USC Trojans vs. Arizona Wildcats Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/12/14
Arizona Wildcats (16-0) at USC Trojans (9-6)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Galen Center)
The Line: USC Trojans +11.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac-12 Network
The USC Trojans and the Arizona Wildcats face off on Sunday in a Pac-12 college basketball matchup.
The USC Trojans have dropped their first two Pac-12 games losing by lopsided margins against UCLA and Arizona State. Southern Cal is 9-6 on the season and 7-1 at home thus far and 0-1 against teams ranked in the top 25. Byron Wesley leads the Trojans averaging 17.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Pe’Shon Howard is averaging 10.1 points, Nikola Jovanovic is averaging 9.3 points and 5.4 rebounds, and Omar Oraby is averaging 8.9 points and 6.6 rebounds. USC is averaging 73.9 points ad they are shooting 45 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 73.5 points with their opponents shooting 41.8 percent. USC is struggling on defense and the schedule doesn’t look to be bringing much relief in the future.
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The Arizona Wildcats are 16-0 so far this season and they are the number one ranked team in the nation. Arizona is 5-0 in games away from home and they have played the 49th ranked schedule in the country. Nick Johnson leads the Cats averaging 16.4 points per game. Aaron Gordon is averaging 12.2 points and 7.9 rebounds, Brandon Ashley is averaging 11.8 points and 6.6 rebounds, and Kaleb Tarczewski is averaging 10.4 points and 6.6 rebounds. Arizona is averaging 75.1 points and they are shooting 48.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 56.2 points and their opponents are shooting 36.8 percent. Arizona has been involved in some tough close games but they have managed to come out on top.
USC is 3-1-1 against the spread in their last five home games, 12-26-2 against the spread following a loss, and 0-6 against the spread against the Pac-12. Arizona is 16-5 against the spread following a win, 4-0 against the spread in their last four road games, and 14-3 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The home team has covered the point spread in six of the last seven meetings of these two.
My free pick in this one is going to be on the total so be sure to check back and I will update this with my free pick when the totals are released. My stronger pick is on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.
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