King is not a true point guard, but he is still averaging about three assists per game. However, he has more turnovers than assists and is more of a scorer than anything, as shown by his 14 points per game. Mayes is doing what Arizona needs him to do, but he is not the player that King is. While King has battled inconsistency, his ability to have a strong game is what gives him the advantage here.
Advantage: Arizona State
Lockett is averaging about 14 and 7 and Arizona's goal will be to contain him with Fogg being the perfect solution. Often times the Sun Devils go as Lockett goes and Arizona will go into the game with the mindset that if Fogg can contain or even shutdown Lockett, ASU is going to be in major trouble. Lockett is probably the better offensive player, but we are giving credit to Fogg's defensive ability here.
Johnson is going to come out motivated and it will be interesting to see how the Sun Devils contain him, because he is seemingly a much better player than Creekmur. Creekmur only averages four points per game, but he also only plays about 20 minutes per game and does not do much else. This is easily one of Arizona's biggest advantages and the Wildcats absolutely need to pay attention to it.
Felix averages ten points and about four rebounds, but is not a very efficient player. Hill will be going up against a player that is not only his height, but one that he is stronger than. This seems like the type of game in which Hill should be aggressive early and take advantage of the fact that Felix will have difficulty stopping him. We would be surprised if Hill did not have a solid overall game with the potential for a high scoring one as well.
Perry has to be legitimately excited to finally go up against a player that is his size. Cain averages seven rebounds per game, but he can also be forced into turning the ball over too much. Perry should certainly be able to hold his own, as the majority of his difficulty this season has been against bigger players. Perry has the skill to succeed against players his size and we would expect him to have close to a double digit rebound game on Saturday.
Bench: Miller believes that Josiah Turner is practicing and playing better than he has all season, Brendon Lavender is coming off a career game, and Angelo Chol is progressing as a player. For ASU, there really is not much beyond point guard Chris Colvin. The Sun Devils may have some size coming off the bench, but being big certainly does not make you a good basketball player.
Coaches: Sean Miller vs. Herb Sendek
We really don't need to analyze this one too much. One coach is having his program go in a positive direction while the other would likely be in trouble of losing his job had he not recently signed an extension.
Prediction: Arizona is just the better team here and while the pace may pose some issues for the Wildcats, we can't see those issues lasting all game. Eventually Arizona's depth is going to wear ASU down and if Arizona is shooting well, the zone is going to be useless from the start.
Arizona 72, Arizona State 59