It makes sense for Mayes to start, although it really would not be surprising to see Turner get another chance as well. Davis is an interesting player because he averaged five assists last season, but he also had seven games in which he had five or more turnovers. The guess here is that Arizona tries to pressure him into turning the ball over and is generally successful.
SG: Kyle Fogg (6-3, 188, Sr.) vs. Jauwan Scaife (6-2, 204, Jr.)
Fogg is absolutely the better player here, but that does not mean he is going to play like it. Scaife has talent, but he had more than his fair share of games in which he had major struggles last season. Since Fogg is the better player, we will give him the benefit of the doubt here.
SF: Solomon Hill (6-6, 226, Jr.) vs. Chris Bond (6-4, 195, So.)
Solomon Hill has struggled in the first two games, but let's not get carried away. He still has the talent to succeed and you have to figure that it will happen eventually. Hill is the bigger, stronger player here and as long as he can keep Bond off the glass, should have an advantage here.
Kamieniecki barely played last season, so it is difficult to get a true gauge on what type of player he is. While he did do well in the preseason, Kamieniecki is going to have his work cut out for him with Perry and his fast start this season.
Whether it is Natyazhko or Angelo Chol is irrelevant, as Jones is easily the best player on his team. Butler was the best team Ball State faced last season and Jones did struggle, but he still put up 14 and eight per game. Arizona will have its hands full and containment of Jones likely means an easy win.
Advantage: Ball State
Bench: With the way that Nick Johnson and Angelo Chol are playing, it is difficult not to give Arizona the advantage here. Both players would likley start on Ball State and are a big advantage for Arizona on Sunday. If a player is going to be successful off the bench for Ball State, our pick would be Jesse Berry, who can score in bunches.
Coaches: Sean Miller vs. Billy Taylor
Ball State has finished either first or second in the Mid-American Conference West Division the past three years and advanced to the MAC Tournament semifinals two out of the last three years. Still, Miller continues to coach at a high level and gets the advantage here.
Prediction: Numerous people feel that this has the potential to be Arizona's most difficult game in the early season, but I just don't see it. Jones is good, but Ball State does not play a pressure defense and Arizona will be allowed to run its sets.
Arizona 75, Ball State 62