Miller ready for Los Angeles trip

Sean Miller met with the media to discuss the Los Angeles trip, what Arizona needs to do to be successful, and more. Read on for Miller's thoughts and more.

Arizona is set to face USC on Wednesday and UCLA on Saturday with each game looking like it is a must win in order for Arizona to be able to have sole possession of the Pac-12 title.

In order to win that title, Arizona is going to have a certain mindset that head coach Sean Miller does not believe it can simply just switch on.

"When you talk about going to L.A. and playing teams like USC and UCLA, you don't all of a sudden get on an airplane and say 'OK, we're going to do it,'" Miller said. "It's either part of your makeup or it isn't. When you pick and choose in a game, that really sets the tone how you're going to be once get to these games in L.A."

Miller knows that this week is vital for Arizona for numerous reasons, but does not want to approach the season as if the Wildcats must win every game.

"This is a big week for us," Miller said. "I don't know if you have to win every game or not. That's not for us to necessarily decide, but we're going to try to be at our best moving forward."

The Pac-12 is currently close, but Miller does not see the difference between this conference race and the others going on throughout the country.

"It's a three-game season and we're tired for first place," he said. "One of the things that's really not categorized correctly is which conference has that runaway champion?

"A lot of people would say the conference race is really tight, but if you just look around college basketball there's going to be one game, maybe two, that separates teams. Our conference is like that. With two weeks left, there's very little separation because there's a lot of good teams in our conference."

Although there is a lot of talk about Arizona's offense, Miller seems more concerned with the defensive side of the ball and the fact that Arizona will not have success unless the Wildcats improve on defense.

"We're not talented enough, we don't have enough offensive firepower to really finish this season off like we want to unless we're a great defensive team," Miller said. "I know I've said this before and really believe it, but the team that's really dedicated to the defensive end of the floor, it's impossible to be selfish on offense. They really work hand in hand."


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