Breakdown: Arizona vs. Washington

Arizona will look to go 2-0 in conference play on Saturday against Washington. Read on for a complete breakdown of the game.

Washington at Arizona
Jan. 4 at 12 pm
TV: Pac-12 Network
McKale Center


Overall Record 14-0 (1.000) 9-5 (.643)
Location Record 10-0 (1.000) at home 2-1 (.750) on the road
Scoring/G: PF&PA(Rank) 76.3 (102) 56.7 (6) 80.3 (37) 78.2 (312)
Rebound Margin/G: RM(Rank) 12.5 (4) 4.2 (83)
5.4 (257) 5.8 (227)
Assists/G: A(Rank)
15.5 (44) 13.6 (136)
Field-Goal Percentage: FG%(Rank) 49.2 (23) 45.1 (145)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 3FG%(Rank) 38.4 (54) 36.1 (103)
Field-Goal Percentage Against: FG%(Rank) 37.2 (12) 48.8 (333)
Ranking: Coaches' Poll #1 N/A
AP Poll
#1 N/A


10 (.6496) 137 (.5163)
Point Guard

PG: T.J. McConnell (6-1, 195, Jr.) vs. Nigel Williams-Goss (6-3, 185, Fr.)

NWG has been better than we would have thought, but still turns the ball over a bit too much. He is good at playing to his strengths, but has the tendency to try to do too much and McConnell is the type of player to take advantage of it. NWG is going to have trouble with what McConnell is able to do defensively and also is not fast enough to stay in front of him.

Shooting Guard

SG: Nick Johnson (6-3, 200, Jr.) vs. Andrew Andrews (6-2, 195, So.)

Andrews is basically Washington's second option on offense, but he is only shooting 37 percent from the field. He will take his fair share of three-pointers, but is not efficient from there either. Johnson is the better player on both ends of the court and there is really no reason to think that won't remain the case on Saturday.

Small Forward

SF: Aaron Gordon (6-9, 225, Fr.) vs. C.J. Wilcox (6-5, 195, Sr.)

This is easily the most intriguing matchup, because both players are talented, but very different. Gordon is going to have his work cut out for him and it is hard to imagine UW playing man to man when Arizona is such a bigger team. Gordon is the better rebounder, but Wilcox is the better pure scorer. Arizona can afford an average game from Gordon, but an average one from Wilcox leads to a loss for the Huskies.

Power Forward

PF: Brandon Ashley (6-8, 230, So.) vs. Mike Anderson (6-4, 195, Jr.)

Anderson tends to do well because he is extremely strong for a player his size, as evidenced by the fact that he averages seven rebounds per game. This is interesting because there's no possible way that Anderson can guard Ashley, but Anderson also won't bring Ashley out on the perimeter too much. Ashley is the better player and gets the advantage because of it. Anderson will probably get his boards, but we don't think he makes much of a difference on offense.


C: Kaleb Tarczewski (7-0, 235, So.) vs. Perris Blackwell (6-9, 275, Sr.)

Blackwell is the only size that UW has and we have a feeling this is going to be similar to the UNLV game in that Arizona is going to do what it can to keep him off the glass. Having Tarczewski should help that and, if you go by potential, he has the advantage. Blackwell has struggled with fouls this season and our guess is that Arizona tries to establish tarczewski early in order to have that happen again.


Bench: The Huskies will use a eight-man rotation and it is not a very good one. Desmond Simmons has some talent and will probably play more minutes than usual because of his size, which is same type of situation with Shawn Kemp Jr. Darin Johnson is a solid player for the Huskies who will probably play about twenty minutes. Once again, however, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is better than both and Gabe York is better than any guard UW offers off the bench.


Coaching: Sean Miller vs. Lorenzo Romar

I actually like Romar, but often times a good coach just stops having success at one place and has to move on. That's what has happened with Romar and it truly looks like his time at UW is coming to an end, because he can't recruit there anymore.


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Prediction: The Huskies looked really good against Arizona State, especially on defense. Arizona is just too big for Washington and we assume that UW will try to go small and make Arizona match it, but we doubt that works. It is hard to get up twice in a row, especially when the second game is relatively early. It wouldn't be a shock to see this game close at first, but the Wildcats are just better.

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