Pac 12 College Basketball Betting Preview: #7 Arizona Wildcats at Washington Huskies

#7 Arizona Wildcats at Washington Huskies
Alaska Airlines Arena – Seattle, Washington
Friday, February 13, 2015, 9:00 pm Eastern, TV: ESPN
Opening Line: Arizona -10 1/2
Current Line: Arizona -10
Opening Total: 140
Current Total: 148
Opening Money Line: Arizona -550 / Washington +430
Current Money Line: Arizona -550 / Washington +430

Arizona is a 10 point road favorite against washington Friday night.
Arizona is a 10 point road favorite against washington Friday night.

The 20-3 Arizona Wildcats are 8-2 in the Pac 12. The Wildcats are trying to keep pace with the 9-2 Utah Utes who beat Stanford last night to take over first place in the conference. Arizona travels to the 14-9 Washington Huskies Friday night. The fading Huskies started off the season 11-0, before losing 4 straight games. Then The Huskies rebounded slightly with a 3 game winning streak, but now have lost 5 straight games. Washington is 3-8 in the Pac 12 and ahead of only 1-11 USC in the standings.

Arizona leads the series 47-28 against Washington but the Huskies are 18-17 in Seattle against the Wildcats. Arizona has won 3 straight games in the series including 71-62 in Tucson last season. This is the only scheduled meeting between the teams this season.

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Arizona is coached by Sean Miller. The Wildcats have road losses at UNLV, Oregon State and Arizona State Saturday 81-78. The loss to the rival Sun Devils snapped a six game winning streak for the Wildcats. Arizona has home wins over CS-Northridge, UC-Irvine, Gonzaga, Michigan, Oakland, Arizona State, Colorado, Utah, Oregon and Oregon State. The Wildcats also have neutral sight wins over Missouri, Kansas State and San Diego State in the Maui Invitational, and road wins over UTEP, Oregon, Stanford and California. Arizona is 13-10 ATS and the total is 10-13 this season. The Wildcats were 8.5 point favorites against Arizona State and the total was 133. Arizona is only playing their third game since January 30 against Washington.

Washington is coached Lorenzo Romar. The Huskies have home losses to Stony Brook, Washington State, Stanford and California, plus road losses at California, Stanford, Utah, Oregon and Oregon State 64-50 Sunday. Washington has home wins over Pacific, San Diego State, Eastern Washington, Tulane, Oregon State and Oregon. Washington has neutral site wins over San Jose State, Long Beach State, and UTEP all in a tournament in Fullerton and Anaheim, plus Oklahoma in Las Vegas, along with a road win at Colorado. Washington is 10-12 ATS and the total is 11-11 this season. The Huskies were 4.5 point underdogs at Oregon State and the total was 123.

Arizona is outscoring teams 75-59 this season. The Wildcats are #30 in scoring and #21 in points allowed nationally. Arizona is shooting 49.1% from the field and 36.2% from 3 point range. The Wildcats are #8 in field goal percentage nationally. Arizona makes 68.8% of their free throws. Opponents are shooting 40.2% from the field and 33.1% from 3 point range. Arizona averages 35.7 rebounds per game and opponents average 25 per game. The Wildcats are #2 nationally in rebounds allowed. Arizona averages 13.7 assists, 11.7 turnovers, 7.3 steals and 3.3 blocks per game. Opponents average 10 assists, 14.7 turnovers, 5.1 steals and 2.2 blocks per game.

Forward Stanley Johnson averages 14.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Brandon Ashley averages 11.4 points and 5.3 rebounds. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson averages 11 points, 6.4 rebounds 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. T.J. McConnell averages 9.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game. Kaleb Tarczewski averages 8.3 points and 5 rebounds per game. Gabe York averages 8.7 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. Guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright is doubtful with a concussion.

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Washington is outscoring teams 69-65 this season. The Huskies are shooting 45.1% from the field and 31.1% from 3 point range. Washington makes 66.4% of their free throws. Opponents are shooting 39.3% from the field and 33.4% from 3 point range. The Huskies are #44 nationally in field goal defense. Washington averages 36.6 rebounds per game and opponents average 31.8 per game. The Huskies are #26 nationally in rebounding. Washington averages 13.5 assists, 12.4 turnovers, 5 steals and 5.8 blocks per game. Opponents average 10.7 assists, 11.3 turnovers, 6.3 steals and 3 blocks per game.

Guard Nigel Williams-Goss averages 15.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 6 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Andrew Andrews averages 12.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Robert Upshaw averages 10.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.5 blocks per game. He was kicked off the team for violating team rules and failing numerous drug tests. Shawn Kemp, Jr. averages 10.1 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Mike Anderson averages 8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Forward Jernard Jarreau is out until late February with a leg injury.

Arizona is 5-0 ATS against teams with winning records, 5-1 overall, and against Pac 12 teams. Five of the last six games in this series have gone under the total.  However, the over is 9-3 in Seattle in the series recently.

Washington is 3-7 ATS in Friday games, 2-5 at home, 2-6 after failing to cover, 2-7 after a straight up loss, 1-4 against teams with winning records, overall and against Pac 12 teams. The underdog is 9-3 ATS in this series recently. The Huskies have covered 4 of the last 5 against the Wildcats recently.

A game against an angry Arizona team probably isn’t what the doctor ordered for reeling Washington. I think Washington’s losing streak continues and Arizona wins comfortably.

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