UA-Southern Miss pregame: Wildcats again have edge in size

2012-12-04T14:09:00Z 2012-12-04T14:15:27Z UA-Southern Miss pregame: Wildcats again have edge in sizeBy Bruce Pascoe, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

After his Golden Eagles lost at New Mexico State on Saturday, coach Donnie Tyndall issued a warning.

"I told our guys if we thought New Mexico State was big and physical, they look like a JV team compared to Arizona," Tyndall said. "If we don't play with more grit and physicality, match them in toughness, it could get ugly quick.

"We've got to do a good job blocking out and not give up second shots."

Tyndall indicated concern over the Golden Eagles' three-point shooting, which is just 30.9 percent for the season, but said forward Jonathan Mills has been the team's best player so far.

"He's probably 6-4, a tough, hard-nosed kid who played a lot of minutes last year," Tyndall said.

Mills is listed at 6-6. Southern Miss has no starters listed taller than he is.

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Our scouting report today discussed Southern Miss more in depth, and we had a feature on Golden Eagles forward Michael Craig, a native of Phoenix. (There was no UA media availability in advance of tonight's game).

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Here's the official game notes from Arizona and from Southern Miss.

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Brandon Ashley's recent play hasn't just vaulted him into the UA starting lineup -- it's also made him a player to watch for Spurs fans in case he leaves after this season.

Ashley, Kaleb Tarczewski and Grant Jerrett are all projected by Draft Express as first-round NBA picks in the 2014 NBA Draft.

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There are issues at Clemson, which will host Arizona on Saturday. Starting guard T.J. Sapp is leaving the team, though a Clemson official said former McDonalds All-American Milton Jennings is expected to return from a suspension on Saturday.

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Bob Clark of the Register-Guard looks at the transfers making an impact around the Pac-12.

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Kevin O'Neill says the Trojans are not "together enough" after losing at Nebraska.

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While resetting expectations, UCLA will attempt to clear up some issues during an exhibition tonight against Cal State San Marcos.

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Ken Bone and the Cougars are getting ready for a stiff challenge from Gonzaga.

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A hip pointer is hobbling Florida forward Erik Murphy.

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