USC vs. Lafayette - 12/23/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Lafayette Leopards (3-7) at USC Trojans (10-2)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Galen Center)
The Line: USC Trojans -23.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Lafayette Leopards and USC Trojans square off late Wednesday night at the Galen Center.
The Lafayette Leopards look for back-to-back wins for the first time this year. The Lafayette Leopards are averaging 75.6 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 85.5 points on 46.9 percent shooting. Nick Lindner is averaging 17.4 points and 5.3 assists while Matt Klinewski is averaging 15.2 points and 6.3 rebounds. Bryce Scott is dishing 2.5 assists and Monty Boykins is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Lafayette Leopards are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74.2 percent from the free throw line. Lafayette is allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 12.6 turnovers per game. The Lafayette Leopards have lost seven of their last 10 road games.
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The USC Trojans look to build on their solid five-game winning streak. The USC Trojans are averaging 81.7 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 68.7 points on 38.2 percent shooting. Katin Reinhardt is averaging 12.8 points and 3.1 rebounds while Jordan McLaughlin is averaging 12.3 points and 4.3 assists. Bennie Boatwright is grabbing 5.4 rebounds and Julian Jacobs is dishing 6.1 assists. The USC Trojans are shooting 38.4 percent from beyond the arc and 66.3 percent from the free throw line. USC is allowing 30.8 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 13.2 turnovers per game. The USC Trojans have won nine straight home games.
The Leopards are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games. The Trojans are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 home games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Lafayette has lot a lot of close games this season, which includes a nine-point loss to a very good George Washington squad. The Leopards have four double-digit scorers and will play now their seventh road game of the season. I'm taking the points here.