Breakdown: Arizona vs. Gardner-Webb

Arizona returns home to play Gardner-Webb on Tuesday. Read on to find out more about the game, including stats, a breakdown, and score prediction.


Gardner-Webb at Arizona
Dec. 2 at 7 pm
TV: Pac-12 Network
McKale Center

ARIZONA

GARDNER-WEBB
Overall Record
6-0 (1.000)
3-3 (.500)
Location Record
3-0 (1.000) at home
1-1 (.500) on the road
Scoring/G: PF&PA(Rank)
73.3 (94)
59.5 (64)
70.8 (135)
72.7 (282)
Rebound Margin/G: RM (Rank)
5.5 (82)
-3.2 (268)
Steals/G:
S (Rank)
9 (32)
6.8 (146)
Assists/G: A(Rank)
13.5 (133)
14 (106)
Field-Goal Percentage: FG%(Rank)
47.7 (56)
41.4 (243)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 3FG%(Rank)
31.4 (210)
31.3 (212)
Field-Goal Percentage Against: FG%(Rank)
38 (4)
44.7 (259)
Ranking:
Coaches' Poll
#3
N/A
Ranking:
AP Poll
#3
N/A
RPI
11 (.6732)
61 (.6009)
Point Guard

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
PG: PG: T.J. McConnell (6-1, 195, Sr.) vs. Tyler Strange (5-10, 185, Sr.)

More than half of Strange’s attempts this season have been from behind the arc, but he is only shooting 28 percent there. He’s still a major part of the offense and had ten assists against Clemson and seven against LSU. McConnell is continuing to look for his shot, but even when it is not falling, he remains so good at taking care of the ball and defensively that is is difficult to give an opposing point guard the advantage.

Shooting Guard

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
SG: Gabe York (6-3, 185, Jr.) vs. Jarvis Davis (6-0, 180, Sr.)

Considering his size, Davis is a heck a rebounder. He averages six per game and attacks the glass at a high rate for a shooting guard. York’s biggest challenge will be keeping Davis off the glass and away from the three-point line, where 31 of his 43 shot attempts have come from. York has had mixed results this season, but he is the better player here when playing well.

Small Forward

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
SF: Stanley Johnson (6-7, 245, Fr.) vs. Adonis Burbage (6-5, 200, Jr.)

It seems that Johnson is getting better each game and this is yet another opportunity to have an impact. Burbage isn’t necessarily a bad player, but he isn’t on Johnson’s level either. Like his teammates, Burbage has no problem with the majority of his shots being from behind the arc. Johnson should be able to handle that while being a nightmare for Burbage offensively.

Power Forward

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
PF: Brandon Ashley (6-9, 230, Jr.) vs. Jerome Hill (6-5, 210, Jr.)

Gardner-Webb has no chance unless Hill plays well and it knows it. He is going to come in and put up a lot of shots, as evidenced by his 13 attempts per game. Hill is not much of a shooter, but he finds a way to get his shot and averages eight rebounds. Ashley is better, but this will not be an easy matchup by any means and is easily the most intriguing of the bunch.

Center

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
C: Kaleb Tarczewski (7-0, 245, Jr.) vs. Tyrell Nelson (6-7, 230, So.)

Tarczewski has a major size advantage and if Arizona plays it smart, he should be able to expose that. Nelson is decent, but Tarczewski has already faced better centers this season and we don’t have much of a reason to believe that he can’t outplay Nelson.

Bench

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
Bench: The Bulldogs will go eight deep with the three players coming off the bench being guards. Harold McBride will get about 20 minutes per game and is only shooting 32 percent with half of his attempts from three. Junior Isaiah Ivey will also get around 15 minutes per game, but is not much of a threat to score. This all goes back to the Hollis-Jefferson argument in that he would clearly be the best player on Gardner-Webb.
Coaching

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
Coaching: Sean Miller vs. Tim Craft

Craft is in his second season and went 18-15 last year. It’s hard to tell what type of coach he is, but he has developed a system of having numerous shooters and playing at a relatively fast pace. Miller is the better coach and has the better players, so he is obviously going to get the nod here.

Outcome

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
83
63
Prediction: Gardner-Webb is not a terrible team. It beat Clemson and played LSU relatively close. However, it does not defend will enough to keep Tuesday’s game close and we expect Arizona to run away with it. The main question here is how long it will take the Wildcats to do so and if the Bulldogs can hang around for a bit.

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