Seen and heard
With a free throw with 4:20 left Monday, Solomon Hill became the 47th UA player to score 1,000 or more career points.
The senior forward was honored during a timeout afterward, when the UA made an announcement. Hill, who needed 14 points to reach the mark, received a standing ovation.
"I've been here long enough, I hope I get 1,000 points," Hill joked. "I don't think that means anything."
He finished with 15 points - making all 11 of his free throws in the 94-72 win over Long Beach State - and UA coach Sean Miller congratulated him for "joining the 1,000-point club."
Hill also passed 600 career rebounds Monday, after needing only three to eclipse the milestone.
The most famous person inside McKale Center on Monday night was in the stands - Ken Griffey Jr.
The former All-Star hit 630 career home runs and drove in 1,836 runs in a 22-year career that included stops in Seattle, Cincinnati and Chicago.
His son, Trey Griffey, is being redshirted on the UA football team. The freshman wide receiver was a first-team all-state player at Orlando's Dr. Phillips High School.
Junior has been attending UA football games at Arizona Stadium, too.
What's in a name? And do you get bonus points for having a lot of them?
California State University-Long Beach goes by Long Beach State in athletics - no different than sister institutions San Diego State, Fresno State or San Jose State.
But LBSU's mascot is a whole other story. The team is known as the 49ers, an homage to both the 1849 gold rush and the fact the school was founded in 1949.
But they're also known as "The Beach," slang adopted on the team's uniforms and on its basketball court. The reason: they're the only Division I-A school with the word "Beach" in it.
The baseball team, though, has been known as the "Dirtbags" since 1989. The name sprung up because the squad practiced at an all-dirt Pony League field and stuck because of its gritty play.
One more fun fact: the 49ers wore brown and gold until 1989, when football coaching legend George Allen opted for brown and black.
It was made official across all sports in 2000, though the swim and water polo teams had worn black seemingly forever, on account of brown swim caps being almost impossible to find.
"We love playing fast-paced. I think there's still some things on the defensive end we need to change up."
- UA senior forward Solomon Hill
The "Ooh Ahh Man" made his return to McKale Center.
With 7:49 left and the Wildcats leading 75-50, Joe Cavaleri walked onto midcourt, stripped off three layers of shirts and led fans in his trademark "U of A!" cheer.
Cavaleri is a UA institution - he first did his shtick at basketball games in 1980 - but we haven't seen him around a lot lately.
In the 2010-11 season, he didn't make his first appearance until January. He's fought illness over the years, but will continue to make occasional appearances.
The big number
Times Long Beach State has played back-to-back regular-season ranked opponents under coach Dan Monson, including against North Carolina on Friday and Arizona on Monday. Before Monson, it happened only once - on Jan. 5 and 6 under coach Tex Winter.
"Giving up 14 threes is bad. It wasn't that they got hot - they earned it. But it's not just Long Beach … that's a problem right now."
- Wildcats coach Sean Miller
Long Beach State must have thought Lute and Bobbi Olson court looked, well, ordinary.
Back home, LBSU is playing on an Oregon-style design - only better - after the school remodeled its hardwood in August. The floor features four gold palm trees between the two three-point arcs.
In black, written across midcourt, is "The Beach."
LBSU looked at 10 designs in the past year, including an all-black floor, before deciding on the palm tree design.
Another big number
Career points scored by UA walk-on forward Max Wiepking, after the senior made a three-pointer in the final minute Monday.