As expected, the Cats were not chosen for the NCAA Tournament on Sunday. Not only did the Cats not make the NCAA Tourney, they were snubbed by the NIT as well. The Cats declined an invitation to play in the College Basketball Invitational. Coach Miller had this to say about that decision:
That's really not what our program is about right now. The goal here is to make the NCAA Tournament and be in a position for a seed that can advance and can threaten for the Final Four. I'm going to sound the exact way I did when I got here. The building process and doing things the right way is at the forefront. Recruiting Arizona players ...making sure that everybody who returns, returns better and making sure that everyone who is on our roster is about winning. It's about team. It's about togetherness and having a bigger picture than six months. In another six months, a culture will be developed, a way of doing things will be developed. Not only by miles, but sometimes in inches we'll continue to improve and emerge on the national level and within our conference. It's going to take a lot of hard work and patience. Part of the story is written and there is a lot of hard work to go.
That's it for this year's Cats basketball. I'm sure there is disappointment all around at the McKale center, especially for Nic Wise.
This year's team was mediocre at best and only came together to play as a team on a few occasions. Derrick Williams is a stud and will only get better. I wish Nic the best in the future and will be keeping an eye him on NBA draft day.