Arizona-Oregon pregame: Johnson named Wooden finalist

2014-03-08T10:32:00Z 2014-03-08T11:02:07Z Arizona-Oregon pregame: Johnson named Wooden finalistBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

EUGENE, Ore. – Just a few items before Dusan Ristic makes his official announcement, likely for Arizona. It’s now scheduled for about 12:30 p.m., Arizona time.


UA guard Nick Johnson was named one of 15 finalists for the John Wooden Award. The release is not yet available online but UCLA's Kyle Anderson was the only other Pac-12 player on the list. The 10-man Wooden All-American team will be announced around the Elite Eight.


Matthew Knight Arena will be sold out today and Sean Miller expects another wild crowd to root against the Wildcats.

“It’s the last home game for a number of their players and nationally televised,” Miller said. “It’s a good test for us. Lets face it: every game from now on has a lot at stake so I think continuing to stay in that environment for our team is a good thing. But it’ll be a big challenge for sure.”


More items about today's game:

-- Dana Altman says all the fanfare is a little different for the Ducks.

-- The Oregonian has a preview box and a rundown of related items.

-- We had a feature on onetime UA commit Mike Moser, a scouting report/notebook, and a photo gallery.


It's the final home game for WSU seniors and, possibly, coach Ken Bone.

Across the state, the Huskies will send off a few.


Since no Pac-12 team will play Sunday, thus ensuring equal amounts of rest before the conference tournament, there's a full slate today. The other games:

Utah at Stanford, 12:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks

ASU at Oregon State, 2:30 p.m. Pac-12 Networks. The Sun Devils are looking for a road win entering the Pac-12 tourney.

USC at Washington, 2:30 p.m. Pac-12 Networks

Colorado at Cal, 4:30 p.m. Pac-12 Networks

UCLA at WSU, 9 p.m., Fox Sports 1

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