Colorado Buffaloes vs. USC Trojans - 1/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
USC Trojans (8-5) at Colorado Buffaloes (8-5)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Coors Events Center)
The Line: Colorado Buffaloes -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac-12 Networks
The USC Trojans will travel to the Coors Event Center to take on the Colorado Buffaloes this Sunday afternoon.
The USC Trojans dropped to 8-5 (0-1 PAC 12) on the season after losing the Utah Utes 79-55 this past Friday. The Trojans got down early in this one as they trailed the Utes by 17 at halftime and never could make a run to get back into this one. USC allowed Utah to shoot 56.9% from the field and 57.9 (11-19) from long range. Leading the way for USC was Malik Martin who had 14 points and 4 rebounds in the loss. The Trojans are ranked 92nd in the RPI Standings and have played the 61st ranked SOS. Leading the way for USC have been Jordan McLaughlin (12.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.6 spg), Nikola Jovanovic (11.9 ppg, 8.4 rpg), and Darion Clark (6.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.0 bpg). Offensively, the Trojans have been averaging 67.2 ppg (ranked 196th) on 42.1% shooting (ranked 239th). USC struggles from the free-throw line as they currently are shooting 61.6% as a team (ranked 323rd). Defensively, the Trojans are allowing 67.1 ppg (ranked 201st) on 40.1% shooting (ranked 97th). USC averages 13.31 offensive RPG (ranked 44th), 25.38 defensive rpg (ranked 108th), and 38.69 total rpg (ranked 51st).
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The Colorado Buffaloes improved to 8-5 (1-0 PAC 12) on the season after defeating the UCLA Bruins 62-56 this past Friday. The Buffaloes were unexpectedly without their big man Josh Scott due to back spasms however, was able to shoot 50.0% from beyond the arc and 84.0% (21-25) from the free-throw line to get the victory. Leading the way for the Buffaloes was Askia Booker who had 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Colorado is currently ranked 82nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 47 ranked SOS. On the season, the Buffaloes have been led by Askia Booker (15.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.0 apg), Josh Scott (14.8 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.3 apg), and Xavier Johnson (13.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg). Offensively, Colorado is averaging 67.8 ppg (ranked 177th) on 44.6% shooting (ranked 126th). The Buffaloes are currently shooing 74.3% from the free-throw line that ranked 29th in the country. Defensively, Colorado is allowing an average of 60.5 ppg (ranked 60th) on 38.5% shooting (ranked 50th). The Buffaloes average 27.0 defensive rpg (ranked 40th) and 37.38 total rpg (ranked 89th).
The Trojans are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Buffaloes are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 Sunday games however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win.
Colorado got a much needed win which was even more impressive as they didn’t have one of their stars in Josh Scott. USC didn’t show much at Utah but has a decent team with size that could cause trouble for the Buffaloes if they are without Josh Scott. Colorado at home is a tough place to play and coming off a blowout loss at Utah I can USC struggling again. Keep a close eye on this game and Josh Scott’s status as if he plays I think the Buffaloes can win this game by double-digits. As of right now, I’m taking the Buffaloes to cover on the assumption that Scott is playing.