Aztecs star Jamaal Franklin had what looked like his work boots on for practice at the Wells Fargo Center.
Franklin's Nikes were tan with matching tan shoelaces, but what distinguished them as basketball shoes was the gold trim along the shoe's tongue and sole.
WHITTENBURG WATCHES OKLAHOMA'S PRACTICE
Dereck Whittenburg, a member of North Carolina State's 1983 national championship team, greeted the Sooners after their practice session.
Oklahoma congregated around the southwest corner of the court as they shook Whittenburg's hands — then freshman Buddy Hield took a photo with the national champion.
FISHER IMPRESSED WITH OSBY
Osby seemed to have made quite the impression on Fisher.
“If Osby is not the best player in the Big 12, I don't want to play the team that has the best player in the Big 12,” Fisher said. “He's really, really good. He knows how to play. I read a lot about him, and he seems like the kind of player that every coach would love to have.”
His praise didn't end there.
“He can put it to the floor,” Fisher said. “He can shoot it on you facing you to 18, 20 feet. He gets to the freethrow line. ... When he doesn't touch the ball, it's a rarity in their halfcourt setup.”
San Diego ended its practice Thursday like it could end an NCAA Tournament game — with the lob of hope.
One after another, the Aztecs lobbed a half-court pass toward the hoop. Some of the shots were badly airballed. Some hit the rim and bounced off, ensuing sighs and groans.
Then after about 10 tries, one went through the hoop. Everyone cheered, and practice was over.
Florida Gulf Coast ended their practice the same way.