Tomlinson is not a spectacular player by any means, but he has a 2:1 assist/turnover ratio and does exactly what Colorado needs him to do. Tomlinson only averages about six points per game and shoots 37 percent, so we feel that Turner could keep up with him. We don't see Turner outplaying him by a huge margin, but he should be able to use his quickness to have a positive impact on the game. As far as we are concerned, Turner has more potential here and gets the advantage because of it.
Dinwiddie is one of the best freshmen in the conference, as he averages nearly 11 points per game and shoots 45 percent from behind the arc. In addition, Dinwiddie averages four rebounds per game and shoots 81 percent from the free-throw line. Kyle Fogg is absolutely the more experienced player here and the better defender. However, until he puts together two consecutive strong outings on offense, it will be difficult to give him the advantage in the second game, especially on the road.
Brown is Colorado's leading scorer, averaging nearly 14 points per game while shooting 48 percent from the field. He only turns the ball over about twice per game and is second on the team in assists. Johnson has all of the potential in the world, but this will not be an easy matchup in the slightest. Brown his somewhat of a questionable player in the sense that he only scored two points against Arizona State and nine against Cal. However, he also scored 28 points against Washington State and 18 against Washington.
Dufault may be one of the most underrated players in the conference. He has scored in double digits in four straight games and has the ability to hurt Arizona with his jumper. If the Wildcats leave him open, they will certainly pay. Hill is still the better player though and you get the feeling he is going to come out with something to prove after his foolishness against Utah. It would not surprise us if this matchup wound up being even, but Hill gets the slight advantage here.
Roberson is everything Perry should be due in large part to the fact that he averages 11 rebounds per game. There is absolutely no height difference between the two, but Roberson has had a 14 rebound game against Cal, 10 against ASU, 12 against UW, and 17 against Utah. He may not score more than Perry, but it seems he will almost be a guarantee to rebound more. If Perry can somehow keep Roberson off the glass (4 rebounds vs. Stanford), Arizona's chances to win this game increase dramatically.
Bench: Colorado definitely has some talent on the bench with Askia Booker, a freshman averaging eight points per game. However, there really is not a lot of talent behind him and while Shane Harris-Tunks can pose problem with his 6-foot-11, 250-pound frame, the Wildcats have more talent.
Coaches: Sean Miller vs. Tad Boyle
Boyle led Colorado to a school-record 24 wins last season and the Buffs seem to have taken off right where they left off. We feel Boyle is one of the most underrated coaches in the country and while we give the advantage to Miller here, it is relatively slight because of the respect we have for Boyle and his coaching staff.
Prediction: This is a huge game for Arizona, but the Buffs match up well with the Wildcats and have no problem with a faster tempo. Arizona's first half against Utah was a bit disheartening and considering how strong Colorado is at home, a start like that will lead to a loss. Asking Arizona to beat Colorado on the road is a tall task and one that we are not sure the Wildcats can achieve.
Colorado 72, Arizona 65