Breakdown: Arizona vs. Missouri

Arizona will open the Maui Invitational with a game against Missouri. Read on to get a closer look at the two teams, a breakdown of the positions, and more.


Missouri at Arizona
Nov. 24 at 3 pm
TV: ESPN2
Lahaina Civic Center

ARIZONA

MISSOURI
Overall Record
3-0 (1.000)
2-1 (.666)
Location Record
0-0 (N/A) at neutral site
0-0 (N/A) at neutral site
Scoring/G: PF&PA
78.3
59
58.5
55
Rebound Margin/G: RM
8.7
2
Steals/G:
S
11
7
Assists/G: A
15
19
Field-Goal Percentage: FG%
50.6
38.9
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 3FG%
33.3
22.5
Field-Goal Percentage Against: FG%
39.2
35
Ranking:
Coaches' Poll
#2
N/A
Ranking:
AP Poll
#2
N/A
RPI
12 (.7356)
186 (.4735)
Point Guard

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
PG: T.J. McConnell (6-1, 195, Sr.) vs. Keith Shamburger (5-11, 170, Sr.)

Shamburger only has one more assist than turnover and Missouri has yet to face a team anybody would consider above average. As much as McConnell has struggled to find his offensive rhythm, he is still doing well enough to get the advantage over a lot of points guards. He is also considerably better than Shamburger, who should be a turnover risk with the way that McConnell will defend him.

Shooting Guard

ADVANTAGE: Missouri
SG: Gabe York (6-3, 185, Jr.) vs. Wes Clark (6-1, 185, So.)

Our guess is that this matchup is not going to last long. No offense to York, but Clark is a good offensive player and is pretty dynamic in the way he gets things done. Clark is leading Missouri in assists and has made 6 of his 13 three-point attempts this season. If Missouri is going to win this game, it needs Clark to play well.

Small Forward

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
SF: Stanley Johnson (6-7, 245, Fr.) vs. Montaque Gill-Caesar (6-6, 215, Fr.)

A look at Gill-Caesar’s numbers would say that he is a major scorer, as he is averaging 16 points per game. However, he takes 15 shots to do it and has been more of a chucker than anything this season. Arizona tends to do well with these types of players and Johnson is the more efficient player.

Power Forward

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
PF: Brandon Ashley (6-9, 230, Jr.) vs. Johnathan Williams (6-9, 225, So.)

Williams will take about seven shots per game and make three of them while grabbing a handful of rebounds. He doesn’t have a lot of potential to break out, especially because he is not a good straight up defensive player. He has already fouled out of one game and Williams finished with three in the two others. Expect Ashley to be aggressive in the post and he should have the advantage there.

Center

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
C: Kaleb Tarczewski (7-0, 245, Jr.) vs. Ryan Rosburg (6-10, 264, Jr.)

Rosburg is similar to Williams in that he is not likely to score a lot, but will do well on the glass. He is averaging nearly seven rebounds per game in 24 minutes of action, which is pretty impressive. Tarczewski might have his hands full once again offensively, but is the better defensive player. This is a good opportunity for him to get back on track after a slow start this season.

Bench

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
Bench: This might be Arizona’s biggest advantage. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson would be the best player on the entire Missouri team, but even the other guys coming off the bench are better than what the Tigers have to offer. Freshman Tramaine Isabell is averaging five points off the bench, but he takes five shots in ten minutes of action and shoots 31 percent to do it.

Coaching

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
Coaching: Sean Miller vs. Kim Anderson

Anderson did well at Central Missouri and will probably do well where he is now, but this is a different ball game. He hasn’t had time to recruit like he wants and there’s a reason why the first big job he has held came when he is 59 years old. Solid coach, but not the difference in this one.

Outcome

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
70
54
Prediction: Irvine might be a better team than Missouri and at the very least, it matches up better. Missouri shoots 38 percent from the field and is very unorganized offensively to start the season. It also doesn’t rebound very well and isn’t a good defensive team. Basically, it is the opposite of what a team that can upset Arizona should look like.

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