Bright is a solid point guard, but not spectacular and certainly a player that Turner should be able to handle. It would be nice to see Turner be aggressive from the start, as he has the size advantage and likely more potential to impact the game. Bright can be dangerous from behind the arc, so Turner will be needed defensively, but if he can shut down the perimeter, Stanford should have some difficulties at the point.
Randle is tough to predict because he is such an inconsistent player, but he has the potential to have a solid game. Fogg is the type of player that can give him fits defensively, as Randle only shoots 41 percent from the field. You worry whether or not Fogg can put together two solid offensive games in a row, but he should be able to match Randle's offensive productivity. We're giving Fogg the benefit of the doubt here due in large part to his performance against Cal on Thursday.
Huestis only plays about 21 minutes per game, averaging six points and five rebounds each outing. Johnson is struggling a bit offensively, but obviously has the ability to match Huestis there. The question is whether or not Johnson can get in a rhythm and if he can handle Huestis defensively. The size issue here is a concern, but Johnson should also be able to beat Huestis on the perimeter as well.
In terms of potential, not many players have been as disappointing as Powell this season. He was one of the top recruits in the country and is only averaging five points per game this season. His size and strength make it possible that he will have success against Arizona, but that does not erase the fact that Hill is simply the better player here. In fact, this is one of the matchups that the Wildcats should be able to take advantage of the most.
Owens is easily the best player that Stanford has, as evidenced by his 13 points and six rebounds per game. In addition, Owens shoots 60 percent from the field and does not turn the ball over much. Perry is going to have his hands full in terms of Owens' strength advantage, but the size is something that actually works in his favor for once. Perry has the ability to match Owens' production, but it will not be easy.
Bench: It is not that Stanford's bench is amazing by any means, but with Jordin Mayes likely nor playing, it is hard to give Arizona any type of advantage here. It is not a guarantee that Angelo Chol will match his production against Cal and although Anthony Brown does not shoot at a high percentage, he could be dangerous. Stanford also has decent guard play on the bench and should be able to match any of Arizona's productivity.
Coaches: Sean Miller vs. Johnny Dawkins
Dawkins is finally coaching Stanford to a solid season, but that does not erase his below average record in his career at the Furd. Miller is certainly the better coach and you would be hard-pressed to find anybody that would disagree.
Prediction: Arizona should win this game, although the short turnaround is a concern. The Wildcats had a ton of energy against Cal and it is not easy to match that energy, especially in an earlier game. The Wildcats may have some concern with being able to match their shooting effort, but it is difficult to ignore that they are more talented than the Cardinal.
Arizona 73, Stanford 71