Colorado vs. USC - 2/21/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
USC Trojans (19-9) at Colorado Buffaloes (15-12)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 10:30 pm (Coors Events Center)
The Line: Colorado Buffaloes +2.5 -- Over/Under: 141.5 See the Latest Odds
The USC Trojans will travel to the Coors Event Center to take on the Colorado Buffaloes this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The USC Trojans won their 2nd straight game and improved to 19-9 (10-5 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the Oregon State Beavers, 72-59, this past Saturday. USC was outstanding defensively down the stretch and pulled away in the 2nd half after the Trojans went on a 17-8 run in the final six minutes of regulation. USC shot 50.0% from the field while holding Oregon State to just 20.0% (3-15) shooting from beyond the arc in the win. Leading the way for the Trojans was Elijah Stewart who had 28 points, 1 rebound, and a block. On the season, USC is averaging 78.7 ppg on 46.7% shooting from the field. The Trojans are averaging 8.4 three-pointers per game on 38.0% shooting from the field. Offensively, USC has been led by Chimezie Metu (15.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.6 bpg), Bennie Boatwright (13.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.0 apg), Jordan McLaughlin (12.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 7.7 apg, 1.8 spg), and Elijah Stewart (11.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.3 apg). Defensively, USC is allowing their opponents to average 71.6 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Trojans have a rebound margin of 1.9 and a turnover margin of 2.7. USC will be without Bennie Boatwright who is out for the season due to a knee injury.
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The Colorado Buffaloes lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 15-12 (7-8 Pac-12) on the season after being defeated by the Washington Huskies, 82-59, this past Saturday. Colorado trailed by a 39-34 margin at halftime and couldn’t fight back after a Huskies 21-6 run to open the 2nd half put the game out of hand for the Buffaloes. Colorado shot just 40.0% from the field and lost the turnover battle by an 18-8 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Buffaloes was McKinley Wright IV who had 10 points, 7 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, Colorado is averaging 72.0 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Buffaloes are averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game on 35.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Colorado has been led by McKinley Wright IV (14.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 5.3 apg, 1.0 spg), George King (13.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.1 apg), Namon Wright (10.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Dominique Collier (7.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.5 apg). Defensively, Colorado is allowing their opponents to average 72.4 ppg on 41.8% shooting from the field. The Buffaloes have a rebound margin of 3.4 and a turnover margin of -3.4.
The Trojans are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 Wednesday games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games. The Buffaloes are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 6-2 in their last 8 road games.
USC picked up a couple of needed wins at home against Oregon and Oregon State this past week and have been led by their offense this season that ranks 67th in scoring offense, 12th in assist/turnover ratio, and 80th in FG%. Colorado had a tough week as they came out of the state of Washington with two bad losses and have struggled on the offensive end this season as they Buffaloes rank just 233rd in scoring offense. Colorado didn’t look great over the weekend, however, Colorado has shown this season that they are a tough home team, posing an 11-2 record with wins over Arizona and Arizona State, and as USC has lost their last 3 road games and no longer have Bennie Boatwright in the lineup, I think the Colorado defense does enough in this one to get the Buffaloes a cover here. Take Colorado and the points.