Arizona vs. UCLA: Full Game Preview
|Arizona||M Lyons 14.8||K Tarczewski 5.8||N Johnson 3.1|
|UCLA||S Muhammad 18.2||K Anderson 8.8||L Drew II 7.6|
No. 18 Arizona goes up against No. 21 UCLA on Friday. The game tips off at 9:06 p.m. EST and it can be seen on Pac-12 Network. The Wildcats fell to the Bruins 74-69 on Mar. 2 and are 6-6 against them over the last four years.
Arizona is in second place in the Pac-12 and has an opportunity to gain ground on UCLA who sit in first place.
In their last outing, behind 18 points from Nick Johnson, the Wildcats defeated Colorado 79-69 on Mar. 14. He contributes a team-high 3.1 assists per game and 2.0 steals per game. For the Bruins, Larry Drew II put up 20 points in the 80-75 win over Arizona State on Mar. 14. He averages 7.7 points per game in addition to a team-best 7.6 assists per game. When considering the Four Factors, UCLA performs well in turnover percentage at 15.8. This ranks first in the conference and seventh in the country.
- Even computers respect Arizona more. Arizona has a better RPI this season than UCLA (RPI: No. 13 vs. No. 31).
- Obviously, AP Voters agree that Arizona is superior to UCLA (Latest AP Poll: No. 18 vs. No. 21).
- The Arizona three-point leader (Mark Lyons, 56 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the UCLA three-point leader (Jordan Adams, 43 three-pointers).
- Nick Johnson is ranked 8th in the Pac-12 in assists and 4th in the Pac-12 in steals.
- Mark Lyons is ranked 7th in the Pac-12 in three-pointers.
- That must sting. Arizona has blown out UCLA by 20 points or more on seven occasions since 2000.
- Solomon Hill is ranked 10th in the Pac-12 in three-pointers.
- Arizona players are more experienced than UCLA players (17,761 minutes played vs. 13,823 minutes played).
- Arizona has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than UCLA (eight vs. six).
|B||Larry Drew II||0||8||3||8||1||0||2|