Arizona basketball: Seen & heard in Salt Lake City

2013-03-24T00:00:00Z 2013-03-24T19:34:51Z Arizona basketball: Seen & heard in Salt Lake CityPatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 24, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Important fans

Two members of the Arizona Wildcats sat in the crowd Saturday, the way they'd done all week and last week, too, for the Pac-12 tournament.

Walk-on Jacob Hazzard and redshirting forward Matt Korcheck sat three or four rows behind the UA bench at EnergySolutions Arena, cheering baskets - and, occasionally, even interacting with fans.

"A little bit," Korcheck, a Cochise College transfer. "I'm not gonna be disrespectful."

The two had seats in the UA locker room but not on the bench, per NCAA rules.

So was it more fun than watching from the bench, or frustrating?

"It's both," Hazzard said. "I get to watch the game, kinda enjoy it a little more. It's tough not being down there on the bench. I'm just as intense. …

"If it's a close game, I'm real serious. Today, it was a lotta fun."

The big number

0

Minutes the Wildcats trailed, over two games in Salt Lake City

Harvard band

Every member of the Harvard pep band wears a crimson sport coat with a matching tie.

What's the best song they played Saturday? It wasn't Justin Timberlake's hit, "Suit and Tie."

Actually, it was a musical number from the "South Park" movie.

The band played "What Would Brian Boitano Do?"- a song sung by the cartoon boys in honor of the figure skater. It places Boitano in mythical situations, as in: "When Brian Boitano was in the Alps/fighting grizzly bears/he used his magical fire breath/and saved the maidens fair."

Very dorky. And very cool.

They also played Chamillionaire's "Ridin'" and a Taylor Swift song.

Now that's range.

Tweets of the day

"Wow, we're beating Harvard in basketball? And I always thought we were just superior to them academically!"

Former UA star and TNT analyst Steve Kerr, @SteveKerrTNT

"I want to see Max Wiepking in the game right now!"

Ex-UA forward Derrick Williams, @RealDWill7, in the first half, about UA walk-on Wiepking

"Love watching UofA dominate! #Sweet 16"

- Former UA wing Chase Budinger, @CBudinger

Lyons laughs last

In the second half, a Harvard fan tried to razz Mark Lyons by bringing up his past.

When the UA guard was getting ready to pass the ball in from underneath the Wildcats' basket, the Crimson fan screamed.

"Mark!" he said. "Don't start another brawl, like you did at Xavier!"

Lyons, who received a two-game suspension for a fight against Cincinnati last season, stopped, looked at the fan and laughed out loud.

"It is what it is," he said afterward. "I lot of people think I'm this kinda guy, I'm a thug, I'm this, I'm that.

"But I'm a good guy. I've got a college degree. I'm a family guy. I'm a good guy.

"People are going to judge me how they're going to judge me. I laugh at it."

Like a seal

When Grant Jerrett left Saturday's game with a right elbow injury, he found it painful to bend it - or even to clap.

As he sat on the Wildcats' bench, he didn't know what to do to show his approval.

So the UA freshman clapped, keeping both arms straight.

"Like a seal," he said, smiling.

UA guard Gabe York started mocking Jerrett, bringing a smile to his face when he needed it.

"Gabe was doing it too," he said.

Later, York missed one shot in four minutes in his first NCAA tournament game.

Another big number

3-0

Arizona's record all-time against Harvard.

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