Washington at USC: 1/14/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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USC Trojans (9-2) vs Washington Huskies (1-9)
Game Info: Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 9:30 pm (Galen Center)
Betting Odds: USC Trojans -14.5 -- Over/Under: 137 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Washington Huskies will travel to the Galen Center to take on the USC Trojans this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Washington Huskies lost their 6th straight game and dropped to 1-9 on the season after being defeated by the California Golden Bears, 84-78, this past Saturday. Washington fought back after trailing by a 40-32 margin at halftime to tie the game at 73-all late, however, the defensive struggled down the stretch and could not fight back after the Golden Bears took an 80-75 lead with just 1:30 left in regulation. Washington shot 52.0% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc while allowing California to shoot 55.4% from the field and 42.3% from beyond the arc. Washington outrebounded California by a 32-24 margin, however, lost the turnover battle by a 15-9 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Huskies was Erik Stevenson who had 27 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, & 2 steals.
On the season, Washington is averaging 63.3 ppg on 39.4% shooting from the field. The Huskies are averaging 5.8 three-pointers per game on 26.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Washington has been led by Quade Green (15.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.5 spg), Jamal Bey (7.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg), Nate Pryor (7.0 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1. Spg), & Erik Stevenson (6.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.2 spg).
Defensively, Washington is allowing their opponents to average 74.7 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Huskies have a rebound margin of -9.5 and a turnover margin of -0.9.
The USC Trojans won their 4th straight game and improved to 9-2 on the season after defeating the UC-Riverside Highlanders, 67-62 (OT), this past Tuesday. USC allowed UC-Riverside to fight back from a 50-45 lead with just 3:52 left in regulation to force OT, however, the Trojans offense was great in the extra period and pulled away after taking a 65-59 lead with just a minute left in OT. USC shot 38.1% from the field and 14.3% from beyond the arc while UC-Riverside shot 39.3% from the field and 37.5% from beyond the arc. USC outrebounded UC-Riverside by a 47-37 margin and forced 12 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Trojans was Evan Mobley who had a double-double with 20 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 6 blocks, & 1 steal.
On the season, USC is averaging 76.2 ppg on 47.3% shooting from the field. The Trojans are averaging 6.2 three-pointers per game on 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, USC has been led by Evan Mobley (16.2 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.5 apg, 3.3 bpg), Tahj Eaddy (12.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.9 apg), Drew Peterson (10.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.8 apg), & Isaiah Mobley (9.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.1 bpg).
Defensively, USC is holding their opponents to an average of 63.5 ppg on 36.0% shooting from the field. The Trojans have a rebound margin of 7.7 and a turnover margin of -1.3.
The Huskies are 16-35 ATS in their last 51 games overall and just 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games. The Trojans are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
USC had all they could handle from an underrated UC-Riverside team, however, make no mistake, this is a very good Trojans team that comes into this game ranked 97th in scoring offense, 37th in scoring defense, & 2nd in defensive FG%. Washington is the worst team in the Pac-12 as they have struggled on both sides of the court and as the Huskies have lost their last four games by an average of 18.0 ppg, I think the play here is to take USC to cover this large spread. Good Luck!