Breakdown: Arizona vs. Cal State Northridge

Arizona will face off against Cal State Northridge on Sunday night. Read on to see how each team has done this season, get a position breakdown, and a score prediction.


Cal State Northridge at Arizona
Nov. 16 at 6 pm
TV: Pac-12 Network
McKale Center

ARIZONA

CSUN
Overall Record
1-0 (1.000)
0-1 (.000)
Location Record
1-0 (1.000) at home
0-1 (.000) on the road
Scoring/G: PF&PA
78
55
58
79
Rebound Margin/G: RM
7
-3
Steals/G:
S
11
8
Assists/G: A
17
11
Field-Goal Percentage: FG%
57.4
41.4
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 3FG%
25
33.3
Field-Goal Percentage Against: FG%
38.5
50
Ranking:
Coaches' Poll
#2
N/A
Ranking:
AP Poll
#2
N/A
RPI
1 (.2500)
139 (.0000)
Point Guard

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
PG: T.J. McConnell (6-1, 195, Sr.) vs. Landon Drew (6-1, 175, Jr.)

McConnell struggled from the field on Friday and considering the opponent, there’s not much of an excuse for it. The positive aspect is that he was looking for his shot more, but he still seemed to force it. This is a good matchup for him and one in which he should be able to get back on track. Drew is a decent point guard, but he isn’t a scorer and he isn’t on McConnell’s level.

Shooting Guard

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
SG: Gabe York (6-3, 185, Jr.) vs. Aaron Parks (6-3, 198, So.)

Parks is an aggressive player that is able to get to the line at an impressive clip. However, he is not a great shooter and isn’t going to fill the box score in many other areas. York had a nice start on Friday, but didn’t do much the rest of the game. Again, he is the better player here, but more is to be expected on Sunday.

Small Forward

ADVANTAGE: Even
SF: Stanley Johnson (6-7, 245, Fr.) vs. Stephan Hicks (6-6, 200, Sr.)

This will be Johnson’s first true welcome to college basketball. Hicks may be Northridge’s best player and it wouldn’t be a shock to see Hollis-Jefferson come in and be the primary defensive guy on him. Right now, Hicks may be the better player than Johnson, but he isn’t the more naturally talented of the two. We’re going to make this even based on the fact that this is only Johnson’s second game, but Johnson is going to wind up being the better player down the road.

Power Forward

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
PF: Brandon Ashley (6-9, 230, Jr.) vs. Stephen Maxwell (6-7, 220, Sr.)

If Hicks is CSUN’s best player, Maxwell is right there as well. He put up 15 and 10 against San Diego State, but you have to wonder how much of that is him being the best player on a bad team. After Ashley’s performance in the season opener, there aren’t going to be many guys that have the advantage over him this season and Maxwell definitely isn’t going to be one of them.

Center

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
C: Kaleb Tarczewski (7-0, 245, Jr.) vs. Tre Hale-Edmerson (6-9, 215, Jr.)

Hale-Edmerson fouled out in 19 minutes against San Diego State and is going to struggle just as much here. He gives up considerable height and weight and doesn’t do well with physicality, so it would not be a surprise to see Arizona feed Tarczewski early. This is probably one of the bigger mismatches in this game.

Bench

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
Bench: Dusan Ristic, Elliott Pitts, and Parker Jackson-Cartwright, played relatively well for Arizona in the opener and would probably start or play considerable minutes for CSUN. There's no reason to think this category should be close, although we do like Taelin Webb.
Coaching

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
Coaching: Sean Miller vs. Reggie Theus

One coach is Reggie Theus and the other one isn’t. The one that isn’t is the better coach. Remember when Theus tried to put his name out there for the Arizona job? Well, now he is the coach of the Matadors and struggling to put together a team after five freshmen and a transfer were suspended for rules violations.

Outcome

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
78
53
Prediction: When Arizona loses a game this season it is going to be because the opponent was able to get going from behind the arc. Northridge only attempted six three-pointers against San Diego State and that’s not going to cut it against Arizona. We think the Wildcats start off faster than they did on Friday and cruise to a relatively easy victory.

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