USC vs Montana College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 11/28/20

USC vs Montana College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 11/28/20 Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Montana Grizzlies (0-0) at USC Trojans (1-0)

College Basketball: Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 5:00 pm (Galen Center)

The Line: USC Trojans -13.5 -- Over/Under: 140.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Montana Grizzlies and USC Trojans meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Galen Center.

The Montana Grizzlies won 18 games last season and lost three of their last four games overall. Derrick Carter-Hollinger returns after averaging 6.7 points and 4.9 rebounds while Josh Vazquez averaged five points and 1.7 assists. Kyle Owens is back after averaging 15.6 minutes per game last season and Mack Anderson played an average of 11.8 minutes through 31 games. The Montana Grizzlies lost their top three scorers from last season, including a back-to-back first-team All-Big Sky selection in Sayeed Pridgett. Montana lost four of its top five scorers overall, putting a lot of pressure on somebody like Carter-Hollinger to become the go-to player on this squad. Needless to say, the Montana Grizzlies could go through some serious growing pains this season. 

The USC Trojans look for a 2-0 start after beating California Baptist in overtime on Wednesday. The USC Trojans are averaging 95 points on 56.1 percent shooting and allowing 87 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Evan Mobley is averaging 21 points and nine rebounds while Thaj Eaddy is averaging 18 points and four assists. Isaiah Mobley is the third double-digit scorer and Drew Peterson is grabbing nine rebounds. The USC Trojans are shooting 26.3 percent from beyond the arc and 53.3 percent from the free throw line. The USC Trojans are allowing 48.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46 rebounds per game.

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The Grizzlies are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Trojans are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The over is 10-3 in Grizzlies last 13 overall. The under is 7-2 in Trojans last 9 overall.

The Montana Grizzlies make their season debut in this spot and are a team that's going to struggle out of the gate with so much lost production. Montana lost four of its top five scorers, including one of the best players from the Big Sky. The USC Trojans have had a chance to knock the rust off against California Baptist and has offensive firepower for days. This game could get ugly for the Montana Grizzlies.

Give me USC in a beatdown. 

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Randy’s Pick USC Trojans -13.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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