Washington simply doesn’t match up with Arizona after losing two of its most important post players, which will lead to a college basketball blowout Friday night.
Arizona outscores opponents by an average of 10.1 points per game in the paint, which is important to consider when making your free college basketball picks, as Washington has lost all five of its games since suspending Robert Upshaw for the season.
The Wildcats sit behind just 18 teams in shooting 53.7 percent from the two-point area—a number that should be reached without one of the nation’s leading shot blockers protecting the rim at the Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle.
Leading scorer Stanley Johnson has the ability to get to the basket whenever he wants, which opens up the floor for his teammates, while he leads all Pac-12 Conference freshman in free throws made and attempted.
It’s also important to point out that the program has compiled a 33-6 SU record when starting center Kaleb Tarczewski scores in double figures, so keep this in mind when looking over the NCAA basketball odds.
After winning its first 11 games of the season, Washington has simply fallen flat since starting conference play on Jan. 2, as it looks to snap a five-game losing streak.
The Huskies have never lost six games in a row during head coach Lorenzo Romar’s 13 years on campus, but that’s likely to occur with the Wildcats being 75-14 SU as betting favorites since 2012-13.
Romar simply doesn’t have the man power to match up with one of the favorites to win the 2015 NCAA Tournament, as starting forward Jernard Jarreau isn’t expected to return from a leg injury until the end of the month.
The Wildcats have won a conference-best 28 Pac-12 road games since the arrival of Sean Miller to Tucson, with defense being the name of the game, as they consistently rank in the top 10 in efficiency on that side of the floor.
Arizona knows that Washington will be more reliant on three-point shooting in this matchup due to its lack of interior players, but that’s not a bad thing due to the host ranking 284th in the country in knocking down just 31.1 percent of its shots from that area.
The Huskies would be more dangerous as road underdogs of this kind if this game took place earlier in the season, but their backcourt has been on the floor a ton in recent weeks.
Andrew Andrews and Nigel Williams-Goss have both played 38-plus minutes in five of the last six games, while the Wildcats have eight players contributing 10 or more minutes a night during Pac-12 play.
The Wildcats have won both of their games following a loss this season, while the Huskies are 3-8 SU and 4-7 ATS versus conference opponents.
Arizona takes care of business, and earns its 16th victory by a double-digit margin.
NCAA Basketball Pick: Arizona Wildcats -10 at 5Dimes