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USC vs Arizona Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 19th Betting Odds

Trojans vs Wildcats Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: USC Trojans at Arizona Wildcats
  • Where: Tucson at McKale Center
  • Date: Thursday, January 19th
  • Betting Odds: USC +7.5, USC +247 | ARZ -319 O/U 151.5

Trojans Preview:

The USC Trojans head into today’s game in what will be their 19th game of the season, posting a record of 13-5. So far, the Trojans have played 5 games on the road, with a record of 3-2. For the season, USC has been the underdog in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 2-4. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Trojans being +7.5 point underdogs.

USC will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Boogie Ellis who is averaging 15.67 points per game for the Trojans. Ellis is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Trojans’ offensive game plan is the play of Drew Peterson who has hit 45.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.61 points per game.

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Coming into today’s game, USC will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Trojans are ranked 159th at 72.6 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 389th ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, USC is close to the NCAA average at 36.0%.

Wildcats Preview:

Arizona heads into this matchup having played 18 games and have an overall record sitting at 15-3. So far this season, Arizona has played 12 games at home, sitting with a record of 11-1. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Wildcats as the -7.5 point favorites. The Wildcats have been favored 18 times, going 15-3 straight up.

Arizona’s leading scorer this season is Azuolas Tubelis, who is averaging 20.44 points per contest. So far, Tubelis has accounted for 24.1% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 9.0 rebounds per game and 2.11 assists. Oumar Ballo is the second leading scorer for the Wildcats, averaging 16.33 points per game. Between him and Ballo, they are accounting for 43.4% of the team’s scoring.

Arizona comes into today’s matchup vs USC, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 84.6 points per game. Through 18 games, they have hit 49.6% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Wildcats have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 247th in possessions per game.

Free Spread Prediction: USC Trojans +7.5

After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Arizona as the favorites with a line coming in at -7.5. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the USC Trojans to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Arizona at 7.76 made 3’s per game compared to USC at 7.33. Look for USC to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Wildcats.

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