The Arizona Wildcats announced their presence to the nation last season when they knocked off the Washington Huskies in front of a national ESPN audience. The team will look to repeat their performance from 2011 on Saturday evening as they welcome in UW to McKale Center with the College GameDay crew in attendance.
This game is absolutely huge for Sean Miller and Arizona. At this point in the season, it's win or go home when playing at home in conference play.
The Huskies have not lived up to expectations this season, although similar to the Wildcats they have lost a considerable amount from their NCAA Tournament team of 2011. The team is 13-7 on the season with an impressive mark of 6-2 in Pac-12 play.
Freshman point guard Tony Wroten has been a star and leads the team with 17.1 points-per-game. In addition to the points, Wroten does a nice job rebounding the ball, dishing it to his teammates and running the offense. Terrence Ross averages 15 points, although he missed three straight games before returning to play just 10 minutes against ASU on Thursday with a knee injury. C.J Wilcox is an elite soccer and is hitting nearly 44% of his shots from behind the arc.
Abdul Gaddy, who was once committed to Lute Olson and the Wildcats, has yet to live up to his five-star billing out of high school. He averages just eight points a night and a handful of assists. Aziz N'Diaye will likely give Arizona fits with his size and length and averages slightly less than a double-double most nights.
The McKale Center will be rocking for the primetime tipoff and a White Out has been called for by the athletic department. The game can be found live on ESPN.