Coach Sean Miller waxed poetic about being in Los Angeles for the regional, calling it “the footprint of our conference.”
However, the Wildcats have stubbed their toes here before. Their NCAA tournament history in Southern California has been less than impressive.
Arizona has failed to advance the last five times it has come to Southern California for a regional. The Wildcats lost in overtime to Wisconsin at the regional final at Honda Center last season and were beaten by three by Ohio State at Staples two seasons ago.
"I just think it’s a weird anomaly," center Kaleb Tarczewski said.
Guard Gabe York pointed out the level of competition and caliber of games.
"We’ve lost to some very, very good teams," the reserve guard said. "We were there at the finish. It’s not like we we’re losing by 20-30 points."