TV: Pac-12 Network
Line: Arizona -18
Arizona will take on Long Beach State tonight. Long Beach State had a great season last year, going 24-9, winning the Big West Conference Championship and making it to the NCAA tournament. They have, however, lost four starters. Here are some points to mention for tonight’s game.
1. LBSU’s strength of schedule
The 49ers have developed a reputation for playing tough opponents and this season is no different. This year, they take on North Carolina, Arizona, Syracuse, Ohio State and UCLA. So, don’t think they will be scared of Arizona, because they are not–they are used to this atmosphere.
2. Tonight’s starting lineups
Arizona will start Mark Lyons (6’1″), Nick Johnson (6’3″), Solomon Hill (6’7″), Grant Jerrett (6’10″) and Kaleb Tarczewski (7’0). LBSU will play Mike Caffey (6’0″), James Ennis (6’7″), Kris Gulley (6’7), Nick Shepherd (6’9″) and Dan Jennings (6’9″). The size advantage, therefore, will go to Arizona. Expect Brandon Ashley and Kevin Parrom to get considerable playing time as well.
3. Three pointers
Because the size advantage goes to Arizona, expect LBSU to take quite a few shots from long range. Against USC and North Carolina, LBSU threw up an average of 22.5 three point shots and completed 27.5% of them. The number of attempts should go up tonight.
Expect Arizona’s attempts, on the other hand, to go down. The Wildcats are averaging 25.5 three point attempts a game, and considering their size, I would find it hard to imagine that Miller would like to see those high numbers stay where they are.
4. LBSU’s Player to Watch
Mike Caffey and James Ennis. These two have each Averaged 15.5 points in their last two games against USC and North Carolina. They are also the only ones that were capable of putting up double digit points in both of those games. In fact, against North Carolina, Caffey and Ennis put up 32 of LBSU’s 63 points. Against USC, they put up 30 of LBSU’s 44.