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August 12, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Sunday links: Arizona begins Bahama tour

Not sure what to make out of Arizona’s 136-66 win over a team named Real Deal Shockers, which began the Wildcats’ tour of the Bahamas.
Eight UA players scored in double figures. Arizona brought in a top three recruiting class, however three seniors led the way. Kevin Parrom scored a game high 21 points, Mark Lyons, the Xavier transfer, had 18 and Solomon Hill 17.
Here’s the box score.
It’s interesting to note Lyons and Hill came off the bench while many believe both will begin the season in the starting lineup.
— Washington State is 2-1 on its Australian tour after losing 86-74 to Wollongong NRE Hawks of the National Basketball League. Brock Motum finished with 25 points and nine rebounds and Reggie Mooore had 21 points.
— Utah finished its tour of Brazil with a 2-2 record after a 66-58 win in in Rio de Janeiro. Former Rainier Beach standout Aaron Dotson led the Utes with 16 points.
— Washington commit Nigel Williams-Goss and UW targets Aaron Gordon, Jabari Bird and Isaac Hamilton were selected to play in the Under Armour Elite 24 event at California’s Venice Beach on Aug. 24-25.
— Bird tells Inna Lazarev of the Huskies and Cal are his two favorites among a list of five that includes Oregon, Colorado and Arizona.
— It’s a little old, but here’s a recap of last week’s Las Vegas Classic, which featured Gordon.
— Colorado shuffled its coaching staff and elevated Rodney Billups to an assistant.
— Interesting poll by, which asked: Who is perceived by college coaches to be the biggest cheater in the sport? No surprise Kentucky’s John Calipari received the most votes. UCLA’s Ben Howland is third on the list behind Baylor’s Scott Drew.
— Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott won a nice award that recognizes the many changes he’s orchestrated since stepping into office.
— ESPN’s “College GameDay” show returns to the Pac-12 for the 2012-13 season. The big tour bus carrying host Rece Davis and analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps and newcomer Jalen Rose will roll into Los Angeles on May 2 for the regular-season finale between UCLA and Arizona at renovated Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins played all of their home games last season off campus while the iconic 47-year-old arena received a $136-million makeover.
— Minnesota’s Tubby Smith re-worked his contract and it puts him on par with the nation’s best paid coaches. He’ll receive about $2 million annually, but will receive a small pay increase and a hefty buyout if he’s fired after next season. Smith’s deal is interesting to note because Lorenzo Romar is negotiating his contract. It wouldn’t be surprising if the UW coach receives similar incentives.
Luke Winn takes a look at the rise of “up transfers” or players who leave their team for a better squad. Washington newcomers Perris Blackwell and Giles Dierickx make the list.
— Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun underwent surgery after falling on a bicycle ride and suffering a fractured left hip.
— Interesting story on Zena Edosomwan, a former UW target who chose Harvard over the traditional college basketball powerhouses.

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