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No. 2 Arizona takes lumps in paradise in crazy hoops week

Good luck finding anybody who has ever had a worse week in the Bahamas than Sean Miller.

His second-ranked Arizona team headed to the Battle 4 Atlantis poised for a championship showdown with No. 5 Villanova. Instead, the Wildcats dropped three games in three days to finish last in the eight-team tournament, and could plummet all the way out of the Top 25 on Monday.

"I wouldn't have predicted we would come down here and finish 0-3. That wasn't the goal," Miller said before heading home, "but nothing's ever as bad as it seems."

Indeed, the Wildcats (3-3) lost close games to North Carolina State and SMU before getting routed by No. 18 Purdue in the...