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USC vs UC Irvine 12/15/21 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

UC Irvine Anteaters (5-2) vs. USC Trojans (10-0)
December 15, 2021 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: USC Trojans -15.5 / UC Irvine Anteaters +15.5; Over/Under: +127
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The UC-Irvine Anteaters and the USC Trojans meet in college hoops action from the Galen Center on Wednesday night.

The UC-Irvine Anteaters come into this one looking to shake off a 63-55 loss to Fresno State last time out. Collin Welp leads the Anteaters in scoring and assists with 12.6 PPG and 2.1 APG while also logging 6.9 RPG and Dawson Baker has 11.2 PPG as the only other double-digit scorer for UC-Irvine so far this season. Austin Johnson also has a team-high 7.6 RPG to lead UC-Irvine on the glass. As a team, UC-Irvine is averaging 71.6 PPG on 45% shooting from the field, 38.7% from three and 68.9% from the foul line while allowing 54.6 PPG on 34.5% shooting from the field and 24.5% from three this season.

The USC Trojans will try to remain unbeaten after a 73-62 win over Long Beach State last time out. Isaiah Mobley leads USC in scoring and rebounding with 14.7 PPG and 9.8 RPG while Chevez Goodwin has 12.2 PPG and 7.1 RPG. Boogie Ellis has 12 PPG with 3.4 APG and Drew Peterson’s got 10.9 PPG with 5.3 RPG and a team-high 3.5 APG up to this point in the season for the Trojans. Max Agbonkpolo also has 9.1 PPG and 3.4 RPG as well this season for USC. As a team, USC is averaging 77.8 PPG on 49.6% shooting from the field, 34.8% from three and 57.6% from the foul line while allowing 61.4 PPG on 35.2% shooting from the field and 27.8% from three this season.

UC-Irvine is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall. USC is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games against a team with a losing road record while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall.

I get the case to be made for both sides in this game and I think we could have a decent game on our hands in this one, but I’m looking at the under here. Even with Evan Mobley gone, the strong interior defense has remained for USC and I think Irvine may have trouble breaking 50 points here but I also don’t see USC blowing the Anteaters out of the water. Give me the under in this one.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Under 127

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