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Arizona vs USC Basketball Picks 3-14-24

USC Trojans (15-17) vs. Arizona Wildcats (24-7)
March 14, 2024 3:00 pm EDT
The Line: Arizona Wildcats -8.5; Over/Under: +157.5
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The USC Trojans and the Arizona Wildcats meet Thursday in the college basketball Pac-12 Tournament Quarterfinals at the T-Mobile Arena. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s an Arizona vs. USC prediction.

USC Team Preview

The USC Trojans come into this one fresh off of an 80-74 win over Washington in their first round matchup last time out. Isaiah Collier leads the Trojans in scoring and assists with 16.6 PPG and 4.2 APG while Boogie Ellis has 16.6 PPG with 3.5 RPG and 3 APG. Kobe Johnson has 10.7 PPG with 4.3 RPG and 3.3 APG to lead the Trojans on the glass while rounding out the trio of double-digit scorers for USC so far this season. DJ Rodman also has 8.6 PPG along with a team-high 5.1 RPG to lead the Trojans on the glass. As a team, USC is averaging 74.7 PPG on 45.3% shooting from the field, 35.6% from three and 69.5% from the foul line this season.

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Arizona Team Preview

The Arizona Wildcats come into the conference tournament as the top seed, finishing the year 24-7 overall including a 15-5 mark in Pac-12 conference play. Caleb Love leads the Wildcats in scoring with 18.7 PPG along with 4.9 RPG and 3.4 APG while Keshad Johnson has 11.9 PPG with 5.8 RPG and Oumar Ballo has 13.1 PPG with 10 RPG to lead Arizona in rebounding so far this season. Pelle Larsson has 13 PPG with 4.1 RPG and 3.7 APG. Kylan Boswell has 10.2 PPG with 2.5 RPG and a team-high 3.6 APG to lead Arizona in the assist department while also rounding out the group of double-digit scorers for the Wildcats up to this point in the year. As a team, Arizona is averaging 89.5 PPG on 49.2% shooting from the field, 37.4% from three and 72.4% from the foul line this season.

USC vs. Arizona Prediction

I’m on USC here. I get why Arizona would be favored here, and it wouldn’t surprise anyone if Arizona ran the Trojans out of the gym here. However, USC’s stepped up their play as of late, and I think the Trojans are going to be up for the challenge in this game. USC’s already shown they can compete with Arizona and I think the Wildcats could be in for a challenge here. Give me USC and the points.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: USC +8.5

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Chris Ruffolo

Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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