Breakdown: Arizona vs. Utah

Breakdown: Arizona vs. Utah

Arizona will face Utah on Saturday. Read on for a complete positional breakdown and score prediction.

PG: Mark Lyons (6-1, 200, Sr.) vs. Glen Dean (5-10, 175, Jr.)

Dean gets solid minutes, but does not do a ton with them. He averages eight points per game, but a closer look reveals that is a bit higher than what he is capable of. Dean started his first four games in double digits against bad teams and has double digits only once in his last nine games. He only shoots 40 percent from the field and four of his six shot attempts per game are from three. Dean is a decent three-point shooter, but he is not good enough to outplay Lyons and this should be one of Arizona's bigger advantages.

Advantage: Arizona

SG: Nick Johnson (6-3, 200, So.) vs. Jarred DuBois (6-3, 172, Sr.)

It is usually sink or swim with DuBois, who has had some fantastic games and others in which he has struggled in a major way. DuBois averages 14 points per game and is a solid shooter as well as being the team's leader in assists. Arizona State did a good job on DuBois and it is hard to imagine the Utes beating a good team when he does not play well. Johnson did a good job against Askia Booker and he will be asked to do the same thing on Saturday. There is little reason to believe that he can't contain DuBois, but this is a matchup to keep an eye on from Utah's perspective.

Advantage: Arizona

SF: Solomon Hill (6-7, 220, Sr.) vs. Aaron Dotson (6-4, 204, Jr.)

Unless Dotson goes Sabatino Chen on Arizona, Hill should dominate this matchup. Dotson only plays about 17 minutes per game, has a season-high of eight points against Northridge, and turns the ball too much any time he gets extended minutes. There is absolutely no reason why Hill should not be aggressive from the start and this is a good opportunity for him to take it to the rim instead of settling for jumpers. Arizona has a big advantage here and it would be disappointing if it did not use it.

Advantage: Arizona

PF: Brandon Ashley (6-8, 235, Fr.) vs. Jordan Loveridge (6-6, 230, Fr.)

Ashley has struggled on both ends of the court in his last three games and is seeing about a half of action. While this game is a good opportunity for him to get back on track, Loveridge is a solid player. In fact, he is probably one of the better freshmen you have not heard of, as he is averaging 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists per game.

Ashley has a size advantage and Loveridge sometimes struggles with that, so it will be interesting to see if we see the aggressive Ashley that had success early in the season. Even when Loveridge struggled shooting against ASU, he finished with 9 points and 11 rebounds with three steals as well. He is a player that Arizona is going to have to watch out for, especially when you look at what Xavier Johnson did on Thursday.

Advantage: Utah

C: Kaleb Tarczewski (7-0, 255, Fr.) vs. Jason Washburn (6-10, 242, Sr.)

Washburn played the best game of his life against ASU, finishing with 19 points, 18 rebounds, and four blocks. However, a closer look at his stats reveals an inconsistent player that before the ASU game, had not played more than 25 minutes in any game this season. Washburn can obviously get hot like he did against ASU, but the more likely scenario is that he finishes closer to his season averages of 10 points and 6 rebounds. It will be interesting to see if Utah chooses to play him extended minutes or go small, which is what more than a few teams have done this year. Either way, Tarczewski should be able to keep him in check defensively and we are guessing that this one is pretty even.

Advantage: Even

Bench: Utah only goes six deep and even in an overtime game against ASU, the seventh guy only played eight minutes due to foul trouble. Cedric Martin is likely going to get substantial minutes against Arizona, but he really is not a very dangerous player. Martin may grab a handful of rebounds, but he does not shoot a lot and when he does, it is from behind the arc. Arizona has the major advantage here with Kevin Parrom and Grant Jerrett to the point where even if Utah wants to try to match the Wildcats with Dallin Bachynski, it likely will not be enough. Bachynski is a good player, but tends to struggle with foul trouble when facing bigger players.

Advantage: Arizona

Coaching: Sean Miller vs. Larry Krystkowiak

Krystkowiak is trying to rebuild Utah, but it is no secret that he is having major difficulty. While he is not an awful coach, the Utes are not going to win this game because of coaching. Arizona should be able to come out with a game plan that the Utes can't handle for a variety of reasons.

Advantage: Arizona

Prediction: There is not much to analyze here because Arizona is just the better team. The Wildcats have an advantage at most positions and even if it does not, there is no disadvantage. Utah is a better team than last year and deserves credit for that, but still has some bad losses this year and inconsistency throughout. The Utes are going to make Arizona guard them for every possession and try to slow the game down as much as possible, but Arizona should be good enough to not allow that to happen.

Arizona 74, Utah 56

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