Seen and heard at the Arizona-Cal basketball game

2011-02-06T00:00:00Z 2014-01-24T16:00:04Z Seen and heard at the Arizona-Cal basketball gamePatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 06, 2011 12:00 am  • 

Blue boys

When Sean Miller hinted Friday that the Arizona Wildcats might be better off wearing their blue uniforms, he wasn't kidding.

Maybe they are lucky.

The team wore navy-blue jerseys and shorts Saturday night - marking the seventh straight time the Wildcats donned blue instead of red on the road.

The last time the UA wore red was at BYU, a game the Wildcats lost by 22.

Entering Saturday, the Wildcats were 4-2 during their past seven games in blue, defeating North Carolina State, Oregon, Washington State and Stanford.

Uh-oh

Saturday's game featured three pretty blatant officiating mistakes. All were corrected - eventually.

In the first half, Cal's Jorge Gutierrez left for a ball as it was careening out of bounds. He tried to call a timeout in the air, and it was granted, only the officials ruled he didn't save the ball. About one minute into the timeout, it was waved off. The teams returned to the floor.

With 11:12 to play in the game, Solomon Hill was whistled for an intentional foul after colliding with Gutierrez.

Cal sent Allen Crabbe, an 80 percent free throw shooter, to the line. He made the first shot, and it was counted on the scoreboard.

When the officials realized the wrong player was shooting, they wiped the point off and put Gutierrez at the line. He made both attempts.

In the first 30 seconds of the second overtime, officials ruled that Jesse Perry had fouled out after colliding with Richard Solomon. Then they said he had four fouls.

While Solomon shot his first free throw, they checked again. It was indeed five, and he left the game.

The big number

9,773 Attendance on Saturday. Haas Pavilion seats 11,877.

Another big number

55 - Minutes played by Cal forward Harper Kamp. He never went to the bench. Kamp is the only active Arizona-born Pac-10 player who does not compete for the Arizona Wildcats or Arizona State Sun Devils.

L.A. story

If you would have squinted your eyes Saturday, you could have sworn you were in Los Angeles.

The two teams combined to have six players who lived in the city of Los Angeles - stunning, when you consider that Southern California suburban sprawl often leaves players in the suburbs.

Cal's Allen Crabbe and Richard Solomon each attended Los Angeles Price High School, while Minnesota transfer Justin Cobbs, who is redshirting, lived in Los Angeles but attended Bishop Montgomery High in Torrance. Walk-on Nigel Carter attended Los Angeles Dorsey High.

Arizona's Solomon Hill went to Los Angeles Fairfax, while Jordin Mayes attended Westchester.

How rare is that? USC and UCLA each has two players from the city of Los Angeles.

The Golden Bears and Wildcats boast four more players from suburban Los Angeles.

Want a ticket?

In an attempt to recruit new members of its alumni association, Cal offered a pretty sweet deal to recent graduates Saturday.

Those who graduated since 2006 were invited to the Alumni House at 3:30. There, they received a catered meal from Buckhorn Grill, drinks, a football chalk-talk presentation from defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi and one free reserved ticket to the Cal-Arizona basketball game.

The cost? A $25 donation to the Cal Athletic Fund. Not a bad deal; single-game reserved tickets start at $25.

Quotable

"Stand up!"

The Cal student section, The Bench, chanting to get the alumni side of the arena on its feet during the first two overtimes

Patrick Finley

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