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Morning run: Arizona assistant releases statement about dustup with Jorge Gutierrez

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Arizona at Stanford, noon FSN

Here's Bruce Pascoe's

game preview

which talks about the individual coaching sessions and meetings that Arizona does this time of year to help with players' confidence. In this


, Pascoe also wrote about Jordin Mayes injured foot, and also got a comment from Arizona assistant Joe Pasternack, who had mild altercation with Cal's Jorge Gutierrez on Thursday night.

Here's his statement ...

"I would like to clarify that my actions were a reflex in response to a player falling on top of me while running at top speed toward our bench," Pasternack said in a UA statement. "I have great respect for … the Cal program and Jorge Gutierrez and the competitiveness he brings to the court. In no way was I deliberately trying to engage him. My hope is that this statement will clear up any misconceptions about the incident and that we can move on in a positive fashion."

Columnist Greg Hansen

wrote about freshman big man Angelo Chol

and his rapid improvement this season.

Arizona State at California, 2 p.m. CSN CA

Doug Haller of the Arizona Daily Republic wrote about Cal's Jorge Gutierrez and all the nightmare he is for opposing coaches, talking with ASU assistant Scott Pera. From his story ...

As usual, he saw Jorge Gutierrez hustling, making plays, diving on the floor, basically being a nuisance.

"Over the last four years, I've watched him play a lot of basketball games," Pera said Friday morning. "He makes winning plays. He gets his hands on more loose balls -- I don't know how you keep that stat -- but he gets his hands on more than anybody in the country. If there's a pile, he's the one coming up with the basketball."

Saturday, in a 3 p.m. tipoff against the Golden Bears, ASU will face Gutierrez for the last time during the regular-season. Although the Sun Devils have healthy respect for the senior guard, it's likely no one in maroon and gold will be sad to see him go.

Gutierrez, 6 feet 3, is the player every opponent loves to hate simply because he never tires. Scorers like their space; Gutierrez, a two-time all-conference defender, gives none. He harasses, bothers and annoys. In Thursday's loss against Arizona, it wasn't surprising to see Gutierrez leap into the Wildcats' bench trying to save a loose ball, igniting a confrontation with Arizona assistant coach Joe Pasternack.

UCLA at Washington State, 2 p.m. RTNW

Oregon State at Utah, 3 p.m.

Oregon at Colorado, 7 p.m. RTNW/RTRM