Breakdown: Arizona vs. Washington State

Arizona has a difficult matchup with Washington state on Thursday. Read on for a complete breakdown, including a prediction.

PG: Josiah Turner (6-3, 192, Fr.) vs. Reggie Moore (6-1, 178 Jr.)

Moore is a confusing player in terms of his offensive production, as evidenced by the fact that he scored 13 points against Stanford and followed it up with 0 against Cal. Moore is plenty capable of scoring double-digit points, but his real danger is that he averages over five assists per game. Moore is dangerous once he gets in the lane and is similar to Turner in that respect. In fact, they are somewhat similar players, with Moore only shooting 39 percent from the field. Arizona has to keep Moore out of the lane or else he will make the Wildcats pay.

Advantage: Even



SG: Kyle Fogg (6-3, 188, Sr.) vs. DaVonte Lacy (6-3, 206, Fr.)

Lacy averages about ten points per game on 41 percent shooting from the field. Fogg's offense has been extremely inconsistent all season, but Lacy almost matches him there. Both players have the talent to have solid games, but they could also go the complete opposite way as well. As silly as this may sound to some, the fact that Fogg struggled a bit against Colorado makes us think he will bounce back just fine.

Advantage: Arizona



SF: Nick Johnson (6-2, 198, Fr.) vs. Marcus Capers (6-4, 179, Sr.)

Capers is a solid defensive player, but he is more of a glue guy this season. He is averaging about five points per game on three shots, yet still plays 27 minutes per game because he does the little things well. This is the type of game that Johnson could have success in because he returns home and Arizona will need him to step up significantly. Johnson has more offensive potential, thus we will give him the advantage here.

Advantage: Arizona



PF: Solomon Hill (6-6, 226, Jr.) vs. Charlie Enquist (6-10, 230, Sr.)

There is a huge size advantage here, but the reality is that Hill is not going to be guarding Enquist too much because he only plays 17 minutes per game. When Enquist is in the game, we would love to see him use that advantage by taking Enquist off the perimeter and being aggressive. Hill is certainly the better player here, but he needs to take advantage and step up when Arizona needs him the most.

Advantage: Arizona



C: Jesse Perry (6-7, 217, Sr.) vs. Brock Motum (6-10, 245, Jr.)

We like Perry and he played well against Colorado, but this is another difficult matchup. Motum is averaging 15 points and six rebounds while shooting 59 percent from the field and 15-37 from behind the arc. Motum is one of the most improved players in the country and will be an absolute problem for the Wildcats. It will be interesting to see if Sean Miller players Motum straight up or chooses to try to take him out of the game and have the perimeter defenders step up.

Advantage: Washington State



Bench: Arizona often gets the advantage, but Faisal Aden is enough to give it to the Cougars here, He is averaging 15 points per game while shooting 46 percent from the field and playing 25 minutes per game. Aden is likely going to be guarded by Fogg and he is going to need to play one of his best defensive games of the season. A guy like Brendon Lavender has a good chance to make an impact in this game, but Aden's impact is the one to watch.

Advantage: Washington State



Coaches: Sean Miller vs. Ken Bone

We have a lot of respect for Bone, who has Washington State going in the right direction after a slow start. Still, Miller's success the past few years, despite the team's struggles this year, gives him the advantage.

Advantage: Arizona



Prediction: Most of the attention is on the Washington game on Saturday, but that means nothing if the Wildcats can't win this one. Arizona matches up fine with the Cougars if its perimeter defense can remain solid and it can control Motum. This has the makings of a close game and the type of game that starts off close and sees Arizona pull away late.

Arizona 71, Washington State 64


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