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USC Trojans vs. Howard Bison Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/29/13

Howard Bison (3-12) at USC Trojans (8-4)

College Basketball: Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 5:00 pm (Galen Center)

The Line: USC Trojans -23 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Pac-12 Network

The USC Trojans and the Howard Bison face off on Sunday in college basketball action.

The Southern Cal Trojans have won four of their last five games and are playing their best basketball of the season. USC is a perfect 6-0 at home this season having played the 72nd ranked schedule in the nation. Byron Wesley is averaging 16.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game to lead the Trojans. Pe’Shon Howard is averaging 11.9 points, Omar Oraby is averaging 9.8 points and 6.9 rebounds, and Nikola Jovanovic is averaging 9.6 points and 5.6 rebounds. USC is averaging 74.4 points and they are shooting 45.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 71.4 points and their opponents shoot 40.3 percent. USC opens Pac-12 play on January 5th against rival UCLA.

USC Trojans vs. Howard Bison Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/29/13

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The Howard Bison are off to a miserable 3-12 start to the season and they have lost nine of their last 10 games. Howard has played the 289th ranked schedule and luckily for them it gets slightly less difficult as they get further into MEAC play. James Daniel is the Bison’s leading scorer averaging 19.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Price Okoroh is averaging 15.9 points and 6.0 rebounds, Solomon Mangham is averaging 7.3 points, and Marcel Boyd averages 5.3 points and 5.3 rebounds. Howard is averaging 61.7 points and they are shooting just 37.8 percent from the floor while defensively they allow 74.4 points and their opponents shoot 45.5 percent. Howard looks like they are in for a rough year.

USC is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games, 4-1 against the spread in their last five home games, and 5-13-2 against the spread in their last 20 games following a game that they covered the point spread. Howard is 1-5 against the spread in their last six road games, 0-4 against the spread in their last four games overall, and 0-7 against the spread against a team with a winning record.

Howard is terrible and at 23 I am not touching this game but if I were I would lay the points and hope the backups get it done for me. 

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USC Trojans -23

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