No. 10 Arizona Wildcats vs USC Trojans NCAAB Lines
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Arizona vs. USC Matchup
Date/Time: Thursday, February 24, 10:30 PM ET
Venue: Galen Center, Los Angeles, CA
Arizona Wildcats vs. USC Trojans Betting Lines from JustBet.com
Money Line: USC +100 / Arizona -120
Spread: Arizona -1
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Arizona Wildcats vs. USC Trojans Preview
Arizona (23-4) looks to extend their longest conference winning streak in 8 seasons, as they head to La La Land to take on the USC Trojans (15-12). NCAAB lines have Arizona as slight 1-point favorites in this Pac 10 match up.
Both teams played their last games on Saturday with USC beating Stanford 69-53 and Arizona beating Washington 87-86.
Arizona has been a solid betting team on the season going 15-9-1 ATS while USC has been mediocre at 11-11-4 ATS. The Wildcats have covered the spread in 4 of their last 5 games against the Trojans.
While Arizona has won 8 straight games and will be going to the Big Dance this season USC has played itself on the bubble winning 3 of their last 4 games including their last 2. When these 2 teams played in Arizona at the end of last month the Wildcats beat the Trojans by 9 points.
USC has the best defense in the Pac 10 only giving up an average of 63 ppg. They are 10-0 this season when they hold opponents to fewer than 60 points, but they will have to try to slow down a Wildcats team that ranks 16th in the nation in scoring. The Trojans will have to rely on their D to win, as they only rank 237th in the nation in scoring.
The main goal of the Trojans in this game is to contain Arizona F Derrick Williams, who leads the Wildcats in scoring (19.7 ppg), rebounding (8.1 rpg), steals, and blocks. In the win over USC last month he had 20 points. While he is the only player for the Wildcats that is scoring in double figures they have 6 guys that are averaging from 6 ppg to 10 ppg.
Like Williams 6’10” USC F Nikola Vucevic leads the team in scoring, rebounds, blocks, and steals and he must have a good game tonight. The backcourt duo of Donte Smith (10.2 ppg) and Maurice Jones (10.1 ppg) must knock down their outside shots so Vucevic has room in the paint to operate.
USC must play good perimeter D, as Arizona can knock down the 3 and in the loss to them last month the Wildcats shot 52.6% from beyond the 3-pt arc.
The Trojans do have a solid defense, but the Wildcats simply have too many scoring options. Arizona will come out firing tonight and they will win this game and cover the 1-point spread.
Arizona is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games and 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and USC is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a home underdog.
Pick: Arizona -1
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