Scouting Report: Washington State

Arizona has dominated the series against Washington State and things don't look to change. The Cougars have one of their most athletic teams, but they are still a sub .500 ball club. Arizona is on a roll, especially after sweeping the Oregon schools.

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No. 2 Arizona (9-1, 2-0) vs. Washington State (5-6, 0-2)
Date: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003
Time: 8:30 p.m. MST
Location: Olson Court at McKale Center (14,545), Tucson, Ariz.
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Joe Nehls)
TV: FSN (Steve Physioc/Marques Johnson)

LAST TIME OUT: Arizona used a big first half run to cruise past Oregon State 80-65. The Cougars lost to UCLA 98-83.

LAST MEETING: Led by Luke Walton's 26-points, Arizona beat the Cougars 85-68 in Tucson.

BACKCOURT: Marcus Moore is the man for WSU, that is if he plays. The ultra-versatile point guard is listed as questionable for the Arizona game. If Moore does not play the Cougars have no chance of winning. He leads the team scoring, rebounds and assists.

The Cougar backcourt is a match-up nightmare for the Wildcats. Moore goes 6-6, while Thomas Kelati and Justin Lyman each stand 6-5. The Cougars use a three guard line-up and the unit is both tall and athletic, which will make things difficult for Jason Gardner and Salim Stoudamire.

Kelati and Lyman are the only two other Cougars to average in double figures, so the Wildcats will need to try to shut down the Cougar backcourt.

With Luke Walton expected back in the line-up, expect to see Hassan Adams and Andre Iguodala log more minutes at the two-guard spot. The two rangy wings will be pitted against the bigger guards of WSU.

Chris Rodgers should also see more time due to his defensive abilities. At 6-4 he matches up favorably with the Cougar guards, although the Wildcats lose some offense with the freshman in there.

Just because the Cougars use big guards, don't expect Gardner and Stoudamire to disappear. Last year Stoudamire torched the Cougars and Gardner has always fared well against big guards.

FRONTCOURT: The frontcourt is a weakness for the Cougars. The Cougars have just one bigman who sees any kind of time that is over 6-8. The Cougars rely on a bunch of 6-7 to 6-8 players.

With Milton Riley out for the game expect Shami Gill and Cedrick Hughey to get the start. Ezenwa Ukeagu and Justin Bellegarde come off the bench.UPDATE: SHAMI GILL IS INJURED AND DID NOT MAKE THE TRIP TO ARIZONA.

The Arizona bigmen were dominant in Oregon and should feast on the Cougar frontline. Channing Frye is playing more aggressive and Dennis Latimore has been a monster on the glass. Rick Anderson and Isaiah Fox could also fare well as they are taller and more skilled than anyone WSU has to offer.

OUTLOOK: Arizona has a 34 game win streak over Washington State. Don't expect things to change. If Moore is healthy, then the Cougars have a chance to keep it close. If the talented guard can't go, then things will get very ugly.

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