College Basketball Picks Against the Spread: Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. Arizona Wildcats

Southern Miss Golden Eagles at No. 8 Arizona Wildcats
Tuesday, 12/4/12, 9:30 PM EST, TV:  Pac-12 Network
Opening Point Spread:  Arizona -16
Current Betting Line:  Arizona -16
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Arizona Wildcats are explosive on the offensive end this year

Southern Miss plays the second game of a three-game road trip on Tuesday night, coming off a 68-60 setback to New Mexico State as 5.5-point underdogs.  “That’s the most talented team we’ve played so far,” commented Golden Eagles first-year head coach Donnie Tyndall.  The Golden Eagles are led offensively by senior guard Dwayne Davis, who is averaging 15.1 points per game.  Southern Miss is 9-8 ATS as an underdog since the 2010 campaign, which should be considered when looking at the college basketball odds page.

The Golden Eagles are scoring 64.9 points per game, but allowing just 58.9.  Southern Miss is doing a fantastic job in defending the perimeter, as it leads all Conference USA teams in allowing opponents to shoot just 28.4 percent from beyond the arc.  The program returned just four players from last year’s squad, with that group having just six years of Division I experience.

Arizona ranks sixth nationally in scoring offense, averaging 85.2 points per game, as it returns to the McKale Center after picking up an 85-57 victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders as 12-point road favorites.  The Wildcats out-rebounded the Red Raiders by a 41-26 advantage, as they’ve recruited size under head coach Sean Miller.  “Until you go through that 35-game season being small, you don’t realize how important size is,” stated Miller in practice this week.  Arizona is 20-12 ATS in non-conference action the last two-plus years, with the UNDER going 15-11 in that situation.

The Wildcats have four players averaging in double figures, with Solomon Hill and Mark Lyons both averaging 14.0 points per game.  Sophomore guard Nick Johnson has also really turned it on, averaging the same amount of points and 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in his last two games.  Offensively, the team shot 57.1 percent combined from the floor over its last two contests, while seven of its 10-man rotation have field goal percentages of 50 percent or better.

Sports bettors will likely back the Wildcats due to their 4-1 ATS mark versus Conference USA foes, while the Golden Eagles are 0-6 ATS after a SU loss.

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