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USC Trojans vs. Colorado Buffaloes - College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado Buffaloes (10-9) at USC Trojans (9-10)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 9:30 pm (Galen Center)

USC Trojans +2.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports 1

The Colorado Buffaloes will travel to the Galen Center to take on the USC Trojans this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Colorado Buffaloes snapped a four game losing streak and improved to 10-9 (3-4 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the Washington State Cougars 90-58 this past Saturday. Colorado shot 54.8% from the field and outrebounded Washington State by a 44-28 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Buffaloes was Wesley Gordon who had a double-double with 10 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 blocks. Colorado is ranked 91st in the RPI Standings and has played the 34th ranked SOS. On the season, the Buffaloes have been led by Askia Booker (16.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.3 apg) and Josh Scott (13.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.0 bpg). Offensively, Colorado is averaging 67.5 ppg (ranked 172nd) on 44.9% shooting (ranked 101st). The Buffaloes are shooting 72.6% from the free-throw line (ranked 55th) and 38.3% from beyond the arc (ranked 41st). Defensively, Colorado is holding their opponents to an average of 62.2 ppg (ranked 78th) on 39.8% shooting (ranked 66th). The Buffaloes average 4.3 bpg (ranked 63rd) and pull down 36.37 total rpg (ranked 94th). Both Josh Scott (injury) and Xavier Johnson (Suspension) will be out for Colorado.

USC Trojans vs. Colorado Buffaloes -  College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The USC Trojans lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 9-10 (1-6 Pac-12) on the season after being defeated by the Oregon State Beavers 59-55 this past Saturday. USC shot just 34.0% from the field and 27.8% (5-18) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Trojans was Katin Reinhardt who had 17 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals. USC is ranked 130th in the RPI Standings and has played the 70th ranked SOS. On the season, the Trojans have been led by Nikola Jovanovic (12.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg) and Jordan McLaughlin (12.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.6 spg). Offensively, USC is averaging 67.0 ppg (ranked 188th) on 41.9% shooting (ranked 253rd). The Trojans average just 4.7 three-pointers per game (ranked 307th) and shoot just 65.1% from the free-throw line (ranked 289th). Defensively, USC is allowing their opponents to average 68.9 ppg (ranked 248th) on 41.6% shooting (ranked 133rd). The Trojans commit only 16.9 personal fouls per game (ranked 77th) and pull down 37.0 rpg (ranked 71st).

The Buffaloes are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Trojans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall however, just 5-11 ATS in their last 16 home games.

Colorado finally got back in the win column with an impressive victory at home against Washington State. Colorado will be without the services of Josh Scott and Xavier Johnson again, however, I think Colorado is starting to play well with their currently line. USC has struggled all season, and although they were impressive in a close loss at Oregon State, I think Colorado will get the win in this one and cover this small spread. Take Colorado to cover. 

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