Arizona State showed for the first time in a long time that they can, in fact, lose a game.
Miller said one of the Bulls' tendencies is to run, something Arizona performs well at but rarely does.
If it was it didn't feel like it, but much of that had to do with the team on the other sideline.
The No. 13 Buffalo Bulls pulled off the biggest bracket-busting upset of the first day of March Madness late Thursday night, shocking the college basketball world with a dominant 89-68 victory over the No. 4 Arizona Wildcats - the first tournament win in the school's history. Attach something that we know we can do to your mind mentally. And the team, quite frankly, that we didn't necessarily match up well with.
"That's why you come to play in the Pac", Ford said. It wasn't a lack of effort, certainly wasn't a lack of wanting to advance. "We're going to be competing at the highest level right now". "A well-coached team. A team that was tough".
Simon Asher Senior Keanu Pinder takes a moment to himself after the Arizona-Buffalo game in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, March 15 in Boise, Idaho. The Sun Devils' previous low was 64 points. There were defensive issues.
The Pac-12 managed to get only three teams into the NCAA Tournament, with fourth-seeded Arizona the only one in the main draw. "They're the ones who have all the pressure on them because they're expected to win". Ayton and Bagley III are the only players averaging 20 and 11 in the country. "And I think you're only hurting the student-athletes by doing that". He then placed him and younger brother LaMelo Ball in a Lithuanian pro league, terminating their amateur status and ensuring LaMelo would not fulfill his commitment to UCLA.
That's really all these teams can do at this point: trust what brought them to this point. "I like our guard play against them".
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Arizona got back within 55-52, but Buffalo went on a nine-minute, 24-8 run that gradually made this game a laugher.
It's hard not to wonder whether all that has happened to Arizona over the past year didn't take its toll on this team.
"We endured a lot from the beginning", Arizona point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright said. In the First Four, they scored 56 points against a Syracuse squad many believe had not earned an at-large berth, either.
"It's a disappointing time for us", Ristic said. And the last four years, like, doesn't feel good right now.
The representatives from the MAC picked up its first NCAA Tournament win in program history by pulling away from Arizona in the game's final 10 minutes.
Arizona will now make a return to Tucson with plenty of uncertainty moving forward.
Arizona will be in rebuilding mode this offseason with Ayton, Trier and Rawle Alkins headed to the National Basketball Association and a thin recruiting class so far.
The coach's right-hand man, Book Richardson, who has worked under Miller for more than a decade, is facing federal prison for his part in the ongoing FBI fraud investigation that was revealed in September.