Cats practice in SLC, Vermont sits in Denver

SALT LAKE CITY--With their opponent stuck in Denver, the Arizona Wildcats went through a light practice at the Huntsmen Center. The Wildcats did nothing out of the ordinary, just worked on the basics and got used to the settings of a new venue.

The Huntsmen Center, home of Utah, is a single level bowl that rises gradually giving a deeper shooting backdrop than other venues of its size. The Wildcats took plenty of shots, getting hot in spurts, while struggling in others.

The Cats started off with their usual stretch and then went into various lay-up and shooting drills. It was a basic walk-through as the coached merely reinforced the basics in a rare open practice. In addition to the congregated media, a handful of fans looked on.

The Wildcats concluded the practice with a brief halfcourt and full-court scrimmage, concentrating on their halfcourt sets.

While the Wildcats were practicing, their opponents were stranded. The Catamounts had a layover in Denver and were still at the airport when it was closed due to blizzard conditions. The Catamounts did find alternate transportation and were expected to get into Salt Lake City by early evening.

*Lute Olson joked with CBS announcers Dick Enberg, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Matt Goukas while the players worked with the assistant coaches.

*Former Wildcat and Utah native Quynn Tebbs was on hand to watch practice. Tebbs, a redshirt on Arizona's 1997 championship squad, finished his career at Weber State.

*Wildcat guard Fil Torres was not with the club, but will be joining the team later in the evening.

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