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Trojans try to avoid third straight road loss vs Wildcats

The USC Trojans are coming off back-to-back road losses and now have the pleasure of going into the McKale Center to try and knock off the Arizona Wildcats. The Wildcats, who were the preseason pick to win the PAC-12, are also coming off two straight losses and will try to rebound vs the Trojans as Arizona has won eight of the last 10 meetings between these conference foes.

SHARK BITES
  • USC is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games against Arizona.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of USC's last six games.
  • USC is 9-31 SU in its last 40 games on the road against teams with winning records.

The Wildcats have been very frustrating for fans of college hoops and more importantly, bettors. Arizona is 4-10-1 ATS at home this season and with a generational talent like DeAndre Ayton on the squad, the Wildcats should be way better than this.

Arizona has now dropped two games to unranked opponents this season but backers shouldn’t stray too far from Sean Miller’s squad. The Wildcats are 57-3 SU in their last 60 games at home and are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games vs the Trojans.

USC has not been the standout team in the PAC-12 that analysts had predicted in the preseason. But the Trojans have started to come back to life in conference play at 8-4 SU and sit third in their conference standings. They haven’t played well as an underdog at 1-5 SU in five games this season and although the Wildcats have had their ups and downs, it may be a tall order to ask the Trojans to go into Arizona’s gym and pull off the upset.

If totals bettors are looking for a trend to cling to, they should note that the OVER has been the profitable avenue when these two teams collide. The OVER has hit four of the last five games in this matchup and both teams average over 79 points per game.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Bettors looking to go with the Arizona Wildcats in this one found them listed as -6-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting odds menu at Bovada. Check for line moves and odds updates as money coming in on the Trojans was expected to move the line.

USC Trojans vs Arizona Wildcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The USC Trojans will look to cover the spread vs the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday, as the Trojans are 16-9 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Wildcats are 8-16-1 ATS. USC is 10-13-2 against the total, while Arizona is 15-10 versus the total betting line.

The Wildcats - Trojans odds would favor the Trojans if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Arizona is rated No. 53 in the current Odds Shark poll, while USC is at No. 43.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting USC Trojans rank No. 116 in NCAA Basketball Division 1 with 36.16 per game. That compares with Arizona’s No. 138 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Arizona is college basketball's No. 169-ranked team at 7.24 per game, while the USC Trojans rate No. 77 with 8.6 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Trojans got 19 points from Nick Rakocevic, but it was Arizona State that prevailed in a 80-78 final on Thursday at Wells Fargo Arena-AZ.

Arizona got 17 points from Allonzo Trier but lost anyway, 82-74, to UCLA on Thursday at McKale Center.

Betting Trends
  • USC is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
  • USC is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of USC's last 6 games
  • USC is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
  • Arizona is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Arizona is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona's last 5 games
  • Arizona is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

USC home to Oregon, Thursday, February 15th
Arizona at Arizona State, Thursday, February 15th

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