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For most players on Arizona, Thursday’s game represents a major change from their familiar surroundings.
For Kaleb Tarczewski, it represents a return home.
“It's always nice to be able to play sort of near where I'm from,” Tarczewski said. “Going to Arizona, obviously I haven't had too many games on the East Coast.
“I remember playing in the NIT tip-off in New York, and a lot of my friends and family got to be able to see me play.
“You know, a lot of them don't really get that opportunity too much, and so to be so close to home, obviously be playing in the tournament, NCAA Tournament game, it's going to be really fun. I'm looking forward to seeing family and friends and hopefully it'll be a good game.”
Tarczewski’s mother has been in Tucson since he arrived at Arizona, but there will be plenty of family in attendance Thursday.
“I'm pretty lucky my mom gets to see every one of my home games,” Tarczewski said. “She lives out in Tucson during the season, so that's really nice.
“My dad with his occupation and the way he works during the wintertime, he doesn't really get to see too many of my games, and especially with the time change, it's pretty tough.
“It's going to be really nice, like I said, to hopefully have a lot of family and friends at the game, kind of cap off my career at Arizona being able to play at home, and like I said, having people at the game. It'll be fun and it'll be a great experience.”
If Tarczewski has his way, Providence won’t be his last college stop.
“It’s been a really pleasurable experience for me going through all four years, being at the same place, being with really four incredibly different teams, seeing the guys that have become a part of the program and left and kind of seeing everyone's development and really seeing my own development, as well,” Tarczewski said.
“It's been a really pleasurable experience, and obviously we've won a lot since I've been here. We're going to try to continue doing that in this tournament and see where it takes us.”