Breakdown: Arizona vs. Kansas State

Arizona will face off against Kansas Staet in the second round of the Maui Invitational. Read on to find out more about the game, including a score prediction, breakdown of the positions and statistics.


Kansas State at Arizona
Nov. 25 at 5:30 pm
TV: ESPN
Lahaina Civic Center

ARIZONA

KANSAS STATE
Overall Record
4-0 (1.000)
3-1 (.750)
Location Record
1-0 (1.000) at neutral site
1-0 (1.000) at neutral site
Scoring/G: PF&PA(Rank)
78.3 (108)
59 (6)
82.2 (52)
72.2 (328)
Rebound Margin/G: RM(Rank)
8.7 (9)
2 (320)
Steals/G:
S(Rank)
10.75 (17)
7.5 (135)
Assists/G: A(Rank)
15 (98)
16.5 (62)
Field-Goal Percentage: FG%(Rank)
50.6 (47)
49.8 (65)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 3FG%(Rank)
33.3 (82)
40 (56)
Field-Goal Percentage Against: FG%(Rank)
39.2 (4)
46.7 (340)
Ranking:
Coaches' Poll
#4
N/A
Ranking:
AP Poll
#3
N/A
RPI
12 (.7356)
325 (.3213)
Point Guard

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
PG: T.J. McConnell (6-1, 195, Sr.) vs. Jevon Thomas (6-1, 180, So.)

McConnell struggled with his shot yet again, but did finished with nine assists and only two turnovers against Missouri. Thomas is not a big scorer and tends to struggle guarding opposing points guards. He has already fouled out in one game and had four fouls in another. McConnell’s too good of a shooter for his shot not to eventually fall and he is better in the other areas than Thomas.

Shooting Guard

ADVANTAGE: Kansas State
SG: Gabe York (6-3, 185, Jr.) vs. Marcus Foster (6-2, 200, So.)

York has almost no chance in this matchup, so again we don’t think it will last long. Foster dropped 24 points against Purdue and he is easily Kansas State’s best player. The best bet for Arizona is to put Rondae on him or even Stanley Johnson. Basically, there are numerous defensive options, but we don’t feel York is a very good one.

Small Forward

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
SF: Stanley Johnson (6-7, 245, Fr.) vs. Wesley Iwundu (6-7, 195, So.)

Monday’s game against Missouri was just a glimpse of where Stanley Johnson will be by the end of the season. When he gets going, there aren’t many guys that can stop him. Iwundu can match his height, but certainly not his strength and this is a bad matchup for him in that regard. Johnson’s biggest challenge will be keeping Iwundu off the glass, because he is not a big scorer.

Power Forward

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
PF: Brandon Ashley (6-9, 230, Jr.) vs. Nino Williams (6-5, 220, Senior)

Williams is smaller than Iwundu, but he is more of a forward so we assume Ashley will guard him more. He is not going to stretch the court much at all and Ashley should be able to stay in front of him and keep him from having success on the block. Ashley was the best player on the court at times against Missouri and it probably won’t be any different Tuesday.

Center

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
C:Kaleb Tarczewski (7-0, 245, Jr.) vs. Thomas Gipson (6-7, 265, Sr.)

It’s probably too early to worry about Tarczewski, but he should be playing better than this He finished with seven points and eight rebounds against Missouri and that’s a solid night despite fouling out. Gipson is the second best player Kansas State has to offer, as he is averaging 17 points and six rebounds per game. However, a closer look reveals that he can get into some foul trouble and most of his points came against the lesser opponents on the schedule. We have enough faith in Tarczewski’s defense to make this even.

Bench

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
Bench: Kansas State will go nine and maybe ten deep. Junior center Stephen Hunt is the best of the bunch, especially on the glass. He averages seven points and five rebounds in 16 minutes of action and it would not be a surprise to see him get more playing time on Tuesday. Tre Harris and Nigel Johnson are also decent options off the bench and Arizona will need to be careful with them. Still, this goes back to Hollis-Jefferson and the fact that Arizona will always have the best player coming off the bench.

Coaching

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
Coaching: Sean Miller vs. Bruce Weber

Weber has had a nice career, making the postseason more times than not. Miller is going to have his team prepared and does a great job of getting Arizona ready for environments such as these. He’s the better coach and although we don’t think coaching is the big factor here, Arizona has the advantage.

Outcome

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
75
63
Prediction: Kansas State can get going from behind the arc and that might be the biggest fear from Arizona. Figuring that the UA can contain the three-point shooting, it should be able to control the glass and pull away late. Our guess is that this looks like the Missouri game and Arizona’s defense proves to be too much,


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