Nov 10, at pm Getty With two seniors, a National Player of the Year candidate and a Top-3 freshman class that features a potential No. And the road to San Antonio starts on Friday night, as the Wildcats kick off the season with a matchup against intra-state rival Northern Arizona University. Tip is scheduled for about 8 p. ET and will be broadcast on Pac Network.
Comment The Arizona Wildcats are back home and face their toughest Pac game of the season, against the Washington Huskies, who are in conference play. We are now in must win mode.
If there is any chance for the Arizona Wildcats to have any hope of making the NCAA tournament, they must find a way to come together and upset the undefeated Washington Huskies.
The Wildcats will need McKale Center to be loud as this team will have their work cut out for them. Arizona has faced adversity all season long and now another challenge presents itself.
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Also, Alex Barcello will be seeing a massive increase in playing time as well and will need to bring it.
Everyone will need to bring it as well. Dickerson is second on the team in scoring at He is one the premier forwards in the Pac and in the country, and without him would help the Wildcats.
Whether Dickerson will be playing or not, Arizona will still have plenty to worry about. Their is a reason why this team is undefeated in conference play. Currently, Nowell leads the team in scoring at The Wildcats will need to be attentive on offense at all times.
Many things will need to go right for this team to have a chance to win on Thursday night. High percentage shooting and limiting turnovers are two of the more important areas for Arizona.
Chase Jeter will likely be much closer to percent, but will need to play smart and aggressive as the Huskies will look to get him into foul trouble.
Wildcats must get him going early to open up the three point shot. Last month against Cal he had a career high 23 points. Similar to when Deandre Ayton played at Arizona, just gotta get the ball inside to the big man and with his good footwork he will find a way to finish: Defense.
They can not afford to force three point shots, if they are available, as they will need to find players who have a good look at open shots. For the Wildcats, this might be the type of game in which Coach Sean Miller throws in some full court press, zone or something to mix it up to prevent his team from getting in foul trouble.
Coming off a career high 19 points, going from three point range, Ryan Luther will need to continue that type of performance against the Huskies and for the rest of the season. Many times this season, he has had ups and downs, but he has started to understand what his role is on this team.
Another player who will need to have a big game against the Huskies for this team to have any chance of winning, is Brandon Randolph. He had 17 points against the Devils and is leading the team in points per game with He needs to continue to play well if the Cats are to turn this around.