The Arizona Wildcats close the exhibition season with a game against the Chico State Wildcats.
Time: 6:30 MST
TV: Click here for the livestream from McKale Center
The Arizona Wildcats host their second California Collegiate Athletics Association team in a row with the Chico State Wildcats rolling into town, and while the first game turned into a blowout, there's still a good use for these types of games.
Sean Miller will have the opportunity to teach focus by beating the four-minute war motto into his young players' heads.
On Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. MST (8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT), the Wildcats host a 25-win club from last year that returns four players and was voted as the preseason favorite to win the CCAA.
Chico State fell 66-60 on Sunday to Pacific University as they struggled to shoot the ball.
Guard Damario Sims (No. 5) and forward Amir Carraway (No. 15) are two players who scored in double-figures last season, but the Wildcats were led by guard Sean Park's 14 points. Park (No. 20) hit six of his team-high 11 shots.
Seven-footer Jason Conrad (No. 44 for those watching on the livestream) led the team with eight rebounds, and the 240 pound senior should be a good test for Arizona's Kaleb Tarczewski, who is coming off a double-double performance against another Division II club, Humboldt State.
Chico State struggled with 37 percent shooting against Pacific, and they also got drubbed on the boards 40-26 (though that was because of their poor shooting). Still, the Wildcats kept the game in hand, having seven turnovers to 17 by Pacific. That would be telling of a gritty team, something that should be good for the young Wildcats.
What to watch
- First, let's take a look at Tarczewski. While he had a fine night last time out, stringing together big games could be the only issue for the young 7-footer. Other players like Mark Lyons were open about telling the freshman to go out and play with confidence following the Red-Blue game, and he did just that. Can he make it a habit?
- Jordin Mayes and Kevin Parrom. Maybe it's not such a worry in an exhibition season, and perhaps it's because the starting lineup is so good. But Parrom and Mayes were once ideal bench players in the way they injected energy into the team. Against Humboldt State, they were solid but Parrom especially looked a little off-key. At this point however, we're not too concerned about how they show in exhibitions -- once the regular season hits, their role will become more clear. It'd still be nice to see, however.
- Solomon Hill's shot selection. The small forward's jumper wasn't falling against Humboldt State, and while there's a good chance he improved his outside shot, it shouldn't take away what Hill does best. Driving to the hole and finishing with contact is something Hill is very, very good at. New wrinkles in his game are good, but it shouldn't take away from his bread and butter.
- More high-low. The ability by freshman Grant Jerrett to work in the post and make passes out of it should be utilized and developed. If he and Tarczewski -- or even Brandon Ashley -- can show some high-low action with some dump-offs in the paint, then the Wildcats will have something no other team in the Pac-12 does. And it would probably be something they have trouble defending as well.