Already stuck on Sean Miller’s bench in recent weeks, center Kyryl Natyazhko also entered his doghouse today.
Natyazhko was suspended for tonight’s game with USC because of an unspecified violation of team rules, joining Josiah Turner (Dec. 7 at Florida) and Sidiki Johnson (several) as UA players suspended for entire games this season.
UA did not announce what rule Natyazhko violated and said “further discipline will be handled internally,” suggesting the school won’t offer any additional comment, but termed the discipline a one-game suspension.
Natyazhko and Johnson entered the season as UA's top centers, but Johnson was dismissed after playing only three games and Natyazhko has slipped outside of the playing rotation while coach Sean Miller has gone with smaller lineups.
Natyazhko has played only once in UA’s past five games, doing so briefly at Washington State only because Solomon Hill and Angelo Chol both had four fouls.
Overall, Natyazhko has played in eight of UA’s 15 Pac-12 games, and 20 of 28 overall. He is averaging 1.1 points and 1.7 rebounds per game.
Natyazhko averaged 1.9 points and 2.1 rebounds in 69 career games entering this season.
Natyazhko could have an even harder time earning playing time next season, with two McDonald’s All-American forwards (Grant Jerrett and Brandon Ashley) arriving along with highly touted center Kaleb Tarczewski.
The local broadcast team of Dave Sitton and Corey Williams will handle their last Wildcat game of the season tonight for Fox Sports Arizona, and it may be Sitton’s last.
Not only has the Pac-12 not determined which, if any, current local broadcasters will be retained next season under the conference’s new centralized broadcast plan, but Sitton is also running for Congress and says he wouldn't have time to broadcast games if he won.
Sitton has been working UA games for 33 years, the first 10 in radio.
“There’s a lot of things at play right now but I’ve come to the realization that this could be the end,” Sitton said.
Sitton is one of six Republicans who have filed to enter the special primary in April to fill the seat of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. He said he checked with UA and Fox Sports officials to make sure they did not have a problem with him broadcasting the final game now that he has declared.
“Everybody signed off on it,” Sitton said.
The last time Sitton did a game, Jan. 21 at Colorado, he had not declared he was running.
Had some pregame notes and links on the previous thread.