Anderson and Mayes are similar in that neither will have a major impact on the game. Anderson averages eight points and about three assists per game, but also does not turn the ball over much. However, he shoots 38 percent from the field and is not much of an offensive player, as Mayes is the better shooter. Both will have slight impacts on the game, but neither should dominate it in any fashion.
Jones handles the point often for UCLA, but we figure Fogg is going to guard him, which is why we have him here in addition to other reasons. Jones is having a very solid season, averaging nearly 14 points per game. Jones is also hitting from the field at 45 percent and has the ability to impact the game in a big way. Still, we like Fogg in this matchup for the same reason we liked him in the matchup with Trent Lockett, which is because of his defensive ability.
With all due respect to Lamb, he is not the type of player that should be giving 30 minutes per game. Lamb averages ten points per game and is only shooting 41 percent. He does not add a whole lot in other categories, but is capable of scoring in bunches once he gets going. Johnson is just as good of a player as Lamb and his potential is certainly higher. We're going to go with the upset here and pick Johnson, although it would not surprise us to see this even.
Yes, there is a big height difference, but that does not mean much considering that Wear is more of a perimeter player. If he chooses to go into the paint, Arizona could have troubles. However, there is little reason to think that he will and he only averages six rebounds per game. Hill is going to take Wear on the perimeter and try to run him off the court, forcing UCLA to find a way to adjust.
Smith is only good for 18 minutes per game because of his weight and conditioning and it will be difficult for him to get more than that against Perry. Perry has already said he plans to run Smith up and down the court and we see little reason why he will be able to keep up with that. Arizona is going to try to get Smith in foul trouble early, which has happened often. If he stays in the game, he is going to pose major problems for Arizona but with so little reason to believe he can do that, we're giving this one to Perry.
Bench: Norman Powell and Travis Wear will be the two main players off the bench for a UCLA team that struggled with depth, especially with its guards. Brendan Lane has not proven to be good enough to get extended minutes and Anthony Stover is in the same place. Josiah Turner will offer Arizona the ability to push the ball and the Wildcats can match any depth the Bruins present.
Coaches: Sean Miller vs. Ben Howland
Howland has had success with UCLA, but college basketball is a what have you done for me lately type of business. For Howland, the answer is not much. We are giving this to Miller because the programs seem to be going in opposite directions, at least for the time being.
Prediction: UCLA is absolutely good enough to beat Arizona, but the Wildcats seem determined to come out with two wins this week. The UA now matches up better with UCLA because of the absence of Reeves Nelson and the guard sets will allow the Wildcats to play their basketball and come out with the win.
Arizona 73, UCLA 65