It will be a battle between Pac-12 opponents when the USC Trojans (19-9, 8-7 Pac-12) welcome the Arizona Wildcats (19-8, 9-5 Pac-12) to the Galen Center. The game will air on ESPN at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 27, 2020.
Arizona Wildcats at USC Trojans Betting Prediction
In the Wildcats’ last contest, they were defeated by the No. 14 Oregon Ducks, 73-72. Oregon’s 14.1 turnover percentage was their biggest strength over Arizona, who had a rate of 17.2. The Ducks’ mark was better than their season average of 15.4, while the Wildcats’ was above their season average of 13.9. Dylan Smith led Arizona in scoring with 18 points on 6-for-13 shooting.
The Trojans fell to the Utah Runnin’ Utes in their last matchup, 79-65. Utah’s free throw rate was their biggest advantage over USC. The Runnin’ Utes had a rate of 0.268 (below their season average of 0.270), while the Trojans posted a mark of 0.100 (below their season average of 0.242). With 18 points on 8-for-11 shooting, Onyeka Okongwu was USC’s high scorer.
USC might have trouble finding the bottom of the net as they go head-to-head against one of the NCAA’s best defenses. Arizona currently ranks 28th in defensive efficiency, while the Trojans rank 207th in offensive efficiency.
This is the second game of the season between these two squads. In the first, the Trojans lost 85-80. Okongwu scored a game-high 23 points and also added eight rebounds. The Wildcats had a much better turnover percentage (7.4 vs. 15.3) and had a much better free throw rate (0.491 vs. 0.321).
Arizona Wildcats vs. USC Trojans ATS Pick
College Basketball Pick: ATS Winner – USC, O/U – Under
Arizona ranks 136th in three pointers allowed per game (21.5) while USC ranks 232nd (23.9).
The Wildcats’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 7.4, down from 12.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Trojans have scored an average of 65.4 points per game (5.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 64.4 points per game (2.9 below their season average).