Arizona vs USC Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Thursday, January 19, 2023

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The Arizona Wildcats (15-3, 4-3 Pac-12) take on the USC Trojans (13-5, 5-2 Pac-12) on Thursday at 9:00 PM ET in Pac-12 action.

Arizona is a healthy 8.5-point favorite against USC when the Wildcats take the court against the Trojans on Thursday. The game’s point total is 151.5.

Arizona vs. USC Odds

Point Spread for Arizona vs. USC

The spread for this matchup is set at 8.5 points, with sportsbooks listing Arizona as the favorite.

Arizona vs. USC Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Arizona has -362 odds to pick up the win, while USC is listed at +283 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the total for the game is set at 151.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Thursday, January 19, 2023
  • Game Time: 9:00 PM ET
  • Location: Tucson, Arizona
  • Arena: McKale Center

Arizona vs. USC Betting Trends

Arizona has played 18 games, with six wins against the spread. The Wildcats have been chosen as favorites in 17 games this year and have walked away with the win 14 times (82.4%) in those games. Arizona’s games this year have gone over the total in nine out of 18 opportunities (50%).

USC has 10 wins against the spread in 18 games this year. The Trojans have gone 2-4 in games they were the underdog on the moneyline (winning 33.3% of those games). USC’s games this year have hit the over 44.4% of the time (eight out of 18 games with a set point total).

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Arizona vs. USC Key Players to Watch

Arizona

Azuolas Tubelis paces his team in both points (20.4) and assists (2.1) per contest, and also posts 9 rebounds. At the other end, he delivers 1.1 steals and 0.9 blocked shots. Oumar Ballo averages a team-best 9.1 rebounds per game. In addition, he’s posting 16.3 points and 1.2 assists, shooting 66.1% from the floor. Kerr Kriisa leads his squad in assists per contest (5.9), and also averages 11.2 points and 2.7 rebounds. Defensively, he totals 0.8 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Pelle Larsson averages 9.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3 assists per contest, shooting 41.7% from the field.

USC

Drew Peterson tops the Trojans in rebounding (6.5 per game) and assists (4.9), and produces 13.6 points. He also puts up 1.1 steals and 0.7 blocked shots. Boogie Ellis tops the Trojans in scoring (15.7 points per game), and posts 3.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists. He also posts 1.6 steals and 0.2 blocked shots. Kobe Johnson gets the Trojans 7.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per contest. He also delivers 2.2 steals and 0.6 blocked shots. Joshua Morgan is posting 8.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game, making 57% of his shots from the field.

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What you need to know about the Arizona Wildcats

The Wildcats have been carried by their offense, as they rank seventh-best in the nation by tallying 84.8 points per game. They rank 290th in college basketball in points allowed (73.4 per contest). Arizona is allowing 30.4 boards per game this year (138th-ranked in college basketball), but it has shined by pulling down 37.7 rebounds per contest (fourth-best).

In home games, the Wildcats are averaging 15.7 more points per game (88) than they are on the road (72.3). Arizona is sinking 8 threes per game (126th-ranked in college basketball) this year, while owning a 34.9% three-point percentage (132nd-ranked). The Wildcats rank 321st in the nation with 8.5 three-pointers allowed per game this season. Meanwhile, they rank 140th with a 32.6% shooting percentage allowed from downtown.

The Wildcats have gone 8-2 over their past 10 games, with a 4-5-1 record against the spread in that span. Four of Arizona’s past 10 contests have hit the over. In its last 10 games, Arizona has been putting up 79.5 points per game, an average that’s a little lower than the 84.8 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 season. Arizona’s points-allowed average over its last 10 games (70) is 3.4 fewer points per game than the team is allowing over the entire season (73.4).

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What you need to know about the USC Trojans

With 71.2 points scored per game and 65.4 points conceded, the Trojans are 191st in the nation offensively and 81st defensively. USC collects 32.8 rebounds per game and give up 32.5 boards, ranking 154th and 258th, respectively, in college basketball.

At home the Trojans are putting up 72.7 points per game, 3.9 more than they are averaging on the road (68.8). Beyond the arc, USC is 332nd in the country in 3-pointers made per game (5.6). It is 284th in 3-point percentage at 31.9%. The Trojans are 236th in the nation in 3-pointers allowed (7.6 per game) and 157th in 3-point percentage defensively (32.9%).

The Trojans have a 6-4 record against the spread while going 8-2 overall over their past 10 contests. Four of USC’s past 10 contests have hit the over. While USC is scoring 71.2 points per game in 2022-23, it has fallen short of that in its previous 10 games, producing 71 points per contest. The Trojans have performed better defensively over their last 10 games, surrendering 65 points per contest, 0.4 fewer points than their season average of 65.4 allowed.

Arizona vs. USC Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this matchup is Arizona, and we expect that USC will cover the spread (Arizona -8.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 151.5 points.

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How to bet Arizona vs. USC

You can bet on Arizona vs. USC at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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WRITTEN BY

Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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