Utah pregame: Miller advances in charity contest

2012-01-19T11:44:00Z 2012-01-19T14:35:42Z Utah pregame: Miller advances in charity contestBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star

Too bad for the Wildcats that Sean Miller couldn't have stepped to the line against Oregon last Saturday, when UA made just 12 of 20 free throws.

Miller again hit all 25 free throws in his latest Shots from the Heart round to defeat Butler's Brad Stevens. Miller will next face Steve Donahue of Boston College.

James Whitford, however, lost in the assistant coach bracket to Valparaiso's Roger Powell.

Miller is also participating in the Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge.

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How will Utah adjust without Josh Watkins tonight against Arizona? They may not depend as heavily on the pick-and-roll without Watkins around.

Otherwise, though, game scout Book Richardson was trying to do his best guesswork.

"We worry because if Josh Watkins was an engine, we don't know what goes on now," Richardson said. "You never know."

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Watkins was followed out the Pac-12 door by two other key players this week: Cal suffered a significant blow to its title hopes when top rebounder Richard Solomon was declared academically ineligible while USC's Aaron Fuller may be out for the year with a shoulder injury (he missed the second half of UA's game at USC because of it). 

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Links to the official game notes for Utah and Arizona.

Our coverage today: A story on the altitude UA will be playing at this weekend, story on Watkins' dismissalnotes and a matchup graphic.

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Oregon is making noise with its veteran roster.

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There may be some separation in the Pac-12 race after Washington hosts California and Stanford this weekend. The Huskies will face the Bears tonight at 6:30 on ROOT Sports Northwest.

The Fox Sports Net national game of the night will be UCLA at Oregon State at 8:30 p.m.

Other Pac-12 games:

USC at Oregon, 6:30 p.m. Comcast SportsNet Northwest

ASU at Colorado, 6:30 p.m. ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain

Stanford at Washington State, 8 p.m. No TV

 

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