|Written by Michael|
Bet on NCAABThe Pac-10 Conference Tournament semifinals gets started Friday night as the Arizona Wildcats take on the USC Trojans. Arizona is the No. 1 seed in the conference and ranked 16th overall in the NCAA, while the Trojans are No. 4. Whichever school wins tonight will play in the finals against either No. 3 Washington or No. 7 Oregon.
Arizona is coming into this contest with a 26-6 record, and has won the Pac-10 conference a total of four times. That is more than any other team in the conference. But their last win came in 2002, quite a while ago. Since then, they have played in the final game only once, in 2005. They defeated Oregon State in the quarterfinals by 78-69, improving their streak to 11 wins in the last 13 games.
USC is coming off of a 70-56 win yesterday against No. 5 California in the quarterfinals. The Trojans are also on a hot streak right now, winning six of their last seven games, including regular season and tournament play. The one and only time they won the Pac-10 conference was in 2009, so they fewer overall wins than Arizona, but their win was much closer in time.
According to the sportsbook odds, USC are currently listed as 1 point favorites, with the total set at 132.5. Arizona leads the series between the two teams 57-40, but the Wildcats and Trojans split the regular season series 1-1. This is a very difficult game to predict, as the close odds show. The game is widely expected to be very close, and may be decided in the final seconds.
USC averages 67.0 points per game, and holds opponents to 62.7 points per game on average. Nikola Vucevic averages 17.3 points per game and 10.1 rebounds. Arizona puts up an average of 76.9 points per game, and keeps opponents to 67.3, playing a faster-paced game than USC. Watch for Pac-10 Player of the Year Derrick Williams of Arizona, who averages 18.9 points per game and 8.1 rebounds.