Washington State vs. Arizona: Full Game Preview

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Washington State vs. Arizona: Full Game Preview
Washington State
(11-16, 1-9 away)
(12) Arizona
(22-4, 13-2 home)
Venue: McKale Center
3:00PM ET / 12:00PM PT, February 23, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Washington State B Motum 17.9 B Motum 6.2 R Woolridge 2.8
Arizona M Lyons 15.2 K Tarczewski 5.6 N Johnson 3.2

On Saturday, No. 12 Arizona welcomes Washington State at McKale Center. Tipoff is at 3 p.m. EST and you can see it on FSN, FSN-AZ+, MSG+, ROOT. The Wildcats defeated the Cougars 79-65 on Feb. 2 and are 6-3 against them over the past four years.

Arizona is currently in first place in the conference and Washington State is in 12th.

In a 70-52 beatdown of Washington on Feb. 20, Solomon Hill put up 19 points and 6 rebounds for the Wildcats. He is averaging 13.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. For the Cougars, DaVonte Lacy finished with 15 points in the 69-57 loss to Arizona State on Feb. 20. He contributes 2.8 rebounds per game in addition to his 10.5 points per game.

Arizona has a statistical advantage over Washington State in one significant area, scoring, where the Wildcats have an edge over the Cougars, 73 points per game to 63 points per game.

Washington State StatSmack

  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Arizona currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (975 to 961) than Washington State, per the NCAA.
  • Boom! Arizona crushed Washington State by 14 points the last time they played (Feb 02, 2013).
  • Nick Johnson is ranked 9th in the Pac 12 in assists and 39th nationally in steals.
  • Arizona has been the favorite 30 out of the last 35 times.
  • AP voters think more highly of Arizona and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Washington State (130 vs. 34).
  • Arizona has a stronger schedule than Washington State this season (SOS Rank: No. 19 vs. No. 86).
  • Arizona players are more experienced than Washington State players (14,920 minutes played vs. 11,746 minutes played).
  • Arizona has come back to win after being down at half against Washington State four times since 1999.
  • Diaper Dandies love Arizona. Arizona has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Washington State (17 vs. 0).
  • Arizona has a better record in close games than Washington State this season (6-1 vs. 1-8).
  • The Arizona steals leader (Nick Johnson, 54 steals) has more steals than the Washington State steals leader (Royce Woolridge, 29 steals).
WSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Brock Motum 35 18 6 1 1 1 2
C+ Mike Ladd 32 12 6 2 1 0 2
C DaVonte Lacy 30 11 3 2 1 0 2
C Royce Woolridge 31 10 3 3 1 0 2
C D.J. Shelton 26 5 6 2 0 0 2
D+ D. Kernich-Drew 22 6 2 1 0 0 1
D Will Dilorio 15 3 2 1 1 0 1
D Junior Longrus 11 1 2 1 0 1 0
D Bryce Leavitt 7 1 0 1 0 0 0
D Brett Boese 7 1 1 0 0 0 0
D James Hunter 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D- Dominic Ballard 5 0 1 1 0 0 0
D- Keaton Hayenga 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arizona Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Solomon Hill 33 14 5 2 1 1 2
B+ Nick Johnson 31 12 4 3 2 1 2
B Mark Lyons 30 15 2 3 1 0 3
B Kevin Parrom 23 8 5 2 1 0 1
B- Brandon Ashley 21 8 5 1 1 1 2
C+ K. Tarczewski 21 6 6 0 0 1 2
C+ Grant Jerrett 18 5 4 1 1 1 1
C- Gabe York 6 3 0 1 0 0 0
C- Angelo Chol 9 2 2 0 0 0 1
C- Jordin Mayes 12 2 1 1 1 0 1
D+ Max Wiepking 3 2 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Q. Crawford 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Jacob Hazzard 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Drew Mellon 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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