USC vs. Wichita State - 11/26/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wichita State Shockers (2-1) at USC Trojans (4-0)
College Basketball: Thursday, November 26, 2015 at 2:00 pm (HP Field House)
The Line: USC Trojans +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Wichita State Shockers and USC Trojans meet Thanksgiving afternoon at the HP Field House.
The Wichita State Shockers look for their best victory yet after a rocky 2-1 start to the season. The Wichita State Shockers are averaging 77.5 points on 40.2 percent shooting and allowing 70 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Ron Baker is averaging 20.3 points and 2.7 assists while Anton Grady is averaging 11.3 points and 5.7 rebounds. Fred VanVleet is dishing two assists and Rashard Kelly is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Wichita State Shockers are shooting 31.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74 percent from the free throw line. Wichita State is averaging just 10 turnovers per game but is allowing teams to shoot 38.3 percent from downtown. Wichita State hopes to make a statement this tournament after losing on the road to the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.
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The USC Trojans look to remain unbeaten and pick up their first win over a ranked team. The USC Trojans are averaging 92.5 points on 49.4 percent shooting and allowing 69.5 points on 35.8 percent shooting. Jordan McLaughlin is averaging 20.3 points and 4.8 assists while Elijah Stewart is averaging 15.3 points and 4.8 rebounds. Julian Jacobs is dishing six assists and Nikola Jovanovic is grabbing 7.8 rebounds. The USC Trojans are shooting 39.6 percent from beyond the arc and 69.6 percent from the free throw line. USC has six double-digit scorers and has attempted 98 threes in four games. The downside with the USC Trojans is that they’re forcing just 11 turnovers per game and giving up 14.2 offensive rebounds.
The Shockers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 47-23-2 ATS in their last 72 games overall. The Trojans are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Wichita State still has experienced and talented players from those NCAA tournament teams. While the USC Trojans are playing very well, I'm not 100 percent sold just yet. I'm going with what I know and taking the Shockers and the tiny chalk. USC still has to convince me a little more for me to jump on the badwagon.