Sean Miller doesn't coach against Oregon; Deandre Ayton cleared to play

Arizona's Sean Miller was caught on tape discussing payment for Deandre Ayton report says

"If Sean Miller has to go, he has to go, but I'm a U of A alum until I die", said Blake Kuehner, a local U of A alumnus. Maybe for good, maybe not.

Associate head coach Lorenzo Romar replaced Miller.

"We have to wait and see", Romar said. We didn't do a terrific job blocking out their wings and their guards.

The Arizona offense was rolling out of the gates, as the Cats scored 31 points in the first 10:10 of action. Not only was there a possible fatigue factor but, of course, there was an environment Ayton had to deal with.

According to ESPN, head coach Sean Miller was caught on a wiretap trying to secure $100,000 to get Ayton, and in response, Miller will not coach the Wildcats against OR on Saturday.

On top of that, another fan was carrying an oversized 100 Grand bar.

If anything, all that made Ayton more determined.

"Over the past several months, Mr. Ayton has voluntarily submitted to several interviews, by federal prosecutors and the FBI, by University and PAC-12 compliance officials, by representatives of the NCAA, and by Steptoe & Johnson, the independent law firm engaged by the University to review these matters", the statement said. "He really cares about his team".

"I think initially when he enters the National Basketball Association he's ahead of the curve for a rookie with his ability to defend, because he can defend multiple players and he's a great defensive rebounder", Miller said then.

"It was just a situation that was tough. But I thought our guys were phenomenal in how they came out".

"I believe it is in the best interest of our team that I not coach the game tonight", Miller said in a statement. "We must do everything we can to ensure that our programs are of the highest caliber as we must also protect the rights of all involved and respect due process for employees", the statement said. "I'm not looking at it that way".

When an Arizona assistant coach was arrested in September, Miller maintained that he knew nothing of potential bribes regarding recruits to the university.

Arizona now holds a half-game lead over USC (12-5) in the Pac-12 standings.

The loss dropped Arizona to 22-7 overall and 12-4, while OR improved to 19-10 and 9-7. The lead remained five at 90-85 when Rawle Alkins broke free for a dunk and was fouled by Wooten, but Alkins drew a technical for jawing at Wooten after the basket, denying the Wildcats a chance to grab momentum. But the Ducks were the tougher, more energetic team and never trailed in overtime, five days after the OR women's team beat No. 10 UCLA in overtime at Matt Arena.

Dylan Smith's 3-pointer for the Wildcats tied it at 83 with 22 seconds left.

Arizona burst out of the gate in both halves in regulation.

Unfortunately for Arizona, it wasn't able to get Ayton the ball in the second half as much as in the first.

OR coach Dana Altman said the Wildcats "came out mad" after they hit eight of their first 10 shots, held the Ducks without a rebound for the first eight minutes and led by 12 twice in the first half. After foul shots, OR held onto a four-point lead and maintained possession.

Oregon: Plays at Washington State on Thursday night.

On the next possession, OR took the lead on an Elijah Brown three-pointer.

Trier, who sat on the UA bench in street clothes, was sitting out a second game after testing positive again for a PED; UA is expected to request an appeal that could be heard next week.

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