When Arizona did not make the NCAA tournament, it was to be expected.
However, when it failed to make the NIT, there was some people that were surprised.
Sean Miller was not one of those.
"No, I'm not surprised," he said. "You know it was interesting over the last few weeks as I've talked to a number of people here in Tucson or those affiliated with our program that it's been so long since anything but the NCAA Tournament has been the topic that you could tell that people weren't up on how the NIT has changed."
With the season now officially over, Miller and company are taking time to reflect on what happened this year.
"Looking at how the first year has come and gone, this is really the first time I've had a chance to look back on it as a whole," Miller said. "A lot of it is what I thought it would be. We were able to win 10 games in our conference and that is something that we are proud of. We did go to the Pac-10 Tournament as a four seed.
Although the season was not too successful, it did set a nice foundation for what the team expects in the future.
"Some of the home games, some of the wins, some of the drama we had this year...at times we were a very resilient group that allowed us to have a chance to win 16 games," Miller said. "We were probably closer to less than 16 than we were to more than 16 and we got a lot of experience for our younger players, which is going to be a bridge from now to our future."
With so little time to implement his system, Miller is looking forward to the opportunity to do so in the future.
"It's about team," he said. "It's about togetherness and having a bigger picture than six months. In another six months, a culture will be developed, a way of doing things will be developed.
"Not only by miles, but sometimes in inches we'll continue to improve and emerge on the national level and within our conference. It's going to take a lot of hard work and patience. Part of the story is written and there is a lot of hard work to go."
One thing that Miller is not going to do is dwell on the failures of last season and he will instead focus on the positives.
It's what you don't want to be a part of, but at the same time what we have to do is to make this a positive," he said. "To have that many players who in the six or seven weeks can get visibly stronger, can get closer together to work hard on specific things that can make them better will set the course for a great summer. For our staff to recruit and to add a piece to a puzzle, and it's an important piece.
"Consider where we were as a program this time last year, and we have a great opportunity to impact our program in a very positive light as we move forward and continue to improve.
Miller looking to the future
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