Tommy LloydThe Wildcats will try to get back on track after an upset loss to Utah on Thursday 81-66 as Arizona prepares to host its first conference home game of the season against the winless California Golden Bears.
Arizona (6-1, 0-1 Pac-12) is currently riding an 11-game winning streak against Cal (0-8, 0-1). The last time the Golden Bears played the Wildcats in Tucson was last season, where UA dominated them 89-61 on March 6, 2022 in a tribute to olson lute play.
Who: No. 4 Arizona (6-1; last game: 81-66 loss at Utah) vs. Cal (0-8; last game: 66-51 home loss vs. USC)
When: 3 p.m. (MST)
Where: McKale Center | Tucson, Arizona
TV: Pac-12 Networks
all time series: Arizona leads 68-22 (Arizona on 11-game winning streak)
Favourite: Arizona (-24.5), O/U: 144.5
Coach: Mark Fox (fourth season)
preseason prediction:11 (Pac-12)
end 2021-22: 10 (12-20, 5-15 Pac-12)
HEAD TO HEAD: Arizona and California
Scoring Violation: Arizona (2nd/ 93 PPG) | Cal (350/ 57.5 PPG)
scoring defense: Arizona (333rd/ 79 PPG) | Cal (116/65.9 PPG)
bounce margin: Arizona (14/9.4) | Cal (256/ -0.8)
Billings: Arizona (340/16.6) | California (294/15)
assists per game: Arizona (3rd/ 21.2) | Cal (344th/ 9.1)
PG: Devin Askew (Stats vs USC: 23 points, four rebounds and two assists)
Cal floor general Devin Askew will bring a lot of veteran experience against the Wildcats. The 6-foot-3 transfer, Kentucky and Texas have a dynamic and complementary game, both being able to score at will, averaging a team-high 17.5 points per game, and setting up teammates for open shots, dishing out 3.1 assists per game . . Playing with Askew last season, Wildcat guard Courtney Ramey he should have an easier time knowing what to expect guarding his former teammate this Sunday.
F. Lars Thiemann (Stats vs USC: 10 points, six rebounds and one block)
7-foot Lars Thiemann of Germany could be a threat to the Wildcats with his size and lateral quickness on both ends of the floor. With an average of one block per contest, the Cats’ offense will have to be cautious and watch where Thiemann is in the paint box.
Thiemann is also a near automatic from the charity line, averaging 77.8% from the line this season. Bluewings Tubeliswho fouled out four times in a loss to Utah, will have to stay out of foul trouble and avoid fouling the Cal big man, preventing consistent points from the line.
F Sam Alajiki (Stats vs TCU: seven points, four rebounds and one steal)
6ft 7in Irish striker Sam Alajiki will bring size, intensity and athleticism to the table. Averaging 0.8 steals per game, the Wildcats, who average 16.6 turnovers per game, will need to watch where they pass the ball, as Alajiki is a hawk who will show no mercy if he gets his hands on the ball. ball on the defensive end.
Arizona will have to stay out of foul trouble vs. Cal
Ranked 331st in the country and committing 20.3 fouls per game, Arizona has blown the lead as it sent other teams down the line down the stretch in recent games, allowing 20.6 free throw attempts in its last few games. three games, which were mostly close games. . Lloyd will need his players to play more conservatively on the defensive end to ensure foul line trips are reduced, but still ensure the intensity remains up to par.
Wildcats offense continues to search for leadership
After losing their leaders and main options from last season (Benedict Mathurin, daniel terry, Christian Koloko), the Wildcats still need a captain the team can rely on down the stretch. It appears Arizona hasn’t expressed itself on either side of the ball and will need more communication and chemistry from its older players to bond with its younger players. This will be a great opportunity for the Cats to establish themselves as a unit for players like Ramey, Kerr Kriisa and Tubelis to become leaders and lift the team up when they take on a winless Cal team.
Kickoff is scheduled for Sunday at 3 pm (MST) at the McKale Center and will air on Pac-12 Networks.
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