Oregon at USC: 3/28/21 NCAA Tournament College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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USC Trojans (24-7) vs Oregon Ducks (21-6)
Game Info: Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 9:45 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
Betting Odds: USC Trojans -1 -- Over/Under: 138 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Oregon Ducks and USC Trojans face off on Sunday in a Sweet 16 college basketball showdown at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
These two teams faced off once so far this year and it was USC that was able to win 72-58.
The USC Trojans have looked impressive so far during the NCAA tournament, including their last game against the Kansas Jayhawks. The defense locked down in the last game giving up only 51 points to Kansas and that was the difference as they won in blowout fashion. USC on the season is averaging 75 points per game while their defense is giving up 64.4 points per game. USC is shooting 47.1 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from the field. Forward Evan Mobley has been the best player for USC this season averaging 16.5 points while shooting 58 percent from the field and 30.8 percent from behind the three point line. Tahj Eaddy has also been strong for the team averaging 13.5 points while shooting 44.5 percent from the field.
The Oregon Ducks weren’t talked a lot about coming into the tournament but after a first round bye, they looked good in the same game against the Iowa Hawkeyes. Coming into this game, Oregon sits with a 21-6 record overall but against Iowa they were impressive. The offense was elite in the last game putting up 95 points and that led to a 15 point victory. Oregon currently averages 71.6 points per game while their defense is giving up 64.9 points per game. Against Iowa, Oregon had four different players who scored at least 17 points. Chris Duarte has been the star of the show for Oregon averaging 16.7 points while shooting 52.4 percent from the field and 38.4 percent from behind the three point line.
The over is 9-1-2 in Oregon’s last 12 neutral site games. The over is 19-7 in Oregon’s last 26 games against the Pac-12. The under is 5-2-1 in USC’s last eight neutral site games. The favorite is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings played between the two teams.
USC has already beaten Oregon once this season and I think it happens again in this game. Oregon is going to struggle to slow down Mobley and that will be the difference in this game. Back USC against the spread.