Arizona coach Sean Milleron the game: I know in both of our cases every game counts the same because we’re both trying to accomplish the same thing. If Washington State would have beat us (Thursday) or Arizona State would have beat them, we both would have had the same penalty. I think with where both teams are right now and this game being so late in the year, I think it’s meaningful in both cases. We have Pac-10 championship ramifications at stake here.
and on Arizona's white-out promotion at McKale Center: "I’m sure it will add something to it. Home court advantage in basketball is just so significant. There’s a reason why it’s so hard to win on the road. And when you have 14,500 people here with a lot at stake during the game, any advantage that we can get we’ll take." (Miller says he won’t personally wear white because he would look like a marshmallow.)
UW coach Lorenzo Romar:"(We’re) looking forward to a fun challenge. It should be loud in here. We’re playing against a very good team, a very well-coached team. It’s a high-level basketball game, so you feel good about having a chance to play in a game like this."
Newly named UW starter Venoy Overton:"You know what to expect. You know the crowd is going to be loud when you do something, but you can’t let that get to you. Basketball’s a game of runs. We got blew out a couple of times we came here – a couple of times we played here we got blew out. There was a time we were getting beat bad and came back. The game is going to go back and forth, so that’s how you have to think. ...This is one of the biggest game of the season. Ranked team. We’re trying to get to the top of the Pac-10. We’re playing for the NCAA tournament, get some good key wins on our resume. No better feeling. ESPN game. Sold out. All white for them guys – big event for them. We’re trying to ruin their moment."
UW guard Isaiah Thomas"ESPN. Bright lights. White out. This is what you play for. I’m ready for it. I can’t wait."
Here's a quick preview of the game:
WASHINGTON (18-7 OVERALL, 10-4 PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE) AT NO. 12 ARIZONA (22-4, 11-2)3 p.m., McKale Center, Tucson, Ariz.TV: ESPN. Radio: 950-AMSeries: Arizona leads 43-25 overall and 26-6 in Tucson. Washington won the Jan. 20 meeting in Seattle, 85-68. The Wildcats have beaten the Huskies four straight times at McKale by an average of 17.8 points. Since 2003-04 there have been two series sweeps: UW in 2004 and Arizona in 2007.Statistical leaders: For UW – Isaiah Thomas, 16.8 ppg and 5.7 apg; Matthew Bryan-Amaning, 8 rpg. For UA – Derrick Williams, 19.5 ppg and 8 rpg; Kyle Fogg, 2.9 apg. Scouting report: Arizona is a game and a half ahead of third-place Washington in the Pac-10 standings. The Wildcats have won 14 straight at home and seven straight overall – their last loss was the one at UW. The Huskies have won three straight. … UW is 0-2 against ranked teams and 1-3 when appearing on ESPN networks. … These teams rank 1-2 in the conference in scoring, scoring margin, field goal percentage, 3-point field goal percentage, 3-point field goal percentage defense, rebounding margin and 3-point field goals made. Individually, Thomas and Williams are generally considered the top two contenders for the Pac-10 player of the year award. … UW senior Venoy Overton will make his fourth start of the season, replacing Scott Suggs who suffered a knee injury Thursday at Arizona State. … The game is sold out. Arizona is asking fans to wear white to the arena.Next: 7 p.m. Tuesday, at Seattle University, KeyArena; FSN.