Breakdown: Arizona vs. Utah

Arizona is set to face Utah on Thursday night. Read on for a complete breakdown of the game, including a prediction.

PG: Josiah Turner (6-3, 192, Fr.) vs. Kareem Storey (5-10, 184, Fr.)

Storey only averages 20 minutes per game, but you have to assume that will change now that Josh Watkins is gone. Storey only shoots 32 percent from the field, but does still have more assists than turnovers. Still, this will be a difficult matchup for Storey and it is asking a lot for him to be thrust into the lineup against a defense that will likely try to pressure him into turning it over.

Advantage: Arizona

SG: Kyle Fogg (6-3, 188, Sr.) vs. Chris Hines (6-foot-0, 185, Jr.)

Besides Watkins, Hines has the most shot attempts on the team. The problem with this is that he shoots 31 percent from the field and has only been to the line 13 times this season. Hines does not do much else and has 19 turnovers to 7 assists. Basically, Fogg should have little trouble shutting him down should Arizona choose to go that defensive route. This is a very good opportunity for Fogg to have a solid game and try to get back on track.

Advantage: Arizona

SF: Nick Johnson (6-2, 198, Fr.) vs. Cedric Martin (6-4, 200, Jr.)

Martin is yet another Utah player that does not shoot well, as he is hitting 25 percent from the field. He is actually a decent three-point shooter, as he has made 28 percent of his attempts. However, Martin is only good for one or two a game, so will likely not have a major impact on this game. Johnson is more athletic and just the better player here, so we would be surprised if he does not have a successful game.

Advantage: Arizona

PF: Solomon Hill (6-6, 226, Jr.) vs. Dijon Farr (6-6, 219, Jr.)

Farr is a decent player, averaging six points per game to go along with four rebounds. He has an average mid-range game and leads the team in steals, although it is less than one per game. Hill is obviously still the better player and is finally going up against a player that is his size. If Hill is aggressive early, it will set the tone for the game and there is not a very good chance that Farr will be able to stop him.

Advantage: Arizona

C: Jesse Perry (6-7, 217, Sr.) vs. Jason Washburn (6-10, 244, Jr.)

Perry is the more talented player, but Washburn could give Arizona some fits. He averages about 10 points and 7 rebounds per game while shooting 56 percent from the field. He is not a very good defensive player and you would have to assume that Perry would want to take him on the perimeter and try to get Washburn in some foul trouble. Out of all the matchups, this is the one to keep the closest eye on because it would not be surprising if Washburn had a solid game.

Advantage: Arizona

Bench: 6-foot-6, 260-pound forward Javon Dawson will get about 15 minutes in Thursday's game, but he likely will not do a ton with it. Dawson is averaging less than three points per game and takes about one shot per game as well. We can analyze it as much as we want, but we just don't see a threat on Utah's bench, especially compared to Arizona's.

Advantage: Arizona

Coaches: Sean Miller vs. Larry Krystkowiak

Krystkowiak isn't nearly as bad of a coach as this year's team shows and the rebuilding project he is involved in is difficult. There is a long way for him to go to make Utah respectable again while Miller already has Arizona there.

Advantage: Arizona

Prediction: To put it bluntly, if Arizona loses this game then the season is over. The Utes have been playing better as of late, but without Watkins, just have very little talent. Arizona should be able to beat Utah on pure talent, although you worry if the team will rally around its coach now that he has kicked off his star player.

Arizona 75, Utah 58

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