Arizona vs. UCLA: Full Game Preview

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Arizona vs. UCLA: Full Game Preview
(18) Arizona
(25-6, 9-4 away)
(21) UCLA
(24-8, 16-4 home)
Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena
9:06PM ET / 6:06PM PT, March 15, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
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. 21 UCLA meets No. 18 Arizona on Friday. Tipoff occurs at 9:06 p.m. EST and you can see it on Pac-12 Network. The Bruins defeated the Wildcats 74-69 on Mar. 2 and are 6-6 against them over the past four years.

UCLA is in first place in the conference and needs to hold off second-place Arizona.

The 20 points by Larry Drew II helped the Bruins to an 80-75 victory over Arizona State on Mar. 14. He is averaging 7.7 points per game while also contributing a team-high 7.6 assists per game. For the Wildcats, Nick Johnson put up 18 points in the 79-69 win over Colorado on Mar. 14. With 3.1 assists per game and 2.0 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. A key area of strength for Arizona is defensive rebounding percentage at 72.9, which ranks first in their conference (and 29th nationally).

Arizona StatSmack

  • That must sting. UCLA has blown out Arizona by 20 points or more on three occasions since 2007.
  • The UCLA basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Arizona (70 percent vs. 20 percent).
  • UCLA is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on UCLA is 226 lbs compared to 220 lbs for Arizona.
  • UCLA has an average margin of victory of 9 over Arizona in 37 wins since 1980.
  • The UCLA rebounding leader (Kyle Anderson, 282 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Arizona rebounding leader (Kaleb Tarczewski, 181 rebounds).
  • Diaper Dandies love UCLA. UCLA has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Arizona (32 vs. 17).
  • Larry Drew II is ranked 3rd nationally in assists and 7th in the Pac-12 in steals.
  • Shabazz Muhammad is ranked 6th in the Pac-12 in points.
  • UCLA is better under pressure, and has defeated Arizona in six out of the last 10 games decided by five points or fewer.
  • Kyle Anderson is ranked 36th nationally in rebounds, 6th in the Pac-12 in assists, and 5th in the Pac-12 in steals.
Arizona Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Solomon Hill 33 14 5 3 1 1 2
B+ Nick Johnson 31 11 4 3 2 1 2
B Mark Lyons 30 15 2 3 1 0 3
B Kevin Parrom 24 9 5 2 1 0 1
B- Brandon Ashley 21 7 5 1 1 1 1
B- K. Tarczewski 22 6 6 0 0 1 2
C+ Grant Jerrett 18 5 4 1 0 1 1
C- Jordin Mayes 12 2 1 1 1 0 1
C- Gabe York 6 3 0 1 0 0 0
D+ Angelo Chol 9 2 2 0 0 0 1
D+ Max Wiepking 3 2 1 0 0 0 0
UCLA Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- S. Muhammad 31 18 5 1 1 0 2
B+ Kyle Anderson 30 10 9 4 2 1 2
B+ Jordan Adams 30 15 4 2 2 0 1
B Larry Drew II 0 8 3 8 1 0 2
B Travis Wear 29 11 5 1 1 1 1
C+ David Wear 23 7 5 1 1 0 1
C Norman Powell 21 6 2 1 1 1 1
C- Tyler Lamb 14 4 3 2 2 0 1
D+ Joshua Smith 14 5 4 0 1 1 2
D+ Tony Parker 6 2 1 0 0 0 0
D+ S. Derboghosian 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D K. McCaskill 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
D David Brown 3 1 0 1 0 0 1
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