Breakdown: UA vs. OSU

Arizona has its first Pac-10 tournament game on Thursday and WildcatAuthority.com breaks down the contest.

PG: Momo Jones (6-0, 196, So.) vs. Ahmad Starks (5-8, 153, Fr.)

Starks may not start, but he is going to be handling the point for most of the game. Arizona has done great against him twice this season and there is little reason to think that it will not be the same case on Thursday.

Advantage: Arizona

SG: Kyle Fogg (6-3, 180, Jr.) vs. Jared Cunningham (6-4, 182, So.)

Cunningham is another player that may come off the bench, but he played 33 minutes against Stanford and will get similar time. Cunningham had a mediocre second game against the UA and Oregon State lost, which is not a coincidence. Cunningham's success is often directly related to whether or not the Beavers win.

Advantage: Oregon State

SF: Solomon Hill (6-6, 226, So.) vs. Devon Collier (6-7, 206, Fr.)

Collier had a career night against Stanford and it will be difficult to match his 19 points again. He has had decent games against the Wildcats, but not the type that will hurt Arizona too much.

Advantage: Even

PF: Jesse Perry (6-7, 210, Jr.) vs. Omari Johnson (6-9, 220, Sr.)

Johnson is extremely inconsistent and it is difficult to tell how many minutes he will play, let alone the type of impact he will have. However, you could say something similar about Perry, who has not done much as of late.

Advantage: Even

C: Derrick Williams (6-8, 241, So.) vs. Joe Burton (6-7, 280, So.)

Williams is likely to have a solid game and whether Burton or Angus Brandt gets the minutes here, Arizona is going to have a considerable advantage.

Advantage: Arizona

Benches: Oregon State will likely bring Roberto Nelson off the bench, but he can't do it by himself and Arizona is still the deeper team.

Coaches: Sean Miller vs. Craig Robinson

Miller just won Coach of the Year in the Pac-10, so this category kind of goes without saying.

Advantage: Arizona

Intangibles: The Wildcats are playing on a neutral court, but have much more to gain than Oregon State, who is a longshot to win the tournament and make the postseason.

Advantage: Arizona

Prediction: Oregon State is coming off of a close game on Wednesday and Arizona is just the better team. While it may start out close, the Wildcats will likely pull away.

Arizona 80, Oregon State 68

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