USC vs. Stanford - 1/18/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Stanford Cardinal (15-2) at USC Trojans (14-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 6:30 pm (Galen Center)
The Line: USC Trojans -1.5 -- Over/Under: 136 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Stanford Cardinal will travel to the Galen Center to take on the USC Trojans this Saturday night in College Basketball actin.
The Stanford Cardinal won their 4th straight game and improved to 15-2 (4-0 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the UCLA Bruins, 74-59, this past Wednesday. Stanford was outstanding on the offensive end agianst the Bruins and had no trouble pulling away for the victory after taking a 56-44 lead with 7:55 left in regulation. Stanford shot 51.1% from the field and 47.1% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Cardinal was Tyrell Terry who had 24 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal.
On the season, Stanford is averaging 72.4 ppg on 48.9% shooting from the field. The Cardinal are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 39.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Stanford has been led by Oscar da Silva (15.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.4 spg), Tyrell Terry (15.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.6 spg), and Daejon Davis (8.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.8 spg).
Defensively, Stanford is holding their opponents to an average of 58.4 ppg on 38.6% shooting from the field. The Cardinal have a rebound margin of 0.2 and a turnover margin of 2.6.
The USC Trojans won their 2nd straight game and improved to 14-3 (3-1 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the California Golden Bears, 88-56, this past Thursday. USC dominated California on both ends of the court and had no trouble picking up the victory after taking a 41-25 halftime lead. USC shot 50.0% from the field and 60.9% from beyond the arc while holding California to just 33.9% shooting in the victory. Leading the way for the Trojans was Jonah Mathews who had 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists.
On the season, USC is averaging 73.5 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Trojans are averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game on 36.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, USC has been led by Onyeka Okongwu (16.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.1 spg, 2.9 bpg), Jonah Mathews (12.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 spg), and Nick Rakocevic (11.6 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.6 spg).
Defensively, USC is allowing their opponents to average 66.8 ppg on 38.5% shooting from the field. The Trojans have a rebound margin of 5.4 and a turnover margin of -1.9.
The Cardinal are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games following a straight up win. The Trojans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games.
Stanford has won 8 of their last 9 games and has been led by their defense this season which comes into this game ranked 7th in scoring defense and 31st in defensive FG%.
USC has also won 8 of their last 9 games and have been a balanced them this season as they come into this game ranked 127th in scoring offense, 121st in scoring defense, and 29th in defensive FG%.
Stanford has been outstanding this season as their only losses have come against Butler and Kansas and although USC has been playing well as of late, I think the Cardinal is the better team on both ends of the court and will do enough cover with the points. Good Luck!