Breakdown: Arizona vs. Utah Valley

Arizona will play Utah Valley on Tuesday night. Read on to find out about the game, including stats, a position breakdown, and a score prediction.


Utah Valley at Arizona
Dec. 9 at 7 pm
TV: Pac-12 Network
McKale Center

ARIZONA

UTAH VALLEY
Overall Record
8-0 (1.000)
3-4 (1.000)
Location Record
5-0 (1.000) at home
3-3 (.429) on the road
Scoring/G: PF&PA(Rank)
74.6 (75)
60.6 (73)
59.1 (313)
65.1 (160)
Rebound Margin/G: RM (Rank)
5.1 (79)
-2.3 (258)
Steals/G:
S (Rank)
8.6 (35)
5 (297)
Assists/G: A(Rank)
14.6 (85)
12 (219)
Field-Goal Percentage: FG%(Rank)
48.6 (38)
42.2 (226)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 3FG%(Rank)
37.9 (72)
33.2 (189)
Field-Goal Percentage Against: FG%(Rank)
40 (105)
46.6 (303)
Ranking:
Coaches' Poll
#3
N/A
Ranking:
AP Poll
#3
N/A
RPI
10 (.6694)
241 (.4471)
Point Guard

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
PG: PG: T.J. McConnell (6-1, 195, Sr.) vs. Marcel Davis (6-2, 180, Jr.)

Daivs is the key component of Utah Valley State and will probably play 40 minutes if he does not get into foul trouble. His numbers may not be big, but he is the heart and soul of the team. So far on the season, Davis is averaging nearly 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists per game. He also only has one game with less than three turnovers and we’re guessing that continues on Tuesday.

Shooting Guard

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
SG: Gabe York (6-3, 185, Jr.) vs. Donte Williams (6-4, Jr.)

Williams is a shooter who only shoots 31 percent from the field. Half of his field goal attempts come from behind the arc, but he is only hitting 29 percent of those. In fact, he has made ten field goals the entire season and has ten turnovers as well. You see where we’re getting at here?

Small Forward

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
SF: Stanley Johnson (6-7, 245, Fr.) vs. Brenden Evans (6-5, Sr.)

Evans is decent when compared to his teammates, but this is a nightmare for him. He has finished with four fouls in his last three games and none of those players compared to Johnson. There’s no reason why Johnson shouldn’t be aggressive here and Evans does not stand much of a chance.

Power Forward

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
PF: Brandon Ashley (6-9, 230, Jr.) vs. Mitch Bruneel (6-5, 205, Sr.)

Bruneel might be the Wolverines’ best player, but that is not saying a ton. He has decent range and will take the occasional three while being able to rebound relatively well, as shown by his six rebound average. He isn’t anywhere close to making this is a competitive matchup, but if there was a player of putting together a nice all around game against Arizona, it is probably him.

Center

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

Tarczewski’s biggest challenge here will be keeping up with a player that is much smaller than him. It will be interesting to see if Arizona can finally get him established early against a player that has no business being able to guard him. Nelson averages 51 percent shooting from the field and over six rebounds a game, so he is efficient.

Bench

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
Bench: Junior guard Jaden Jackson will come off the best to shoot a three or two, but there isn’t much else there. We would expect Arizona’s bench to get plenty of run in this one and yes, that means it should be a Jacob Hazzard, Trey Mason sort of game.
Coaching

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
Coaching: Sean Miller vs. Dick Hunsaker

Hunsaker got this team to 20 wins and the first round of the NIT last season, which is a nice compliment. Like the other categories though, you know how this ends. Miller is a better coaching and doing it a higher level.

Outcome

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
80
46
Prediction: The most intriguing aspect of this game is how many points the Wolverines will score. The guess is that Arizona blows this game open and there are some points against the second and third string guys that makes it seem like the Wolverines scored more than they really did. There’s no excuse for a slow start in this one.

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