USC at Colorado: 2/25/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Colorado Buffaloes (17-7) vs USC Trojans (19-4)
Game Info: Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 9:00 pm (CU Events Center)
Betting Odds: Colorado Buffaloes -2 -- Over/Under: 136.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The 19th ranked USC Trojans will travel to the CU Events Center to take on the Colorado Buffaloes this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The 19th ranked USC Trojans improved to 19-4 on the season after defeating the Oregon Ducks, 72-58, this past Monday. USC dominated Oregon on both ends of the court in the 1st half and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 43-22 halftime lead. USC shot 49.1% from the field and 47.6% from beyond the arc while Oregon shot 40.4% from the field and 41.2% from beyond the arc. USC outrebounded Oregon by a 39-25 margin and forced 10 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Trojans was Tahj Eaddy who had 24 points, 4 rebounds, & 2 assits.
On the season, USC is averaging 75.7 ppg on 46.9% shooting from the field. The Trojans are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 35.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, USC has been led by Evan Mobley (16.8 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.0 spg), Tahj Eaddy (14.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.6 apg), Isaiah Mobley (9.6 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.6 apg), & Drew Peterson (9.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.0 apg).
Defensively, USC is holding their opponents to an average of 64.1 ppg on 38.6% shooting from the field. The Trojans have a rebound margin of 7.9 and a turnover margin of -0.7.
The Colorado Buffaloes snapped a 2-game losing streak and improved to 17-7 on the season after defeating the Oregon State Beavers, 61-57, this past Saturday night. Colorado was solid on the defensive end against Oregon State and was able to pull away after taking a 55-45 lead with 4:19 left in regulation. Colorado shot 44.2% from the field and 22.2% from beyond the arc while Oregon State shot 36.2% from the field and 27.3% from beyond the arc. Colorado outrebounded Oregon State by a 34-30 margin and forced 13 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Buffaloes was McKinley Wright IV who had 21 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, & 1 steal.
On the season, Colorado is averaging 73.5 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field. The Buffaloes are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 36.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Colorado has been led by McKinley Wright IV (14.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.0 spg), Jeriah Horne (11.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.0 apg), Evan Battey (10.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.0 apg), D’Shawn Schwartz (8.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.2 apg).
Defensively, Colorado is holding their opponents to an average of 63.2 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Buffaloes have a rebound margin of 4.1 and a turnover margin of 2.1.
The Trojans are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 12-3 ATS in their last 15 road games. The Buffaloes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games.
USC has been playing some great basketball this season, however, Colorado has been one of the few teams that has had their number as the Buffaloes were able to defeat the Trojans on the road by a 72-62 margin in late December. Colorado can be a bit inconsistent as we have seen in losses to Washington & California, however, the Buffaloes are still a very tough team led by their defense that ranks 26th in scoring defense and as Colorado is an impressive 8-1 record at home, I think the play here is to take Colorado to cover this small home spread. Good Luck!