Breakdown: Arizona vs. Utah

Arizona will continue its road trip on Wednesday night when it plays Utah. Read on for a complete positional breakdown, a score prediction, statistics, and more.



Arizona at Utah
Feb. 19 at 8 pm
TV: Fox Sports 1
Jon M. Huntsman Center

ARIZONA

UTAH
Overall Record 23-2 (.920) 17-8 (.680)
Location Record 5-2 (.714) on the road 16-1 (.941) at home
Scoring/G: PF&PA(Rank) 73.1 (126) 57.5 (4) 88.7 (30) 64.2 (44)
Rebound Margin/G: RM(Rank) 9.5 (4) 4.2 (53)
Steals/G:
S(Rank)
5.7 (237) 7.0 (90)
Assists/G: A(Rank)
14.9 (49) 16.3 (13)
Field-Goal Percentage: FG%(Rank) 46.6 (65) 49.9 (5)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 3FG%(Rank) 37.9 (79) 35.4 (124)
Field-Goal Percentage Against: FG%(Rank) 37.9 (5) 41.0 (70)
Ranking: Coaches' Poll #4 N/A
Ranking:
AP Poll
#4 N/A

RPI

2 (.6785) 92 (.5457)
Point Guard

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
PG: T.J. McConnell (6-1, 195, Jr.) vs. Brandon Taylor (5-10, 165, So.)

McConnell had six turnovers against Arizona State, but that is not a common thing. Following the previous meeting, Taylor had three straight games with more than 15 points and became really aggressive offensively. However, he was a complete non-factor against Arizona and we don't really see that changing on Wednesday. McConnell should be able to play better offensively and Taylor does not pose a major offensive threat.

Shooting Guard

ADVANTAGE: Even
SG: Nick Johnson (6-3, 200, Jr.) vs. Delon Wright (6-5, 178, Jr.)

Johnson is a better player than Wright, but his last few games certainly do not show that. Now, he could break out of his slump and when he does, Arizona is obviously going to be much better because of it. Wright, on the other hand, has been very consistent and is a legitimately good player. He had 19 points in the first meeting and has a variety of ways that he can impact the game. We won't give him the advantage, but until Johnson breaks out of his slump, he is not getting one either.

Small Forward

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
SF: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (6-7, 215, Fr.) vs. Dakarai Tucker (6-5, 189, So.)

Tucker is a solid defender, but beyond that he really does not do much. He only averages two rebounds per game and is not the type of player to get going offensively. Hollis-Jefferson has been one of the best players on Arizona since Brandon Ashley's injury and it should keep going. This is a good opportunity for him to break down Utah's zone and we can see him getting numerous buckets close to the basket if he is able to attack it correctly.

Power Forward

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
PF: Aaron Gordon (6-9, 225, Fr.) vs. Jordan Loveridge (6-6, 210, So.)

Gordon was awful offensively in the first meeting, but he dominated the glass in the second half and held Loveridge to a similar offensive display. We have a feeling that Gordon is going to be more aggressive in this game and it makes sense because he should be able to attack the zone or Loveridge when the Utes go man. Even when Gordon struggles offensively or at the free-throw line, he is one of the best defenders in the country and can get on the glass.

Center

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
C: Kaleb Tarczewski (7-0, 235, So.) vs. Jeremy Olsen (6-10, 232, So.)

Olsen did not start in the previous meeting, but he has definitely earned a spot in the starting five. He does tend to struggle with fouls, as does Bachynski, so this is a good opportunity for Tarczewski. He only had four points and three rebounds in the first game, so Arizona needs better this time around, especially on the glass. Tarczewski is the better player and has more potential, but he needs to show it on the court.

Bench

ADVANTAGE: Even
Bench: Again, we are not going to pretend that Arizona is deep. However, Bachynski is not that great coming off the bench and although Princeton Onwas plays 15 minutes per game, he only puts up four points. Arizona will need to watch out for Kenneth Ogbe, especially from behind the arc. Sean Miller has said that he is going to extend the bench, but we will find out how serious he is on Wednesday.

Coaching

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
Coaching: Sean Miller vs. Larry Krystkowiak

Krystkowiak is a good coach that tends to put Utah in a solid position to win each game. He does not necessarily have the talent now, but he comes up with schemes that try to erase the difference. Despite Arizona not playing its best ball, people tend to forget that the Wildcats only have two losses and a big reason is because of what Miller has been able to do.

Outcome

ADVANTAGE: Utah
64 61
Prediction: Arizona is coming off a loss in which it played horribly and still had a chance to win. We don't really have a feel for this one because we could see Arizona breaking out of its shooting slump or it could continue. If Arizona shoots like it did against ASU, it is not going to win this game and it could be a double digit loss. If it shoots even a few percentage points higher, we like its chances. We're going to go with Utah in this one until we see a glimmer of hope from the offense, but we don't really have a good feel for it.


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