"One thing we have to guard against in our game against Texas Tech and it really doesn't matter who is sitting here waiting for us on Tuesday, you can't underestimate the grind of leaving the west and going to the east," Arizona head coach Sean Miller said.
Although Arizona blew out Texas Tech last season, Miller is quick to warn that this is a different Red Raiders' team from last season.
"They are a different team because they have a completely different coach and staff coaching them," he said. "Who they are is that they rebound, they play hard, they play a lot of players, and they defend, play with great energy. They are that type of team that can really make the game hard for your team."
Speaking of the different coach, Tubby Smith has brought a new respect to the program even though he has a long way to go before it is considered on the rise.
"Tubby Smith is a national championship coach; he has been at it a long time," Miller said. "Everywhere he goes, his team plays very, very hard and they are defensive minded. You can see that even early on at Texas Tech."
"I'm glad that he is coaching. He's not only one of the great coaches in our game, but also one of the great people in our game."
Arizona is the considerable favorite on Tuesday, but that does not mean that the Wildcats will be able to coast to a victory.
"He (Smith) is playing ten different players, they are getting better every week, they play hard on defense, and this isn't a game in which we can kind of show up and just play and hope we can win because we are at home," Miller said.
"If we don't play with great energy and effort, if we're not ready to go, Texas Tech will be ready to come in here and beat us."