Arizona Versus Chico St in Final Exhibition
Arizona will get its last tune up before the regular season when it welcomes Chico State to the McKale Center. The Wildcats are coming off a 108-67 exhibition victory against Humboldt State and fans can expect another high scoring affair against an overmatched Division II opponent.
Chico State, also nicknamed the Wildcats, is coming off a competitive loss at Division I Pacific. They were able to hang with the Tigers throughout the game before ultimately falling 66-60. Sean Park led Chico State with 14 points. No other player scored in double figures, and Chico State was ice cold from deep, connecting on just nine of 30 attempts. They were able to keep pace with Pacific by taking excellent care of the ball; they only committed seven turnovers.
Chico State is coming off arguably its best season in school history. They won their first California Collegiate Athletic Association title en route to a school record tying 25 wins. They return 13 players from last year’s team, including four starters. Chico State is nationally ranked 18th at the Division II level. For comparison, Seattle Pacific—who beat Arizona 67-66 last year—is currently ranked 10th in the same poll.
However, this is a very different Arizona team from last season. These Wildcats have more size, depth, and talent than during any of Miller’s previous three years. Arizona will look to dominate the post with its size, and to create defensive havoc on the perimeter behind the speed of Mark Lyons and Nick Johnson.
Prediction: Chico State isn’t the pushover fans might expect, but if Arizona is as good as advertised, they should be able to easily dispatch their Division II foe. Arizona by 30 points.