USC vs. UCLA - 3/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UCLA Bruins (15-16) at USC Trojans (20-11)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 9:00 pm (MGM Grand)
The Line: USC Trojans -1.5 -- Over/Under: 157 See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac-12 Network
The USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins face off on Wednesday in Pac-12 college basketball tournament action.
The USC Trojans are 20-11 this season and they have lost four of their last five games. USC is averaging 80.7 points per game and they are shooting 45.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 76.1 points and their opponents are shooting 42.8 percent. Jordan McLaughlin leads the Trojans averaging 12.9 points per game. Nikola Jovanovic is averaging 12.1 points and 7.0 rebounds, Julian Jacobs is averaging 11.6 points and 5.4 rebounds, and Katin Reinhardt is averaging 11.5 points. USC is 1-2 in neutral site games and 9-9 in the Pac-12.
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The UCLA Bruins are 15-16 this season and they have lost five of their last six games. UCLA is averaging 77.7 points per game and they are shooting 45.6 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 76.1 points and their opponents are shooting 42.8 percent. Isaac Hamilton leads the Bruins averaging 17.1 points per game. Bryce Alford is averaging 16.3 points and 5.3 assists, Tony Parker is averaging 12.8 points and 5.4 rebounds, and Thomas Welsh is averaging 11.2 points and 8.6 rebounds. UCLA is 6-12 in the Pac-12 and 1-3 in neutral site games.
USC is 1-5 against the spread in their last six games and 2-5 against the spread following a loss. UCLA is 0-4 against the spread in their last four games, 0-5 against the spread in their last five neutral site games, and 0-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The favorite has covered the point spread in six of the last eight meetings of these two teams.
With the total set at 156.5 I like the over with my free pick. I also have a pick on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as at Sports Chat Experts.