As Arizona gets prepared to face UCLA, there are many factors that will play a role on Thursday.
Arizona head coach Sean Miller knows of the challenge the Bruins bring and hopes the home crowd is up to it.
"The game itself is the challenge," said Miller. "Beating a quality UCLA team, playing well, taking advantage of our home crowd. Hopefully McKale will be as energized as it has been all season long with our students and our great home crowd. That is our focus, playing well against UCLA and having a chance to win a conference home game."
Miller admits that this game may have a little extra excitement, as both teams have storied programs.
"It's indicative of a lot of things, one being the great histories of both schools," explained Miller. "Not too many games played in the months of January and February where you can look at two teams on one court that have the histories that we both have."
While both programs are working to get back to being a top-ten type of team, there is no denying that previous history will play a role in Thursday's game in terms of excitement and national attention.
Miller excited for UCLA game
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