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Fairleigh Dickinson vs Arizona

Time: 11:00 P.M. EST
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Aaron Gordon is already making an impact for Arizona.

Now, he'll try to do it in a tournament.

Gordon and the No. 5 Wildcats look to continue their home dominance of non-conference teams when they open the NIT Season Tip-Off against Fairleigh Dickinson on Monday night.

Gordon is considered one of the top freshmen in the nation, and he's living up to the hype for Arizona (3-0). The forward is averaging 14.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks while making 58.1 percent from the floor through the first three games.

"He's an incredible player," coach Sean Miller said. "What separates him is how he is as a person. He is fun guy to coach, a fun teammate and a very hard worker. We're lucky to have him."

Gordon had 16 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks in Thursday's 69-60 win at San Diego State. However, he got two of those points in stunning fashion, leaping over a defender for an alley-oop on an in-bounds pass from T.J. McConnell.

"I've never seen anything like that before," McConnell said. "Well, maybe Blake Griffin, but what he did was amazing."

Nick Johnson is also off to a strong start, leading the team with 16.0 points while shotting 56.3 percent from the field. The junior guard matched his career high with 23 points against the Aztecs, two fewer than his total in his first two games - both at home.

The Wildcats have won 24 of their last 26 when hosting non-conference opponents, including nine in a row by an average of 19.3 points.

That streak doesn't appear to be in much jeopardy as they face FDU for the first time.

The Knights have lost 10 in a row on the road, and are coming off a 74-60 defeat to Hartford on Friday. They were outrebounded 27-19, made 1 of 6 free throws and committed 16 turnovers.

Coach Greg Herenda came away feeling good, however, and that could stem from his team shooting a season-high 55.3 percent from the field after making 30.2 in an 80-58 loss at Hofstra five days earlier.

"I saw so many good things from our team," Herenda said. "We are getting better on a daily basis - we just need to play 40 great minutes instead of 30."

That may not even matter against Arizona. Fairleigh Dickinson has been outscored by an average of 25.3 points while losing 11 games in a row to ranked opponents since 1996.

Mustafaa Jones leads the Knights with 12.7 points per game, but he's looking for some consistency. The junior guard hit 4 of 7 attempts from the field - 3 of 5 from behind the arc - to finish with 11 points against the Hawks. That was an improvement after he had seven points against the Pride, connecting on just 1 of 10 shots - 1 of 7 from long range.

The winner will face either Rhode Island or Division II Metro State at McKale Center on Tuesday.

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Northeast
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
St. Fran.-NY15-322-10165
Robert Morris12-617-14193
Bryant12-616-14190
Mt St Marys11-715-15174
St. Fran.-Pa.9-916-14202
Sacred Heart9-915-17242
LIU-Brooklyn8-1012-18258
Wagner8-1010-20291
F. Dickinson3-158-21312
CCSU3-155-26342
Pac 12
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Arizona14-226-37
Utah12-422-612
Oregon12-522-832
UCLA11-719-1252
Stanford9-718-1056
Oregon St.8-917-12105
California7-917-1298
Arizona St.7-915-1491
Colorado6-1013-15120
Wash. State6-1012-16144
Washington4-1215-13110
USC3-1511-19205

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