Breakdown: Arizona vs. Southern Miss

Arizona will take on Southern Miss at McKale on Tuesday night. Read on for a complete breakdown by position, including a final score prediction.

PG: Mark Lyons (6-1, 200, Sr.) vs. Jerrold Brooks (6-0, 185, Jr.)

This is not a good matchup for Brooks, who has more turnovers than assists and is only shooting 32 percent from the field. Brooks is good for four or five three-point attempts per game, but has only made a quarter of his attempts so far this season. However, he plays 33 minutes per game and does play the passing lane well. Still, Lyons is going to hound him on defense and should be too much offensively for Brooks to handle.

Advantage: Arizona

SG: Nick Johnson (6-3, 200, So.) vs. Rashard McGill (6-4, 200, Sr.)

If McGill was not a solid defender, he probably would not play much. As is, he averages about 20 minutes per game to go along with his 27 percent from the field and more turnovers than assists. McGill just is not much of a threat offensively and as strong as Johnson has been on offense, it is hard to see McGill having much of an advantage here.

Advantage: Arizona

SF: Solomon Hill (6-7, 220, Sr.) vs. Michael Craig (6-5, 230, Jr.)

Craig is one of the better players on Southern Miss, as he averages about 10 points and 5 rebounds per game while shooting 53 percent from the field. However, he is not in great shape and only plays 23 minutes per game. Hill would be smart to attack Craig, who is going to have major difficulty keeping up with him on defense. While we think Craig is capable of making an impact, it is not the same type as Hill is capable of having.

Advantage: Arizona

PF: Brandon Ashley (6-8, 235, Fr.) vs. Dwayne Davis (6-5, 205, Sr.)

Davis is easily the best player on the Golden Eagles and it would not be a surprise to see Hill guard him for a majority of the game because of his ability to stretch the court. Davis shoots 53 percent from the field and is 9-18 from behind the arc as well. He does lead the team in turnovers because he has a tendency to try to do too much, but this is probably the toughest matchup for Arizona. We're going to make it even, but it would not surprise us if Davis had a better game than Ashley.

Advantage: Even

C: Kaleb Tarczewski (7-0, 255, Fr.) vs. Jonathan Mills (6-5, 240, Sr.)

Southern Miss has to play Mills in order to have any shot at rebounding the ball. The issue here is that he is at a major disadvantage with his size and is not a shooter, so he is not going to stretch the court. Mills averages 10 points and 7 rebounds per game, but it is hard to see him doing really well on the glass with Arizona's size. In reality, this is an awful matchup for him. Southern Miss can't match up with Tarczewski at all and even if the Golden Eagles go small, it is going to be a major issue if Arizona can consistently get its center the ball.

Advantage: Arizona

Bench: Neil Watson will come off the bench and play more than half the game, as he leads the team in assists. He is not a big scorer, however, and Southern Miss does not have an explosive player off the bench. Beyond that Southern Miss will play a handful of forwards that Arizona should be able to easily matchup with. This is another game in which the depth of the Wildcats will be a key factor.

Advantage: Arizona

Coaching: Sean Miller vs. Donnie Tyndall

Tyndall had decent success at Morehead State, but this is obviously a different level. Southern Miss is off to a good start, but it will likely falter a bit when it starts to play harder teams. Miller, on the other hand, is currently coaching one of the best teams in the country.

Advantage: Arizona

Prediction: Arizona is the heavy favorite here, as it should be. Southern Miss has no answer for the Wildcats' size in this game and if the UA plays it smart, it should be one of the deciding factors. In addition, the Golden Eagles do not shoot well from behind the arc and this is just a bad matchup for them in a lot of ways.

Arizona 83, Southern Miss 58


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