DATE & TIME: Wednesday, December 8th, 5:30 p.m. (pt).
FACTS & STATS: Site: McKale Center (14,545) -- Tucson, Arizona. Television: KWBA, FCS. Home Record: Fullerton 2-0, Arizona 5-0. Away Record: Fullerton 1-3, Arizona 1-0. Neutral Record: Fullerton 0-2, Arizona 1-1. Conference Record: Fullerton 0-0, Arizona 0-0. Series Record: Arizona leads, 3-1.
GAME NOTES: The most recent game in Tucson for the Wildcats took place on Sunday when, in front of more than 13.000, the squad crushed Oklahoma in an 83-60 final as part of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. The win was the second in a row for the program and the seventh in eight tries overall this season, the lone loss coming against nationally-ranked Kansas in late November as part of the Las Vegas Invitational. Perhaps the most remarkable fact about Arizona's victories so far this season is that all of them have come by a margin of no less than 23 points.
Meanwhile, the Titans have won just a single true road game this season, a 62-59 decision over San Diego last month. More recently the same two teams met up on Fullerton's home floor on Saturday and again the Titans took control and a 90-76 victory, marking the squad's second win in the last three outings overall.
With respect to the all-time series between these two schools on the hardwood, the Wildcats are ahead by a count of 3-1 over Fullerton. The Titans, who have had to play every game in the series on the road, lost the most recent meeting back in 2007 by a final of 91-65.
Against the Toreros the second time around, Jer'Vaughn Johnson tallied a game- high 23 points, leading four players in double figures as the Titans knocked down a sizzling 58.7 percent of their field goal chances and also hit on 28- of-38 tries at the free-throw line as well. Orane Chin accounted for 21 points and six rebounds, followed by Devon Peltier with 19 points and Roger Guardia another 14 off the bench in the triumph. Peltier and Chin are neck-and-neck for the scoring lead after eight games, putting up 15.6 and 15.5 ppg, respectively. Chin is shooting almost as well beyond the arc (.435) as he is the floor overall (.438) and has already knocked down more free throws (44- of-53) than any of his teammates has yet to attempt. Johnson checks in with another 13.8 ppg as the Titans produce a modest 71.4 ppg, but at the same time they are giving up 75.0 ppg as well
Derrick Williams scored a team-best 16 points to lead the Wildcats to the 23- point win over the Oklahoma Sooners as part of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series at the McKale Center on Sunday afternoon. Also scoring in double figures for the Wildcats was Solomon Hill with 10 points, one of 11 players to score for the hosts in their second straight victory. Arizona shot a sizzling 58.3 percent from the field in the first half, including 6-of-9 behind the three-point line, en route to a commanding 40-28 lead at the break. Arizona finished the day hitting 11-of-16 behind the three-point line and led the charge on the glass, 31-21, over Oklahoma. Williams, averaging 20.0 ppg and 7.3 rpg to lead the Wildcats at this point, has been outstanding as a shooter from all over the floor for the squad, making good on 67.1 percent from the field and 9-of-11 behind the three-point line, not to mention 46-of-62 at the charity stripe. Hill checks in with 10.0 ppg as he too shoots well from the floor at a 56.3 percent clip, the team converting a highly-successful 51.7 percent from the field and 40.6 percent beyond the arc at the moment.
The Wildcats have dominated almost every opponent so far this season and are doing so with alarming precision and hard work on the glass. Needless to say, the Titans don't stand a chance in this matchup.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Arizona 91, Cal State Fullerton 60