Arizona scouting report

2013-02-17T00:00:00Z 2014-08-01T11:26:38Z Arizona scouting reportBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 17, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Projected Starters

Arizona

• G Mark Lyons (6-1, senior)

• G Nick Johnson (6-3, sophomore)

• F Solomon Hill (6-7, senior)

• F Angelo Chol (6-9, sophomore)

• C Kaleb Tarczewski (7-0, freshman)

Utah

• G Brandon Taylor (5-10, freshman)

• G Jarred DuBois (6-3, senior)

• F Cedric Martin (6-4, senior)

• F Jordan Loveridge (6-6, freshman)

• C Jason Washburn (6-10, senior)

Sidelines

The truth can be painful

While some coaches may go easy on their players after a tough stretch, not wanting to damage their confidence, ever-direct UA coach Sean Miller hasn't changed his approach this weekend after two straight losses.

"I think it's important you tell the truth. Whatever that truth is," Miller said. "If you didn't play well, use that to move forward."

Miller said he never felt the Wildcats lacked effort in a 71-58 loss at Colorado but said it "looks different" when you combine that game with Arizona's struggles against Cal.

"The way we lost in that second half against Cal, that home game, you start to make it sometimes a little bit bigger than one game," Miller said. "We have not played well recently."

Rare Sunday game hosted by Utah

Not only has the Pac-12's new scheduling format impacted travel and preparation for games, but it's also impacting some Mormon fans. Today's game will be only the second ever hosted by Utah on a Sunday, because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints emphasizes family and worship on Sunday.

"You try to control what you can control, and we're aware the amount of money coming in from TV is going to determine when we play," Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "The decision was made years ago that we were willing to play on Sundays."

The Utes announced a crowd of 7,769 tickets for their first Sunday game, against Stanford on Jan. 27, but a snowstorm added to the high number of no-shows.

Patience pays off for Washburn

Utah's Jason Washburn is just 41 points away from hitting the 1,000-point barrier, which says something about his improvement from a young player who was criticized for his inconsistency earlier in his career.

It also speaks to his willingness to stay at Utah during the messy transition from Jim Boylen to Krystkowiak, who almost completely turned over the roster immediately when he took the job in 2011.

To score 1,000 points, "you usually have to stay here three or four years," Washburn said. "That's one of the things when I walk away from this place, that I hope people will remember me for - that I stuck around."

HOW THEY MATCH UP

• The last time: Utah's complex defenses held Arizona to just 36.2 percent shooting at McKale Center on Jan. 5, and the Utes outscored UA 34-30 in the second half, but the Wildcats hung on for a 60-57 win. Solomon Hill led UA with 19 points, and Utah's Jordan Loveridge and Jason Washburn scored 17 points each. Overall, Arizona has beaten Utah six straight times, including a 77-51 win in Salt Lake City last season.

• What's new with the Utes: Utah has stayed competitive while winning three of its past seven games, including a 60-55 overtime win over ASU on Wednesday. In that game, the Utes held Sun Devils standout guard Jahii Carson to 4-of-11 shooting and six turnovers to just one assist. The Utes have lost guard Aaron Dotson to a knee issue in recent weeks, and big man Dallin Bachynski has taken an indefinite leave from the team. The Utes rely on six other players to log 24 or more minutes each but stay active in an ever-changing defense. Offensively, Utah is patient, with three main points of attack, big man Washburn, versatile forward Loveridge and leading scorer Jarred DuBois on the wing.

KEY PLAYERS

Angelo Chol

Arizona

After two standout performances off the bench in the past three games, UA's energetic sophomore is likely to get a start or at least more minutes today. That could also help light a fire under Brandon Ashley, who struggled against Stanford and Colorado.

Jason Washburn

Utah

Always trouble inside, the Utes' veteran big man made life miserable for ASU, with 26 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and two steals. He was nearly as destructive at McKale Center on Jan. 5, with 17 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks.

Numbers game

1

Other player in UA history to record more than 1,200 points, 600 rebounds, 250 assists, 100 three-pointers, and 100 steals aside from Solomon Hill, who hit his 100th three-pointer Thursday: Sean Elliott

28.1

Percentage of three-point shots made by Utah opponents during the Utes' past three games

64.7

Arizona's average points in its last three road games

He said it

"They show zone and after two or three passes, they'll go man. It's just different. Nobody in America plays that way. (Offensively) they get Washburn the ball, and the four-man, Loveridge, is very good. We have to do a great job against him and Washburn, who's as good as any offensive post player in the league. And DuBois is a good left-hander."

UA assistant coach Joe Pasternack on Utah

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 5 0 0 1.000
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 5 0 0 1.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 5 1 0 0.833
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 4 1 0 0.800
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 3 2 0 0.600
USC 0 0 0 0.000 3 3 0 0.500
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 3 2 0 0.600
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 3 2 0 0.600
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 2 3 0 0.400

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Rice at
Washington State
11/28 74-76
North Dakota at
Utah
11/28 53-90
Alabama-Birmingham at
UCLA
11/28 76-88
Long Beach State at
Washington
11/28 70-80
Colgate at
Arizona State
11/29 7:00 pm
Alabama State at
Utah
11/29 7:00 pm
Stanford at
DePaul
11/30 12:00 pm
Lipscomb at
Colorado
11/30 12:00 pm
USC at
New Mexico
11/30 2:00 pm
California at
Fresno State
11/30 4:00 pm
Portland State at
Oregon
11/30 6:00 pm
Gardner-Webb at
Arizona
12/2 7:00 pm
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