Taylor has logged at least 34 minutes in his past three games due to injuries, but only really played well in one of those, when he totaled 21 points against Oregon State. Earlier in the season, Taylor only played six minutes against Arizona and was a complete non-factor. Lyons shot 3-14 in the first meeting, so he was not much of a factor either. However, Arizona definitely has the better player here and Lyons needs to take advantage of that. This is a good matchup for Lyons because he is going up a smaller point guard that lacks the experience he does. If Lyons does not have a good game, it will be disappointing.
SG: Nick Johnson (6-3, 200, So.) vs. Jarred DuBois (6-3, 172, Sr.)
Johnson is a better player than DuBois, but we don't have a lot of confidence in his play right now. DuBois has scored in double digits in three of his last four games whereas Johnson has not scored in double digits at all in his last four. The reality is that Johnson's ceiling is probably higher and he is a better defensive player, but DuBois has been more aggressive as of late and it is paying off. Both players struggled in the first meeting and the same could happen here. If one player gets a sizable advantage over the other, it could mean the difference in the game.
SF: Solomon Hill (6-7, 220, Sr.) vs. Cedric Martin (6-4, 203, Sr.)
Martin does not shoot the ball much at all and when he does, it tends to be a three-point attempt. This might be Arizona's biggest positional advantage, but Hill needs to take advantage of it. He had 19 points and six rebounds in the first meeting and Martin played 25 minutes, only taking one shot and scoring three points. We do not expect anything different here, as an aggressive Hill should be able to have his way. The key with Hill is almost always how he is going to approach the game because it is no secret that he is a much better player when he is aggressive to the basket.
PF: Grant Jerrett (6-10, 235, Fr.) vs. Jordan Loveridge (6-6, 230, Fr.)
We're guessing that Jerrett gets the start, but in reality it will not matter much here. Loveridge is a very good player that hurt Arizona in the previous meeting. Although the Wildcats were able to slow him down in the second half, one of the biggest memories of that game is that Arizona could not afford to keep Brandon Ashley in because of his defense on Loveridge. The guess here is that Arizona is going to try to out the bigger Jerrett on him, especially since Jerrett sometimes struggles with more physical forwards. If Arizona can slow down Loveridge, Utah is not going to win. The problem here is that we really do not have a lot of confidence that Loveridge will not have a good game because we respect what he does that much.
C: Kaleb Tarczewski (7-0, 255, Fr.) vs. Jason Washburn (6-10, 242, Sr.)
Arizona defended Washburn well for a half in the first meeting, but he controlled the game in the second half and finished with 17 points and 11 boards to Tarczewski's four points and nine boards. Washburn is quietly one of the best players in the conference, as shown by his 26 points against Arizona State and 20 against Oregon in his two previous games. Arizona is going to have its hands full and Angelo Chol will get his chance here. In addition, we can see the UA going small with Kevin Parrom at power forward, moving Jerrett to center. Either way, Washburn is going to have the advantage at this position. He can be stopped, as shown by his two points against Oregon State, but Arizona is going to need a complete effort to do so because we are not sure Arizona has a player that can do it on his own.
Bench: Since the previous meeting, Utah has lost Aaron Dotson and Dallin Bachynski. Dotson played 24 minutes and Bachynski eight when these teams first met and although the stats were not great, the fact that they will not play this time around hurts Utah's depth dramatically. The Utes will now look towards Glen Dean to be the main guy off the bench, but he is only shooting 36 percent from the field and just is not much of a threat. The Utes will go with a few other players for a handful of minutes, but Arizona can easily match them and should be able to get a big advantage here with Parrom, Chol, and likely Ashley as well.
Coaching: Sean Miller vs. Larry Krystkowiak
Krystkowiak has done pretty well with what he has this season and while that may be the case, the Utes are likely not going to win this game because he outcoached Miller. Miller has had much more success here and it will be interesting to see if his lineup changes have any impact on the way the Wildcats are playing.
Prediction: This game is likely going to be close again, but Arizona should be able to pull it out. This is not a matchup with a team that has an elite guard or a team that will be more motivated than it has been all season. Utah put a lot of emotion into its win over Arizona State and as we saw with the Colorado-Arizona State game on Saturday, it is difficult for college kids to get up two games in a row. Sean Miller is going to make lineup changes and we believe it will serve as a kick in the butt for the Wildcats. If Arizona loses this game, there are major issues at hand. If it wins, it softens the blow of the last two games and turns attention to next week.
Arizona 73, Utah 67