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Washington vs USC 12/30/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

USC Trojans (10-3) vs. Washington Huskies (9-4)
December 30, 2022 10:00 pm EDT
The Line: Washington Huskies +1.5 / USC Trojans -1.5; Over/Under: +140
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The USC Trojans and the Washington Huskies meet in college basketball action from Alaska Airlines Arena on Friday night.

The USC Trojans will look to build on a 73-64 win over Colorado State last time out. Boogie Ellis leads the Trojans in scoring with 15.5 PPG along with 2.8 RPG and 2.5 APG while Drew Peterson has 13.6 PPG with team-highs of 7.2 RPG and 5.8 APG to lead the Trojans in rebounding and assists this season. Reese Dixon-Waters has 10.1 PPG and 2.9 RPG to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for USC this season. As a team, USC is averaging 71.8 PPG on 46.3% shooting from the field, 33.3% from three and 70.3% from the foul line this season.

The Washington Huskies will look to rebound from an 84-61 loss to Auburn in their last game. Keion Brooks leads Washington in scoring and rebounding with 16.6 PPG and 6.5 RPG while Cole Bajema has 10.4 PPG with 4.8 RPG as the only other double-digit scorer for Washington so far this season. PJ Fuller II also has a team-high 3.2 APG to lead Washington in assists this season. As a team, Washington is averaging 70.5 PPG on 44.5% shooting from the field, 32.3% from three and 76.4% from the foul line this season.

USC is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Friday games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS win while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 road games against a team with a home winning percentage above .600. Washington is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a double-digit loss at home and 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games following an ATS loss while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 home games.

Laying points on the road isn’t the easiest proposition to stomach, but the thing here is that the Trojans have started to play better as of late and while I’ve been critical of the Trojans for much of the season personally, there’s no denying that they’re headed in the right direction while I’m not sure what direction the Huskies have exactly. I think this game is USC’s to lose so give me the Trojans here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: USC -1.5

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