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USC Trojans vs Arizona Wildcats Odds
Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on McKale Center Saturday as host Arizona looks to handle the USC Trojans in NCAA hoops action.
This season, the Wildcats are 16-2 overall and 8-8 ATS ATS, while the Trojans are 8-12 and 7-12 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Arizona boasts a 4-10-1 on the OU, and USC is 10-8.
The Wildcats were listed as 15-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Wildcats at No. 16 and the Trojans at No. 214 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 81-67 result in favor of the Wildcats.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Arizona's No. 37-ranked scoring average of 75.6 PPG, against a Trojans defense rated No. 187 and allowing 66.6 PPG. The Wildcats FG% has averaged 45.7% to date this season, more than the Trojans shooters have managed so far (43.4% per game).
Defensively, USC features the nation's No. 264-rated defense on the road, allowing 74.1 points per game. Arizona, meanwhile, comes in at No. 56 nationally in scoring at home.
USC was a 98-93 loser in its last match on the road against Arizona State. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as underdogs. Jio Fontan went off for 25 points and added 1 rebound but it wasn't enough as Arizona State handed USC a 98-93 defeat at Wells Fargo Arena.
Arizona was an 84-73 loser in their most recent outing at home against UCLA. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as favorites. The Wildcats endured an 84-73 loss at the hands of the Bruins on Thursday, despite a 23-point effort from Nick Johnson at McKale Center.
USC Trojans Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing UCLA are 4-6
After playing Arizona State are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6
Arizona Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Washington are 7-3
After playing UCLA are 6-4
After a loss are 9-1
A few Trojans at Wildcats trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of USC's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of USC's last 5 games when playing on the road against Arizona
USC is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
USC is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Arizona
Arizona is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against USC
Arizona is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home
Arizona is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing USC
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona's last 5 games when playing at home against USC
USC at UCLA, Wednesday, January 30
Arizona at Washington, Thursday, January 31