Breakdown: Arizona vs. Texas Tech

Arizona will face off against Texas Tech on Tuesday night as it tries to extend its winning streak to eight games. Read on for a complete positional breakdown and score prediction.

Texas Tech at Arizona
Dec. 3 at 7:00 pm
TV: Pac-12 Network
McKale Center


Point Guard

PG: T.J. McConnell (6-1, 195, Jr.) vs. Robert Turner (6-3, 180, Jr.)

McConnell played some of his best basketball in New York and is easily the better player here. Turner averages 11 points per game, but does it on only 41 percent shooting and is 6-30 from the field in his past four games. He does have a 2:1 assist to turnover ratio, but he is just not a big enough threat to be one of Tech's players to be concerned about.

Shooting Guard

SG: Nick Johnson (6-3, 200, Jr.) vs. Dusty Hannahs (6-4, 210, So.)

Johnson may be the best player on Arizona right now and there's no reason to believe that will stop on Tuesday. Hannahs shoots 39 percent from the field and 33 of his 51 field goal attempts have come from behind the arc. Johnson should be able to take that aspect away from Hannahs and if he does, that will basically make the shooting guard irrelevant.

Small Forward

SF: Aaron Gordon (6-9, 225, Fr.) vs. Jordan Tolbert (6-7, 225, Jr.)

We're big fans of Tolbert's game and Gordon is absolutely going to have his hands full. Tolbert shoots 64 percent from the field and in addition to about 14 points per game, he also grabs seven rebounds. He is a little smaller in height than Gordon, but the ability is there. It would not be a surprise to see both Gordon and Tolbert take the other out of the game, but we will give Gordon the advantage because we think he is the better overall player. Still, Tech needs Tolbert to play well if it is going to have a chance to win.

Power Forward

PF: Brandon Ashley (6-8, 230, So.) vs. Jaye Crockett (6-7, 210, Sr.)

Crockett and Ashley both finished with 12 points in last season's meeting, although Crockett grabbed five more rebounds. This season, the Texas Tech forward is shooting much better than he did last season and the improvement is obvious. Ashley is not going to have an easy time on either side of the ball, because Crockett will make him work. His long arms allow him to be an effective rebounder as well, so Ashley needs to be aggressive on the glass.


C: Kaleb Tarczewski (7-0, 235, So.) vs. Dejan Kravic (7-0, 235, Sr.)

Kravic basically only plays around 20 minutes per game and it will be interesting to see if Tarczewski forces more out of him. Either way, Arizona has a nice advantage here. Kravic really struggles to defend, especially against players aggressive to the rim. He was in major foul trouble early last season against Arizona and we basically expect the same this one.


Bench: Texas Tech basically likes to play everybody, but that does not mean that each guy playing is effective. Sophomore guard Toddrick Gotcher is going to come in and shoot in a hurry, as his playing time will be determined by whether or not he is making them. There is also a good chance that freshman forward Aaron Ross is used to try and counter Arizona's height, but he is not a big scorer. Once again, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is the best player coming off the bench, so Arizona gets the nod here.

Coaching: Sean Miller vs. Tubby Smith

Smith is a good coach and deserves credit as such, but there is a reason he is currently coaching at Tech. Miller may not completely outcoach him, because that does not happen too often with Smith, but the difference in recruiting and overall talent level should be evident from the start.


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Prediction: The only real concern that Arizona should have is the amount of travel it has done in the past week. The Wildcats are certainly more talented and there is a big gap at both guard positions, which is the biggest difference maker. It would not be a surprise to see Arizona start out a little slow, but there is just too much talent and size for the Red Raiders.

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