Free Pick: USC at Arizona - College Basketball Betting

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by Sportsbook Advisor - 2/12/2009 7:43 AM Share
Game: USC at Arizona
February 12, 2009
Free Pick: USC +3.5

Straight Up USC is 15-7 and a respectable 6-4 within the conference. Arizona is 16-8 over all and 6-5 in conference. Arizona is currently on a five game win streak and is 15-1 at home! USC is 3-6 away. Yahoo has USC's team reports as follows: USC's program has improved, but that doesn't mean it's closing the gap with rival UCLA. After sweeping a recent home set from the Bay Area schools to climb into third place in the Pac-10 standings, the Trojans thought they were ready for UCLA?thought they were ready for the Bruins' defensive pressure, for the Pauley Pavilion crowd, for the specter of all those championship banners hanging from the rafters."We looked bad out there, plain and simple," junior guard Daniel Hackett said after a 76-60 loss that was never close. "I have no answers. I have no idea why we came out so flat.

Yahoo has written the following about Arizona: With 16 victories, Arizona has moved back toward the bubble of the NCAA Tournament. But just guaranteeing a winning season and being on the fringes of the postseason aren't the sort of measuring sticks that are applied to the Wildcats, and interim coach Russ Pennell didn't feel much like celebrating, even after his team beat Oregon 87-77 on Feb. 7 for its fifth straight victory. "If 16 wins got you in (the NCAA tournament), I'd be excited about that, but it doesn't," Pennell was quoted as saying by the Arizona Daily Star. "I really can't even worry about that. I look at it now, we got 16 wins and say, 'How did we get here?' "We got here with hard work, by going about it, being a blue-collar team."

  • USC are 17-7 ATS in their last 24 road games.
  • ARZ: Over is 22-10 in ARZ last 32 Thu. games.
  • ARZ are 10-21 ATS in their last 31 Thu. games.
  • Head to Head Under is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Arizona.
We are firm believers in going against the public, and the public loves Arizona tonight. When all is said and done with the betting tote, about 75% of the public will be riding on Arizona. That coupled with Arizona's poor ATS record as of recent and USC superior one, we are picking USC getting the points.

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