Bell may not be the point guard, but there is no way that Mayes is going to guard Kevin Pangos. Bell averages about nine points per game and has made 13-28 from behind the arc. He is a very similar player to Mayes in that when he is not hitting his shots, he struggles to contribute in other ways. Due to their similarities and the lack of consistency from Mayes, we are making this an even matchup.
SG: Kyle Fogg (6-3, 188, Sr.) vs. Kevin Pangos (6-1, 180, Fr.)
If you take away Pangos' 33-point performance against Washington State, he has not been spectacular this season. However, Pangos has scored in double figures in all but two of his games this season. The interesting aspect of this matchup will be Fogg's defense, as he definitely has the ability to shut Pangos down. We struggled with this matchup because it would not be a surprise to see them play even, but will give Pangos the advantage because of offense.
SF: Nick Johnson (6-2, 198, Fr.) vs.Mike Hart (6-6, 206, Jr.)
Hart does a little bit of everything, but Johnson is definitely the better player here. Hart's season high in points is six, but he rebounds well. Still, Johnson is the better player and considering how well he has played as of late, we have to give him the advantage. This is definitely a matchup that Arizona needs to find a way to take advantage of.
PF: Solomon Hill (6-6, 226, Jr.) vs. Elias Harris (6-7, 240, Jr.)
Hill and Harris are very similar players and we assume that they will put up similar stat lines as well. Hill has to be careful to keep Harris off the glass, as he had 15 rebounds against Notre Dame and double digit boards in two other games as well. It will be interesting to see if Hill feels the need to step up offensively and there is a good chance he can, especially on the perimeter.
This is a tough one for us because Perry has had a great season and deserves a ton of credit. However, Sacre has been just as strong and has only scored in single digits once while getting ten rebounds four different times. The key here is for Perry to attack Sacre, as he has had at least four fouls in four games, including one in which he fouled out.
Bench: Gonzaga goes about eight deep with David Stockton, Marquise Carter, and Sam Dower being dangerous in different ways. Stockton is probably the best passer on the team and Carter leads Gonzaga in steals, so each poses a problem for Arizona. However, the Wildcats should be able to match Gonzaga's depth with Josiah Turner and Kevin Parrom, so we will give the Wildcats the slight advantage here.
Coaches: Sean Miller vs. Mark Few
Few deserves a ton of respect and when Miller says that Gonzaga is the established program in the west he is not lying. However, Miller will likely have similar success at Arizona in a more difficult conference, so we feel he gets a slight advantage here.
Prediction: If this is not a close game I would be surprised. The difference for me is that Arizona has done nothing but prepare for Gonzaga this week and the Zags had a difficult game on Thursday. I feel that Fogg contains Pangos and a player like Parrom has a big game, as Arizona comes up with what could be called an upset.
Arizona 75, Gonzaga 71