USC Trojans vs. Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles - 11/17/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (1-0) at USC Trojans (0-1)
College Basketball: Monday, November 17, 2014 at 11:00 pm (Galen Center)
The Line: USC Trojans -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles head to the west coast to tangle with the Southern Cal Trojans.
With Tennessee Tech losing two of their top three scorers from a season ago I was interested in seeing where the points will come from. An 83-29 rout of Piedmont Internatonal saw plenty of scoring in the opener but was it because the competition was weak? It was 42-15 at the break and the Bruins shot just 15% and turned the ball over 20 times while the Golden Eagles connected at nearly 46% an cleaned the glass to the tune of 60-22. Mason Ramsey and Dwan Caldwell pumped in 14 pointa apiece with Ramsey hauling in 14 rebounds. Josiah Moore tossed in eleven points while Charles Jackson chipped in with ten points and snagged 13 rebounds. It's tough to say if this production continues versus better teams.
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The experts say Southern Cal won't be a factor in the PAC 12 but we won't know if that's true until the Trojans have some games under their belt. Game one didn't prove the experts wrong with Portland State defeating Southern Cal 76-68 as a ten point road dog. USC burned the nets at over 53% while the Vikings connected at 39% but won beccause they turned 23 Trojans giveaways in to 17 more looks at the basket which nade the Vikings winners. Jordan McLaughlin led the Southern Cal offense with 19 points on 6-9 shooting with a game high seven turnovers while Katin Reinhardt contributed eleven points and Malik Martin added ten points and grabbed six boards.
Th under is 16-5 in TNTC last 21 non-conference games while TNTC are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 Mon. games. For Southern California the under is 6-2 in USC last 8 overall while USC are 15-34-2 ATS in their last 51 home games.Tennessee Tech almost had a bye in their first game so who knows if they have the talent to battle Southern Cal. I honestly don't have a strong feeling for the Golden Eagles but I'll lay the chalk with the Trojans...