Where: Tucson, Arizona
When: 1:00PM (Mountain)
Radio: Wildcat Radio
The #12 Arizona Wildcats (22-4, 10-4) will face one of the worst Pac 12 teams on Saturday when they take on the Washington State Cougars. WSU (11-16,2-12) are in last in the league coming off a blow-out loss against ASU. Arizona has seemed to come out of their slump with their recent route of Washington Thursday night. Lets look inside Miller’s Chalkboard to prevent a letdown and an Arizona victory:
Cougars To Watch: The starting five for the Cougars all account for most of the minutes every game. As seen last time we faced them, Brock Motum is a gifted big man and definitely their only threat for the most part. The Cougars will look to him most of the game and hope he can lead them to an upset. A couple other names to be aware of are guard Royce Woolridge (10 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 2.7 APG, and 1.1 SPG) and forward Mike Ladd (11.4 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 2.2 APG) to support Brock.
Perimeter Defense: Arizona has had a hard time defending the three ball this year. WSU is shooting the three ball at 35%, which isn’t saying much, but everyone on their team can step out there and shoot the long ball. If Arizona can get out and contest the long range shots, it will increase the chance for long rebounds, which favors Arizona.
Control The Tempo: I can’t think of a game this year where the opposing team had overall better athletes than the Wildcats, and this game is no exception. Arizona will need to control the type of game being played and run it down Washington State’s throat. It will allow our athletes to excel and get easy points in transition. At the same time it will tire the opponent, whom don’t have much of a bench.
Cats To Watch: The “Big Three” for Arizona came out to play Thursday night as they accounted for 45 of the Wildcats 70 points. Solomon Hill had disappeared as of late especially in the second half of games. Let’s hope we see the Solomon Hill from Thursday night the rest of the year. Nick Johnson hadn’t been the same since his sickness, passing up open shots, not driving to the basket with the same tenacity. Again let’s pray for Thursday night Nick the rest of the season. “Zeus” has seemed to be improving over the past games and had a team high 8 rebounds against the Huskies. If he can give us 7 or more rebounds a game and 6 or more points, he will remain in games come crunch time.
Prediction: The Wildcats roll big Saturday afternoon 74-58.