Breakdown: Arizona vs. Washington

There won't be many more games that are anticipated more than Arizona's matchup against Washington on Saturday. Read on for a complete breakdown of the game, including a prediction.

PG: Josiah Turner (6-3, 192, Fr.) vs. Abdul Gaddy (6-foot-3, 185, Jr.)

Gaddy is one of the better point guards in the conference, as he is averaging 4.5 assists per game and has an assist/turnover ratio of over two. Gaddy controls the tempo for Washington and is able to make sure the Huskies are successful on offense. It is the other areas that may cost him, as Gaddy is only shooting 42 percent from the field and is not very good defensively. Turner has been getting better nearly every game for the past few weeks, but we don't really see either player having a major advantage here.

Advantage: Even



SG: Kyle Fogg (6-3, 188, Sr.) vs. Tony Wroten (6-5, 205, Fr.)

Wroten may be the best player in the conference right now, which is saying a ton considering he is a freshman. Wroten is averaging 17 points and is able to put up a handful of rebounds and assists each game as well. He may not be a great shooter, but it is difficult to give Wroten space because he will likely use it to get in the paint. Fogg's offense is not going to win or lose the game for Arizona, but if his defense can be above average, the Wildcats will definitely see the benefit.

Advantage: Washington



SF: Nick Johnson (6-2, 198, Fr.) vs. Terrence Ross (6-6, 195, So.)

Ross is similar to Wroten in that his best attribute is his ability to score, as shown by his 15 points per game. Ross is also dangerous because he averages over six rebounds per game and, similar to Johnson, is the type of player that can be a killer once he gets in a groove. This is the type of game that can allow Johnson to get heavily involved, but that does not change the fact that Ross is the better player here.

Advantage: Washington



PF: Solomon Hill (6-6, 226, Jr.) vs. Desmond Simmons (6-7, 220, Fr.)

Simmons could give Hill fits with his athleticism, but Hill is definitely the better player here. Simmons will likely grab about five rebounds or so, but Hill should be able to match him and is certainly better offensively. This is the type of matchup that Hill could have success with if he is aggressive to the basket and confident enough to take Simmons off the dribble. Hill has the talent to do both, but it is up to him mentally if he wants to be aggressive enough to do so.

Advantage: Arizona



C: Jesse Perry (6-7, 217, Sr.) vs. Aziz N'Diaye (7-0, 260, Jr.)

N'Diaye may be seven-feet tall, but he only blocks about one shot per game. In addition, N'Diaye is not much of a scorer, but has the ability to hurt Arizona on the glass, as he is averaging eight rebounds per game. It will be interesting to see how many minutes N'Diaye plays because he usually plays 23 minutes per game, but the pace of Saturday's matchup may not even allow him to reach that. Perry is the better offensive player and would be wise to be aggressive in order to get some early points.

Advantage: Arizona



Bench: C.J. Wilcox did not start against Arizona State and struggled due to an injury that may still be effecting him. It is truly difficult to know what kind of player we will see on Saturday, which changes everything. Darnell Gant is a solid player that could see extended minutes against Arizona due to the tempo of the game, but there really is not a lot beyond that. The Wildcats certainly could use Brendon Lavender's improved efforts, but Kevin Parrom looks as if he is coming back to form, which is a major advantage.

Advantage: Arizona



Coaches: Sean Miller vs. Lorenzo Romar

I am of the opinion that Romar is the type of coach that should be able to guide the Huskies to more wins than they are getting. He is definitely a solid coach and recruiter, but has yet to get the Huskies to the point where they frankly should be.

Advantage: Arizona



Prediction: We made it clear after the Colorado game that we felt Arizona took a step forward, although the result may not have shown it. The Wildcats then proceeded to blow out Washington State and while the Huskies are likely better, Arizona has plenty of weapons here. This will be an extremely difficult game, but we like Arizona and figure that a player like Parrom or Lavender will be the difference maker.

Arizona 81, Washington 76


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