Arizona-FDU pregame: Wildcats rise to No. 5 ranking

2013-11-18T13:54:00Z 2013-11-18T21:51:04Z Arizona-FDU pregame: Wildcats rise to No. 5 rankingBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
November 18, 2013 1:54 pm  • 

Tonight’s tipoff is at 11 p.m. back on campus at Fairleigh Dickinson, but the Knights may not even notice.

Their body clocks are already broken.

Fairleigh Dickinson played Friday night at Hartford, practiced at home in New Jersey late Saturday night, took multiple flights to Tucson and arrived at 6 p.m. Sunday, then practiced at 8:30 p.m. at McKale Center.

Coach Greg Herenda wasn’t complaining.

“We’re just happy to be in this tournament,” he said Sunday night. “It’s a privilege and an honor to be here. Our kids are excited to play a team like Arizona.”

For Herenda, there’s also a somewhat fitting touch to his first high-profile game as a Division I coach: He’ll be facing UA’s Sean Miller, whom he once met when he and Miller’s father worked a clinic at Merrimack College, where Herenda was then an assistant coach.

“Sean was probably 15 or 16 years old,” Herenda said. “He and his dad did a lecture and I worked him out. I watched him in his career at Pitt and I know his dad really well.”

Arizona rose from 6 to 5 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll that was updated today. UA is No. 4 in the ESPN coaches poll.

We had a look back at Arizona's experience in the 2008-09 NIT Season Tip-Off today, as well as a scouting reports with notes.

ICYMI, we also had a look at Stanley Johnson's journey through basketball so far with a mother who played professionally herself.

Here's Arizona's official game notes and some from FDU.

Could Justise Winslow sneak into Arizona's already strong 2014 recruiting class? It's not expected but Winslow may announce a choice this week and the Wildcats have remained among his finalists.

STATS LLC has a look at tonight's game. Sports Chat Place says it should be a name-the-score affair for the Wildcats.

Seems that the President has become Oregon State's lucky charm. The Beavers are now 4-0 when Barack Obama is in the house.

Roberto Nelson, who says he's amazed that the Obamas now know him by name, scored 31 points and was named Pac-12 Player of the Week over UA's Aaron Gordon and others.

Craig Robinson only wishes he could get his brother-in-law to visit Corvallis more often.

Stanford won at Denver.

Cal takes on Southern Utah (9 p.m. Pac-12 Networks) before heading to Maui.

Spencer Dinwiddie sees no reason to shoot when his Colorado teammates are hot.

Washington beat Eastern Washington before heading to New York.

Azcentral has a look at Jordan Bachynski's record-setting blocks.

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