Breakdown: Arizona vs. Long Beach State

Arizona will look for its second win of the season as it takes on Long Beach State. Read on for a complete positional breakdown, including a score prediction.

Long Beach State at Arizona
Nov. 11 at 8:00 pm
TV: Pac-12 Network
McKale Center


Point Guard

PG: T.J. McConnell (6-1, 195, Jr.) vs. Mike Caffey (6-0, 175, Jr.)

Caffey dominated Hawaii Pacific, but the competition is obviously a bit more on Monday. He struggled mightily against Arizona last season and there is a good chance that the Wildcats are going to try and take him out of the game once again this season. Caffey averaged 12 points per game last season, but needed 11 shots to do it. He might wind up scoring more than McConnell, but our guess is McConnell has the more efficient game.

Shooting Guard

SG: Nick Johnson (6-3, 200, Jr.) vs. McKay LaSalle (6-3, 190, Jr.)

Johnson had an average first game, but it is hard to get too upset after one. LaSalle fouled out in 19 minutes against Hawaii Pacific and had major trouble with quicker guards, He is not going to score a lot and there is no reason why Johnson shouldn't be able to take advantage of this matchup. LaSalle is likely going to shoot numerous three-pointers if he has the looks, but does not do so at a high percentage.

Small Forward

SF: Aaron Gordon (6-9, 225, Fr.) vs. Kris Gulley (6-7, 195, Jr.)

Gordon's first game was probably what Arizona fans expect from him and he is only going to get better. Gulley is going to have major difficulty scoring on Gordon, as he went 1-9 from the field in the season opener and just is not a scorer. Gordon is stronger and more athletic while obviously being the better basketball player. This should be a big advantage for the Wildcats.

Power Forward

PF: Brandon Ashley (6-8, 230, So.) vs. David Samuels (6-7, 225, Jr.)

Samuels is similar to Nwaba in that he put up good numbers at the JC level, but you really don't know what to expect from him at this one. He is a tough-nosed kid that should be able to get on the glass, but probably is not a candidate to go off offensively. Samuels can score, but he isn't going to take over a game. Ashley should be able to handle him and has the better overall potential, so he gets the nod here.


C: Kaleb Tarczewski (7-0, 235, So.) vs. Dan Jennings (6-9, 245, Jr.)

It will be interesting to see if Arizona starts Tarczewski this time around, but it would make sense to because of Jennings' size. He put together a nice 10-point, 17-rebound game but, again, that was Hawaii Pacific. Last season, Jennings only had eight points and four rebounds against Arizona while battling some foul trouble. Tarczewski is better than Jennings, but he has to attack the glass in order to make that apparent.



Another game, another bench advantage for Arizona. Even if Gabe York starts, that means Arizona is bringing Tarczewski and Hollis-Jefferson off the bench. If Tarczewski starts, then York comes off the bench and Arizona still has quality. LBSU is going to bring JC transfer guard A.J. Spencer off the bench for about 15 minutes and will likely use another guard or two. The issue is that there is no quality size coming off the bench and that should hurt Long Beach State.


Coaching: Sean Miller vs. Dan Monson

Monson is a solid coach, but Miller has technically accomplished more in a shorter period of time. We doubt this game will come down to coaching, but Miller has done a good job of getting his talent to play well together.


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Prediction: Cal Poly is probably a better team than Long Beach State in the sense that it is more disciplined and definitely better defensively. Arizona should be able to score on LBSU and it will be extremely difficult for Long Beach to get into an offensive rhythm. Figuring all of those first game jitters are out, the Wildcats should roll.

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