Breakdown: Arizona vs. Oakland

Arizona will host Oakland on Tuesday night. Read on to find out about the game, including stats, a positional breakdown, and more.


Oakland at Arizona
Dec. 16 at 7 pm
TV: Pac-12
McKale Center

ARIZONA

OAKLAND
Overall Record
10-0 (1.000)
4-6 (0.400)
Location Record
7-0 (1.000) at home
1-3 (.250) on the road
Scoring/G: PF&PA(Rank)
76.4 (49)
59.4 (49)
75.3 (63)
77.8 (335)
Rebound Margin/G: RM (Rank)
7.2 (44)
0.1 (204)
Steals/G:
S (Rank)
8.3 (48)
5.5 (258)
Assists/G: A(Rank)
15.2 (59)
16.7 (21)
Field-Goal Percentage: FG%(Rank)
50.7 (12)
47 (63)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 3FG%(Rank)
36.6 (98)
37.5 (75)
Field-Goal Percentage Against: FG%(Rank)
39.1 (77)
47.3 (316)
Ranking:
Coaches' Poll
#3
N/A
Ranking:
AP Poll
#3
N/A
RPI
10 (.6735)
214 (.4610)
Point Guard

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
PG: PG: T.J. McConnell (6-1, 195, Sr.) vs. Kahlil Felder (5-9, 176, So.)

Felder is an interesting player because he is a bulk shooter, but is also averaging over seven assists per game. He only shoots 34 percent to average 15 points per game and he also turns the ball over nearly five times per outing, so efficiency definitely is not his type of game. Arizona tends to do well with these types of players and obviously McConnell is good enough to hold his own and force some turnovers.

Shooting Guard

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
SG: Gabe York (6-3, 185, Jr.) vs. Nick Daniels (6-1, 160, Fr.)

York is going to have to account for Daniels at all times because he can definitely shoot it. Although Daniels only puts up five shots per game, he is 8-16 from three on the season. If a player like him gets hot, Oakland's chances of keeping this a competitive game increase dramatically. York is good enough to have the advantage here, but he still needs to be careful when on defense.

Small Forward

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
SF: Stanley Johnson (6-7, 245, Fr.) vs. Tommie McCune (6-8, 210, Jr.)

Johnson is getting better every game and his defensive effort against Michigan was easily his best of the season. McCune is one of Oakland’s better rebounders, averaging nearly six per game. He also shoots a high percentage and generally plays the odds in terms of making the right play. Johnson is clearly better and if he is able to attack off the dribble, McCune will see some foul trouble.

Power Forward

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
PF: Brandon Ashley (6-9, 230, Jr.) vs. Femi Olujobi (6-8, 233, Fr.)

Olujobi has as many fouls (20) as shot attempts this season. He is really on the court to defend and get on the glass, which only earns him about 15 minutes per game. We can see Olujobi getting some more time because of Arizona’s size, but this is easily one of the biggest advantages the Wildcats have on Tuesday.

Center

ADVANTAGE: Even
C: Kaleb Tarczewski (7-0, 245, Jr.) vs. Corey Petros (6-10, 255, Sr.)

Having watched Petros a bit, I feel comfortable saying he is one of the better big men Arizona will see all season. Against Iowa State, Petros had 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists while only missing two shots. In the previous game against Michigan State, he finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Tarczewski may be a slightly better player due in large part to his defense, but we don’t think he will produce better numbers on Tuesday, which is why we are keeping this one even.

Bench

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
Bench: Senior forward Dante Williams is basically a starter, as he gets 31 minutes a game. In that time, Williams is averaging 10 points and three rebounds per game. Oakland will also bring junior Max Hooper off the bench. To put his ability into perspective, Hooper has taken 65 shots this year and 62 of them are threes. While Arizona has to account for both players, it’s much easier when Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is on the roster and the Wildcats have the talent to match those two beyond him.
Coaching

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
Coaching: Sean Miller vs. Greg Kampe

Kampe’s first season at Oakland was in 1984 and he has been to the NCAA Tournament several times since. Miller is coaching at a higher level, but Kampe deserves credit for what he has been able to achieve without many resources.

Outcome

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
83
58
Prediction: Oakland is not a very good defensive team and relies a ton on making three-point shots. Sound familiar? Arizona just beat a similar, but better, team by 30 points and while it may be difficult to match that same energy, the Wildcats are simply better than Oakland. Sometimes Arizona struggles in these situations because of finals and all that, but we don’t think that happens Tuesday.

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