Utah Runnin' Utes (5-1) vs. USC Trojans (6-0)
December 1, 2021 11:30 pm EDT
The Line: USC Trojans -7.5 / Utah Runnin' Utes +7.5; Over/Under: +137
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The Utah Utes and USC Trojans meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Galen Center. The Utah Utes look to build on their 5-1 record. The USC Trojans look to remain undefeated on the season.
The Utah Utes are averaging 74.8 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 60.2 points on 38.2 percent shooting. Branden Carlson is averaging 15.7 points and 7 rebounds, while David Jenkins Jr. is averaging 13.7 points and 1.5 rebounds. Both Gach is grabbing 2 rebounds and Rollie Worster is dishing 4.2 assists. The Utah Utes are shooting 31.4 percent from beyond the arc and 77.5 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Utes are allowing 24.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.2 rebounds per game.
The USC Trojans are averaging 78.2 points on 48.4 percent shooting and allowing 58.3 points on 34.4 percent shooting. Boogie Ellis is averaging 16.3 points and 4.3 assists, while Chevez Goodwin is averaging 13.2 points and 0.3 assists. Isaiah Mobley is the third double-digit scorer and Max Agbonkpolo is dishing 0.5 assists. The USC Trojans are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 57.7 percent from the free throw line. The USC Trojans are allowing 24.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.2 rebounds per game.
The Utes are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. The Trojans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The over is 7-3 in Utes last 10 overall. The under is 5-2 in Trojans last 7 overall.
The Utah Runnin’ Utes are a respectable team that gets after it defensively, but they’ve had issues in the past when stepping up in competition, and it was no different their last time out against BYU. The USC Trojans are firing on all cylinders at the moment, and they’ve been covering machines dating back to the end of last season. USC can win with its offense or defense, making the Trojans a true contender in the PAC-12. I’ll lay the chalk.