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Akron vs. USC - 11/20/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

USC Trojans (1-1) at Akron Zips (1-0)

College Basketball: Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 12:30 pm (TD Arena)

The Line: Akron Zips +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

The Akron Zips and the USC Trojans face off on Thursday in Charleston a first round tournament game.

The Akron Zips are no strangers to tournaments and this season they are off to a 1-0 start. Akron had no troubles at all in their opener beating Maryland-Baltimore City by 17 points. Akron scored 74 points shooting 47.2 percent from the floor and 40 percent from beyond the three-point arc while defensively they allowed 57 points and their opponents shot 41.7 percent. Jake Kretzer had 13 points and five rebounds, Demetrius Treadwell scored 10 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Kwan Cheatham Jr. scored nine points, had five rebounds and four assists. In typical Zips fashion they threw up 30 3-point tries in all. The big news out of Akron is Treadwell is suspended indefinitely and will not play in this one or in the foreseeable future.

Akron vs. USC - 11/20/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The USC Trojans are 1-1 after two games after losing their opener to Portland State and then beating Tennessee Tech by 12. USC has size issues with a lack of big men and were hurt by the transfer of Byron Wesley and Jabari Craig not qualifying. USC is averaging 69 points and they are shooting 48.9 percent from the floor including 36.4 percent from beyond the three-point arc while defensively they are allowing 67 points and their opponents shoot 36.4 percent. Jordan McLaughlin is averaging 17 points and 6.5 assists, Katin Reinhardt is averaging 15 points and 3.5 rebounds, and Darion Clark is averaging 8.0 points and 6.0 rebounds. This season looks like it might be another struggle for Southern Cal.

Akron is 2-6 against the spread following a win, 3-11 against the spread in their last 14 games, and 0-5 against the spread in their last five Pac-12 games. USC is 5-1-1 against the spread in their last seven non-conference games, 4-1 against the spread in their last five games, and 5-11 against the spread in their last 16 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600.

I have to give the edge to USC here in a game  I don’t really love. 

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USC Trojans -1

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