Arizona scouting report

2013-02-23T00:00:00Z Arizona scouting reportBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 23, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Projected Starters

Arizona

• G Mark Lyons (6-1 senior)

• G Nick Johnson (6-3 sophomore)

• F Kevin Parrom (6-6 senior)

• F Solomon Hill (6-7 senior)

• C Kaleb Tarczewski (7-0 freshman)

Washington State

• G Royce Woolridge (6-3 soph.)

• G Dexter Kernich-Drew (6-6 soph.)

• F DaVonte Lacy (6-3 sophomore)

• F Brock Motum (6-10 senior)

• C D.J. Shelton (6-10 junior)

Sidelines Deja eww

Just the words "Washington State" could make UA guard Nick Johnson a bit queasy today. It was before and during the Wildcats' Feb. 2 win at WSU that Johnson threw up because of an illness; he wasn't really the same player until Wednesday against Washington.

In the four games after WSU through the first half Wednesday, Johnson was a combined 7 for 26 from the field. Then he made 5 of 7 shots in the second half against Washington, getting going with two easy baskets and later hitting a three-pointer that gave UA a 46-29 lead.

Johnson's offense is "very important," UA coach Sean Miller said. "We've had kind of a steady 1-2-3 punch of scoring and if any one of those three aren't in double figures, it puts pressure on us. I thought Nick getting out in transition got his confidence going.

"He's played well. He defends passes and is really engaged in games. He's missed some shots and some free throws and it's started to bother him but hopefully (Wednesday's) second half can get him back on track with scoring. We want him to score."

Teachable moment for Bone

WSU coach Ken Bone has plenty of excuses sitting on the table in front of him. The Cougars dismissed standout point guard Reggie Moore before the season. They are now dealing without Mike Ladd (knee), the team's second leading scorer. And they've lost nine of 16 games by seven points or less. including two-point losses to ranked teams Gonzaga and Oregon.

But, Bone says he's embracing it all.

"This is a great opportunity for me and our staff to be examples of dealing with adversity," Bone said.

"We talk about it all the time with players, that 'You've got to deal with a bad call or getting yelled at by a coach or a fan or whatever the case may be. You've got to turn the page and move on.'"

TV guide

Today's game will be shown on what's known as Fox Sports Arizona Plus, which is used when there is a scheduling conflict on Fox Sports Arizona. Here's where the Plus channel will be showing up today: Cox-73; Comcast-17; DirecTV-695 (SD) or 695-1 (HD);Dish Network-440 (SD), 9575 (HD).

HOW THEY MATCH UP

• The last time: Solomon Hill hit six three-pointers in the first half - including a three-quarter-court shot at the halftime buzzer - while UA hung on to beat WSU 79-65 on Feb. 2 in a game when guard Nick Johnson was sick, Brandon Ashley fouled out and Kevin Parrom was ejected for hitting WSU's DaVonte Lacy. UA has beaten WSU five straight times.

• What's new with the Cougars: WSU hasn't won since that first UA game and its skid has been worsened by the loss of point guard Mike Ladd to a knee issue. Ladd accompanied the Cougars on their Arizona trip but remains questionable to play. In Ladd's place, Phoenix native Royce Woolridge has picked up many of the shots, scoring 36 points against Oregon and another 16 at ASU on Wednesday. Freshman walk-on Bryce Leavitt, a standout football and basketball player at Kennewick (Wash.) High School, often runs the offense when Woolridge is out.

KEY PLAYERS

Brock Motum

Washington State

The veteran Aussie big man has scored in double figures for 27 straight games. Motum is a versatile offensive talent who is also an aggressive defender inside with 12 steals and nine blocks in 14 Pac-12 games so far this season.

Kevin Parrom

Arizona

Parrom has jumped into Arizona's starting lineup, maybe for good, while he finishes out what is probably his final college season. But he struggled on both ends of the floor against Washington in his second game as a starter on Wednesday.

Numbers game

0

UA losses in eight Saturday games this season

7

Straight WSU losses, its longest losing streak since 2005-06

8

Million fans to watch UA inside McKale Center in its 40-year history, after the 4,808th fan enters the building today

He said it

"They switch 1-5 (all possessions) and they played a lot of matchup against Oregon. People have made a lot of how Cal zoned us but we just have to make shots. If we do that we'll be fine."

UA assistant coach Joe Pasternack, who scouted the Cougars

Washington St. (11-16, 2-12) at No. 12 Arizona (22-4, 10-4) • McKale Center. • 1 p.m. today • Fox Sports Arizona Plus • 1290-AM, 990-AM (Spanish)

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