Arizona-Duke pregame notes

2013-11-29T11:28:00Z 2013-11-29T12:16:00Z Arizona-Duke pregame notesBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
November 29, 2013 11:28 am  • 

NEW YORK -- No doubt one of Sean Miller's career highlights at Arizona so far was beating Duke in the 2011 Sweet Sixteen.

But not just because it was Duke.

"It was because it gave us a chance to play for the Final Four," Miller said. "It was no different than this past year if we had beaten Ohio State, it would have meant a lot because we’d be playing Wichita State with a chance to make the Final Four.

"I respect Duke tremendously. There’s nothing that you wouldn’t want to respect from them. At the same time, (today's game) gives our program a chance to compete against the best and kind of measure who we are. So that's it more than anything."

Today's game will be at 4 p.m. on ESPN.

Lots of stuff related to today's game:

-- So who gets the defensive assignment on Jabari Parker? Joe Pasternack says UA will need to throw a lot of different looks at him, and SBN throws out a few ideas.

-- Of course, there are some who'd like to see Aaron Gordon directly facing Parker.

-- Parker has been turning questions about him into answers about his team.

-- Duke hasn't met its own expectations defensively.

-- We had an overview of the game, with a scouting report, notes and history of the UA-Duke series at this link, if you missed it. There's also a photo gallery of the series.

-- According to Draft Express' mock draft, there are four 2014 first-round picks playing tonight, and only one of them (Gordon) is from Arizona.

-- Must be some heavy betting sentiment on the Wildcats, because Duke opened as a 1.5-point favorite but flipped to UA being a 3-point favorite, according to Vegas Insider.

-- Here's the official game notes from Arizona and from Duke.

Tim Floyd says his issue with Andy Enfield is over. Meanwhile, USC lost to Villanova in the Bahamas and will play Wake Forest today at 1:30.

WSU beat Purdue today.

Also in the Pac-12 today:

Oregon faces unbeaten Pacific at 1 p.m.

ASU vs. Charleston, 10 p.m., ESPNU

UCLA vs. Northwestern, 9:30 p.m., ESPN2

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