Arizona is in a must win situation against Arizona State and here is how we see it breaking down.
PG: Nic Wise is better than Derek Glasser in all facets of the game. Glasser is a solid player, but Wise should be able to take advantage of the speed differential. In fact, Russ Pennell should look to Wise in order to give Arizona the advantage on the perimeter.
SG: Ty Abbott is a good shooter when he is on, but pretty bad otherwise. However, Kyle Fogg is not much of a threat either. This is one of the more boring matchups of the game, but Abbott is probably more likely to do damage than Fogg is.
SF: Chase Budinger should be happy that Arizona plays a zone defense, because James Harden has been close to unstoppable. USC took him out of the game by face guarding, but the UA probably is not going to do that. Harden is going to get his and the closer Budinger gets to him, the better Arizona will be.
PF: Arizona is going to have to watch out for the three point shot in this matchup. Whether it is Jamelle Horne or Zane Johnson, the Wildcats probably will not get much offensively. However, both will definitely have to step up their defense if the UA is going to have success.
C: Jordan Hill needs the ball as much as possible if the Wildcats are going to win. Jeff Pendergraph has been inconsisdtent, but he is good enough to make an impact. Like the SC matchup, this one should be fun to watch.
Prediction: Arizona 73, ASU 69
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