Knowing what it takes

Arizona is set to take on Arizona State on Sunday and both coaches have a good idea of what it will take to win.

Arizona is set to take on Arizona State on Sunday and both coaches have a good idea of what it will take to win.

One thing that Arizona head coach Sean Miller feels won't take to win is a certain feeling of despair.

"We always seem to respond after a tough loss, a road loss, a tough home loss," he said. "Sometimes we've really balanced that out with an equally big win, sometimes a surprising win.

"Really that's been our season. I don't look at this week having any more despair attached to it than when we lost our first game in Maui (Invitational) in November."

On the other side, Arizona State point guard Derek Glasser also knows what it will take for ASU to steal the win at McKale.

"There were numerous possessions in the game we had a chance to climb back in or get a bigger lead and couldn't make shots," Glasser said. "If we can't make shots we're not going to beat anybody."

Arizona's defense was strong in the first game, but the Sun Devils also had plenty of chances.

"There were shots I don't know if we could get better shots in a game," Arizona State head coach Herb Sendek said. "I thought we had some looks typical of the ones our team gets."

In terms of Arizona's offensive success, a lot can be determined by how it does in transition.

"One of the things we did a good job the last time against them is when we had transition opportunities we made good plays and took good, quick shots," Miller said. "When we didn't have those transition opportunities, we showed good patience, moved the ball and we tried to break their defense down, which is much easier said than done."

No matter what happens on Sunday, both teams realize the overall importance of the game.

"It's an important game because it's a Pac-10 conference game," Miller said. "It's an important game because we share the same state. Obviously it is very meaningful to our fans, to our students and to our players."

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