Arizona stays mum over Pac-12 fine

2013-03-18T18:02:00Z 2013-03-18T18:35:45Z Arizona stays mum over Pac-12 fineBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 18, 2013 6:02 pm  • 

Arizona kept quiet Monday after the Pac-12 announced Sunday night that Sean Miller had been fined $25,000 for his postgame actions following UA’s 66-64 loss to UCLA on Friday in the Pac-12 Tournament.

Miller was scratched from his weekly news conference, and UA athletic director Greg Byrne said via text message that he would not comment aside from his tweet that said he was “glad Sean Miller is our coach.”

Hill said he was unaware of the fine, though he said he did see this tweet from former UA player Derrick Williams that was supportive of Miller:

 

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It’s been a decade since Arizona has had a memorable NCAA tournament game in Salt Lake City, so maybe the Wildcats are due for another one.

In 1993, 15th-seeded Santa Clara and Steve Nash upset Arizona 64-61 in the first round at Salt Lake City and in 2003, top-seeded Arizona beat ninth-seeded Gonzaga 95-95 in double overtime in the second round.

However, while those games were played at the Huntsman Center on the University of Utah campus, this week's games will be played in downtown Salt Lake City at Energy Solutions Arena, where the NBA's Utah Jazz plays.

The last time Arizona played at Energy Solutions Arena, the Elite Eight-bound Wildcats of 2010-11 suffered their worst loss of the nonconference season against BYU and Jimmer Fredette, 87-65, on Dec. 11, 2010.

"Our last game there wasn't anything that we should be familiar with," Solomon Hill said. "But hopefully, we can learn from that and learn from the three-point performance that Jimmer (Fredette) put on and not let that happen again."

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Belmont is feeling pretty good after receiving its highest NCAA tournament seed ever.

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Arizona was ranked No. 21 in the final Associated Press Top 25 media poll of the season.

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Ben Howland's status at UCLA may still be fuzzy, and Bill Moos will speak with Ken Bone next week at WSU.

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UNLV is preparing for a quasi-road game against Cal.

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Detectives are asking USC players about the fight in Spokane, Wash.

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Lot of folks disagree with the No. 12 seed given to Oregon.

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