Miller knew the rules, and if he was careless enough to get caught on tape discussing illicit payments, I have no sympathy. Maybe for good, maybe not. Arizona also was without preseason All-America guard Allonzo Trier, who tested positive for the same banned substance that cost him 19 games last season.
OR made 14 of 33 3-pointers, having beaten UA 85-58 last season when they hit 16 3s, and they also capitalized on 17 UA turnovers by scoring 20 points off them while turning the ball over only four times themselves.
"We have to wait and see", Romar said. "But we didn't finish the job". The 19-year-old freshman dropped a double-double in the first half alone with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Duke's Wendell Carter, Michigan State's Miles Bridges and Kentucky's Kevin Knox have all been cleared by their schools to continue playing despite being named in documents detailing illegal loans and payments from Dawkins and Andy Miller, who used to head up ASM and had clients that include Kristaps Porzingis and former Seton Hall star Isaiah Whitehead. Not only was there a possible fatigue factor but, of course, there was an environment Ayton had to deal with.
An explosive report by ESPN late Friday evening claims that an Federal Bureau of Investigation wiretap caught Arizona head basketball coach Sean Miller discussing paying then recruit DeAndre Ayton $100,000 to commit to the program.
The check was made out to Ayton for $100,000 and had Miller's name in the signature area.
Parker Jackson-Cartwright answered every question. "He really cares about his team".
Romar said he is unsure of when the coaching situation will change or what the next step is for Arizona.
While I loved Boyle's answer to the Arizona question, opposing coaches should be careful about taking much glee in the Wildcats' misery. "Our leader isn't with us, so it's tough".
"I'm as disappointed today as I am when it first came out".
Following that report, Miller didn't coach Arizona during Saturday's game against Oregon. I suspect Arizona won't be the only program starting from scratch after what could be a nuclear winter throughout college basketball. "I'm not looking at it that way".
"I've got great respect for the whole Arizona (program)", coach Dana Altman said after OR outlasted the Wildcats, 98-93 in overtime.
Ayton took breaking Oregon's press into his own hands, driving from half court for his most impressive move of the night, a powerful two-handed jam over Kenny Wooten, the Pac-12's best shot blocker.
Ayton's attorney released a statement to ESPN on Saturday night. The lead remained five at 90-85 when Rawle Alkins broke free for a dunk and was fouled by Wooten, but Alkins drew a technical for jawing at Wooten after the basket, denying the Wildcats a chance to grab momentum.
Since Ayton played against the Ducks, it's unlikely he sits going forward even if there's a cloud around him and his team in the NCAA Tournament.
The Ducks had Arizona in the right spot at the end of the game, tied at 83 and with the final possession with 15 seconds left.
Arizona burst out of the gate in both halves in regulation. His layup three minutes into the second half made it 53-40 before OR rallied for a split of the season series.
Arizona jumped out to a 7-0 start before MiKyle McIntosh put the Ducks on the board with a three-pointer. It was an odd environment for OR to play in, being at the center of this national story.
UA wound up shooting 56.3 percent but hit only 2 of 7 3-pointers. After foul shots, OR held onto a four-point lead and maintained possession. Then Arizona forgot about him a bit. Then, in the second half, Kigab's steal set up Elijah Brown's three-pointer that put OR up 65-64, the Ducks' first lead of the night.
UA took leads of up to 12 points in the half but OR cut it to single digits in the final minutes.