Colorado at USC - 3/12/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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USC Trojans (22-6) vs Colorado Buffaloes (21-7)
Game Info: Friday, March 12, 2021 at 11:30 pm (T-Mobile Arena)
Betting Odds: USC Trojans +2 -- Over/Under: 133 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Colorado Buffaloes will be facing the USC Trojans Friday night in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals. Colorado came away with the win both times they played during the regular season.
Colorado has now won 5 straight games, and 8 of their last 10. Most recently they came away with a 61-58 victory over Cal in the Quarterfinals. The Buffaloes shot the ball poorly, only hitting 38.5% of their shots and 21.4% from deep. They had assists on just 8 of their 20 makes. Evan Battey led the team with 15 points. Colorado was able to limit the Golden Bears to just 28% shooting from deep, and outrebounded them 34-30. They also came away with 8 steals, leading to a +4 turnover differential. Colorado is averaging 73.7 points per game, while allowing 63 to their opponents. McKinley Wright IV leads the offense with 15.3 points and 5.7 assists per game.
USC has gone 7-3 in their last 10, winning 3 straight. Last time out they knocked off the Utah Utes 91-85 in double OT to advance to the Semifinals. USC shot 48.3% from the field, and 35.3% from three. The Trojans only assisted on 10 of their 28 makes. Evan Mobley led the team with 26 points and 9 rebounds. USC allowed Utah to shoot 42.2% from the field and 30% from beyond the arc. Rebounds were even at 39 each. USC is averaging 74.9 points per game, and giving up 64.9 to the opposition. Evan Mobley leads the team with 16.4 points 8.6 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game.
USC is 16-12 ATS this season, 5-5 ATS in their last 10, and 2-2 ATS as the dog. Colorado is 16-12 ATS this season, 5-5 ATS in their last 10, and 14-8 ATS as the favorite.
Colorado won the first meeting with USC by 10 on the road, and won by 18 at home toward the end of the year. Wright has given the Trojans fits with his speed, drawing the attention of the defense, leading to easy shots for his teammates. USC has also done little of late to give me confidence they will flip the script against the Buffaloes. Give me Colorado to cover.