Arizona vs Indiana Odds, Picks, Predictions (12/10/22)

Arizona plays Indiana in Vegas in this big showdown between ranked teams. Arizona is coming off an unimpressive win against a really bad Cal team, but it was a rebound after they lost to Utah in a very ugly game before that. Indiana also didn’t impress at all in a win against Nebraska, but they also rebounded after losing ugly to Rutgers before that. This should be an interesting matchup because these teams are very similar and it will matter a lot who wins down the road in March. Let’s take a look at the odds and make some picks and predictions for this game!

Arizona vs. Indiana Odds

This game is currently a pick’em with neither team gaining the upper hand in terms of being a favorite just yet. The over/under is also at 158.5. No one being favored here makes sense because these teams are very similar and have had mirrored seasons so far up to this point. The over/under being at 158.5 makes sense because both of these teams can score a ton and have been known for their offenses so far this season. Expect someone to be favored here, so keep an eye out for the spread due to that until tip-off.

Arizona vs. Indiana Prediction & Pick

The pick: Arizona

Arizona came into this season with a lot of question marks due to Bennedict Mathurin, Dalen Terry, and Christian Koloko all leaving to go to the NBA Draft. They’ve answered those questions so far, while also very clearly being a different team from last year too. The Wildcats have the best big men combination in all of college basketball with Azuolas Tubelis and Oumar Ballo dominating down low against whoever Arizona has played this year. Kerr Kriisa has stepped up even more and has become a great facilitator while also being the best shooter on Arizona’s roster. The other name to look out for is Courtney Ramey, who’s thrived in Arizona’s fast-paced offense so far this year after transferring from Texas. As a team, Arizona is one of the highest-scoring teams in the country and is ranked 3rd in points scored and in assists per game too. Indiana has been very good this year too.

Trayce Jackson-Davis is easily the best player on this Hoosiers team down low. Jalen Hood-Schifino has also emerged as a great guard for the Hoosiers, but there’s a question surrounding his status for this game with him dealing with a back issue. Xavier Johnson is in line to have a big game too at the guard spot, especially if Hood-Schifino is limited or doesn’t play at all. Arizona is the play here because of their depth and size, while Indiana might have the best player on the court in Jackson-Davis, the Arizona big men are a bad matchup for him. The fact it’s in Vegas also favors Arizona too.

Arizona vs. Indiana Key Matchups

Can the Arizona big men slow down Trayce Jackson-Davis? Will Xavier Johnson or Kerr Kriisa get the better of each other?

The Arizona Bigs vs Trayce Jackson-Davis

Arizona has the best combination of big men in the country. A combination of Azuolas Tubelis and Oumar Ballo is extremely hard to defend and extremely hard to score on. Trayce Jackson-Davis is the best big man they’ve played against this year next to Ryan Kalkbrenner. He averages 17.5 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and he averages 67.5% from the field on the year. Tubelis is a stretch player that can make it difficult to defend him, especially since he averages 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 44% from behind the three-point line. Ballo is the other side of the two-headed monster and averages 19 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 77% from the field. This is going to be a great matchup because of how skilled all three are.

Xavier Johnson vs Kerr Kriisa

Both of these players have been x-factors for their teams, so this matchup will be big in determining who wins. Xavier Johnson is a senior point guard who’s a leader for the Hoosiers. He averages 11 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 41% from three-point range, and 46% from the field overall. He’s a very big x-factor for Indiana, and should be in this game too. Kerr Kriisa is Arizona’s starting point guard and is a junior. He averages 13 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds, 41% from three-point range, and 46% from the field overall. Point guard is the most important position in basketball and this matchup will have a big impact on who wins because of that.

Jake Faigus, graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minored in sports management. He wrote for The Daily Wildcat, as well as the Arizona Fansided blog, Zona Zealots. He currently writes for Aaron Torres Media and runs social media for BracketFanatics.

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