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Arizona Wildcats basketball: No "merit" to earn at-large bid, so focus for Miller is on winning Pac-12 tourney

Arizona Wildcats basketball: No "merit" to earn at-large bid, so focus for Miller is on winning Pac-12 tourney

With his team firmly on the NCAA tournament bubble entering the final game of the regular season, Arizona coach Sean Miller said Thursday that the Wildcats have to win the Pac-12 Tournament.

Then again, that’s the same sentiment he and his players always try to have.

“Our mindset was always to win it regardless,” forward Solomon Hill said during UA’s weekly news conference. “Our main focus every time we play a game is to win it and the Pac-12 Tournament would be part of it. I don’t see why anybody else on our team will even relax even if we were a lock a for the March madness. I think our goal will always be the same.”

Miller said the Wildcats must beat ASU on Sunday in Tempe. A loss not only could put UA in a first-round Pac-12 Tournament game but also would, of course, torpedo their resume for at-large consideration – especially at a time of year when other teams could be playing their way into the tournament.

“We have to beat Arizona State and I think if we wouldn’t, I don’t think we’re going to have any merit” to earn an at-large bid, Miller said. “But I really look at us having to win the conference tournament. That’s our mindset.

Read more about the Cats' preparation for tourney time in Friday's Arizona Daily Star.


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