|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|
Washington State heads to McKale Center on Saturday to take on No. 12 Arizona. It starts at 3 p.m. EST and you can catch it on FSN, FSN-AZ+, MSG+, ROOT. The Cougars fell to the Wildcats 79-65 on Feb. 2 and are 3-6 against them over the last four years.
Arizona is in first place in the conference and Washington State is in 12th place.
The Cougars were defeated by Arizona State 69-57 on Feb. 20 despite 17 points and 6 rebounds from Brock Motum. He contributes team-best marks with 17.9 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game, and 0.9 blocks per game. For the Wildcats, Solomon Hill put up 19 points and 6 rebounds in the 70-52 blowout of Washington on Feb. 20. He contributes 5.4 rebounds per game in addition to his 13.6 points per game.
Reviewing current performance metrics, Arizona has an edge in one significant category, scoring, where the Wildcats have the upper hand over the Cougars, 73 points per game to 63 points per game. A key area of strength for Arizona is defensive rebounding percentage at 72.8 percent, which ranks first in their conference (and 26th nationally).
- Pullman isn't as congested as Tucson (population is significantly lower).
- Washington State has come back to win after being down at half against Arizona three times since 2004.
- The Washington State rebounding leader (Brock Motum, 168 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Arizona rebounding leader (Brandon Ashley, 145 rebounds).
- The Washington State scoring leader (Brock Motum, 480 points) has more points than the Arizona scoring leader (Mark Lyons, 397 points).
- DaVonte Lacy is ranked 10th in the Pac 12 in three-pointers.
- Brock Motum is ranked 38th nationally in points.
- The Washington State blocks leader (Brock Motum, 24 blocks) has more blocks than the Arizona blocks leader (Grant Jerrett, 23 blocks).
- The Washington State basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Arizona (44 percent vs. 20 percent).
- Washington State has an average margin of victory of 8 over Arizona in 12 wins since 1980.