USC vs. UCLA - 3/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UCLA Bruins (19-10) at USC Trojans (21-9)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 10:15 pm (Galen Center)
The Line: USC Trojans -5.5 -- Over/Under: 157 See the Latest Odds
We have some Pac-12 college basketball action on Saturday as the UCLA Bruins take on the USC Trojans.
The UCLA Bruins will be looking to bounce back after splitting their last 6 games, including an 80-76 loss to Colorado in their last outing. Aaron Holiday led the Bruins with 21 points on 6 of 19 shooting with 4 threes and a team-high 6 assists with a pair of steals while Kris Wilkes came right behind with 20 points on 7 of 17 shooting with 3 triples. Prince Ali added 11 points in 19 minutes to round out the trio of double digit scorers for UCLA in the loss, while Thomas Welsh added 5 points and a team-high 10 rebounds in the losing effort. Holiday leads UCLA with an average of 19.6 points and 5.8 assists per game while Welsh leads the Bruins in rebounding by averaging a double-double per game with 12.9 points to go along with his team-high average of 10.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, UCLA is scoring 82.2 points per game on 46.3% shooting from the field, 38.2% from behind the arc and 72.3% from the foul line this season.
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The USC Trojans will be looking to carry their winning streak into the Pac-12 tournament after extending their winning streak to 4 games with a 74-58 win over Utah in their last outing. Chimezie Metu and Jordan Usher tied for the team-high with 14 points each, with Metu adding a team-high 9 rebounds and 4 blocks, while Usher shot 5 of 7 from the floor with 4 threes in just 19 minutes on the floor. Elijah Stewart added 10 points to round out USC’s trio of double digit scorers in the win, while Jordan McLaughlin added 8 points and a team-high 5 assists and 3 steals. Metu leads USC with an average of 15.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game while McLaughlin is the Trojans’ top assist man with 7.6 assists per game this season. As a team, USC is scoring 78.4 points per game on 47.1% shooting from the field, 38.3% from behind the arc and 72.3% from the foul line this season.
UCLA is 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games and 4-13 ATS in their last 17 games following a loss while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. USC is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the under is 15-5-1 in their last 21 conference matchups. The home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
I got burned with UCLA in their last outing as the Bruins battled all the way back just to watch all of their hard work go up in smoke as the Bruins just laid down and let Colorado run all over them until the final buzzer. USC is the team in better form here, and the line is pretty reasonable, so I’ll lay the points with USC here.