USC vs. Washington State - 2/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Washington State Cougars (14-11) at USC Trojans (18-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Galen Center)
The Line: USC Trojans -8.5 -- Over/Under: 138.5
The Washington State Cougars and USC Trojans meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Galen Center.
The Washington State Cougars look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Washington State Cougars are averaging 70.1 points on 40.6 percent shooting and allowing 67.7 points on 45.1 percent shooting. CJ Elleby is averaging 18.3 points and 7.2 rebounds while Isaac Bonton is averaging 14.5 points and 3.9 rebounds. Jeff Pollard is grabbing 4.1 rebounds and Tony Miller is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Washington State Cougars are shooting 31.6 percent from beyond the arc and 71.6 percent from the free throw line. The Washington State Cougars are allowing 30.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.8 rebounds per game. The Washington State Cougars have lost five straight road games.
The USC Trojans look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The USC Trojans are averaging 73.9 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 67.4 points on 39 percent shooting. Onyeka Okongwu is averaging 17.3 points and 8.9 rebounds while Jonah Mathews is averaging 13 points and 2.3 rebounds. Nick Rakocevic is the third double-digit scorer and Isaiah Mobley is grabbing six rebounds. The USC Trojans are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 67.1 percent from the free throw line. The USC Trojans are allowing 32.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.2 rebounds per game. The USC Trojans have won four of their last five home games.
The road team is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings. The favorite is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Washington State Cougars are just 1-5-1 ATS on the road this season, but they're a team that compete and plays hard, and their recent overtime loss to UCLA shows their ability to hang in games. The USC Trojans have been the better team this season and win at home by an average of 8.8 points, but they're shooting just 40.4 percent from the field in their last five games and are 5-7 ATS at home on the year. USC should win this game, but this line isn't showing much respect to Washington State. I'll take a stab with the free points.