The home team, both times, is my guess. If the Bruins stay healthy, their game at new Pauley against the Wildcats on March 2 will be the biggest buzzsaw the Wildcats walk into all year.
Wow, a bold prediction from a Wildcats fan! Love it. I agree with you — ASU is playing much better than at any time in the last two years. They've switched to man defense, which means Jordan Bachynski (who, if you remember, once terrorized Derrick Williams, defensively, off the bench as a freshman) won't have to try to sprint to the corners of the floor from a matchup zone. Carson has a swagger I think ASU has been missing, and Felix is an energy guy who might be the best defender in the league. Herb Sendek said this today — Arizona is so deep that you're not going to beat it by getting guys to foul out or tiring them on fast breaks. If the Wildcats have an edge, it's depth.
Wow. impressed to see Arizona fans (assuming Mike V is one) being not myopic in this case. Here's one of my theories: watch Jahii Carson. ASU's freshman point guard grew up in Phoenix (his mom is an ASU grad) and went to ASU-UA games as a boy. This rivalry means more to him than most players. Will he act nervous in his first game? If he does, Mark Lyons, a veteran, could get the best of him.
No. I think they pound on each other every day in practice, and that's a good thing. A lot of schools don't have four true post players — Arizona's got four (the 3 frosh and Chol) who are legitimately skilled. And Miller's practices are notoriously competitive.
On a pick-and-roll, "show and recover" means that the forward hedges toward the smaller ball-handler, trying to force the dribbler to swing out wide and essentially not turn the corner on a drive to the basket.
That seems reasonable, too
Not as much, in my opinion
Because they're not running. According to Ken Pomeroy's "adjusted tempo" stat, Arizona is the No. 140-fastest team in the country, out of 340 schools. I know recruits and fans (and players) say they love to run, but Miller wins games with defense that turns into offense, and with offensive efficiency. As for the pick-and-roll, it's a huge part of the college game today, and with the UA.
Just that Aaron Gordon narrowed his finalists to Arizona, Kentucky and Washington. Per a SF Chronicle story the other day, the Bay Area forward won't make a commitment until after the college season ends
It'd be hard to find someone who's done it more this year. Remember, A LOT of that is foul shooting, and Arizona's not always going to get that call. Especially now that they're playing more true road games
It controls the glass, which it should (Arizona leads the league in rebounding margin; ASU is No. 11). It doesn't turn the ball over. And if ASU doesn't get hot from three. (ASU won't kill ya from deep, but it makes their big guys and their dribble-drive game so much more effective if Gilling is a viable kickout option)
Someone asked this last week. He can shoot and defend, and he's a hard worker, so that's a step in the right direction. But I'm not sure, honestly
No — but who knows with these things
No clue. Guessing the decisions of a teenager is not a good business to be in.
That's about all for today, everybody. Thanks again for the questions, and for your passion about Pac-12 hoops. We'll meet back here at NOON next Wednesday. As always, you can find me at @patrickfinley on Twitter if you have any more questions.