Moore still has solid assist numbers, but his shooting percentages remain low. Moore has shot above 40 percent in only one of his last five games and it is not because of a lack of shots. Turner scored nine points in the first meeting and we feel that he will likely have a similar outing. Turner has improved since the last meeting and while we are hesitant to give him the advantage, Moore's inconsistency is enough for us to do it here.
SG: Kyle Fogg (6-3, 188, Sr.) vs. DaVonte Lacy (6-3, 206, Fr.)
You would assume that Lacy would have taken on a bigger role with the injury of Faisal Aden, but that really has not been the case. His shot attempts and scoring average have not increased and you could make an argument that life has been harder for Lacy in terms of getting open shots. On the other hand, Fogg has been playing very well as of late and if he covers Lacy, we find it difficult to believe Lacy will have a strong offensive game. Fogg scored 20 points in the first meeting and we bet we see a similar outing this time around.
While Capers is strong on defense, he has only scored in double figures twice this entire season. Capers is dangerous in that he brings energy to the Cougars and often does the little things, which is why he stays in the lineup. Johnson struggled a bit in the last meeting, but he is still the better offensive player. Our guess is that Johnson will have a larger impact on the game and, if not, the Cougars will be in great shape.
This is another great opportunity for Hill because he is certainly better than Lodwick. There is no major size advantage, but Hill had 17 and 11 in the last meeting because there is a definite skill advantage. Hill needs to be aggressive and go right at Lodwick in order to take him out of the game on both ends. If Hill struggles, Arizona will likely struggle as well, but this is a beneficial matchup for Hill and will help to avoid those possible struggles.
With all due respect to Perry, Motum is one of the best players in the conference and if you said he was the best, we may not disagree. Motum shot 4-13 from the field and finished with 18 points and nine rebounds in the first meeting, which actually is not a bad line from Arizona's perspective because he shot a low percentage. Motum has scored in double digit in 13 of his last 14 games and since Aden went down, he has scored less than 25 points only once and has yet to shoot less than 50 percent. Basically, Miller is going to have to find a way to slow down Motum or it could be a long night for Arizona in the paint.
Advantage: Washington State
Bench: D.J. Shelton has averaged 25 minutes in his past two games due to the fact that he was successful with those minutes. Arizona's goal will likely be to get out and run, which will be difficult for Shelton. However, he is a solid player, as is Mike Ladd, who has taken the place of Aden. Without Mayes, Arizona will once again look to Lavender and Chol, who are both better than their Washington State counterparts.
Coaches: Sean Miller vs. Ken Bone
Washington State has lost 4 of its last 6 games and while we like Bone as a coach, the teams are going in opposite directions right now. We're guessing Bone will be at Washington State for a while, but surpassing or coming close to Arizona is another question.
Prediction: As you can tell, Arizona is definitely more individually talented than Washington State. The big question here is whether or not the Wildcats can come into Pullman and get the win, which is not easy. Cal and Stanford fell in Pullman, but that was with Aden in the lineup. We're thinking that Miller and the team realize how important this game is and Arizona gets the win, setting up a huge showdown against Washington on Saturday.
Arizona 71, Washington State 66