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USC Trojans vs. SIU Edwardsville Cougars - 12/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

SIU Edwardsville Cougars (3-7) at USC Trojans (9-2)

College Basketball: Monday, December 21, 2015 at 11:00 pm (Galen Center)

The Line: USC Trojans -21 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Pac-12 Network

The SIU-Edwardsville Cougars will travel to play the USC Trojans in a non-conference game on Monday.

The USC Trojans are 9-2 and are coming off of a win against Cal Poly by a score of 101-82. USC scored 52 points in the second half to pull away for their opponent and get their 9th win of the season. Katin Reinhardt had 29 points and 3 assists for USC. Julian Jacobs added 10 points and 13 assists for the Trojans. USC out rebounded their opponent by a total of 40-32 and had 22 assists in their victory. USC is averaging 82.7 points per game while giving up 70.3 points per game. USC is also averaging 41.7 rebounds per game and 15.5 assists per game. Katin Reinhardt is averaging 13.1 points per game and 3.2 rebounds per game, while Bennie Boatwright is averaging 12.4 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game for USC. USC is shooting 66.8% on free throws, 39% on three-pointers, and 46.5% on all field goal attempts. Julian Jacobs is questionable for this game due to injury.

USC Trojans vs. SIU Edwardsville Cougars - 12/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The SIU-Edwardsville Cougars are 3-7 and are coming off of a win against Portland State by a score of 74-64. SIUE was trailing by 4 points at halftime but roared back with a huge second half to win the game. Yemi Makanjuola had 20 points and 9 rebounds for SIUE. C.J. Carr added 14 points and 5 assists for the Cougars. SIUE was out rebounded by a total of 34-33 and had 15 assists in their victory. SIUE is averaging 67.9 points per game while giving up 76.3 points per game. SIUE is also averaging 37.3 rebounds per game and 10.8 assists per game. Burak Eslik is averaging 13.6 points per game and 3.1 rebounds per game, while Grant Fiorentinos is averaging 11.7 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game for SIUE. SIUE is shooting 68% on free throws, 30.2% on three-pointers, and 39.5% on all field goal attempts.

SIUE is 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 Monday games. The under is 4-1 in SIUE’s last 5 games overall. USC is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 Monday games. USC is 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 home games. The under is 4-1 in USC’s last 5 games overall.

USC is playing very good basketball to start the season and I expect them to win easily in this game. SIUE really struggles on offense and is allowing about 8 points per game more than they are scoring. USC has the rebounding advantage and is the better shooting team in this matchup. I am picking USC in this one.  

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USC Trojans -21

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