Washington State Cougars vs. USC Trojans - 1/1/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
USC Trojans (11-2) at Washington State Cougars (8-4)
College Basketball: Friday, January 1, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Friel Court)
The Line: Washington State Cougars +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: PAC 12 Network
The Washington State Cougars play host to the USC Trojans in PAC 12 action.
The Southern Cal Trojans have one of their better teams in recent memory with plenty of firepower at both ends of the floor which has them sitting as a threat in the PAC 12. The surging Trojans have won five in a row by double figures after downing Lafayette 100-64 behind a 55 point second half. The Leopards were held to just 36% from the floor while USC burned the nets at almost 55% including a 13-21 effort on threes. Elijah Stewart and Katin Reinhardt were unstoppable with 27 and 26 points respectively while Chimezie Metu added 15 points and eight boards. Jordan McLaughlin scored 14 points, grabbed eight rebounds and handed out 16 assists followed by Nikola Jovanovic with 12 points and eight pulls.
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The Washington State Cougars have enough scoring and defense for the rest of the PAC 12 to keep an eye on although we shall see if both ends of the floor can continue to perform well. They certainly did in an 82-59 rout of New Mexico as a 3.5 point underdog on Christmas. The Cougars led by nine at the break and pulled away by limiting the Lobos to 40% shooting and 0-10 on threes while nailing their shots at 54% including an 11-20 mark from distance. Ike Iroegbu led the attack with 17 points and eleven helpers while Josh Hawkinson added 19 points and ten rebounds. Que Johnson was next in line with 14 points with Valentine Izundu and Charles Callison netting ten points apiece.
The under is 14-5 USC last 19 Friday games. Washington State are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games and the under is 10-4 in their last 14 Friday games while the Cougars are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall. USC are 1-7-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the favorite is 5-2-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings. Washington State has dominated this match up but I like what I have seen from USC…