UCLA vs. USC Pac-12 Tournament - 3/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
USC Trojans (12-19) at UCLA Bruins (19-12)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 5:30 pm (MGM Grand)
The Line: UCLA Bruins -8.5 -- Over/Under: 138.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac-12 Network
The UCLA Bruins and the USC Trojans face off on Thursday at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in he second round of the Pac-12 college basketball tournament.
The UCLA Bruins finished the regular season at 19-12 and in fourth place in the Pac-12 standings. UCLA are averaging 71.5 points and they are shooting 43.5 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.9 points and their opponents are shooting 41.7 percent. Norman Powell leads the Bruins averaging 16.3 points per game. Bryce Alford is averaging 15.5 points and 5.1 assists, Kevon Looney is averaging 12.3 points and 9,5 rebounds, and Tony Parker is averaging 10.9 points and 6.8 rebounds. UCLA is 1-3 in neutral site games and 11-7 in the Pac-12.
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The USC Trojans are 12-19 this season and they are coming off of a monster comeback win over Arizona State on Wednesday to land in this game. USC is averaging 66.9 points and they are shooting 42.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 70.2 points and their opponents are shooting 41.6 percent. Katin Reinhardt leads the Trojans averaging 12.4 points per game. Nikola Jovanovic is averaging 12.3 points and 7.0 rebounds, Julia Jacobs is averaging 8.5 points, and Darion Clark is averaging 5.9 points and 5.8 rebounds. USC is 4-15 in the Pac-12and they were swept by UCLA this season.
UCLA is 803 against the spread in their last 11 games, 0-5 against the spread in their last five neutral site games, and 10-4 against the spread in Thursday games. USC is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games and 4-0 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The favorite has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.
The total is set at 138.5 and I like the over in this one and that is my free pick. My stronger play is on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the app.