USC Trojans vs. Portland State Vikings - 11/15/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland State Vikings (17-15) at USC Trojans (11-21)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 10:30 pm (Galen Center)
The Line: USC Trojans -13.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: PAC 12 Network
The offensive minded Portland State Vikings open the season on the road with the USC Trojans.
If you follow the Big Sky and in particular Portland State then you were well aware this team could score quickly and in bunches with plenty of options. No less then five players averaged double figures in scoring so points were not an issue. This season three of those guys are back so the cupboard is not bare. Guard Tim Douglas and Gary Winston bring back 23 points to the team and will obviously be depended on for their scoring ability. One player that will have plenty of eyes on him was leading scorer DeShaun Wiggins who averaged around 13 points despite primarily coming off the bench with just six starts although I see him being in the starting lineup more often then not this year. The question for the Vikings will be keeping opponents off the scoreboard.
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Southern Cal is extremely young this season with no seniors for a team coming off a dismal 11-21 season. With the team being so young with minimal experience the team will need some of their youngsters to step up. Two players expected to make an immediate impact are transfers. Katin Reinhardt averaged ten points for UNLV in 34 starts so he looks like the real deal. Darion Clark brings in over six points and almost five boards as a freshman for Charlotte so there is huge upside. Nikola Jovanovic and Julian Jacobs are the best of the returning starters for the Trojans and combined for almost 15 points and nine rebounds to the table. The Trojans averaged 70 points and gave up 75 points which should improve but not enough to make USC a threat in the PAC 12 this year.
For Portland State they are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Sat. games while USC is 7-19 ATS in their last 26 Sat. games and are 16-33-2 ATS in their last 51 home games. No tremds to speak of here but for Portland State their should be adewuate scoring with a few all conference performers coming back although defense will continue to be a weakness. Southern Cal is a bit of a mystery because of all their youth but their two transfers might be better then advertised but the bottom line for me is I think Portland State can at least score enough to get a cover...