Arizona vs. Washington: Full Game Preview
|Arizona||M Lyons 14.9||B Ashley 5.8||M Lyons 3.1|
|Washington||C Wilcox 19.0||A N`Diaye 9.2||A Gaddy 3.5|
On Thursday, No. 8 Arizona visits Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion to take on Washington. The game gets underway at 9:00 EST and it can be seen on ESPN/ESPN2. The Wildcats are 3-6 against the Huskies over the last four years. They lost 79-70 the last time they played (2/18/2012).
Washington is in 5th place in the Pac 12 and nipping at the heels of Arizona in 3rd place.
In a 74-50 dismantling of USC on January 26th, Nick Johnson put up 14 points for the Wildcats. In addition to a team-leading 2.2 steals per game, he chips in 13.3 points per game. For the Huskies, Shawn Kemp Jr put up 12 points and 6 rebounds in the 81-76 loss to Oregon on January 26th. He contributes 2.2 rebounds per game in addition to his 4.1 points per game. A key area of strength for Washington is offensive rebounding percentage at 37.5, which ranks 1st in their conference (and 38th nationally).
- We beat real teams. Arizona has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than Washington this season (5 vs 1).
- Kids want to come here. Since 1998 Arizona has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Washington (23 vs 9).
- Arizona allows fewer rebounds (29.7 allowed per game vs 33.0 allowed per game) than Washington this season.
- We have a history of cultivating talent. Over the past 10 years, Arizona has had more players drafted by the NBA than Washington (10 vs 9).
- AP voters think more highly of Arizona and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Washington (127 vs 79).
- Obviously, AP Voters agree that Arizona is superior to Washington (Latest AP Poll: #8 vs Not Ranked).
- Arizona takes less vacation, with more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Washington (8 vs 6).
- How does our back look? Arizona is ranked higher than Washington in the Pac 12 (#3 vs #5).
- Arizona has a better conference record than Washington this season (5-2 vs 4-3).
- The Arizona steals leader (Nick Johnson) has more steals than the Washington steals leader (Desmond Simmons).
- It's only wins and losses, but Arizona has a better overall record than Washington this season (17-2 vs 12-8).
|C-||Shawn Kemp Jr||13||4||2||0||0||1||1|