Breakdown: Arizona vs. UCLA

Arizona will face off against UCLA in the Pac-12 title game. Read on for a complete positional breakdown, statistics, and more.

Arizona vs. UCLA
Mar 15. at 3 pm
MGM Grand


Overall Record 30-3 (.909) 25-8 (.758)
Location Record 4-0 (1.000) on neutral court 4-1 (.800) on neutral court
Scoring/G: PF&PA(Rank) 73.5 (95) 58.7 (6) 82 (10) 71.1 (208)
Rebound Margin/G: RM(Rank) 8.3 (5) 1.9 (125)
5.8 (214) 9.6 (3)
Assists/G: A(Rank)
15.1 (42) 17.3 (5)
Field-Goal Percentage: FG%(Rank) 46.7 (60) 48.8 (14)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 3FG%(Rank) 35.3 (133) 39.6 (13)
Field-Goal Percentage Against: FG%(Rank) 38.5 (9) 42.8 (135)
Ranking: Coaches' Poll #4 N/A
AP Poll
#4 N/A


1 (.6717) 22 (.6108)
Point Guard

PG: T.J. McConnell (6-1, 195, Jr.) vs. Kyle Anderson (6-9, 230, So.)

McConnell is playing solid basketball and will definitely have to do the same on Saturday. However, Anderson has had a historical season and has to be considered one of the best players in the country. Arizona had the right strategy in the first meeting by putting an athletic player on Anderson and we are guessing it will do the same. Still, Anderson is what makes the Bruins go and it is hard not to give him the advantage here.

Shooting Guard

SG: Gabe York ( 6-3, 180, So.) vs. Norman Powell (6-4, 215, Jr.)

York's impact on the game depends on whether or not his shot his falling. However, we can't see him playing a ton of minutes against UCLA because of the need to have a guy like Hollis-Jefferson helping on Anderson. If Powell is in the game, York should be fine. Powell is the better player on both sides of the ball, but York should be able to hold his own. If York can outplay Powell, it's a huge advantage for the Wildcats.

Small Forward

SF: Nick Johnson (6-3, 200, Jr.) vs. Jordan Adams (6-5, 220, So.)

Johnson made Adams' life miserable in the first meeting and the Bruins couldn't do anything to stop him offensively. Although Adams has been playing well as of late, Johnson has as well. Johnson is easily the better defensive player and Adams does not really have the lateral quickness to keep up with Johnson. Adams may get his, but we would be relatively surprised if it is in an efficient manner.

Power Forward

PF: Aaron Gordon (6-9, 225, Fr.) vs. David Wear (6-10, 230, Sr.)

This is not a good matchup at all for the Bruins. Gordon is going to make sure that Wear does not get a clean look and when that happens, it tends to take him out of the game mentally. In addition, this matchup is probably why UCLA is going to play a good amount of zone. Wear just isn't quick or strong enough to keep up with Gordon and Arizona would be smart to try to take advantage of it as much as possible.


C: Kaleb Tarczewski (7-0, 235, So.) vs. Travis Wear (6-10, 230, Sr.)

Tarczewski bullied Wear in the first meeting and that is likely the goal in the second. Tarc struggled mightily with turnovers against Colorado, but that really has not been a major problem with him this season. This is another matchup that the Bruins are going to struggle with because they just aren't as physical as Tarczewski likes to be. We aren't saying he is going to dominate the game, but Arizona will be just fine here.


Bench: Hollis-Jefferson is going to play 30 minutes in this one because of his defense. Beyond that, you have to give credit to what Jordin Mayes has done in this tournament. Bryce Alford has been better than expected for the Bruins and Zach Lavine has plenty of talent. If either gets going, it makes the Bruins a ton better. We don't think either team has a real advantage here though, especially because of the minutes Hollis-Jefferson is playing.

Coaching: Sean Miller vs. Steve Alford

Alford has done a decent job with the Bruins, who seem to be peaking right now. Arizona's defense is also playing some of its best basketball of the season. Miller met expectations this year and has had more success in his career, thus gets the advantage.


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Prediction: This is a classic matchup of a very good offense against a very good defense. You do have to wonder if UCLA shot itself out in these first two games, because the percentages and efficiency are unreal. It's hard to bet against defense this time of year, especially when Arizona's has been so consistent. What we do know is this game will be an absolute battle and a very fun one to watch.

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