Breakdown: Arizona vs. Washington State

Arizona will finish the road trip with a game against Washington State on Sunday. Read on to find out more about the game, including stats, a positional breakdown, and more


Arizona at Washington State
Feb. 15 at 4:30 pm
TV: Fox Sports One
Wallis Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum

ARIZONA

WASHINGTON STATE
Overall Record
21-3 (.875)
11-13 (.458)
Location Record
5-3 (.625) on the road
7-3 (.700) at home
Scoring/G: PF&PA(Rank)
75 (31)
59.2 (22)
70.5 (99)
76 (340)
Rebound Margin/G: RM (Rank)
7.3 (17)
-1.1 (243)
Steals/G:
S (Rank)
7.3 (67)
4.1 (337)
Assists/G: A(Rank)
13.7 (99)
14.8 (47)
Field-Goal Percentage: FG%(Rank)
49.1 (10)
42.5 (222)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 3FG%(Rank)
36.2 (90)
33.1 (222)
Field-Goal Percentage Against: FG%(Rank)
40.2 (74)
46.4 (318)
Ranking:
Coaches' Poll
#7
NR
Ranking:
AP Poll
#7
NR
Ranking: KenPom
3 (.9581)
188 (.4475)
RPI
6 (.6597)
118 (.5273)
Point Guard

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
PG: PG: T.J. McConnell (6-1, 195, Sr.) vs. Ike Iroegbu (6-2, 190, So.)

Iroegbu has done a nice job of almost completely changing his game and becoming a more efficient player. He is shooting 11 percent better than he did last season and although he may not be a prototypical point guard, he is doing a solid job at the position for the Cougars. McConnell is obviously the better player and if he plays like he did on Friday, it will be a big advantage for Arizona.
Shooting Guard

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
SG: Stanley Johnson (6-7, 245, Fr.) vs. Dexter Kernich-Drew (6-7, 190, Sr..)

Kernich-Drew averages five points per game, but you wouldn’t know it by his last two games, as he scored 27 against Arizona State and 18 against Oregon. Those 45 points are as much as his previous 14 games combined. Kernich-Drew has no chance of guarding Johnson, which is why the Cougars will have to play zone to win. As long as Johnson is physical with Kernich-Drew and does not let him get going from three, he will be just fine.
Small Forward

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
SF: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (6-7, 220, So.) vs. DaVonte Lacy (6-4, 210, Sr.)

This should be a fun one. Hollis-Jefferson is one of the best defenders in the country and the Cougars won’t win without a strong performance from Lacy. He is the type of player that is going to get his shots off, whether they are good ones or not. Hollis-Jefferson will make sure they aren’t clean attempts and should be able to put together a nice game offensively as well.
Power Forward

ADVANTAGE: Even
PF: Brandon Ashley (6-9, 230, Jr.) vs. Josh Hawkinson (6-10, 245, So.)

Hawkinson is easily the breakout player in the Pac-12. Consider that last season he averaged one point in six minutes and now he is averaging 14 and 10 in 32 minutes. This will not be an easy matchup for Ashley at all and if he does not bring it defensively, the Wildcats will pay dearly. It would not be a shock to see Arizona double team Hawkinson early, but Ashley will probably get the first crack at containing him.
Center

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
C: Kaleb Tarczewski (7-0, 245, Jr.) vs. Jordan Railey (7-0, 245, Sr.)

Railey will likely see about 20 minutes of action and have a minimal impact. He is averaging six points and three rebounds per game, but also struggles with foul trouble. There’s no reason why Tarczewsi shouldn’t be able to play as well as Railey and even better. This is a nice opportunity for Tarczewski to put together a strong game.
Bench

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
Bench: The Cougars will bring some size off the bench with Que Johnson and Brett Boese. Johnson does not shoot well, but he is athletic and can get things going. Boese is 6-7 and has the ability to make three-pointers, but won’t do much else. Arizona will be without Dusan Ristic and Parker Jackson-Cartwright, so it is difficult to give it the advantage here. However, Gabe York and Elliott Pitts are better than what the Cougars have, so we will give it a slight one.
Coaching

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
Coaching: Sean Miller vs. Ernie Kent

Kent is not as good of a coach as Miller, but he deserves credit. This Washington State team has no business being decent and yet the Cougars have been able to get some nice wins and stay competitive in other games.

Outcome

ADVANTAGE: Arizona
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Prediction: When Washington State defeated Arizona State in a close game, it just gave us the feeling it is about to get blown out. That may not make sense to some, but it is difficult for a bad team to match that energy and win two games in a row. It’s hard to win on the road in the Pac-12, but Arizona matches up well and is much better. If the Wildcats bring it, this game won’t be close.

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