Arizona State vs. USC - 2/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
USC Trojans (17-7) at Arizona State Sun Devils (17-6)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 11:00 pm (Wells Fargo Arena-AZ)
The Line: Arizona State Sun Devils -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Out at ASU Wells Fargo Arena on Thursday, the USC Trojans and the Arizona State Sun Devils will be matching up on the college basketball circuit.
USC comes into this game with a 17-7 record overall. The Trojans had won six games in a row but lost their last outing versus UCLA. In that one, USC guard Elijah Stewart managed 20 points.
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On the season, Chimezie Metu is the top scorer for USC with 15.8 PPG and 7.5 RPG, while Bennie Boatwright has 14.4 PPG and 6.5 RPG. Also in the double-digit club for the Trojans are Jordan McLaughlin (12.3 PPG) and Elijah Stewart (11.4 PPG).
Over on the Arizona State side, they’re sitting at 17-6 right now. The Sun Devils have won two of their last three games, and took out Washington State on Sunday. In that one, Arizona State guard Shannon Evans put up 23 points.
Tra Holder is the lead scorer for the Sun Devils this year on 19.0 PPG. Also in double-figures for Arizona State are Shannon Evans (16.8 PPG), Kodi Justice (12.7 PPG) and Romeo White (12.1 PPG; 7.7 RPG).
USC is 5-0 ATS in the last five games following a straight-up loss and 4-0 ATS in the last four Thursday games. The Trojans are also 4-0 ATS in their last four games following an ATS loss and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games.
Meanwhile, the Sun Devils are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 following an ATS win and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 home games. Arizona State is also 2-7-2 ATS in their last 11 overall and 2-8-2 ATS in the last 12 versus the Pac-12.
The Trojans were perhaps a little overconfident going into the UCLA game, and they were beaten by a late 3-pointer that snapped their win streak. As for Arizona State, they’ve been scoring reasonably well lately, with 168 combined points in their last two wins. This should be a fun game, and I like the Sun Devils to bag a cover here.