Miller previews Oregon trip

Arizona is headed to face the Oregon schools. Read on for his thoughts on the Ducks, what makes the trip difficult, and more.

Arizona will face Oregon on Thursday and the Ducks pose challenges for the Wildcats on both sides of the ball.

"Dana Altman has a style of play that he’s had since his days before Creighton," Sean Miller said. "Defensively they press, they change, they love to force turnovers, they love to dictate tempo. They want to take you out of your comfort zone of what you normally do."

Offensively, Oregon is going to make sure that Arizona is going to have to be on top of its game defensively.

"On offense he has kind of a version of a two guard front which he has been running for a long time," Miller said. "It really puts his players in position to go one on one and puts his players in position to attack certain matchups.

"They love uptempo basketball. It is never a slow down game, it is always a fast game. They love to get out in transition and utilize their defense to create those opportunities."

The Ducks had a tumultuous offseason in which they lost a handful of players, but Miller believes that is more common than some may think.

"The one thing about college basketball is that as much as you may look and say a single program is losing players, everybody is," he said.

"It’s so fluid that wholesale changes are happening not just in one program, it is unfortunately the game we are in and some of the rules kind of force that to happen.

"With that, you don’t have time sometimes to brace for that many departures that suddenly, but they did and they did a remarkable job."

Like most road trips in the Pac-12, Miller does not expect an easy week.

"It’s a far trip because where we’re located and they are located, it is a distance that isn’t right around the corner," he said. "It is a conference road trip and each of them is hard.

"Some of them may be shorter, longer, the sun may shine brighter in one of the cities, but at the end of the day, we’re going to get the other team’s best shot. It is conference play and early in the year and we’re going to have to play really good basketball on this trip."


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