Kelly Whitney scored 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, eight on the offensive end. He also hit two clutch free throws to ice the game.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Andre Iguodala's off-balance three pointer rattles in and out. If it goes the Cats tie. Hassan Adams is fouled trying to rebound, but makes just 1-of-2, allowing Whitney to hit the key free throws.
With the game tied at 64, Andre Barrett scores two quick buckets and the Pirates never look back.
NOT SO WELCOME GREETING
Mustafa Shakur was met by a healthy round of boos from the Raleigh crowd. Raleigh's RBC Center is home to North Carolina State. Shakur committed to Arizona over NC State, in a well publicized recruiting battle. During free throws NC State fans would yell "Three seed, you could be a three seed" or simply chant "Wolfpack".
The Seton Hall student section is billed the 6th man. Most of the students who made the trip wore blue #6 Seton Hall road jerseys.
GET IN THERE
A missed rebound by Ivan Radenovic had Lute Olson literary dragging Channing Frye off the bench. Olson grabbed the big man by the arm and nearly led him to the scorers table. Ironically enough, Radenovic grabbed the next Pirate miss and scored on the other end.
NOT ARIZONA FANS
The crowd was not real big for the 9:46 EST tip. Most of those who stayed seemed to adopt Seton Hall. The crowd was never noisy, but they did seem to get on the officials more when calls went against Seton Hall.
EVERY MEETING COUNTS
Arizona and Seton Hall have met three times, all three meetings in the NCAA Tournament. Seton Hall is now 2-1 in the series.
A NEW TWIST
KNST's radio broadcast went with a three-man crew. Brian Jefferies was joined by both Joe Nehls and Ryan Hansen. Nehls is the color analyst for home games, while Hansen handles most road broadcasts.
The Cats have now met teams that are currently in the Big East six times. In addition to the three meetings with Seton Hall the Cats have beaten Georgetown (1976), Providence (1997) and Notre Dame (2003).
Both the Wildcats and Pirates are celebrating their centennial seasons.
Lute Olson has been a head coach in 66 more Tournament games than Seton Hall's Louis Orr. Olson is 42-25 in the Tourney, Orr 1-0. Orr, however, has played n seven Tournament games and served as an assistant in nine others. Olson has done neither.