USC vs. Utah - 1/14/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Utes (10-6) at USC Trojans (12-6)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Galen Center)
The Line: USC Trojans -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Utah Utes and USC Trojans meet Sunday in college basketball action at the Galen Center.
The Utah Utes need a victory here in order to snap a three-game losing streak. The Utah Utes are averaging 75.4 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 70.2 points on 42 percent shooting. David Collette is averaging 13.9 points and 4.6 rebounds while Justin Bibbins is averaging 13.6 points and 4.8 assists. Sedrick Barefield is the third double-digit scorer and Tyler Rawson is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Utah Utes are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Utes are allowing 32 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.5 rebounds per game. The Utah Utes have lost three of their last five road games.
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The USC Trojans look for another victory after winning six of their last eight games. The USC Trojans are averaging 80.9 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 72.5 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Chimezie Metu is averaging 17.1 points and 7.6 rebounds while Bennie Boatwright is averaging 15.6 points and 2.1 assists. Jordan McLaughlin is the third double-digit scorer and Elijah Stewart is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The USC Trojans are shooting 38.5 percent from beyond the arc and 72 percent from the free throw line. The USC Trojans are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.8 rebounds per game. The USC Trojans have won four of their last six home games.
The Utes are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss, 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up loss and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Trojans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Utes are 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Southern California, 8-0 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the favorite is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
The USC Trojans are starting to put together consistent basketball and are a solid 11-7 ATS this season. USC is also highly explosive at home this season where it's outscoring teams by 10.1 points. Utah has been a bit of a hit or miss this season and enters this game on a three-game losing streak that includes a contest against UCLA where shots wouldn't fall. USC should be able to push the pace in this contest and cover the reasonable line.