Breakdown: Arizona vs. Valparaiso

Arizona's season kicks off Monday with a home game against Valparaiso. Read on to see a complete breakdown of the game, including a prediction.

PG: Josiah Turner (6-3, 192, Fr.) vs. Erik Buggs (5-11, 155, Sr.)

Buggs is more of a floor general than anything, as he definitely is not a big scorer. He did lead the team with three assists per game last season, but Turner should be able to handle him on his own. It will also be interesting to see how Turner handles the size and strength difference, as this could be the type of game he excels in.

Advantage: Arizona

SG: Kyle Fogg (6-3, 188, Sr.) vs. Will Bogan (6-1, 170, Sr.)

Bogan can shoot, but he does not do much else and had seven turnovers in two exhibition games. Fogg may have struggled in the exhibitions, but that does not mean he is not the better player. This would be a good game for him to get back on track.

Advantage: Arizona

SF: Solomon Hill (6-6, 226, Jr.) vs. Matt Kenney (6-4, 205, Jr.)

Kenney is in line to have a very solid season, as he is a good rebounder for his position and does a little bit of everything. In fact, he is pretty similar to Hill in that sense, though we give the advantage to Hill because he probably does it a little bit better. However, we would not be surprised if this was closer to an even matchup.

Advantage: Arizona

PF: Jesse Perry (6-7, 217, Sr.) vs. Ryan Broekhoff (6-7, 215, Jr.)

This is an interesting matchup because Broekhoff definitely has some talent. He led the Horizon League in three-point percentage and will be used to stretch Arizona's defense. Perry is going to have to rebound more like he did against Humboldt State than Seattle Pacific if Arizona is going to win this matchup.

Advantage: Arizona

Center: Kyryl Natyazhko (6-11, 275, Jr.) vs. Kevin Van Wijk (6-8, 230, Jr.)

The stakes are much higher now for Natyazhko, who will be facing a player that will likely see a statistical increase this season. Van Wijk is capable of scoring in bunches and is a strong offensive rebounder as well. This will be a nice early test for Natyazhko and an intriguing one at that.

Advantage: Even

Bench: Valparaiso actually has some talent on its bench, led by forward Richie Edwards, who should probably be a starter. Edwards is probably Valpo's best scorer and Jay Harris the best guard coming off the bench. However, it mostly stops there and Arizona gets the advantage for having more depth.

Advantage: Arizona

Coaches: Sean Miller vs. Bryce Drew

Drew is a solid coach, but he's no Miller. Miller is coaching at a higher level and has had success, which means he definitely gets the advantage here.

Advantage: Arizona

Prediction: the reality of this game is that it should not be very close. Arizona is better at all aspects and the only thing that might give the Wildcats trouble is that Valparaiso is generally a disciplined team. Still, the UA has more talent and it should win in the end.

Arizona 75, Valparaiso 62


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