York glad to be back home

Gabe York is excited to play in front of his friends and family. Read on to see what he says about that experience, San Diego State, and more.

Gabe York is set to get his first start in the Sweet 16 and he is thankful that it will be in front of family and friends.

"I get to see a lot of family this week and I am big on family," York said. "My mom moved out to Tucson with me, so I get to see him a lot. My brother is going to be at the game and I am definitely in high spirits."

Not only will York be playing in front of friends and family, but he is also expecting a large crowd in favor of the Wildcats.

"I think Arizona fans travel really well," he said. "At the MGM Grand it was home games for us, so I definitely think we are going to have a lot of fans this week and then also my family and friends are going to be here also."

Arizona has already played San Diego State, but York does not believe that will change the approach to Thursday's game.

"It's the same as every other game," York said. "They are a great offensive rebounding team and we will approach it like every other game and be ready to go."

York does not believe the first meeting means much in the grand scheme of things, as the Aztecs are a better squad than they were in November.

"They are a much better team than they were in the first meeting," he said. "I think they won like 18 or 19 games in a row after the loss to us. At any time they can get hot, shoot the ball well, and they always offensive rebound.

"Josh Davis is one of the best offensive rebounders in the country, so we know what our game plan has to be and we need to go out and execute."

So what's the key to beating SDSU a second time this season?

"Just blocking out," York said. "They are a great offensive rebounding team and coach does a great job of giving us the game plan ahead of time. Just getting ready for that and I know I am going to have to block out Winston Shepard, who is a great offensive rebounder and athlete. Knowing my role and knowing who I have to block out at all times."

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