Breakdown: Arizona vs.Clemson

Arizona will take on Clemson on Saturday. Read on for a positional breakdown, including a final score prediction.

PG: Mark Lyons (6-1, 200, Sr.) vs. Rod Hall (6-1, 210, So)

Clemson is not going to speed up and down the court, so Hall does exactly what it needs him to do. He averages around seven points per game, but has 27 assists to only 8 turnovers. Hall has scored in double digits once and is not a threat to go off offensively, as Lyons can be. It is really a pick of what type of point guard you would rather have and with Lyons saying he would rather play on the road, we will choose to trust him.

Advantage: Arizona

SG: Nick Johnson (6-3, 200, So.) vs. Damarcus Harrison (6-4, 200, So.)

It will be interesting to see how many minutes Harrison gets now that former starter T.J. Sapp has transferred. Harrison has only played more than 20 minutes in one game this season and has a season-high of eight points. The most intriguing part of his stat line is the fact that he has fouled out in the last two games while only playing 34 minutes combined. Harrison is a good rebounder for a guard, but Johnson should be able to hold his own and would be smart to take it right at Harrison to get him out of the game.

Advantage: Arizona

SF: Solomon Hill (6-7, 220, Sr.) vs. K.J. McDaniels (6-6, 200, So.)

McDaniels has been on a tear the past few games, as he scored 16 against South Carolina and 15 against Purdue. In addition, McDaniels has eight blocks combined in his past two games while averaging about six rebounds. Hill is definitely going to have his work cut out for him, although it is interesting to note that McDaniels' numbers came when Milton Jennings was suspended. Hill has scored in double digits in every game except for one and has quietly been playing well all season. This matchup is probably closer than many think, but we are going to give Hill the advantage because he has done it longer.

Advantage: Arizona

PF: Brandon Ashley (6-8, 235, Fr.) vs. Milton Jennings (6-9, 225, Sr.)

Jennings is about as unpredictable on the court as he is off it. He was suspended for the last two games and struggled against Gonzaga. However, he was fantastic against UTEP with 18 points and did a little bit of everything against Marist. Ashley has been pretty consistent, but struggled against Southern Miss like most of Arizona did. Jennings will stretch the court, but Ashley is definitely able to keep up with him. It is difficult to give either player the advantage here because we really do not know what we are going to get on Saturday.

Advantage: Even

C: Kaleb Tarczewski (7-0, 255, Fr.) vs. Devin Booker (6-8, 250, Sr.)

This will easily be Tarczewski's toughest game to date because Booker is extremely dangerous once he gets going. He struggled a bit in the first two games of the season, but has really come on as of late. The fact that Booker is a senior is likely going to be an advantage and Booker should be able to hold his own in the paint. It will be interesting to see how Tarczewski does, because he is capable of putting up solid numbers against Clemson due to his size, although we would be surprised if he scored in double digits whereas Booker likely will.

Advantage: Clemson

Bench: Adonis Filer has been having a solid freshman season, averaging about eight points and three rebounds in a little over 20 minutes per game. Filer likes to shoot quite a bit when he is in the game, but is only shooting 34 percent from the field. In addition, freshman Jordan Roper will likely play about 10-15 minutes on Saturday and make a basket or two, but won't have a big impact. Still, Clemson does not have a lot of size coming off the bench and Arizona can match it at the guard spot, so the Wildcats should once again have the advantage here.

Advantage: Arizona

Coaching: Sean Miller vs. Brad Brownell

Brownell has brought Clemson to the tournament once in the past two years and has had a decent overall career. However, Miller has had more success in his career and if this game is going to come down to coaching, you would be hard-pressed not to give the advantage to the Wildcats.

Advantage: Arizona

Prediction: Arizona matches up pretty well with Clemson and both had similar performances against UTEP, the only common opponent. Clemson has already played a top ten team in Gonzaga and lost by eight, although it could have been more considering the Tigers only shot 31 percent from the field. The key in that game was turnovers and three-pointers. Clemson has no problem shooting from three, but Arizona has more attempts and a better percentage. If the Wildcats keep the turnovers down, it should be able to win this game because Clemson just is not good offensively or on the glass.

Arizona 71, Clemson 63


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