Updated to note that Pac-12 spokesman Dave Hirsch told the Star that the conference has reviewed the Kevin Parrom-DaVonte Lacy incident and that it was "was handled correctly by the officials."
Also, CBSSports' Jeff Goodman says Sidiki Johnson is off the team at Providence. Johnson was dismissed at UA in December 2012 because of personal issues.
PULLMAN, Wash. – DaVonte Lacy may or may not have instigated things with Kevin Parrom in Saturday’s Arizona-WSU game, but to UA coach Sean Miller that doesn’t matter.
After UA’s 79-65 win over the Cougars, Miller said he wanted to review the game video before commenting but added that he was “very, very disappointed” in Parrom, who was ejected for a “flagrant two” foul for hitting Lacy above the shoulders.
“We’ll handle it internally but he’ll be disciplined at the highest level possible if in fact was he did is represented” on video review, Miller said. “He embarrassed himself, our university, our basketball program, his family, and it doesn’t always matter what happened before you do that (kind of fouling)
“Kevin’s older, he’s a senior, he’s been through several situations. He knows better. And he deserved to get thrown out if in fact they’re accurate. Obviously I don’t want to judge that until I see it. But we have to be beyond that as a team and he has to be beyond that at this stage of his career. There’s no place for that.”
Since he was ejected for the flagrant two, not fighting, Parrom does not face an automatic suspension for UA’s next game. But when asked if he might keep Parrom out Wednesday against Stanford, depending on what he learned about the incident, Miller said only that “we’ll have to really take a look at that.”
Solomon Hill said Parrom’s foul appeared to be similar to the ejection Hill received last season at Utah when he hit the Utes’ Cedric Martin in the back of the head. Miller said after reviewing that video that Hill was retaliating to a blow from Martin, and Hill said he’s “pretty sure” that Parrom was also retaliating.
“They’ll catch the second one every single time,” Hill told the Star. “Same thing with the Cedric Martin play. They didn’t catch him. They caught me. So Kev has to be smart about the situation. Right now we’re tied for first. His absence was big for us. You think about it, and if they lose a guy like that (Lacy), it doesn’t make a big difference. So Kevin can’t get into that game with somebody else. He has a team he has to stay with.”
Hill also said that Parrom needs to “understand that when you play someone like this, 11-11, the’re going to try to come out and do things like that to throw you off mentally. If they throw you off mentally, they’ve won. Kev can’t buy into that.
"Do I think Kev initiated it? No. I don’t think so. Brock Motum threw a cheap shot at Kaleb but the thing is they don’t catch that. They can’t just stop the game and go to the monitor every time. I told those guys if somebody hits you, don’t retaliate. Just fall on the ground. You fall on the ground, they gonna have to go to the monitor, they’re going to review it and they’re gonna see it. Don’t be the second one.”
The Cougars also benefited from a UA ejection last season, when Josiah Turner was tossed after he had two technical fouls called on him for heated exchanges with Motum. That was the third ejection in three weeks for the Wildcats, who also lost Kyryl Natyazhko to an ejection when he dashed off the bench to join a UA-OSU scuffle at McKale Center.
The Spokesman-Review's game story noted how Hill toyed with the WSU crowd.
Here's the official box score.
One Pac-12 game today: OSU plays at Stanford at 1 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks.
More bad news for Oregon, which already lost Dominic Artis and has slipped into a tie with UA: Point guard Johnathan Loyd hurt his thumb.