Sim is not the type of player that is going to kill Arizona, but he runs the offense successfully and is generally an efficient player. Sim has a 1.7 assist/turnover ratio and shoots 54 percent from the field and 47 percent from behind the arc. Turner may be the more talented player, but does not run the offense well enough to get the advantage here.
There are not many players in the conference that are better than Joseph. He is averaging 15 points per game while shooting 46 percent from the field. Joseph has only been to the line 33 times, but he is a dynamic scorer that is definitely going to go right at Fogg and make him work.
SF: Nick Johnson (6-2, 198, Fr.) vs. E.J. Singler (6-6, 215, Jr.)
This matchup really depends on which Johnson shows up. Singler is second on the team in scoring with about 12 points per game and shoots 45 percent from the field as well. However, Johnson was fantastic against Oregon State and has the ability to give Singler major fits defensively. Singler's size may be a mismatch for Johnson, but he did fine against the Beavers and will likely give Singler trouble with his athleticism.
Jacob does not get a lot of minutes each game and is not a majorly effective player. Hill should be able to have a successful game because he is simply the better basketball player. In addition, you get the feeling he will bounce back from his game against Oregon State and have more success on Saturday.
There were some high expectations for Woods and he has not really met them, as he only averages about four rebounds in about 18 minutes per game. Perry should be able to score more than Woods and it will be interesting to see how well he does defensively, as he will once again give away size.
Bench: Oregon has some talent on its bench with Olu Ashaolu and Tyrone Nared, but it is nothing that Arizona can't handle. The biggest storyline in terms of the bench is what kind of minutes Brendon Lavender will get, because he certainly deserves more.
Coaches: Sean Miller vs. Dana Altman
Altman is absolutely on his way to turning Oregon around and deserves credit for doing so. However, he is not there yet and while he is one of the better coaches in the league, he now needs to back it up.
Prediction: You always wonder a team is going to come off a game like Thursday's. The guess here is that the Wildcats come out with plenty of energy behind a crowd that recognizes the fact the game is a big one and on national television.
Arizona 74, Oregon 65