“It’s disappointing, but there are plenty of people in this conference that deserved the award, whether it be Joe Young, myself or Delon Wright or whoever else was in the running,” McConnell said.
“I think the right decision was made. A lot of people deserved that award and that’s not up to me or anyone else, that’s up to the coaches.
“No question it was a close race and T.J. was a part of that race I’m sure,” Sean Miller added. “But so is Delon Wright. And, by the way, the way Joseph Young has played over the last 10 games, there may be no player that’s carried his team more than he did, so he’s very deserving.”
As far as McConnell is concerned, there wasn't much of a need for extra motivation.
"I don’t think any of the awards are motivation to us,” McConnell said. “Motivation to us is being so close last year and not being able to win the Pac-12 championship. We won the regular-season championship and it would be pretty satisfying to do both.”
It's been quite come time since Arizona has won the Pac-12 Tournament and that's not lost on McConnell.
"That’s pretty surprising, but I know since Coach Miller has been here we have been pretty close quite a few times and we are trying to get over the hump here," he said.
One concern McConnell won't have this week is whether or not the Arizona fans are going to show up.
"It’s always positive to get that reaction from the fans," McConnell said. "It kind of shows you we have the best fans in America the way they have supported Rondae and I, but we’re not worried about that. We’re worried about Vegas."