Breakdown: Arizona vs. Fairleigh Dickinson

Arizona will open its four game Preseason NIT trek on Monday night against Fairleigh Dickinson. Read on for a complete positional breakdown, including a score prediction.

Fairleigh Dickinson at Arizona
Nov. 18 at 9:00 pm
McKale Center


Point Guard

PG: T.J. McConnell (6-1, 195, Jr.) vs. Sidney Sanders (5-11, 175, Sr.)

Sanders is putting up 12 points and five assists in his first two games, but that is hard to be complimentary of him when it is against bad opponents. He is only shooting 41 percent this season and going against easily the best point guard he has seen so far. This would be a good opportunity for McConnell to be more aggressive offensively, but even if he isn't, McConnell is still the better player.

Shooting Guard

SG: Nick Johnson (6-3, 200, Jr.) vs. Mustafaa Jones (6-3, 180, Jr.)

Jones leads the team in scoring, but he only shoots 37 percent from the field. In addition, he can be prone to turnovers and this is a matchup Johnson should easily be able to take advantage of. Coming off a solid game against San Diego State, we look for Johnson to carry that momentum and get his teammates involved as well.

Small Forward

SF: Aaron Gordon (6-9, 225, Fr.) vs. Matt McDonald (6-5, 185, Fr.)

Poor Matt McDonald. Gordon is probably going to be one of the toughest defensive assignments he will have in his career and he is going to give up 40 pounds and four inches in height. He doesn't shoot well from the field and really has no chance here. Gordon should be able to have his way with McDonald and if the numbers don't match, it is likely because he did not get the minutes.

Power Forward

PF: Brandon Ashley (6-8, 230, So.) vs. Mathias Seilund (6-7, 205, Sr.)

Seilund is the third leading scorer on FDU and actually does it with efficiency. Ashley has been getting in foul trouble in the early part of the season, but it should not be a problem on Monday. Ashley is bigger and stronger and Arizona should look to get him involved early. Seilund is not an awful player, but he just is not going to get it done here.


C: Kaleb Tarczewski (7-0, 235, So.) vs. Scooter Gillette (6-9, 225, Gr.)

Gillette is FDU's only legitimate post presence, but he does not look to score much. His main role is to play defense and rebound and it will be interesting to see if Tarczewski can get something going offensively. Tarc is the better player and this would be a good game for him to dominate against competition he should be dominating against.



Malachi Nix is going to come in and start shooting. The 5-foot-8 guard is not efficient, but he is going to get his shots up and when a player does that, there is always a chance they get hot from the field. Mike Owona is going to get minutes in the post, especially with Arizona's size and if FDU chooses to play big. Still, it should not matter most because Arizona is able to offer up better players.


Coaching: Sean Miller vs. Greg Herenda

There's not much to say here. This is Herenda's first season at FDU and it is going to be a tough go. He came from UMass Lowell and probably won't make it further than this level. Arizona has the advantage everywhere in this game, including coaching.


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Prediction: If FDU wins, it would legitimately be one of the biggest upsets ever. This team just isn't very good and doesn't come close to matching up with Arizona at any position. There's no reason it should stay close for an extended period of time and our guess is that the Wildcats get this one over with early.

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