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Colorado vs USC Basketball Picks 1-13-24

USC Trojans (8-8) vs. Colorado Buffaloes (11-5)
January 13, 2024 10:00 pm EDT
The Line: Colorado Buffaloes -8.5; Over/Under: +154
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The USC Trojans and Colorado Buffaloes face off on Saturday in a college basketball showdown at the Coors Events Center.  Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free USC vs Colorado prediction.

USC Looks to Move to Above .500

USC has been awful this season and they currently come into this game with an 8-8 record. There has been all kinds of talk about how good this team was heading into the season, but at this point ithey have a lot of work to do to even make the NCAA tournament. In the last game against Washington State, the offense only managed 64 points and they ended up losing by eight points. USC on the season is averaging 77.9 points while their defense is giving up 74.8 poitns per game. Isaiah Collier is dealing with a hang injury injury and is expected to miss four to six weeks. Boogie Ellis has been the top player for the team averaging 18.7 points while shooting 46.1 percent from the field. 

Colorado has Lost Three Straight Games

Colorado got out to a fast start to the season but they are suddenly struggling and have lost three games in a row. In the last game against Cal, the offense scored 78 points, but the defense gave up 82 points. Eddie Lampkin Jr did have a strong game putting up 22 points and 11 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the defense couldn’t make enough stops. Colorado on the season is averaging 81 points while their defense is giving up 71.9 points per game. The offense is ranked 49th in the league but the defense needs to be better. KJ Simpson is averaging 19.9 points while shooting 52.2 percent from the field. 

USC vs Colorado Betting Prediction

Colorado is going to find success here. This USC team has struggled all season and now they aren’t going to have Collier, who is their second leading scorer. Colorado is averaging 81 points and they are going to have no issue running up the score here. USC’s offense isn’t going to be keeping up, and that is going to be the difference here as Colorado is going to get the job done. Back Colorado against the spread. 

Shane Mickle's Free Pick: Colorado -8.5

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Shane Mickle

Sports is about all Shane knows in this life! He has a passion for sports and writing, which makes working for Sportschatplace a perfect job for him! If you find him cheering for a team it's usually a Minnesota team, or the Kansas Jayhawks!

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