The Arizona Wildcats are ready for another home game in Tucson, Ariz. to welcome the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks in the McKale Center. Below is the Arizona vs. Northern Arizona live stream info, prediction and game preview.
Arizona vs. Northern Arizona Game Preview
Why You Need To Care
Head coach Sean Miller has to be ecstatic about his team’s 9-1 start. If it wasn’t for Providence taking down Arizona, 69-65, on a neutral floor last month, the Wildcats would have a spotless record.
Still, Arizona has to be proud of the way its dominated on the hardwood as of late. Its last time out ended with an 88-52 win against Missouri in the McKale Center. Now the Wildcats will welcome the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks.
Northern Arizona comes into this one at 2-6 and fully aware of how well the Wildcats have been playing. The Lumberjacks started off their season with a three-game losing streak.
After picking up back-to-back wins against Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and San Diego Christian, Northern Arizona dropped its next three, including a 72-55 loss to Cal State Bakersfield.
Why Arizona Will Win
Ryan Anderson has been arguably Arizona’s biggest contributor. He’s been crashing the boards and wrecking down low in the paint, shooting 53.8 percent from the field and averaging 15.6 points per game. He and Gabe York have been supplying most of the offense. York is putting up 14.1 points on 45 percent shooting. Northern Arizona has given the basketball away 107 times, so the Wildcats will have to pressure the ball and force some turnovers to make the biggest difference in the game and secure a win.
Why Northern Arizona Will Win
It’s going to be tough to stop Anderson and York, but the Lumberjacks have to at least find a way to slow them down. They’ll need to force Mark Tollefsen and Kadeem Allen to knock down threes instead of York, and Northern Arizona will just have to push Anderson off his spot and box him out as well as it can. Kris Yanku, Ako Kaluna and Torry Johnson will have to lead the way offensively. They’re all averaging double figures, and that’s what it’s going to take to steal a game in the McKale Center.
What’s Going To Happen?
Arizona has it in the bag. Anderson has been far too efficient and will cause fits for the Lumberjacks in the post. York will score in a variety of ways. He, Allen and Parker Jackson-Cartwright will make the extra pass and get solid looks at the basket all night. Kaluna will fight hard on the glass and hit double figures, but it won’t be enough to will the Lumberjacks to victory in this one.
Arizona vs. Northern Arizona Prediction
Robert Judin: Arizona 79, Northern Arizona 58
Jordan Cornette: Arizona 83, Northern Arizona 65
Line: Arizona -26, o/u: 148
- UA will face a familiar face on the Northern Arizona bench. The Lumberjacks are coached by Jack Murphy who spent the better part of a decade (1998 to 2006) as a member of the Arizona staff. Murphy began his time with the Wildcats as a team manager under Lute Olson.
- The Wildcats are coming off an 88-52 win over Missouri on Sunday evening. The 36-point win is the largest margin of victory over a Power 5 conference program in non-conference play since defeating Kansas State 125-87 on Dec. 30, 1997. During that 18-year span, UA played 206 non-conference games with 71 coming against institutions from a Power 5 conference.
- Freshman Allonzo Trier enters Wednesday’s game after winning Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week honors following his team’s wins over Fresno State and Missouri. Going back to his play previous to that week, Trier is averaging 17.3 points per game on 24 of 33 shooting (.727) over the last four games. The guard’s shooting efficiency is also fueled by his scorching-hot 5 of 9 (.556) shooting from behind the arc during that four-game span.