UA-ETSU pregame: No hula for Wildcats

2012-12-22T02:02:00Z 2012-12-22T06:40:34Z UA-ETSU pregame: No hula for WildcatsBy Bruce Pascoe, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

HONOLULU -- When the hula dancers walked around to find "volunteers" from the Diamond Head Classic teams to join them on the stage during a luau Friday, many of the other teams had players pointing and pleading for their teammates to get picked.

The Wildcats kept their hands down.

So players from five other teams went on the stage and attempted to sway their hips about 1/25th as fast as the dancers, and most of them couldn't do that.

Maybe it's just as well for the Wildcats that none of them tried. They appeared to enjoy the show, which told the Polynesian story of creation with bone-jarring sound and all sorts of dancing, but they also had a game to play the following day.

They were, as their coach was, looking for a balance.

"You try to keep your team as focused as you can," UA coach Sean Miller said earlier Friday. "This is going to be a busy four or five days. All of us are going to enjoy being here in Hawaii but at the same time, part of our joy will be in being successful and hopefully winning a championship."

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Here are the official game notes from Arizona and from ETSU.

And here's the Diamond Head Classic bracket again (in HST; add two hours for PST, three hours for Arizona time and five for EST)

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 Our advance coverage today: An advance story on ETSU's struggles, a scouting report, and a seen-and-heard report filed on deadline during the luau ... just before a very focused man started twirling and eating fire-laden batons (so I could not dutifully report on that event).

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The Johnson City Press says the Bucs were left dispirited after losing to Charleston Southern on Tuesday.

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One of the Bucs' problems so far this season: That Sheldon Cooley and Marcus Dubose were dismissed after they were arrested on drug charges. Dubose was charged with possession of drugs for resale.

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In John Gasaway's list of the top 25 freshmen in college basketball, ETSU's Lester Wilson and UA's Brandon Ashley appeared but Kaleb Tarczewski and Grant Jerrett did not.

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The San Diego Union-Tribune has capsules of the Diamond Head Classic field.

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Mark Lyons was named one of 85 players to watch for the Bob Cousy Award, honoring the nation's top point guard.

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Kyle Fogg had a big night in Rio Grande's victory over Canton and Jorge Gutierrez.

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KO said "we're just not together and that's on me," after USC lost to UC Irvine and now the Trojans are headed to Georgia.

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Shabazz Muhammad has adjusted by realizing he can't bulldoze his way through the opposition at UCLA.

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Utah landed a shooting guard out of Washington, D.C., but the Utes suffered a home loss to Cal State Northridge.

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Colorado named the score against Northern Arizona.

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WSU managed to beat Buffalo.

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Lots of other Pac-12 games today:

USC at Georgia, 11:30 a.m. Fox Sports Net (other than FS Arizona)

Arizona State at Texas Tech, Noon, Fox Sports Arizona

Houston Baptist at Oregon, 1 p.m. Pac-12 Networks

Prairie View A&M at California, 3 p.m. Pac-12 Networks

Northern Illinois at Washington, 5 p.m., Pac-12 Networks

Oregon State vs San Diego, 7 p.m. Pac-12 Networks

Fresno State at UCLA, 9 p.m. Pac-12 Networks

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The high school teams of Cal-bound Jabari Bird and UA target Aaron Gordon will play each other tonight.

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