TV Schedule: Saturday, Jan. 9, 7:00 p.m. ET, PAC-12 Network
Arena: Galen Center, Los Angeles, CA
Line: Arizona (-2.5)
Although the Trojans do not have Bryce Alford to hit a game-winning three, USC clearly looks like a 2016 NCAA tournament bound team and a legitimate contender for the Pac-12 regular season title. Andy Enfield has done a fantastic job in his time at USC and has transformed the Trojans into one of the most fun to watch offenses in the country, as well as one of the most dangerous. Lacking elite opponents on their non-conference schedule, a win over Arizona could be absolutely massive to both their tournament hopes and chances of winning the Pac-12.
That being said, Arizona will likely come out angry in this one. The Wildcats did not play well on the road against UCLA and it cost them a conference loss and likely their place in the top 10. A focused and angry Arizona is not a team anybody wants to face, even at home.
Although I like the Trojans to make the 2016 NCAA tournament and do some damage, the Wildcats are one of the best all-around teams in the country and should crush USC on Saturday night. USC’s defense is nowhere near as talented as the Wildcats’ defense, and that will show in the second half of the game as Allonzo Trier and Gabe York start to get hot, while USC’s plethora of double-digit scorers find buckets hard to come by.
Prediction: Arizona 79, USC 70