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Pac-12 Confidential

Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

February 5, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Assorted bites from the Pac-12 hoops coaches . . .

Tuesday morning marked the weekly Pac-12 men’s basketball teleconference. A few of the highlights:

Arizona

Kevin Parrom, who was ejected for striking WSU’s DaVonte Lacy above the shoulders on a “flagrant two” foul Saturday night in Pullman, will be available for Arizona’s game Wednesday night against Stanford, said coach Sean Miller.

“He responded to a very physical blockout,” Miller said, referring to Lacy’s position. “I’m very disappointed in Kevin. I’ve had numerous meetings with him throughout his career. Kevin is a very physical player, and sometimes he can react not in a positive, but a negative, way. You’d like to think this will be the last (incident).”

Meanwhile, Jason Gonzalez, 21, pleaded guilty Monday in the Bronx Supreme Court to charges of attempted murder in the shooting that injured Parrom in September of 2011. That could bring a six-year sentence.

Arizona State

ASU’s flight from Spokane to Seattle was cancelled last Friday, resulting in a minor delay of the Sun Devils’ arrival in preparation for Saturday night’s game with Washington, but, said Herb Sendek, “It wasn’t insurmountable. We can’t blame our defense on that.”

The Sun Devils shot 63.8 percent, but remarkably, lost 96-92, because their defense wasn’t any better than Washington’s.

Colorado

Tad Boyle is clearly piqued at the mercurial nature of his team (4-5 in the Pac-12), saying, “I like the way our team practices. But the problem we’re having right now is, we don’t play with a sense of urgency at all times. We have some guys that feel they can turn it on and turn it off, and the reality of the matter is, we’re not talented enough to do that. We have some maturing to do.” Colorado travels to meet the Oregon schools this week, badly needing a split or better.

Oregon State

Craig Robinson, on his team, 1-8 and last in the league: “Right now, we’re not living up to the talent level we have.”

Oregon

The Ducks have committed 65 turnovers in their last three games, paralleling the absence of point guard Dominic Artis with a foot injury. Dana Altman says Artis is “kind of day-to-day right now” with Colorado and Utah ahead this weekend.

“I think in our first four conference games, we had 12, 10, 11 and 12 (turnovers), we had that at a reasonable number,” said Altman. “We trended upward against UCLA and Washington State, but nothing near the last three games. Part of it is guys trying to make too tough a play. We’ve got to simplify some things and play within ourselves.”

Stanford

The Cardinal, who beat Oregon State Sunday, turn around quickly to play at Arizona Wednesday night. They’ve been shooting the lights out in their last three games, all victories, but Johnny Dawkins says there’s more to it: “We’re moving the ball really well, sharing it well. That’s all contributing to our success. Making shots cures a lot. For our guys to see the ball going in has been a great thing. We started the season not shooting as well as we’d anticipated and we’ve just had to grind through that.”

Stanford has the Pac-12 player of the week in forward Josh Huestis, who, says Dawkins, “has been terrific. We challenged him to step up this year and I’m just really proud of him. You look at his career, and he’s just gotten better every single year.”

Washington State

Brock Motum’s shooting numbers have dropped from .554 to .461 in one season, and Ken Bone thinks he knows why: “Mainly, just more attention is being paid to him. I think it starts as soon as we get the ball; certain teams are doing a good job of denying him. Others are double-teaming him, corralling him. That’s where we need some of the other kids to step up and take the load off him.”

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