At first glance, a Pac-12 matchup between No. 3 Arizona and Arizona State as well as the Oregon-Oregon State showdown doesn’t seem that captivating but in rivalry games like this, it is smart to expect the unexpected.
Speaking of the unexpected, who had Stanford being 3-0 against UCLA and USC this season? The Cardinal look to make it a perfect 4-for-4 against the Los Angeles-based Pac-12 teams.
Here’s a look at this weekend’s games in the Pac-12.
Arizona State Sun Devils at Arizona Wildcats
- Date, time, TV: Saturday, January 29, 2:30 p.m. ET CBS
Arizona might have won six straight games in the series from 2016-18 but things have been more competitive recently with the teams splitting the last six meetings. Two of the last three matchups were decided by either one or two points with the Sun Devils covering against the college basketball spreads in four of the last six games.
Four of the last Arizona State-Arizona games finished under the total.
The Sun Devils (6-11, 2-5 in the Pac-12) have lost five of their last six games but have covered in three of those contests. Arizona State has won four of the last five games decided by five points or less although only two of those wins have come in conference play.
Four of Arizona’s last five games have gone under the total.
The Wildcats (16-2, 6-1) had a five-game winning streak snapped with a 75-59 loss at UCLA.
Arizona State’s D.J. Horne is averaging 15 points in his last three games with 10 made 3-pointers over that stretch. Arizona’s Bennedict Mathurin has 12 straight double-digit scoring games.
Utah Utes at Washington Huskies
- Date, time, TV: Saturday, January 29, 5 p.m. ET Pac-12 Network
Washington (10-8, 5-3) has won two of the last three games against Utah after the Utes had won eight of the last 10.
Something to consider for those who bet online, the Huskies have covered in each of the last three meetings with three of the last four games in the series going over the total.
Utah (8-13, 1-10) comes into the game on a nine-game losing streak and has only covered twice against the college basketball spreads during that stretch.
The Utes are 0-7 at home and they have dropped their last three games determined by less than 10 points and that includes a 74-68 loss at home to Washington on January 6.
Six of Utah’s last seven games have finished under the total. The Utes committed 19 turnovers in a loss to Washington State the last time out.
Washington has won four of its last five games and has covered in each of them. The Huskies’ last three home games have been decided by single digits. The Huskies are 4-0 in the month of January in games decided by less than 10 points.
California Bears at Southern California Trojans
- Date, time, TV: Saturday, January 29, 7 p.m. ET Pac-12 Network
California (9-11, 2-7) has lost seven games in a row to Southern California with each of the last five games in the series finishing over the total.
A 77-63 loss to USC on January 6 began a six-game losing streak for the Bears with Cal listed by the Las Vegas odds as the underdog in each of those contests. Cal has lost all five of its true road games.
USC had been 9-0 when listed as double-digit favorites this season before the Trojans lost 64-61 at home to Stanford on Thursday as an 11-point favorite.
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The 15th-ranked Trojans (17-3, 7-3) are just 4-6 against the spread in games when they are favored by at least 10 points.
Three of USC’s last four games ended up going under the total. Leading scorer Isaiah Mobley had scored in double digits in 11 games in a row before being held to nine points in a loss to Stanford.
The Bears have been held under 60 points in four of its last five games.
Stanford Cardinal at UCLA Bruins
- Date, time, TV: Saturday, January 29, 9:30 p.m. ET Pac-12 Network
Nine of the last 10 games between Stanford and UCLA have gone over the total. Stanford has won three of the last four games in the series including a one-point win at home as a six-point underdog according to the Las Vegas odds on January 23. A win would enable Stanford to sweep the season series against both USC and UCLA.
Stanford (12-6, 5-3) has been a little on the streaky side as a four-game winning streak was followed by back-to-back losses. The Cardinal has won its last two games. Four of the last five Stanford games have gone under the total.
Five of Stanford’s last six games have been determined by six points or less. Stanford is 4-1 in those games including a pair of wins over ranked opponents.
No. 7 UCLA (15-2, 7-1) has won its last five games and covered in the last three. The Bruins have won their last three home games by an average of 18.7 points. UCLA has committed just 17 turnovers and comes up with 21 steals in its last two games
Oregon State Beavers at Oregon Ducks
- Date, time, TV: Saturday, January 29, 10 p.m. ET ESPN2
Oregon State and Oregon have altered wins and losses in the last six games in the series. Each of the four games between the Beavers and Ducks has gone over the total. Oregon State has won three of the last four matchups at Oregon.
Oregon State (3-14, 1-6) has lost its last four games and 14 of the last 15 although the Beavers are 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six games.
Each of the Beavers’ last seven games has finished over the total. Oregon State has dropped its first five road games. The Beavers have allowed 77.6 games over the last two games.
Oregon’s six-game winning streak came to an end with a four-point loss at home to Colorado which was an eight-point underdog. Five of the last six games have finished over the total for Oregon (12-7, 5-3). Will Richardson has scored in double digits in 10 straight games. The Ducks are 4-0 this season when he scores as least 20 points.
Colorado Buffaloes at Washington State Cougars
- Date, time, TV: Sunday, January 30, 10 p.m. ET FS1
Colorado has won the last three matchups with Washington State including an 11-point win at Washington State on January 23, 2021.
Colorado (13-7, 5-5) has lost three of its last four games and is 1-3 against the spread in those matchups. Jabari Walker is averaging 17.6 points over the last six games and is 24 of 26 from the foul line during that span.
The last four and eight of the last nine Washington State games have gone under the total
Washington State (10-8, 5-3) has won three of its last four contests and has been favored in every home game this season. Leading scorer Michael Flowers is 2 for 14 on 3-pointers in his last two games.