"I think there is a lot of mutual respect between the programs, and I respect their coach and their coaching staff," Colorado coach Tad Boyle said. "I respect their players and their program, what it means to college basketball in the Pac 12.
"I look for a heck of a game. They're talented. We're talented. Again, they're very solid defensively. When you prepare for Arizona in terms of ball screen defense and their philosophical approach to the game is much like ours, so that helps in preparation. And we've played them twice. They've played us twice; that helps. Familiarity helps, for sure."
Another factor that helps is that it appears Andre Roberson is healthy and will play against Arizona, as he was able to compete against the Beavers on Wednesday.
"Andre brings a lot to our team," Boyle said. " There is no question about it. He was a little rusty today, but in terms of his defense and clogging up the lane and changing shots, André was terrific. It wasn't his best outing, but we're certainly a better team with him than we are without him."
Forward Xavier Johnson is also looking forward to Thursday's game, but feels the Buffs match up well with the Wildcats.
"Pretty much they're a bigger team than us," he said. "We all know this. Talent wise, I think we match up pretty good with them. They have Solomon Hill, great player, but we have André Roberson who is just as good. So I don't see any problem with us handling them."
Although point guard Spencer Dinwiddie has respect for Arizona, he does admit that he still looks back to the first meeting in which a Sabatino Chen shot was waived off.
"We don't go back and we don't cry over spilled milk," he said. "We know it goes in the record book as a loss, but a lot of people around the country have the same feeling that we do. Even some of their players do because we kind of talked about it on the floor last time.
"We do feel like we're 2 0, but we don't take that for granted because they're a great and talented team, like X said. They have McDonald's All Americans. They have great senior leadership in Lyons and Hill, they've got first team all league type players and they can put the ball in the basket. So it's going to be a fight, and we have to come prepared."