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Preview box: Washington at No. 1 Arizona

Post by Christian Caple on Jan. 4, 2014 at 9:57 am with No Comments »
January 4, 2014 9:57 am

FROM TUCSON — Here’s our game preview box for Washington’s game at No. 1 Arizona, which tips off in a little more than an hour at the McKale Center.

Washington (9-5, 1-0 in Pac-12) at Arizona (14-0, 1-0)

11 a.m., McKaleCenter, Tucson, Ariz.

TV: Pac-12 Networks. Radio: 950-AM.

All-time series: Arizona leads the series 46-28.

Projected starters

Statistics for 2013-14 unless otherwise noted

Arizona

Player Pos Ht PPG RPG APG FG% FT%

T.J. McConnell G 6-1 6.6 3.8 6.2 44.9 60.9

Nick Johnson G 6-3 15.4 3.6 2.4 48.6 81.7

Aaron Gordon F 6-9 12.0 7.8 1.4 49.3 45.3

Brandon Ashley F 6-8 12.1 7.1 0.7 53.3 72.7

Kaleb Tarczewski C 7-0 10.2 6.4 0.6 60.3 77.3

Washington

Player Pos Ht PPG RPG APG FG% FT%

Nigel Williams-Goss G 6-3 12.6 4.6 4.3 45.2 64.1

Andrew Andrews G 6-2 13.1 4.1 2.4 38.3 76.9

C.J. Wilcox G 6-5 20.2 4.1 2.7 44.8 88.2

Mike Anderson G 6-4 8.0 6.9 2.2 51.7 74.6

Perris Blackwell F 6-9 11.8 7.3 0.7 57.7 69.4

Scouting report: Arizona will most certainly be the best team the Huskies play all season. The Wildcats are tall, long, fast and dedicated to the defensive end, something coach Sean Miller preaches. The Wildcats are one of the best rebounding teams in the country, and use the offensive glass as a legitimate means of generating offense. Nick Johnson is the team’s leading scorer, but point guard T.J. McConnell is just as important in terms of running Arizona’s offense. Aaron Gordon, Brandon Ashley and Kaleb Tarczewski comprise the best frontcourt in the conference. Freshman forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and guard Gabe York add scoring off the bench. If Arizona has a weakness, it might be at the free-throw line, where it shoots just 67.2 percent.

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