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Running blog: Hoops Red/Blue scrimmage

Sheldon Smith / Arizona Daily Wildcat

Arizona Basketballs new head coach, Sean Miller, speaks at press conference in McKale Center Tuesday morning.
Sheldon Smith
Sheldon Smith / Arizona Daily Wildcat Arizona Basketball’s new head coach, Sean Miller, speaks at press conference in McKale Center Tuesday morning.

The Arizona men’s basketball team makes its debut today in the annual Red/Blue scrimmage in McKale Center. Stay here for updates from tip-off (1 p.m.) to post-game interviews.

12:43 p.m. — The lower bowl in McKale looks a little spotty, but still a relatively good turnout for a scrimmage. Plenty of open seats in the upper deck. 

* The Zona Zoo is nearly empty aside from the band. That’s what happens when you schedule a 1 p.m. tip off the day after Halloween. Healing a hangover becomes difficult standing next to a marching band.

* This is the time of year Arizona should schedule a game at Arizona Stadium. It’s 85 degrees outside with clear skies — would be a beautiful time.

12:53 p.m. — The intro song is the same song (“”Let it rock””) and mostly the same highlights from last year.

* Loudest applause of the pregame introductions: Nic Wise (no surprise) with Sean Miller as a close second.

12:57 p.m. — Sean Miller addressing the crowd: 

“”The feeling I had as a visiting player, the feeling we had when we got off the bus was the feeling I’m so excited to give to the other team from this point on.””

1:01 p.m. — Nic Wise is back in warmups after spraining his ankle in practice last week. It was unclear whether he would be back for the scrimmage.

1:06 p.m. — Starting lineup:

Blue team: 

Kyryl Natyazhko

Solomon Hill

Kyle Fogg

D.J. Shumpert

MoMo Jones

Red team:

Brendon Lavender

Derrick Williams

Kevin Parrom

Garland Judkins

Jamelle Horne

1:19 p.m. — Wise has spent the entire quarter on the bench. It’s 15-8 with 2:25 left in the first quarter.

1:24 p.m. — End of the first quarter, Blue team leads the red team 18-10.

Jones (blue team) has a game-high nine points, but more importantly, he’s been vocal on both ends of the court.

1:42 p.m. — At the half, the Blue team leads 33-24. Jones (Blue) has a game-high 12 points. Parrom leads the Red team with 8 points and 3 assists. Hill has a game-high 5 rebounds.


1:57 p.m. — A huge standing ovation for Lute Olson, who just arrived and and is sitting behind the Blue bench. Jones just walked over to shake his hand.

2:00 p.m. — Clean slate. The score reset. It’s 5-2 Red team.

2:01 p.m. — It’s only a few minutes into the third quarter, but already both sides look more polished than the first half. An alley-oop dunk from Shumpert to Williams put the Red team up 7-4.

* Scanning the crowd, the UA athletic department printed out a few double-sided signs that say both “”Go Red”” and “”Go Blue.”” Looks more like a political preference.

* Rough estimate: Looks like about 7,500 people in attendance.

2:15 p.m. — End of the “”third”” quarter, it’s 19-16 Red team after the score was reset at halftime.

2:31 p.m. — Getting a little sloppy. With under one minute to play, it’s some fast-paced rec-league-style basketball up and down the court. Red leads blue 39-30.

2:38 p.m. — Final Score: 69-68 combining both games.

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