OR fans brought their best trolling efforts for Deandre Ayton and Arizona

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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.

Fans say they believe the reason the University of Arizona is getting so much attention on the matter is because of how talented Ayton is, and because of the team's expected success heading into March Madness.

Ayton, a former 5-star prospect, is a serious contender for the Naismith College Player of the Year award and is projected as a potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, according to NBADraft.net.

Drew Eubanks added 16 points and eight rebounds and Alfred Hollins had 14 points and a career-high six steals for the Beavers (14-14, 6-10 Pac-12), who broke a three-game losing skid.

Brown made two free throws before Alkins completed the three-point play and OR led 92-88. Kelly wrote that Ayton "voluntarily submitted to several interviews" with the FBI and federal prosecutors as well as compliance officials with the NCAA, the Pac-12 and Arizona. He is one of the nation's best players this season, averaging 19.1 points and 10.6 rebounds per game.

Alkins had a chance to pull Arizona within two in overtime, but his technical foul after a dunk allowed the Ducks to keep a four-point edge before McIntosh connected from long range. His absence for Saturday night's game is the latest example of this.

"First and foremost, that's a decision the school has to make", Emmert said in an interview on CBS.

Romar said he is unsure of when the coaching situation will change or what the next step is for Arizona. "Again, I thought our guys were phenomenal in how we came out and began that game".

The Ducks won it Saturday by scoring the first five points of the overtime period, getting a 3-pointer from Payton Pritchard and a layup from Troy Brown, and hanging on from there.

The Oregon Ducks won the game 98-93 with five players in double figures.

Who Stood Out: Elijah Brown followed up his 19-point effort in Thursday's win over Arizona State by scoring 30 against Arizona, half on 15-of-17 free-throw shooting.

Ayton finished with 28 points and 18 rebounds, despite being under-utilized for a majority of the second half.

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