USC vs. Utah - 3/10/16 Pac-12 Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Utes at USC Trojans (20-11)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 9:00 pm (MGM Grand)
The Line: USC Trojans +6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The USC Trojans and Utah Utes square off Thursday in the Pac-12 Tournament.
The USC Trojans look for another win after beating UCLA on Wednesday. The USC Trojans are averaging 80.7 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 74.7 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Jordan McLaughlin is averaging 12.9 points and 4.9 assists while Nikola Jovanovic is averaging 12.1 points and seven rebounds. Julian Jacobs is dishing 5.4 assists and Katin Reinhardt is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The USC Trojans are shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc and 67.4 percent from the free throw line. The Trojans are allowing 31.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39 rebounds per game. The USC Trojans are 2-2 this season on neutral courts.
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The Utah Utes look to build on their solid seven-game winning streak. The Utah Utes are averaging 78.1 points on 48.9 percent shooting and allowing 68.2 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Jakob Poeltl is averaging 17.5 points and 9.1 rebounds while Jordan Loveridge is averaging 11.8 points and 1.6 assists. Kyle Kuzma is the third double-digit scorer and Lorenzo Bonam is dishing 3.1 assists. The Utah Utes are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 70.9 percent from the free throw line. The Utes are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38 rebounds per game. The Utah Utes are 3-1 on neutral courts this season.
The Utah Utes are looking like a team that can compete for an NCAA title. And unlike USC, the Utes play on both sides of the ball, which includes getting stops. Add the rest factor, and the Utes should be able to run away with this game in the second half.
I'll take Utah and the reasonable number.