Playing their final game before holiday break, Arizona faces Long Beach State on Tuesday evening. Long Beach State is 6-7 on the season, having lost their last game at Oregon on Friday. Arizona will look to extend the nation’s longest home winning streak to 47 games.
Nick Faust vs Kadeem Allen – Faust is Long Beach State’s leading scorer, averaging 16 points a game. Allen had 5 assists and 2 steals against UNLV, and multiple deflections on defense to go with a block. Every time UNLV had a little momentum Allen was there to deflect a pass out of bounds or a chase down block in transition. Allen also did a great job of attacking the basket for layups, drop off assists to teammates and shot 7 free throws.
Travis Hammonds vs Allonzo Trier – Hammonds is coming off a superb game against Oregon on Friday. He made 8-10 three pointers and scored a career best 27 points. Trier had another solid outing against UNLV with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Trier was able to get out in transition where he is extremely effective attacking the rim.
Dusan Ristic is coming off his best game at Arizona. He had 16 points in the first half and 20 overall against UNLV. Ristic’s full game was on display in the first half, he ran the court hard beating his man twice for easy layups, made a three pointer to go along with his usual array of low post moves. Ristic is so skilled, most college big men cannot stop him.
Ryan Anderson continued his consistent play with his fifth double-double of the season against UNLV with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Anderson’s strength around the basket was apparent against the Runnin Rebel’s, as the slender athletic UNLV post players were unable to box him out.
What To Look For
Aggressiveness. Arizona was aggressive attacking the basket against UNLV which resulted in 39 free throw attempts. Being aggressive is a mindset and Arizona was also aggressive on the defensive end, which resulted in 6 blocks and 5 steals.
Turnovers. Arizona had 18 turnovers against UNLV, but only 4 at halftime. 14 turnovers in one half is unacceptable. UNLV is a solid defensive team that forces an average of 17 turnovers a game, but several of those turnovers were off of one handed passes or poor judgment.
Rebounds. One of the strengths of this year’s team is rebounding. Arizona rebounds 81% of their opponent’s misses which ranks fifth nationally.
Scoring inside. Arizona only shot 8 three pointers against UNLV. The Wildcats have been working the ball inside to Dusan Ristic and Ryan Anderson and shooting three pointers after going inside first or drive and kicks.
Long Beach State played a tough non-conference schedule and will be looking to snap Arizona’s home winning streak. The 49ers have played BYU, Virginia, Oklahoma State, San Diego State, UCLA and Oregon. Since their third place win over Boise State in the DirecTV Wooden Legacy Tournament, Arizona has been playing their best basketball of the season. Arizona needs to avoid a trap game against Long Beach State, not looking ahead to the holiday break, remain focused and cap off the non-conference portion of their schedule on a positive note.
Allonzo Trier wore the LeBron VIII v2 Low Wolf Grey against NAU and the KD IV USA against UNLV.