USC vs. SMU - 11/25/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Southern Methodist Mustangs (4-1) at USC Trojans (4-0)
College Basketball: Friday, November 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Galen Center)
The Line: USC Trojans -2 -- Over/Under: 140 See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac-12 Network
The USC Trojans and the SMU Mustangs face off on Friday in college basketball action.
The USC Trojans are 4-0 this season and they already have a big road win beating Texas A&M 2 games back. USC is averaging 81.7 points per game and they are shooting 42.6 percent from the floor including 34.8 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively they are allowing 62.3 points and their opponents are shooting 36.5 percent. Elijah Stewart leads the Trojans averaging 18.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Shaqquan Aaron s averaging 12.3 points for USC, Chimezie Metu is averaging 12 points and 8.5 rebounds, and Jordan McLaughlin is averaging 10.8 points and 5.3 assists. USC looks to be an improved team and looking to be fulfilling the promise we saw from them last season.
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The SMU Mustangs are 4-1 this season with their one loss coming to Michigan. SMU Is averaging 75.4 points and they are shooting 47.5 percent from the floor and 38.9 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively they are allowing 61.6 points per game and their opponents are shooting 38.7 percent. Shake Milton leads the Mustangs in scoring averaging 12 points per game. Sterling Brown is averaging 11.2 points and 6.4 rebounds for SMU, Ben Moore is averaging 10.2 points and 5.6 rebounds, and Jarrey Foster is averaging 10.2 points. SMU always seems to be in a dicey spot when the NCAA Tournament rolls around so wins in games like this can go a long way.
USC is 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 non-conference games, 18-7-1 against the spread in their last 26 home games, and 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record. SMU is 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 non-conference games, 6-2 against the spread in their last 8 games, and 1-4-1 against the spread against the Pac-12.
USC is just the better team and they aren’t getting enough credit so they are the easy choice here.