Arizona Scouting Report

Washington (18-7, 10-4 Pac-10) at No. 12 Arizona (22-4, 11-2) • 4 p.m. • ESPN • 1290-AM, 107.5-FM, 990-AM (Spanish)
2011-02-19T00:00:00Z 2012-11-30T19:33:54Z Arizona Scouting ReportBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 19, 2011 12:00 am  • 

Projected starters

Washington

• G Isaiah Thomas (5-9, Jr.)

• G Venoy Overton (6-0, Sr.)

• F Justin Holiday (6-6, Sr.)

• F Matthew Bryan-Amaning (6-9, Sr.)

• C Aziz N'Diaye (7-0, So.)

Arizona

• G MoMo Jones (6-0, So.)

• G Kyle Fogg (6-3, Jr.)

• F Solomon Hill (6-6, So.)

• F Jesse Perry (6-7, Jr.)

• F Derrick Williams (6-8, So.)

How they match up

• The last time: The Huskies outscored the Wildcats by 12 points over the final nine minutes while coasting to an 85-68 win over Arizona on Jan. 20 in Seattle, the last game the Wildcats lost. Isaiah Thomas led Washington with 22 points, 10 assists and six rebounds.

• What's new with the Huskies: The prohibitive preseason favorite to win the Pac-10, normally turbocharged Washington went on a three-game losing streak to lose its grip on first place, dropping road games at Washington State, Oregon State and Oregon. Washington snapped the skid by beating Arizona State on Thursday but lost starting guard Scott Suggs to an MCL sprain during the game.

• Who's out: Suggs (MCL) will not play.

Key players

Isaiah Thomas Washington

UA coach Sean Miller raved about the dominance of the Huskies' floor leader last month after he tore through the Wildcats on both ends of the floor, saying he should be considered one of college basketball's best guards. Thomas has a chance to convert a national ESPN audience today.

Jamelle Horne Arizona

The former Tacoma resident played like an NBA draft pick during last season's UA-Washington game at McKale but was scoreless on 0-for-5 shooting in Seattle last month. Although the Wildcats have been blessed with contributions from throughout their lineup, they will probably need more from Horne today.

He said it ...

"They're well coached, they play hard, they have purpose in everything they do. They're tough to beat in transition, especially when you're pedaling backward. There are times Isaiah Thomas or Venoy Overton will be at the rim. It's tough to contain them. Isaiah is one of those kids where he lives for the moment in the big game. That's his mantra. With those guys having a chip on their shoulder we have to fight back. When we played them the first time we looked tentative."

UA assistant coach Book Richardson, who scouted the Huskies

Sidelines

No white suit for the coach

Rick Pitino is known for wearing white suits to Louisville's white-out games, but don't expect UA coach Sean Miller to do the same today.

"I wouldn't look right," Miller said. "I'd look like a marshmallow. I'm going to stay true to who I am."

Still, Miller said he believed the promotion to get fans to wear white to the game would create more excitement.

"I'm sure it will add something to it," Miller said. "It's a home-court advantage, and in basketball that's so significant. There's a reason why it's so hard to win on the road and when you have 14,500 people here, with a lot at stake during the game, any advantage we can get we'll take."

Brushing up on 'Bear Down'

When Angelo Chol was asked to say "Bear Down" during his news conference Thursday to announce he chose to play his college basketball at Arizona, he somewhat confusingly complied.

"He didn't know what that was," said Ollie Goulston, Chol's coach at San Diego Hoover High School. "That's up to you guys (in Arizona) to educate him."

Huskies have talent to replace Suggs

Don't let the absence of Washington guard Scott Suggs fool you. Miller won't.

"Sometimes in a short turnaround … somebody else fills the role and has a great game, and maybe the effects aren't felt," Miller said. "If I was in Lorenzo Romar's shoes I would probably feel it's a tough loss. He's an excellent shooter. Part of what makes Washington who they are is they have great depth but they also have a number of guys who can score coming off the bench and make threes."

Numbers game

2

Matthew Bryan-Amaning's place on Washington's career shot-blocking list after he reached 143 on Thursday to surpass Todd MacCulloch

8

Points Derrick Williams needs to become the 45th player in Arizona history to score 1,000 points (and seventh to do it as a sophomore).

17.8

Arizona's average margin of victory in the last four games (all wins) against Washington at McKale Center.

Rare airtime on ESPN

Today's game is the only UA game to be televised on ESPN this season, although the Wildcats have been on ESPN2 twice. ESPN purchases a limited number of Pac-10 games from FSN every season, also choosing the UA-UCLA game on Jan. 27 and putting that on ESPN2.

Brad Nessler and Jimmy Dykes will call today's game.

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