Utah Utes vs. USC Trojans Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/16/14
USC Trojans (9-7) at Utah Utes (12-4)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Jon M. Huntsman Center)
The Line: Utah Utes -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac-12 Network
The Utah Utes and the USC Trojans face off on Thursday in a Pac-12 college basketball matchup of teams in the lower part of the conference standings.
The Utah Utes were cruising right along this college basketball season but since Pac-12 play has begun they have dropped three of their last four games. Utah us 12-1 at home this season and they have played just the 314th ranked schedule in the country. Jordan Loveridge is averaging 16.4 points and 8.4 rebounds to lead the Utes. Delon Wright is averaging 15.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 5.2 assists, Brandon Taylor is averaging 10.6 points, and Dakarai Tucker is averaging 7.4 points. Utah is averaging 81.3 points and they are shooting 51.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 60.3 points and their opponents are shooting 38.5 percent. Utah is tied for eighth place in the Pac-12.
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The USC Trojans haven’t won a Pac-12 game yet and they sit in last place in the standings. USC is 2-5 away from home this season and they have played the 35th ranked schedule in the country. Byron Wesley leads the Trojans averaging 17.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Pe’Shon Howard is averaging 9.8 points, Nikola Jovanovic is averaging 9.2 points and 5.3 rebounds, and Omar Oraby is averaging 8.5 points and 6.5 rebounds. USC is averaging 72.6 points and they are shooting 44.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 73.5 points and their opponents are shooting 42.1 percent. USC is looking at a quick turnaround playing at Cal on Saturday.
Utah is 21-6-1 against the spread in their last 28 home games, 1907 against the spread following a loss, and 6-2-1 against the spread against the Pac-12. USC is 7-18-2 against the spread in their last 27 road games, 0-3-1 against the spread in their last four games, and 2-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record.
This is just a lot of points for a team that has struggled as badly as Utah so I am going to take the points.
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