Mayes may not be an efficient point guard right now, but he is still the better player than Saldivar. Saldivar has a solid 2:1 assist to turnover ratio, but is not a good shooter at all, as evidenced by his 33 percent from the field. Mayes should be able to exploit him offensively and Turner will more than hold his own as well.
SG: Nick Johnson (6-2, 198, Fr.) vs. James Douglas (6-0, 175, Fr.)
Douglas leads the team in scoring with about 13 points per game, most of which comes on threes. He is shooting 41 percent from the field, but has actually made 42 percent of his three point shots. Considering Douglas has more turnovers than assists and does not do much else, Johnson should be more than fine here.
SF: Kyle Fogg (6-3, 188, Sr.) vs. Colin Gruber (6-3, 173, Fr.)
Gruber is another player that is basically a three-point shooter, as 29 of his 51 field goal attempts have come behind the arc. The issue here is that he has only made nine of those 29 attempts and does not do much else. This is a good opportunity for Fogg to get back on track.
PF: Solomon Hill (6-6, 226, Jr.) vs. Gaellan Bewernick (6-6, 215, Fr.)
Bewernick shoots 63 percent from the field, but only averages about six points per game. Bewernick does average about five rebounds per game and can be dangerous on the glass, but Hill is definitely the better player here. We expect another big game from him unless he gets his teammates involved more.
C: Jesse Perry (6-7, 217, Sr.) vs. Ephraim Ekanem (6-7, 230, Jr.)
This is another game in which Perry should be able to get double digit rebounds. He is certainly the better player here and although Ekanem has a good amount of weight to him, he only averages three rebounds per game. Perry should be able to take Ekanem on the perimeter and have plenty of success.
Bench: With Turner emerging, Arizona's bench is stronger. Yes, there are still some interior issues, but they will not come up here. For NAU, Durrell Norman comes off the bench and leads the team with six rebounds despite being a guard.
Coaches: Sean Miller vs. Mike Adras
Adras deserves credit for what he he has done with NAU, but obviously we are talking about another level here.
Prediction: This should be Arizona's easiest game of the season. NAU is not a great offensive team and has already suffered a 19-point loss to San Francisco, 20-point loss to Loyola Marymount, and 35-point loss to BYU. It would be a disappointment if Arizona does not win by double digits.
Arizona 78, Northern Arizona 64