Streeter is a solid point guard that does not turn the ball over a lot. He averaged about seven points per game last season, but the key to his success is being able to simply run the offense and make limited mistakes. If Streeter is taking a lot of shots, it usually is not a good sign for UTEP because it means he is out of his element. The guess here is that Lyons is able to take Streeter out of his comfort zone and Streeter will struggle with Lyons' strength.
Ragland scored ten points in the season opener, but he is not a scorer. Although he has a size advantage here, Johnson is likely the better player and has a speed advantage. Ragland came off the bench last season and it is unknown how well he is going to handle the extended minutes. He is the type of player that does a little bit of everything, but does not excel at one thing. Despite the size advantage, Johnson should be able to more than hold his own.
This should be one of the better matchups to watch on Thursday. Hill is Arizona's best player and Washburn is one of UTEP's. He averaged 11 points per game last season and scored in double figures in 17 games, including 10 of his last 14 games. Washburn also likes to play passing lanes and has good length. However, Hill is the better overall player and this is the type of matchup where he should be able to use his experience and strength to his advantage.
PF: Grant Jerrett (6-10, 235, Fr.) vs. Cedrick Lang (6-9, 225, So.) Jerrett struggled in his first game and you get the feeling he will bounce back nicely. This is a good matchup for him because Lang does not do a ton offensively and plays close to the basket. It is difficult to give Jerrett the advantage here until we see more from him, but it definitely would not be a surprise if he wound up playing better. The key for Jerrett will be keeping Lang off the glass because he has the capability of grabbing a handful of rebounds and can be dangerous on the offensive glass.
It will be nice for Tarczewski to go against a legitimate big man, but it certainly will not be easy. Bohannon was one of the best players in his conference last season, averaging 11 points and 7 rebounds while shooting 58 percent from the field. Bohannon is easily UTEP's best player and it is difficult to see the Miners having much success if he struggles. Tarczewski needs to be careful to not get in foul trouble and there is a good chance Angelo Chol gets significant minutes because he probably matches up a little better. This is the type of game that many will be watching closely because it is set up for Tarczewski to be able to compete better than he did in the season opener.
Bench: UTEP goes about eight deep and the bench will be led by Chris Washburn, a freshman who went for 14 points in 16 minutes, but also fouled out. Washburn was a four-star center coming out of high school and the Miners are going to want to put him on the court plenty due in large part to his size. UTEP will also bring C.J. Cooper and Twymond Howard off the bench, who are both effective. However, Arizona can match that with Brandon Ashley, Angelo Chol, and others. There won't be many if any, teams we give the advantage to over Arizona.
Coaching: Sean Miller vs. Tim Floyd
First of all, you are all welcome that Floyd is not the coach of Arizona. Secondly, while Arizona fans may not like him, he has had success and there are worse coaches out there. Still, Miller has put together a better team in terms of players that have roles and succeed at them and there is a reason why he is currently a coach of a major program.
Prediction: This is another game that is probably going to be tougher than people think. UTEP has plenty of talent and size that can match up with Arizona. The difference here is that while UTEP has talent on paper, Arizona has a stronger guard presence and UTEP's strategy plays right into what Arizona wants to do defensively. There is a good chance this game is close in the first half and Arizona pulls away midway through the second half.
Arizona 78, UTEP 69