Washington Huskies (13-11) vs. USC Trojans (16-6)
February 4, 2023 9:30 pm EDT
The Line: USC Trojans -9.5 / Washington Huskies +9.5 ; Over/Under: 143.5
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The Washington Huskies and the USC Trojans meet Saturday in college basketball action from Galen Center. Washington is coming off a Thursday matchup versus UCLA. In that one the Huskies lost by nine points. As for USC, they played Washington State in their Thursday game. The Trojans would go on to win by 10 points. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Washington started the year out on a spotty run, going 9-7 through their first 16 games. The Huskies managed a 4-3 run in the next seven, taking wins over Stanford, California, Colorado and Arizona State with losses to Arizona State, Utah and Arizona.
In the UCLA matchup on Thursday, Washington was outscored 38-22 in the first half. The Huskies gained a little ground in the second but still lost 70-61. Keion Brooks was the leading team scorer on 23 points.
Over on the USC side, they were a pretty solid 11-5 at the 16-game mark this season. The Trojans managed a nice 4-1 run over the next five outings, beating Colorado, Utah, Arizona State and UCLA along the way.
Matched up against Washington State on Thursday, the Trojans were up by just two points going into the second half. USC posted a 43-35 run from there and got the win 80-70. Boogie Ellis was the top scorer on the team with 23 points.
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’m going to stay with USC. The Trojans didn’t have a ton of trouble the last time these teams met up back on December 30, taking an 80-67 victory at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. USC is currently on a 5-1 run, scoring 68 or more points in all five victories. As for Washington, they’ve had some tough matchups lately and have lost three of the last four outings. This one’s not going to get any easier for the Huskies. I like Washington to hang around for a while with USC ultimately pulling out the cover.