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Arizona basketball: Predictions for the USC and UCLA games

Spoiler alert: We think Arizona will win

James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Wildcats face the SoCal schools for the only time this year as the USC Trojans and UCLA Bruins visit McKale Center this weekend.

Here's our predictions for the games, and our predictions don't really include any Arizona losses.

Gabe Encinas: USC is coming off a big win vs Oregon State, notching their second conference win of the season. But the Trojans should be no threat for Arizona at home. UCLA has finally picked it up and has strung together a couple of solid wins, including a win over Utah. The Bruins can definitely give Arizona some trouble, but I expect the Cats win games both comfortably.

David Potts: Sweep. Arizona's three losses this year have all been on the road -- I doubt they drop a game at home to either of the mediocre L.A. schools.

Ryan Kelapire: Sweep. The USC game will likely be a blowout win, but the UCLA game should be a tough one. Bruins have won 5 of their last 6, and they'll be hungry as they're currently a bubble team. A win in Tucson would help solidify their case for an NCAA tournament bid, so you know they'll be ready to play.

Bryan Doherty: Arizona cruises against Southern Cal. I haven't thought much of UCLA all year and still think they're a fairly mediocre team who has rebounded in a down year for the PAC-12. At home, with GameDay there, I expect Arizona if it shows up to play to handle UCLA pretty easily. A 15+ point win should be very attainable.

Ben Leech: USC: big blowout, say 84-51. UCLA: tight game with ESPN GameDay in town and with past history with UCLA but an Arizona win, 72-63.

Steven Rodriguez: Arizona shouldn't have a problem with either USC or UCLA. USC doesn't have the talent nor the coaching to beat U of A. UCLA might be the more talented of the two, but their roster is still not competitive enough to match up with the Wildcats. And once you add in College GameDay, UCLA will not be able match Arizona's intensity.