When Sean Miller discussed Arizona's exhibition trip to the Bahamas, he talked about how important the 10 practices leading up to it, and how important the bonding time off the court would be on the trip.
Competition in the games themselves was not part of the discussion, and now it's clear why. The Wildcats beat a collection of players known as the Real Deal Shockers by 60 points in their first of two exhibition games this weekend.
"Tonight's game wasn't about the competition as much as we have a number of new faces," Sean Miller said on a video released by UA."It was an opportunity for them to play for Arizona for the first time..."
"We had a number of players playing with each other for the first time. Kaleb (Tarczewski), for example, is a much different player than we've had in the past. There's a time to get him the ball and there's a time to wait for him to get in position. These are things to work out and it's great to be able to do that here."
It's probably not a good idea to read too much into the box score, but here it is anyway if you have not seen it.
Miller did not start Solomon Hill but went with four returnees in his starting five -- Jordin Mayes, Nick Johnson, Kevin Parrom and Angelo Chol -- along with freshman Brandon Ashley.
Hill had 17 points and six rebounds off the bench while Ashley had 14 and 10 while hitting all seven field goals he took.
On videos released by Arizona, Ashley says the Wildcats are having a lot of fun and playing well together. Grant Jerrett talks about how the trip and practices are helping the adjustment to college ball. There's also some footage of the early seconds attached to this post.
The Wildcats are scheduled to hold an intrasquad scrimmage today before playing a final exhibition game on Monday.