New Mexico vs. USC - 11/30/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
USC Trojans (3-3) at New Mexico Lobos (3-2)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 4:00 pm (The Pit)
The Line: New Mexico Lobos -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The USC Trojans and New Mexico Lobos play Sunday afternoon at The Pit.
The USC Trojans have split their first six games and could use some consistency starting here. On the season, USC is averaging 61.7 points on 39.6 percent shooting and is allowing 63.7 points on 39.3 percent shooting. Jordan McLaughlin leads USC with 11.5 points and five assists while Katin Reinhardt is averaging 11 points on 32.3 percent shooting. Darion Clark is grabbing 7.8 rebounds per game and Nikola Jovanovic is shooting 37.3 percent from the field. The USC Trojans have to find some consistency offensively, as they’ve scored more than 70 points just once all season and are shooting 29.3 percent from beyond the arc. The one thing that will keep USC is competitive are the 38.2 rebounds per game and the 4.8 blocks per game.
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The New Mexico Lobos have lost two of their last three games and are clearly missing Cullen Neal. On the season, New Mexico is averaging 66.2 points on 43.5 percent shooting and is allowing 61 points on 40.7 percent shooting. Hugh Greenwood leads New Mexico with 13.2 points and 4.8 rebounds while Deshawn Delaney is averaging 11.2 points and 5.4 rebounds. Jordan Goodman is shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and Obij Aget is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The New Mexico Lobos have scored 69 or less points in four straight games and are missing their leading scorer in Neal, who is out for the year with an ankle injury. However, New Mexico will continue to compete at a high level with a defense that’s forcing more than five steals and 4.8 blocks per game.
The Trojans are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Mountain West. The Lobos are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
While New Mexico is the better team, it has struggled since Neal went down with an injury. I don't love the pick but taking USC and the points seems to be the play.