Arizona Basketball

Video captures ASU coach Hurley saying teams should go to Tucson for wins


The Arizona Wildcats historically offer the more difficult trip when Pac-12 teams come into the state.

The records back it up. History says so.

But ASU coach Bobby Hurley, perhaps not aware somebody was videotaping him in the postgame locker room following a win against Colorado, let loose with this Thursday:

“If anyone wants a win here, they better go to (expletive) Tucson,” he said amid his jubilant players.

A couple things:

— Using an expletive to address the team is nothing out of the ordinary. Caught on film is another thing. Did Hurley not know the video tape was rolling?

— But more importantly: Arizona is on a 14-game winning streak in McKale Center — long noted as one of the most difficult arenas to win in the Pac-12 — and Sean Miller is 116-12 there in his eighth season with the Wildcats. ASU in the same time frame is 95-38 in Wells Fargo Arena.

Interesting that in part of his speech, Hurley told his players: “Be professional, be mature, be smart …”

FOLLOW @JAVIERJMORALES ON TWITTER! publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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