Rembert's best game of the season came against North Carolina, where he scored 18 points in a 23-point loss. The issue here, however, is that he has not had too many other good games. Rembert has more turnovers than assists, shoots 37 percent from the field, and is unlikely to have a major impact here. He is not an awful defender, but Lyons certainly has the advantage and will likely try to force Rembert into turning the ball over, as he has 16 turnovers in his last three games.
SG: Nick Johnson (6-3, 200, So.) vs. Jarvis Jones (6-2, 190, Sr.)
Jones has only played in two games this season, but he has made his presence felt, although that may not be a good thing. Jones has 36 total shots this season and has only made 11 of them, including 2-15 from behind the arc. Basically, Jones is a volume shooter that really is not very good at what he does. In addition, Jones already has nine turnovers, though he did have five steals against Ole Miss. Johnson is one of the best perimeter defenders in the country, so if Jones is going to get back on track, it is hard to believe he will do it in this game. Jones is likely going to get his shots up, but they won't be good ones and Johnson will easily have a more efficient game.
SF: Solomon Hill (6-7, 220, Sr.) vs. Lester Wilson (6-4, 205, Fr.)
Wilson is another volume shooter, but easily the most effective player on the team. He averages around 18 points and 7 rebounds per game, including a 20 and 9 effort against Virginia Tech, 26 and 8 against Charleston Southern, and 14 and 7 against Ole Miss. If Wilson has a bad game, ETSU has no chance of competing, let alone winning. Wilson has the ability to be extremely effective, especially if he gets going from behind the arc, as he is shooting around 40 percent on 74 attempts. The issue for Wilson will be that he just can't guard Hill and Hill may also be playing the best defense of his career right now. Wilson may get his, but Hill will be able to match him throughout the game.
PF: Brandon Ashley (6-8, 235, Fr.) vs. Hunter Harris (6-7, 220, Jr.)
Hunter is actually a solid player averaging 8 and 7 per game. However, that is basically his ceiling and he is not going to have a major impact beyond that. Ashley has a size advantage here and definitely has higher potential as well. If Ashley gets going early, this is a difficult matchup for Hunter, who has struggled with athletic teams. Harris can be forced into turnovers with a physical defender and although Ashley has not been great on defense this season, he has been good enough. If Ashley plays like he did against Oral Roberts, this matchup is a no-brainer.
C: Kaleb Tarczewski (7-0, 255, Fr.) vs. Kinard Gadsen-Gilliard (6-5, 250, Jr.)
This is an awful matchup for ETSU and the guess here is that it goes small in order to try and get Tarczewski out of the game. Gadsen-Gilliard has the weight of a big man, but he does not have the height and has struggled in nearly every game this season. His high in points is 12 against Charleston Southern, but he has gone scoreless in three games and scored two points in two other contests. Gadsen-Gilliard's season-high in rebounds is five and he has played more than 25 minutes in a game only twice. Basically, Tarc should be able to put together a strong game, but it will be interesting to see what the opponent does to try and take him out of it.
Bench: Mario Stramaglia will be the first guard off the bench and has gotten the minutes of a starter at times, as he went for 32 minutes against Ole Miss and 27 against UNC. The issue is that he had a combined 11 turnovers in those games and does not offer much in terms of being a primary ball-handler. John Walton will come off the bench as well, but the forward has not done a lot this season, despite averaging about 20 minutes per game. We're not sure Arizona is going to play a game this season where it does not have a bench advantage and it certainly will not be this one.
Coaching: Sean Miller vs. Murry Bartow
Bartow has the best winning percentage of any coach in school history, but we don't need to analyze this matchup too much. Miller has his team off to a hot start and Bartow does not. In addition, they are obviously coaching at different levels. This game probably will not come down to coaching but, if it does, Arizona has the advantage.
Prediction: There is absolutely no reason why this game should be close. ETSU is not a good shooting or rebounding team and simply does not have the size to go toe-to-toe with Arizona. The Wildcats will try to get an early lead and get some other guys minutes and should be able to do so. We don't see this game being close for long due in large part to the fact that East Tennessee State just can't keep up with Arizona offensively.
Arizona 83, East Tennessee State 60