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Arizona basketball: Sean Miller ate reindeer while visiting Lauri Markkanen in Finland

It was worth it

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The Arizona Wildcats are 18-2 and in the midst of a 12-game winning streak, and the play of Lauri Markkanen is a big reason why.

The 7-footer from Finland is UA’s leading scorer and rebounder, not to mention that he is shooting 50 percent from 3 — something that players his size shouldn’t be able to do.

The freshman was a highly-touted player in the 2016 recruiting class, and Sean Miller and the Wildcats were fortunate enough to land him as they recruited against schools like Kansas and Utah.

To do that, it required Miller to make trips to Finland to recruit Markkanen, and one of those trips got a little weird.

Miller ate reindeer, which apparently is a delicacy in Finland.

“They like to eat reindeer,” Miller told FOX Sports’ Jody Oehler on Tuesday on 910 AM. “You think of Rudolph, you can’t get your mind around that, but I had some when I was over there visiting him and it tasted almost like you would expect.”

I don’t know what I would expect reindeer to taste like and Miller didn’t expound any further, so we don’t know if he actually liked it or not, but, hey, whatever it took to land Markkanen had to have been worth it.

Sorry, Rudolph.

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