.

"I can't go down that path," Miller said. "I have three kids who are older than me when I was on that show. I say 'Carson,' and they don't even know who he is. That was a long, long time ago."

Tickets, get your tickets

Even Ukrainian native Kyryl Natyazhko used his allotment of six tickets for tonight's game, which posed an obvious problem for the Wildcats.

There were no extras to go around for the families and friends of the Wildcats' six Southern California residents.

"Honestly, I don't expect to have too many people there," Derrick Williams said.

"The (resale) tickets are around $400. Not many people have that much money to spend on a 40-minute game."

Senior forward Jamelle Horne said his father would be coming up from San Diego for the game, and his mother and his sister will be arriving from Tacoma, Wash. The total was over six people, forcing some to buy tickets.

"Crazy," Horne said.

Then there's Jordin Mayes, the freshman from Los Angeles whose father has been scrambling.

"I couldn't even tell you how many people he'll have," Darryel Mayes said.

Reason for respect

When Miller speaks of respect for Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, below, he has a firsthand reason to do so.

Duke beat Miller's Xavier team 82-64 at the Meadowlands early in the 2008-09 season, firing its defense so effectively that during the first media timeout, Miller told his players the Blue Devils "could score 190."

And that was the Xavier team that had reached an Elite Eight a year earlier and was en route to another Sweet 16.

"They beat us about as badly as you can be beaten," Miller said. "It was a December game, and they did a great job."

Bruce Pascoe

No. 5 Arizona vs. No. 1 DUKE, 6:45 P.m., Ch. 13, 1290-AM, 107.5-FM

He said it …

"They run a lot of ball screen stuff for Nolan Smith, a lot of ball screen stuff for Kyrie Irving. To me, they have sets that take advantage of every position - wherever they feel they have a matchup advantage. (The challenge) is dealing with their guards and their ball screens. If those guys are continually at the rim, it's going to be a long night. You have to be able to contain them, and defend the three."

James Whitford, Arizona assistant coach

Singler a triple threat

Duke forward Kyle Singler has stamina, scores in multiple ways and cleans the glass:

34.8

Minutes per game

16.9

Points per game

6.8

Rebounds per game

He said it …

"They're the best man-to-man defensive pressure team in basketball. They're like Washington on steroids. They're going to make every catch hard, they're going to speed you up and block shots. They extend in the half court. Sometimes they switch screens and sometimes they flat out deny, but they're going to deny everything. They want to rattle you. It requires athletes and a high level of thinking. They make everything hard, make everything difficult. That's probably the biggest factor in the game."

James Whitford, Arizona assistant coach

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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 12 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 10 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 10 1 0 0.909
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 8 2 0 0.800
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 8 3 0 0.727
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 4 0 0.667
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
USC 0 0 0 0.000 7 4 0 0.636
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 6 5 0 0.545
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 5 6 0 0.455

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Oregon State at
Quinnipiac
12/21 52-60
USC at
Boston College
12/21 75-71
San Jose State at
Washington State
12/21 53-82
DePaul at
Colorado
12/22 2:30 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Oregon
12/22 7:00 pm
Wisconsin at
California
12/22 7:00 pm
Tulane at
Washington
12/22 9:00 pm
Detroit at
Arizona State
12/23 1:00 pm
Stanford at
Texas
12/23 5:00 pm
South Dakota State at
Utah
12/23 7:00 pm
Arizona at
UNLV
12/23 8:00 pm
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