TUCSON - Arizona guard Hassan Adams, the leading scorer for the No. 24 Wildcats, will be in the starting lineup Saturday at Utah despite being arrested last weekend and cited for disturbing the peace.
‘‘I think in this country, the legal system is you are innocent until you are proven guilty unless you are an athlete,’’ Wildcats coach Lute Olson said Wednesday. ‘‘I’m not the least bit concerned about what happened. What he is charged with is similar to you getting a speeding ticket.’’
Adams, 21, was arrested Sunday after an early-morning incident outside his apartment complex in Tucson. About 200 people were in the parking lot about 2 a.m. and a party erupted into fighting along with drinking and dancing on cars, according to Tucson police.
Police said Adams became involved in an argument between a woman and her former boyfriend, and Adams was ticketed and released after he refused to leave when officers told him to go home.
Adams is averaging 18.3 points this season and is Arizona’s second-leading rebounder at 7.3 per game.
Meanwhile, Wildcats guard Chris Rodgers is looking for more playing time.
Rodgers did not start in two of the last three games because of missing a team meal at Houston and then having a final exam during preparation for last weekend’s home game against St. Mary’s.
‘‘We are a better team when I am on the floor,’’ Rodgers said. ‘‘The seniors need me out there. Hassan needs me out there to help him out. I do a good job as far as disrupting things. We are a better team when I am out there.’’