Offense meets defense when the Arizona Wildcats (13-6, 3-3 Pac-12) visit Washington to take on the Huskies (12-9, 2-6 Pac-12). The game will air on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 30, 2020.
Arizona Wildcats at Washington Huskies Free Prediction
In the Wildcats’ last outing, they were topped by the Arizona State Sun Devils, 66-65. Arizona State’s turnover percentage was their biggest strength over Arizona. The Sun Devils had a rate of 13.6 (better than their season average of 15.2), while the Wildcats posted a mark of 21.7 (above their season average of 14.4). Zeke Nnaji led Arizona in scoring with 21 points on 6-for-9 shooting.
The Huskies were beaten by the No. 23 Colorado Buffaloes in their last matchup, 76-62. Colorado’s 0.172 free throw rate was their largest advantage over Washington, who had a rate of 0.091. The Buffaloes’ mark was below their season average of 0.285, while the Huskies’ was below their season average of 0.283. Isaiah Stewart had a good game for Washington, leading both teams in scoring with 23 points on 9-for-12 shooting.
After the Huskies won the sole game against the Wildcats last season, 67-60, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. Washington had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.582 vs. 0.415). Arizona, meanwhile, had a better free throw rate (0.302 vs. 0.204).
Baskets could be hard to come by in this meeting between two of the country’s top defenses. Washington ranks 36th in defensive efficiency (91.9) and Arizona is 44th (92.5). Furthermore, the Wildcats rank 53rd in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.266), while the Huskies rank 42nd in opponents’ FTA rate (0.174).
Arizona at Washington Free Pick
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Arizona ranks 17th in assists per game (16.5) while Washington ranks 173rd in assists allowed per game (13.7).
The Wildcats rank 11th in steals allowed per game (4.7) while the Huskies rank 133rd (6.8).
Arizona averages 37.9 rebounds per game, which ranks 80th in the nation. Washington ranks 153rd in rebounds allowed per game (35.4).
The Huskies rank third in blocks per game (6.6) while the Wildcats rank 66th (4.0).
The Wildcats’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.6, down from 15.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Huskies have scored an average of 62.2 points per game (7.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 64.8 points per game (1.4 above their season average).