"No, the loss at Arizona State was very damaging to us late in the season," Miller said. "I'm not saying that we're not close. We're not games away. We're probably about four plays away, which includes today's game."
As it turns out, Miller knew exactly what he was talking about, as the Pac-12 received two bids Sunday, neither of which were Arizona.
While many are likely disappointed with the NIT bid, which calls for a Wednesday game against Bucknell, Miller says that the team must move forward.
"There are 32 teams in that tournament," Miller said of the NIT. "You don't get in that tournament because you have sellouts. You get into that tournament because you earn it.
"It has everything to do with trying to have a magical season to win as many games and compete for championships. I think we all know our next loss will be our last."
Miller will likely talk more about Bucknell in a Monday press conference, but in a statement on Sunday night said he was looking forward to the matchup.
"We are excited to be a No. 1 seed in the NIT and play in front of our great fans," said Arizona head coach Sean Miller. "We look forward to the challenge of playing Bucknell, a team that has won a conference championship this season."
Arizona's appearance in the 2012 event marks the first for the program since 1951 and is the fourth NIT bid in program history (1946, 1950 and 1951). The Wildcats dropped first-round games at Madison Square Garden in each of those appearances.