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USC vs. Oklahoma - 12/8/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oklahoma Sooners (6-1) at USC Trojans (4-2)

College Basketball: Friday, December 8, 2017 at 10:30 pm (Staples Center)

The Line: USC Trojans -1.5 -- Over/Under: 165 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

One of the marquee college basketball matchup on Friday night pits the Oklahoma Sooners against the #25 USC Trojans as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic.

The Oklahoma Sooners will try to build some momentum after improving to 6-1 on the year, pushing their winning streak to 4 games following a 97-85 win over Texas-San Antonio last time out. Trae Young led the team with 28 points along with a team-high 8 assists and 3 steals. Jamuni McNeace came 2nd with 15 points on 7 of 8 shooting with 8 rebounds and 3 blocks in just 15 minutes, while Christian James added 14 points and 8 boards of his own to round out the scoring in double figures for OU in the win. Khadeem Lattin led the team with 11 rebounds in the winning effort for the Sooners. Young leads Oklahoma with an average of 28.7 points and 8.7 assists per game, while Lattin is the team’s top rebounder, grabbing 9.1 boards per game this season. As a team, Oklahoma is scoring the 2nd-most points per game in the country with 94.4 per game on 50.5% shooting from the field, 34.7% from behind the arc and 75.7% from the foul line. 

USC vs. Oklahoma - 12/8/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The #25 USC Trojans will look for another big win to stay in the top-25 after back-to-back losses, including a 72-55 loss to SMU in their last outing. Chimezie Metu led the team with 13 points on 4 of 7 shooting as the lone Trojan scoring in double figures in the loss. Bennie Boatwright added 8 points to match his team-high 8 rebounds with a pair of blocks as well, while Jordan McLaughlin added 9 points with his team-high 7 assists and 3 steals. Metu leads the team in scoring with 16 points per game, while Boatwright leads the team with 7.7 rebounds per game and McLaughlin is the team’s top assist man with 5.8 assists per game this season. As a team, USC is scoring 75.7 points per game on 42% shooting from the field, 36.8% from behind the arc and 68.3% from the foul line this season. 

Oklahoma is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against the Pac-12 and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 games overall. USC is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against the Big 12 and 25-11-1 ATS in their last 37 non-conference games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall.

I know this game is classified as “neutral site” even though it’s pretty much in USC’s backyard, but something seems off about laying points with the Trojans considering how they’ve looked in their last couple of games, now going up against one of the hottest offenses in the country. This could be considered a road game for Oklahoma and they haven’t had a true road test this season, but I think the Sooners will be up to the task so I’ll take Oklahoma and the points in a game I see the Sooners winning outright.

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