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This is where we need Lyons to play with the fire we have seen lately. THEIR PG is a great defender...can Lyons rein it in and play smart or will his ego get in the way and starts playing a one on one mentality. When trapped...pass. Keep your ego in check....if you lose the battle but win the war....you have ultimately WON.
This is how Arizona defends Thomas is the key to the game.
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Because of the fact that Miller and Matta are such good friends, I am willing to bet there is little that the two do not know about the other team. While we haven't played each other, in some respects it will be a game that the coaches will know who and how they plan on matching up and letting the players decide it on the court.
I never got off the Lyons bandwagon all year. Without him we would not be where we are this year and with the possibility of going further. I am certain Lyons will be up to the challenge and is looking forward to it. He is a competitor and will not shy away from competition, but will embrace it. As Brad said in a a subtle way, D is going to decide this game. I like our chances very much with NJ and KP and Solo leading the gang on the defensive side of the court.
I will take our 3 seniors any day of the week and together when paired with the rest of our guys we have more than a fighting chance. One game at a time. Bear Down.
Lyons has proven he can get to the rim against the toughest defenses. If their PG takes away open looks for him, then he needs to drive and either finish (which he does exceptionally well, IMO) or dish.
OFcourse, I'm such an idiot that I think the guy leading the team in assists should bring the ball up the floor and initiate the offense and he is perfectly capable of doing so, but he is playing the 2 guard spot. Parrom and Hill can both bring it up the floor, too. I think I'd rotate that all game so that one defender cannot get into any sort of rhythm on Lyons.
I also think I'd focus on the boards - rebounding will make up for our (inevitable) turnovers.
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absolutely agree...Arizona has had problems all year defending players like Thomas. If they close him down the Cats will win. If not, they will likely loose.
So who will guard him? I think you have to start with Solo and also test out Ashley to see if his length can disrupt him.
Also, watch out for LaQuinton Ross. If those two are on the floor together Arizona will have to make a difficult decision on defensive assignments.
Looking at it I think Solo can take Thomas I am worried when he is not on the court that is when Thomas will have his best oppurtunities to score. If they rebound and have the intensity that they did last week they can handle them they just need to be in attack mode on both ends of the court they are more athletic than Ohio St and better on the glass if they want to. I feel the keys are staying under 12 turnovers and the rebound differential.
So you think you have a player on your roster who can do what no other player this year could do, and that is shut down Deshaun Thomas, who averaged 20 points a game in the best conference in the country? Good luck with that!
Good thing for Arizona is that Thomas' scoring has no reflection on the outcome of the game. He has averaged 20/game in the 7 Buckeye losses, slightly higher than his average in their wins. He is going to get his points, its limiting everyone else that will be the main objective in my opinion. So there's that....
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Now that's more like it...a well said statement I can agree with...watch out for laquinton ross though
Ross really worries me. It's the secondary scoring threat that has given Arizona problems this year.
How many points is the Zona bench averaging?
Somewhere around 20/game. That is a season-long statistic. I'd say right now in the last 5-7 games the bench is averaging closer to 30/game. Mayes has started to come on as of late and Ashley and Jerrett have also upped their scoring output.
Close to 22/game on the season. In Arizona's last five games:
Arizona State (win): 14 points
Colorado (win): 25 points - very competitive game and bench was big
UCLA (2-point loss): 23 points - very competitive game and bench was big
Belmont (win): 13 points
Harvard (win): 16 points
*Arizona will need its bench to be productive against Ohio State, no doubt. The key is Brandon Ashley staying out of foul trouble. He's a 10 & 8 guy, consistently, when he gets his usual 20-22 minutes. The health of Grant Jerrett's shooting elbow is also big. Jordin Mayes is also a key, but more for his steadiness. If Mayes has a decent shooting night, say 3-for-5 from deep that too is a big thing.
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Just curious darkhand44- where did you come up with the idea that "we(Arizona) are more athletic than Ohio State"? Have you see really seen "Slam" Thompson" #12 play ? Deshaun Thomas #1?, Shannon Scott #3?
Lequinten Ross #10? I don't think so..... Thompson, Thomas, and Ross are all headed for high NBA draft picks. in their future.....Thompson has been rated by many media and basketball commentators as "the most athletic player in college bsketball...if he gets a chance to dunk in the game you will see why....but your statement is just another "urban ledgen" about Ohio State.....just wanted to clear that up....
Yeh guys, 'cause you know the media is always right.... *snicker*
Time to nut up or shut up
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