Southern Jaguars (0-1) vs. Arizona Wildcats (1-0)
November 11, 2022 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Arizona Wildcats -26.5 / Southern Jaguars +26.5 ; Over/Under: -
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The Southern Jaguars and the Arizona Wildcats meet Friday in college basketball action from McKale Center. Southern is 0-1 so far following a 10-point loss to UNLV in their opener. As for Arizona, they beat Nicholls State in their first action of the season. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Southern managed to go 17-14 overall last season. The Jaguars managed a 12-6 record in the SWAC games, putting them behind only Alcorn State and Texas Southern in the standings. Southern’s season ended with a loss to Grambling State in the conference tourney.
In their first game of the season on Monday versus UNLV, the Jaguars were down 33-25 by halftime. Southern limped to a 66-56 loss. The team’s only double-digit scorer was Bryson Etienne with 25 points, two rebounds and two assists.
Over on the Arizona side, they had a pretty successful campaign in 2021-22. The Wildcats went 33-4 overall and 18-2 in the Pac-12 for both a regular-season and a conference tournament championship. Arizona made it to the Sweet Sixteen in the national tournament.
The Wildcats got off to a strong start versus Nicholls State, scoring 59 points in the first half and 58 more after the break for a 117-75 win. Azuolas Tubelis led the team on 23 points, and Pelle Larsson doubled up on 16 points and 10 boards.
PICK: I’m going to stay with Arizona. The Wildcats drilled an overmatched Nicholls State team in their opener, shooting a scorching 71.7 percent from the field and 61.1 percent from 3-point range. Arizona made 30 of their 40 free throws, collected 44 rebounds and notched 30 assists. Outside of the 24 turnovers, it was a pretty outstanding effort. As for Southern, they didn’t shoot especially well versus UNLV and it’s going to get a whole lot more difficult in this one.