Arizona freshman Josh Green, sitting on the set at the Pac-12 Network, tells Don MacLean that he used to get goosebumps from the Red-Blue Scrimmage alone during the recruiting process.
They have not played one minute yet but Mannion is a first-team preseason all-conference pick and Green is a second-teamer. Senior post player Chase Jeter makes the honorable mention. Sign of the times.
Modest that he is, Sean Miller is not one to talk about his history with the “Send it in Jerome!” glass-backboard-breaking dunk pass and his appearance on the Johnny Carson Show as a child dribbling basketballs for show. He avoids those like the plague. Somebody please let the Pac-12 Network know that.
We took a trip down memory lane with @APlayersProgram Head Coach Sean Miller 😁💭.
How about an Arizona-Villanova or Arizona-Georgetown matchup? Arizona-Xavier?
Arizona, ASU and USC will open at Las Vegas against Big East teams in the second year of the “Coast to Coast” challenge in 2021-22, then face the same teams again in New York in 2022-23.
If the Pac-12 goes to a round-robin 20-game schedule, it will be more difficult to schedule marquee home-and-home series against other national powers. Those type of series have already gone by the wayside with the neutral site matchups made for national TV.
UA coach Sean Miller said he'll look still add a home-and-home series but between the "Challenge" and the league's new 20-game schedule, there isn't much room on the 2021-22 and 2022-23 schedules.
"No doubt home and homes have already become harder," Miller said. "But part of why they've already become more difficult is these other conferences have already moved to 20 games." UA faces Illinois, Baylor and Gonzaga as part of home-and-home series this season.
Symbolic move having two freshmen at the Pac-12 Media Day. Makes complete sense and it fulfills the needs of the reporters. Why not bring the most newsworthy players there?
The idea of a zone defense for Arizona was asked today of Miller, a man known of his ardent man-to-man principles.
– Only coach to bring two Freshmen here.
– Balked at the idea of playing zone this year.
– Gave credit to all three new HC’s in the league. Thinks the league upgraded with the new hires. Spoke about how tough Cronin’s teams are. #Arizona#Pac12Hoops
Miller said this is as deep and talented the Pac-12 has been since he started at Arizona in 2009-10.
Bear Down! 🐻⬇️
You get the sense it will be fun year watching these guys play. Enjoy it while you can.
Watching @josh_green6 play ‘Pop a shot’ is getting us excited to see his shot on the court this season. 🙌
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