Three things to watch in tonight’s Arizona MBB game vs. Wichita State


Ryan Wohl

The Arizona Wildcats take on the Wichita State Shockers at 7:00 P.M. at T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Nov.19 2021.

Ryan Wohl

LAS VEGAS— The Arizona Wildcats men’s basketball team takes on the Wichita State Shockers in the first round of the Roman Main Event tournament at the T-Mobile arena. The game will tip off at 7:00 P.M. PST and the Wildcats are currently 9.5 point favorites.

1. Will Christian Koloko continue to dominate?

Koloko has been an excellent defensive player since stepping foot on Arizona’s campus but his offense was always the question mark.

He has answered those questions through the first three games and averaging 14 points, nine rebounds and four blocks per contest.

His shooting looks to be improved too where he has raised his shooting percentage from the filed by 20 points to 72% so far. As a Sophomore he was a 62 percent free-throw shooter and was very inconsistent, but so far he has shot the ball 77% (10-13) from there.

As the competition level increases this weekend be on the look-up to see if Koloko can keep it up.

2. Can anyone slow down Azuolas Tubelis?

Tubelis has looked very good in his second season throughout the first few games and has been shooting the ball at a terrific rate. He is 71 percent from the field and 50 percent on 3-point shots while averaging 16 points throughout the first three games.

He has improved his defense allowing him to take his game to the next level. Tubelis has established himself as Arizona’s most consistent player and that doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon.

3. Will the Wildcats keep scoring at a high rate?

Arizona has scored 97 and 104 points in their last two games and have five players averaging double-digits.

They also shot the ball 46 percent from deep in their last game against North Dakota state with seven players scoring seven or more points.

If the Wildcats can get the job done tonight, a potential match up with the Michigan Wolverines could be in the near future.

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