Breakdown: Arizona vs. Oregon State

Arizona has a difficult game against Oregon State on Thursday. Read on for a complete breakdown, including a prediction.

PG: Josiah Turner (6-3, 192, Fr.) vs. Ahmad Starks (5-9, 165, So.)

Turner should eventually be a better player than Starks, but Starks' ability to score is what gives him the advantage here. It may only be at a 40 percent clip, but Starks has the ability to get hot from behind the arc. Turner, on the other hand, is having difficult scoring and is so inconsistent that it is hard to know what he is going to bring to the table. While it would not be a surprise to see this as a close matchup, we are giving a very slight advantage to Starks.

Advantage: Oregon State



SG: Kyle Fogg (6-3, 188, Sr.) vs. Jared Cunningham (6-4, 194, Jr.)

Fogg may be a good defensive player, but this is a completely different ball game. Cunningham is averaging nearly 18 points per game and gets to the line as well as anybody in the country. Fogg is going to have fits with his athleticism and Cunningham poses major problems for Arizona because of it. It would not be a surprise to see Arizona throw numerous different players at Cunningham, because Fogg likely can't do it alone.

Advantage: Oregon State



SF: Nick Johnson (6-2, 198, Fr.) vs. Eric Moreland (6-10, 215, Fr.)

Moreland has gotten the start the last two games, which brings Devon Collier off the bench. The problem here is that Johnson is in deep trouble defensively because he is giving up eight inches to Moreland or six to Collier. As much as Johnson is struggling offensively, Arizona is going to have difficulty keeping him on the court if he is struggling on defense, unless it chooses to go to a zone. It is difficult to give Johnson the advantage because of his struggles on offense and the size advantage makes it difficult to make this even as well.

Advantage: Oregon State



PF: Solomon Hill (6-6, 226, Jr.) vs. Joe Burton (6-7, 280, Jr.)

This is a difficult matchup for both players, as they have different styles. Hill is going to have to guard Burton on the interior and Burton is going to have to find a way to guard Hill on the perimeter. We have to assume Hill will get help on defense and offensively, there is not a huge difference. Burton has the ability to go off against Arizona, but he is only averaging 10 and 6, which is comparable to Hill. We're making this one Arizona's advantage with the warning that it could definitely go in Burton's favor.

Advantage: Arizona



C: Jesse Perry (6-7, 217, Sr.) vs. Angus Brandt (6-10, 242, Jr.)

Brandt is solid, but he is not better than Perry. He only averages three rebounds in about 24 minutes of play and is the type of player that Perry can keep up with. In fact, they are relatively similar with the biggest difference being that Perry is simply the better player most of the time. Arizona won't mind it at all if Brandt wants to drift on the perimeter, as he tends to do too much sometimes.

Advantage: Arizona



Bench: Devon Collier would be the best player off Arizona's bench, as he is averaging 12 points and five rebounds per game and shooting 63 percent from the field. Roberto Nelson may also pose some problems, as he is averaging ten points per game. Arizona can certainly match this output and has a bench that is bigger than two deep with Lavender, Mayes, and Parrom, but this is definitely close.

Advantage: Oregon State



Coaches: Sean Miller vs. Craig Robinson

Robinson is having a solid season as a coach, but still has yet to take that next step. While he seems to be slowly turning things around, it is hard to give him too much credit until he truly has something to show for it.

Advantage: Arizona



Prediction: This is a tough one for me to predict. I definitely did not like the way Arizona played in Los Angeles, but the style of play will be dramatically different against the Oregon schools. Arizona does not match up well with Oregon State due in large part to its size, yet the Wildcats are much different at home. I'm going to go with Arizona here because of that home court, but it really is a complete toss up.

Arizona 78, Oregon State 76


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