For Sean Miller, it's about a process involving consistency, effort, and sustained long-term success more than anything.
But since Saturday's Arizona game is at ASU, the UA coach acknowledged a certain short-term perspective on the outside this week.
"It’s a big game for our fans, it’s a huge game for our university, and we recognize that (that's the case) whether it be with a former player or somebody who went to Arizona 20 years ago," Miller said. "Every team seems to have that rivalry. Arizona State is ours.
"The thing you can control is to be as ready as you can, to play the very best that you can and hopefully you have an opportunity to win. ... the bigger picture is to have a successful season and in our case, hopefully compete for a conference championship and really go on to do some great things while recognizing that this is an important game."
Some ASU-UA related links:
Rob Dauster of NBC Sports has UA on his upset alert.
The Wildcat looks at point guards Mark Lyons and Jahii Carson.
The Republic noted that ASU's three-point percentage shooting is down.
USC made some adjustments in three days under Bob Cantu but still didn't have enough to beat Oregon.
Ben Howland isn't interested in talking about UCLA's 10-game winning streak.