Breakdown: Arizona vs. Mount St. Mary's

Arizona will open the season against Mount St. Mary's on Friday. Read on to find out more about the game, including last year's stats, where the advantages are, and more.


Mount St. Mary’s at Arizona
Nov. 14 at 6 pm
TV: Pac-12 Network
McKale Center

ARIZONA

MT. ST. MARY’S
Overall Record
0-0 (N/A)
0-0 (N/A)
Location Record
0-0 (N/A) at home
0-0 (N/A) on the road
Scoring/G: PF&PA(Rank)
72.9 (108)
58.6 (6)
75.9 (52)
77.8 (328)
Rebound Margin/G: RM(Rank)
7.1 (9)
-4.7 (320)
Steals/G:
S(Rank)
5.9 (205)
7 (71)
Assists/G: A(Rank)
15.1 (37)
11.8 (241)
Field-Goal Percentage: FG%(Rank)
46.9 (47)
43.8 (191)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 3FG%(Rank)
36.4 (82)
35.5 (120)
Field-Goal Percentage Against: FG%(Rank)
38 (4)
49.5 (340)
Ranking:
Coaches' Poll
#2
N/A
Ranking:
AP Poll
#2
N/A
RPI
2 (.6664)
192 (.4851)
Point Guard

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
PG: PG: T.J. McConnell (6-1, 195, Sr.) vs. Byron Ashe (6-1, 170, So.)

Mount St. Mary’s has three options at point guard and it appears it will be a game time decision. The reality is that it won’t matter much because none of them are as good as McConnell. Ashe is probably the best scorer of the bunch and that is what the Mountaineers are going to need if they are going to keep this game close.

Shooting Guard

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
SG: Gabe York (6-3, 185, Jr.) vs. Charles Glover (6-1, 185, Fr.)

Glover is coming off a redshirt season due to a torn ACL, but has practiced well. With the way that Mount St. Mary’s plays, he will likely handle the point some and even if he does not start for some reason, he is going to see some action. It doesn’t matter if York or Stanley Johnson starts here, Arizona has the better player.

Small Forward

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
SF: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (6-7, 220, So.) vs. Chris Martin (6-0, 185, Jr.)

Martin is a transfer from Marshall that is expected to start right away. He only averaged three points per game at his last stop, but the feeling among the program is that he will be better on this level. Hollis-Jefferson will be able to guard him and although the Mountaineers will play zone, we just don’t see how a guy like Martin is going to keep him out of the lane.

Power Forward

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
PF: Brandon Ashley (6-9, 230, Jr.) vs. Will Miller (6-6, 190, So.)

Miller is basically a big guard, as he made 40 percent of his three-point attempts last season. Considering he only averaged five points per game, Miller does not do much else. However, he can be dangerous if he gets going and is a player that Sean Miller referenced numerous times when discussing how the Mountaineers attack behind the arc. The guess here is that one of Arizona’s main goals will be shutting Will Miller down.

Center

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
C: Kaleb Tarczewski (7-0, 245, Jr.) vs. Taylor Danaher (7-0, 225, Jr.)

Danaher is the Mountaineers’ top returning player. He started 26 games last season and averaged seven points per game to go along with five rebounds. Tarczewski is the better player, but Arizona has seen worse than Danaher. He shoots 60 percent from the field, but does tend to struggle with bigger, more physical players.

Bench

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
Bench: Think about it this way. If Stanley Johnson or Gabe York come off the bench, each one would still be Mount St. Marys’ best player. Throw in guys like Dusan Ristic, Elliott Pitts, Parker Jackson-Cartwright, and it isn’t even close. Like the other positions, this is an easy advantage for the Wildcats.
Coaching

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
Coaching: Sean Miller vs. Jamion Christian

Christian has done a nice job, winning the NEC title last year and making the NCAA Tournament because of it. Still, you know how this is going to go. Miller is coaching at a much higher level and the resumes don’t compare. If this comes down to coaching, which it won’t, Arizona will have the advantage.

Outcome

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
93
56
Prediction: If Mount St. Mary’s had not lost its best three players from last season, there would be a bit more intrigue here. Arizona is the considerably better team and the only question is how it will defend the three and how the Mountaineers will defend Arizona. We’re guessing Mount St. Mary’s shows Arizona as many different looks as possible, but it won’t matter.


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