Stith is more of a floor general than anything, as he has only taken about four shots per game in his first three games. Stith only has three assists, but he has also only turned the ball over three times. Mayes has much more scoring potential, so we will give him the advantage. However, he has to play better than he did against Ball State.
Lindsey has had a heck of a start to the season, as he is averaging 16 points per game and already has ten steals. He also leads the team with 14 assists and averages about five rebounds per game, so Fogg is going to have his work cut out for him. The opponents for St. John's have not been great, but we are going to give Lindsey some credit here.
Harrison is averaging 14 points, but it is only on 42 percent shooting. If Hill plays like he did against Ball State, he is going to be a very difficult matchup for any team. Hill has battled inconsistency, but that does not mean he is not better than Harrison, who could be bothered by Hill's size.
PF:Jesse Perry (6-7, 217, Sr.) vs. Moe Harkless (6-8, 208, Fr.)
Harkless has been one of the better freshmen in the country in the early part of the season and Perry is going to have his work cut out for him defensively. Harkless is extremely strong and can be crafty at times, so it will be interesting to see how Arizona defends him.
This is going to be a major problem for anybody Arizona throws at Achiuwa. He is averaging nearly 18 and eight while shooting 72 percent on the season, so Miller is going to have to create a defensive gameplan to slow him down. If Achiuwa puts up similar numbers, it could be difficult for the Wildcats to win.
Advantage:: St. John's
Bench: Phil Greene and Sir'Dominic Pointer are the two main players off the bench for the Red Storm and both are in the back court. Beyond them, there really is not much depth and with Kevin Parrom back and Nick Johnson playing well, Arizona has a big advantage here.
Coaches: Sean Miller vs. Steve Lavin
Lavin has had some success in the past, but there is no denying that Miller is the better coach. In fact, if Arizona can stay disciplined, it could have a major advantage here.
Prediction: This is a tough one to predict because St. John's could force Arizona into playing its style of basketball, which would be bad for the Wildcats. Still, Arizona's size and depth will be a problem for St. John's, which is why I like Arizona.
Arizona, 75, St. John's 71