Arizona vs USC Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 2 (Can Wildcats Avoid Back-to-Back Losses?)

Arizona vs USC Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 2 (Can Wildcats Avoid Back-to-Back Losses?)


Arizona vs USC Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball Regular Season Game
  • No. 8 Arizona (24-5, 13-5 Pac-12) vs. USC (21-8, 13-5 Pac-12)
  • Date: Thursday, March 2, 2023
  • Time: 11:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Galen Center -- Los Angeles, California
  • Coverage: ESPN

Thursday, March 2's NCAA college basketball lineup includes the No. 8 Arizona Wildcats going one-on-one with the USC Trojans in a Pac-12 showdown at 11 p.m. ET.

Arizona hopes to return to its winning ways after suffering a setback in the form of an 89-88 loss to Arizona State over the weekend. On the other side, USC aims for its fifth consecutive victory after notching a decisive 62-49 win over Utah.

Can Arizona prove that its latest loss was just a fluke? Or will USC achieve its fifth win in a row at the Wildcats' expense?

Arizona vs USC Odds & Spread

Arizona enters this contest as the slim road favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 11 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 155.5 points with both sides sitting at -110 odds.

Arizona vs USC Betting Trends

  • Arizona has 14 wins in 29 games against the spread this season.
  • The Wildcats' ATS record as 1.5-point favorites or more is 14-15.
  • There have been 15 Arizona's games (out of 29) that went over the total this year.
  • USC's record against the spread is 17-12-0.
  • The Trojans are 6-4 as 1.5-point underdogs or greater.
  • USC has seen 15 of its 29 games go over the point total.
Arizona Rank Arizona AVG USC AVG USC Rank
5th 83.3 Points Scored 72.7 156th
218th 71.2 Points Allowed 66.3 73rd
7th 36.9 Rebounds 31.9 171st
116th 9.2 Off. Rebounds 7.7 251st
56th 8.6 3pt Made 6.3 293rd
2nd 19.5 Assists 13.8 135th
305th 13.3 Turnovers 11.6 145th

Arizona vs USC Prediction & Pick

Although Arizona is better than it showed against Arizona State, it's hard to go against USC at home. On top of being 8-0 against Pac-12 times at Galen Center this season, the Trojans have won 14 straight home games while boasting a plus-10.8 scoring margin in their own backyard.

Arizona also has a losing away record (3-5) and lost 88-79 to Stanford — the Pac-12's third-worst team — in its last road contest. The Wildcats' 13.0 turnovers per road game will also make it tough for them to win, especially when USC forces 14.4 giveaways per home game.

USC is also motivated by an 81-66 loss to Arizona back in January. With revenge and recent momentum on their side, I like the Trojans' odds of tallying the upset win at home.

Final Score Prediction: USC: 84 | Arizona: 81

Arizona vs USC Best Bet

As for the game's best bet, I recommend backing USC as the +2.5 underdog. After all, not only are the Trojans 6-2 ATS at home against Pac-12 foes this season, but they're also 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. Meanwhile, Arizona is just 1-3 ATS in its last four outings.

After covering the spread in six of its last nine meetings with Arizona, I see no reason why USC can't keep that trend going this evening.

Bet: USC +2.5 (-114)

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