Where: Los Angeles, CA
When: 9:30 PM EST
TV: Pac 12 Network
Line: Arizona -7
The Arizona Wildcats face the USC Trojans on Wednesday night in Los Angeles in what can be called a prototypical trap game. The Wildcats could easily overlook the upset minded Trojans while anticipating revenge against UCLA on Saturday. It is important for this team to go into the UCLA game with momentum.
The Teams: The Arizona Wildcats come into the game with a ranking of #11, an RPI at #11, and an overall record of 23-4. The Wildcats have hot s good stride recently with blow out wins over the Washington schools last week but the Trojans will be ready to try for the upset. USC has had a disappointing season with an overall record of 12-15, and a conference record of 7-7. The Trojans have the 26th ranked strength of schedule though so they will not be intimidated by the Wildcats.
What to watch for: The Wildcats will have the usual suspects out on the floor with the Big 3 of Nick Johnson, Solomon Hill, and Mark Lyons leading the charge. In this game, and for the rest of the season, it is going to be important to watch the 4 freshmen and how they are playing. Now that Gabe York is getting minutes (and not looking to0 bad defensively) it will be interesting to see how Coach Miller will try to distribute the minutes to these freshmen. Kaleb Tarczewski, Brandon Ashley and Grant Jarrett have seemed to really understand what is needed from each of them for this team to be successful now, and it is no coincidence that the Cats are hitting their stride because of it. Meanwhile, USC will be looking for the upset behind Jio Fontan, Eric Wise, and JT Terrell. Fontan really gets the team going, averaging almost 10 points per contest and 5.1 assists. The Trojans are playing a lot looser under interim head coach Bob Cantu, who has a 5-4 record since taking over the job.
The Outcome: Arizona will not overlook the Trojans and will remain focused, looking for a winning streak to end the season and a possible #2 seed in the NCAA tournament. Arizona 71 USC 60