Breakdown: Arizona vs. Michigan

Arizona will face off against Michigan on Saturday. Read on for a closer look at the game, including stats, a positional breakdown, and more.

Michigan at Arizona
Dec. 13 at 3:15 pm
McKale Center


Overall Record
9-0 (1.000)
6-3 (0.666)
Location Record
6-0 (1.000) at home
0-0 (N/A) on the road
Scoring/G: PF&PA(Rank)
76 (55)
60.1 (60)
70.7 (130)
61.1 (82)
Rebound Margin/G: RM (Rank)
6.4 (54)
-2.3 (258)
S (Rank)
8.7 (33)
6.3 (187)
Assists/G: A(Rank)
14.8 (74)
13.2 (152)
Field-Goal Percentage: FG%(Rank)
49.8 (17)
44.4 (144)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 3FG%(Rank)
36.8 (98)
40.1 (36)
Field-Goal Percentage Against: FG%(Rank)
39.6 (96)
43.9 (232)
Coaches' Poll
AP Poll
11 (.6685)
110 (.6479)
Point Guard

PG: PG: T.J. McConnell (6-1, 195, Sr.) vs. Derrick Walton Jr. (6-0, 185, So.)

Walton is a streaky player that is a bit of a feast or famine type of player. He has had five games in which he has scored in double figures, but he also had a three point game against Syracuse and only scored six against Oregon. Walton is certainly capable of scoring points, but McConnell is going to give him fits defensively and should be able to hold his own on offense as well.

Shooting Guard

SG: Gabe York (6-3, 185, Jr.) vs. Caris LeVert (6-7, 200, Jr.)

There is absolutely no way this is going to last long. York can’t guard LeVert and it’s a matter of time before Rondae has to come in the game to do so himself. The issue is that Michigan is so big that York really can’t guard Zak Irvin either, so it is kind of a pick your poison situation. As LeVert goes, Michigan goes. If he struggles on Saturday, there is almost no way that the Wolverines can make up his 18 points per game.

Small Forward

SF: Stanley Johnson (6-7, 245, Fr.) vs. Kameron Chatman (6-7, 210, Fr.)

Chatman is a pretty good matchup for Johnson in that the freshman has had major struggles so far this season. We still think that Chatman has plenty of potential, but he is not helping himself or his team by shooting 26 percent from the field. He still impacts the game in other ways, but there’s no reason to believe that Johnson can’t handle him defensively while controlling the glass and giving him fits on offense.

Power Forward

PF: Brandon Ashley (6-9, 230, Jr.) vs. Zak Irvin (6-6, 215, So.)

Michigan will play Irvin at three or four different position in order to give the opposition some different looks. Ashley should be just fine here as long as he can take Irvin off the three-point line. Irvin has attempted 116 shots so far this season and 69 of them are from behind the arc. Shooting a three will be his first and second options, so it is imperative that Ashley contain that aspect of his game. As long as Ashley remains aggressive on offense and attacks the glass, he should be fine.


C: Kaleb Tarczewski (7-0, 245, Jr.) vs. Mark Donnal (6-9, 240, Fr.)

This is Arizona’s biggest advantage. Donnal won’t play much and when he does, he will only be good for a few rebounds. Tarczewski is the better player in every facet of the game and we would assume that Arizona tries to establish him early. In addition, this is a good opportunity for Tarczewski to get plenty of rebounds.


Bench: Spike Albrecht will get the majority of minutes off the bench and is averaging around five points and four assists per game. He’s a solid point guard that does not make many mistakes and in reality, his 27 minutes per game show that he is closer to a starter than a bench player. Ricky Doyle will likely be a player that Tarczewski matches up with throughout the game due in large part to the fact that he is much more dangerous than Donnal offensively. Still, this one goes back to Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and the belief that he would be one of Michigan’s best players.

Coaching: Sean Miller vs. John Beilein

I think Beilein is one of the best coaches in the country despite what has happened in the past two games. He has had some strong teams at Michigan and will have the Wolverines prepared to come into McKale. As well as Sean Miller has done at Arizona, I don’t see either coach having much of an advantage over the other.


Prediction: This isn’t last year’s Michigan team, but it is still capable of putting up points and getting hot from the field. It doesn’t matter who Arizona faces, if that opponent is hitting the three ball, all bets are off. However, I think the difference this year is that Arizona is much better on the interior than Michigan is and I can’t see how the Wolverines are going to keep the Wildcats off the glass.

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