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USC vs. Arizona - 1/24/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Arizona at USC
Date & Time Thursday January 24, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Galen Center
Los Angeles, California
The Line
The Line: USC PK -- Over/Under: 143.5
TV Channel
FS1
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The Arizona Wildcats and USC Trojans meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Galen Center.

The Arizona Wildcats look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight games. The Arizona Wildcats are averaging 74.1 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 66 points on 43 percent shooting. Brandon Randolph is averaging 15.4 points and 3.6 rebounds while Chase Jeter is averaging 12.6 points and 7.2 rebounds. Brandon Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Justin Coleman is grabbing 2.2 rebounds. The Arizona Wildcats are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. The Arizona Wildcats are allowing 30.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.1 rebounds per game. The Arizona Wildcats have won three of their last four road games.

The USC Trojans need a win here after splitting their last 10 games. The USC Trojans are averaging 78 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 73.5 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Bennie Boatwright is averaging 17.3 points and 2.4 assists while Nick Rakocevic is averaging 15.2 points and 9.7 rebounds. Jonah Mathews is the third double-digit scorer and Kevin Porter Jr. is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The USC Trojans are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 66.4 percent from the free throw line. The USC Trojans are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.4 rebounds per game. The USC Trojans have won their last five home games.

The Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. Pacific-12 and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Trojans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win. The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the home team is 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Trojans last 5 home games. The over is 4-1 in Wildcats last 5 overall.

The Arizona Wildcats have won eight of the last 10 meetings against the USC Trojans and are probably still the better team this year despite this being somewhat of a rebuilding year based on past success. The issue in this game is that the USC Trojans have been highly impressive at home this season where they're shooting 49.1 percent from the field, allowing 39.1 percent shooting and winning by an average of 14.5 points. The Arizona Wildcats are still dangerous, but they're not the team they've been in past years and can be shaky offensively at times. If USC is going to get a rare win over Arizona, this would be the time to do it. I'll side with the Trojans at home in this pick em contest. 

Pick:
USC PK

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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