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Xavier Musketeers vs. Southern California Trojans - 11/27/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southern California Trojans (5-0) vs. Xavier Musketeers (5-0)

College Basketball: Friday, November 27, 2015 at 2:30 pm (HP Field House)

The Line: Xavier Musketeers See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Xavier Musketeers will play the Southern California Trojans in the semifinals of the AdvoCare Invitational.

The Southern California Trojans are 5-0 and are coming off of a win against Wichita State by a score of 72-69. This was a very close game throughout, but USC played very tough and beat a good Wichita State team, even though Fred VanVleet didn’t play. Bennie Boatwright led USC with 22 points, while also having 5 rebounds. Nikola Jovanovic added 14 points and 11 rebounds for USC. USC tied their opponent in rebounding with 42 rebounds each, and USC had 15 assists in their victory. USC is averaging 88.4 points per game while giving up 69.4 points per game. USC is also averaging 47 rebounds per game and 18.2 assists per game. Jordan McLaughlin is the leading scorer for USC with 19.2 points per game and 4.6 assists per game. Nikola Jovanovic leads USC in rebounding with 8.4 rebounds per game. USC is shooting 67.9% on free throws, 42% on three-pointers, and 48.8% on all field goal attempts.

Xavier Musketeers vs. Southern California Trojans - 11/27/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Xavier Musketeers are 5-0 and are coming off of a win against Alabama by a score of 64-45. Xavier was only up three points at the half, but pulled away in the second half for the easy victory. Trevon Bluiett led Xavier with 15 points, while adding 5 rebounds. Jalen Reynolds leads Xavier in rebounding with 9 rebounds, while scoring 10 points. Xavier out rebounded their opponent by a total of 47-31 and had 17 assists in their victory. Xavier is averaging 77.4 points per game while giving up 63.8 points per game. Xavier is also averaging 44.2 rebounds per game and 14.8 assists per game. Trevon Bluiett leads Xavier with 14.4 points per game, while adding 8.6 rebounds per game. James Farr is averaging 9.2 points per game and 9.4 rebounds per game. Xavier is shooting 77% on free throws, 33.9% on three-pointers, and 40.6% on all field goal attempts.

USC is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. USC is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Friday games. The over is 3-1-1 in USC’s last 5 games against the Big East. Xavier is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games. Xavier is 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a win. The over is 4-1 in Xavier’s last 5 games against the Pac-12.

Xavier has been playing some great basketball to start this season and I expect that to continue in this one. USC has also been playing good basketball to start the season, but their only good win came against Wichita State who was without one of their best players. Xavier has been tested more this season, so I am picking them in this one. There is no line yet for this game, but I will let you know if I change my pick when the line is released.

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