USC vs. Texas A&M - 11/26/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas A&M Aggies (5-0) at USC Trojans (4-0)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 10:00 pm (Galen Center)
The Line: USC Trojans -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
A pair of ranked teams go head-to-head on the hardwood on Sunday night, as the #16 Texas A&M Aggies pay a visit to the #10 USC Trojans in a college basketball matchup.
The #16 Texas A&M Aggies will look for a big road win to remain undefeated after climbing to 5-0 this season following their 81-65 victory over Pepperdine in their last outing. DJ Hogg led the team with 18 points on 6 of 14 shooting with 4 threes and a team-high 9 rebounds with 3 blocks. Tyler Davis came 2nd with 16 points on 6 of 11 shooting with 8 rebounds and Duane Wilson chipped in 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting with 3 triples and 4 assists. Jay Jay Chandler added 10 points in 11 minutes to round out the scoring in double figures for the Aggies in the win. Robert Williams added 4 points, 7 rebounds and a team-high 6 assists with 3 blocks of his own in the winning effort for A&M. Hogg leads the team in scoring with 17.2 points per game while Davis leads the team in rebounding with 8.2 rebounds per game and Gilder is the team’s top assist man, dishing out 4.8 assist past game this season. As a team, Texas A&M is scoring 84.6 points per game on 50.7% shooting from the field, 43.7% from behind the 3-point line and 78.4% from the foul line this season.
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The #10 USC Trojans will also try to remain undefeated after climbing to 4-0 this season with an 88-63 win over Lehigh last time out. Bennie Boatwright led the team with 19 points on 7 of 16 shooting with 11 rebounds for the double-double, while Jonah Mathews came 2nd with 18 points on 7 of 10 shooting with 4 threes and 7 rebounds. Chimezie Metu came 3rd with 15 points, 9 rebounds and a pair of blocks, while Elijah Stewart added 13 points on 5 of 10 shooting with 3 triples to round out the scoring in double figures for USC. Jordan McLaughlin added 5 points with 3 steals and a team-high 7 assists in the winning effort. Boatwright leads the Trojans with an average of 18.5 points per game while Metu is the team’s leading rebounder with 8.5 boards per game and McLaughlin is the Trojans’ top assist man, dishing out 5.2 dimes per game this season. As a team, USC is scoring 85 points per game on 45.7% shooting from the field, 41.3% from behind the arc and 68.2% from the foul line this season.
Texas A&M is 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 games against the Pac-12 and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games while the over is 6-2-1 in their last 9 non-conference games. USC is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a win while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 home games.
I’m impressed with what I’ve seen from both of these teams early on, however Texas A&M has struggled covering the spread against the Pac-12, while USC has been the team to beat on their home floor, so I’ll back USC to stay unbeaten with a win and cover here.