Breakdown: Arizona vs. Ohio State

Arizona will face off against Ohio State in the Round of 32. Read on to find out more about the game, including statistics, a positional breakdown and score prediction.

Ohio State vs. Arizona
Mar 21 at 2:15 pm
Moda Center


Big Ten
Head Coach (Record w/ school)
Sean Miller (161-51)
Thad Matta (299-93)
Overall Record
32-3 (.914)
24-10 (.706)
Location Record
7-0 (1.000) on neutral court
2-2 (.500) on neutral court
Scoring/G: PF&PA(Rank)
76.4 (20)
58.6 (15)
75.8 (22)
62.6 (76)
Scoring Margin (Rank)
17.8 (3)
13.2 (13)
Blocks/G (Rank)
3.6 (152)
5.1 (19)
Rebound Margin/G: RM (Rank)
8.8 (2)
2.6 (87)
S (Rank)
7.2 (67)
7.7 (31)
Assists/G: A(Rank)
14.2 (67)
15.4 (22)
Field-Goal Percentage: FG%(Rank)
48.9 (6)
48.6 (9)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 3FG%(Rank)
36 (97)
37.3 (61)
Field-Goal Percentage Against: FG%(Rank)
39.2 (26)
40.5 (71)
Coaches' Poll
AP Poll
6 (.6563)
39 (.5789)
2 (.9664)
22 (.8667)
Adjusted Offensive Efficiency (Rank)
116 (11)
111.8 (26)
Adjusted Defensive Efficiency (Rank)
86.4 (3)
95 (39)
Leading Scorer (Avg.)
Fr. F - Stanley Johnson (14.1)
Fr. G - Russell (19.3)
Leading Rebounder (Avg.)
So. F - Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (6.8)
Fr. G - D'Angelo Russell (5.6)
Assists Leader (Avg.)
Sr. G - T.J. McConnell (6.4)
Sr. G - Shannon Scott (5.9)
Point Guard

PG: PG: T.J. McConnell (6-1, 195, Sr.) vs. Shannon Scott (6-1, 185, Sr.)

Scott has scored in double digits in four of his last five games and only missed it against VCU by one point. He does not turn the ball over a ton, but when he does it comes in bunches. Scott will take a few three-point attempts per game, though that isn’t what he is good at. McConnell may not be happy with how he played, but he is still better than Scott and has a decent advantage over him.
Shooting Guard

SG: Stanley Johnson (6-7, 245, Fr.) vs. Sam Thompson (6-7, 200, Sr.)

Thompson is not a guard, but he certainly plays like one. He shoots 25 percent from behind the arc and will put up 25 percent of his shots from there. Thompson is at his best when he is rebounding the ball and scoring off the glass. Other than that, he is not a very effective player. This is a difficult matchup for him defensively and one of the main reasons why the Buckeyes should play zone. Then again, if Johnson is shooting like he did Thursday OSU’s defense won’t matter.
Small Forward

SF: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (6-7, 220, So.) vs. D’Angelo Russell (6-5, 180, Fr.)

Offense vs. Defense. Russell might be the best guard in the country and Hollis-Jefferson might be the best defender. If Russell struggles, the Buckeyes are in major trouble. Just the opposite holds true as well. If OSU can get him going, Arizona might have some fits. Russell is the best player Arizona will face all season and it is going to be fun watching it. We’re going to make this one even because of how much each excels.
Power Forward

PF: Brandon Ashley (6-9, 230, Jr.) vs. Jae’Sean Tate (6-4, 230, Fr.)

Yes, we know he is only 6-4, but Tate is a power forward on Ohio State’s roster. He does not shoot threes and he is one of Ohio State’s better rebounders. The real question here is how Ohio State will guard Ashley. Even if it is a zone, Ashley has such a size advantage that it won’t matter much. This is a nightmare for Tate and Ohio State and one in which Thad Matta is going to have to figure out.

C: Kaleb Tarczewski (7-0, 245, Jr.) vs. Amir Williams (6-11, 250, Sr.)

It’s completely possible that Williams plays well, but he hasn’t in many games this season. VCU was probably one of the best games of his career and a lot of that has to do with how he scored those points. Williams is a lazy player that can get caught in bad positions, but Ohio State needs him because of Arizona’s size. If Williams plays hard and up to his potential, OSU will be fine. That’s a big if though.

Bench: Marc Loving will come off the bench and try to provide a spark from three, though he would be the first to admit he has not shot the ball well the past month or so. Trey McDonald will provide size for the Buckeyes in about 10 minutes of action. Arizona has the better bench, but Gabe York has to be better than he was on Thursday.

Coaching: Sean Miller vs. Thad Matta

Both these coaches pretty much know exactly what the other is going to do, but neither will change anything. This game just is not going to be won on coaching, not when these two guys go up against each other.


Prediction: Arizona did not defend well against Texas Southern, which may not be a bad thing. If you look at when Arizona has had a poor defensive game, the Wildcats usually follow it up with a fantastic effort. Ohio State is talented, but has struggled to reach its overall potential. However, a guy like Russell can be a complete difference maker. Arizona is simply the better team here and figuring the defense does not fail it, we see no reason why the Wildcats don’t advance.

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