Although Washington State recently lost by over 30 points to UCLA and has struggled at times this season, Sean Miller is not taking the Cougars lightly.
"Ernie Kent is building a program," Miller said. "He has a philosophy and with that philosophy, similar to Andy Enfield at USC, they start to look better and are better.
"Their system and style is right there in the forefront. I think Washington State is on their way to doing that as well."
The Cougars may not be there yet, but Miller believes much of that has to do with youth.
"As young players within their program grow older and they recruit their type of player and the longer their coaching staff is there, they are going to continue to grow and build their program," Miller said.
"I think anybody who plays Washington State is scared to death because you know they are capable on offense of having a prolific night. That is where it starts with them, your ability to defend them and get back in transition."
Due to Washington State's ability on offense, turnovers will once again be an important topic.
"I think turnovers have hurt us in our losses," Miller said. "It not only hurts your offense, but how many of those turnovers lead to a dunk, a three, a foul?
"With who we are defensively, we can't afford to give them any additional points because we have to get better, and I think we can."
In terms of Arizona's defense, stopping Josh Hawkinson is the main priority.
"I think he is one of the conference’s best players," Miller said. "We felt that way a year ago. He was certainly one of the more improved players, but his rebounding per game and ability to score, we haven't faced a lot of players like him.
"He brings so much to the table for their team. He has the ability to score close to the basket. He really has an incredible touch away from the basket.
"A lot of times when you have a skilled front court player like him, at times they are maybe a little soft. In his case, that is the furthest thing from the truth because he is one of the elite rebounders in the country. He can do it both inside and outside and he is a tough matchup for whoever plays against him."