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Washington vs Arizona Game Preview, Stream, Odds, Picks & Predictions

Nation’s No. 1 Scoring Team Seeks 12th Win

The Washington Huskies were limited to just two games in the month of December as two Pac-12 games were postponed and a non-conference contest with Gonzaga was canceled. The Huskies split games with Seattle and Utah Valley the week before Christmas to help shake some of the rust off.

This will be Washington’s first true road game as a pair of scheduled road games in December were called off due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the program. The last time the teams played, host Arizona escaped with a one-point win on Feb. 27, 2021, when Washington missed a three-pointer at the buzzer. It was the last home game that Arizona was held under 80 points. The Wildcats are averaging 95.1 points in seven home games this season.

Washington vs Arizona Game Preview, Stream, Odds, Picks & Predictions
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Arizona, led by first-year head coach Tommy Lloyd, entered the season with the fourth-best odds to win March Madness among Pac-12 teams. The odds have gone from +6600 to +1800 since the season started.

Lloyd became the first Pac-12 coach to begin his career with 11 straight wins since Stanford’s Walter Powell during the 1920-21 season. He’s the first coach from Arizona to accomplish the feat since J.F. “Pop” McHale, who won 21 straight from 1914-17.

  • Game: Washington (5-5) vs Arizona (11-1)
  • Location: McKale Center, Tucson, Ariz.
  • Day/Time: Monday, 8 p.m. ET
  • Television: Pac-12 Networks

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Washington vs Arizona Betting Lines

Team Point Spread Moneyline Over/Under
Washington +25 (-110) N/A 152 (-1105o)
Arizona -25 (-110) N/A 152 (-110u)

Stingy Washington Huskies Defense to be Tested

The fourth time will be the charm as the Washington Huskies will finally get to open Pac-12 play after the first three conference games were postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests within the program. A game at Arizona was among the games impacted. The chance to face the ninth-ranked Wildcats comes on Monday.

It will be quite the test for a Washington team that has held each of its first 10 opponents under 50 percent shooting. However, none of those teams have the offensive firepower of Arizona, which leads all Division I teams in scoring offense with an average of 89.5 points.

Washington has allowed opponents to make just 27 three-pointers in its five wins compared to 37 in the five losses.

Washington will be facing an Arizona team that has scored at least 90 points six times, including three games with more than 100 points.

The Huskies will try to borrow a page from Tennessee,which limited Arizona to a season-low 73 points in handing Arizona its first loss in its final game before the holiday break.

Washington has covered in six of its last nine games against Arizona and in five of the last six games when facing Arizona on the road.

It will be the 16th consecutive meeting when Washington is listed by the Las Vegas odds as the underdog.

Mathurin Continues to Deliver for Arizona Wildcats

The 2021-22 season began with Bennedict Mathurin making only two of 13 shots in the Arizona Wildcats’ season-opening win over Northern Arizona. Since that game, he has made at least 50 percent of his shots in eight of the next 11 games.

Mathurin almost single-handedly kept Arizona in the game against Tennessee, finishing with 28 points, eight rebounds and five assists before fouling out for the first time this season. While Mathurin has made at least two three-pointers in nine of the Wildcats’ first 12 games, his best work has been done inside the three-point range. In the last six games, Mathurin is connecting on 68 percent of two-point shot attempts.

Mathurin has been projected as a potential top-10 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. He contemplated making himself eligible for the 2021 draft but opted to return for the 2021-22 season.

Mathurin (+1700) has the seventh-best odds to be named the National Player of the Year.

The issue in the Tennessee loss was that only one other Arizona player scored in double figures, which is something of a rarity for the nation’s top-scoring team.

Arizona is 8-3-1 against the spreads in its last 12 games.

Top Scorers in Pac-12 Square Off

It will be fun to watch Washington’s Terrell Brown and Arizona’s Mathurin, the top two scorers in the Pac-12 squaring off.

This game and whether Arizona covers should come down to the pace of play

With Mathurin leading the way, eight of Arizona’s last 11 games have gone over the total.

Washington has covered in just three of its last 10 games.

Something that might be of interest to those who bet online is Arizona has won its last 11 games when listed as the favorite, going 8-3-1 against the spread.

It has been a while since both of these teams played, so predicting which way this game will go is a little challenging. The explosive Arizona offense might be a little too much for Washington to handle.

Pick: Arizona Wildcats -25

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