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Stanford vs. USC - 1/7/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

USC Trojans (11-5) at Stanford Cardinal (7-8)
Date & Time Sunday January 7, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)
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The Line: Stanford Cardinal +5.5 -- Over/Under:
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NCAA BB | USC Trojans (11-5) at Stanford Cardinal (7-8)

The USC Trojans and Stanford Cardinal meet Sunday in college basketball action at the Maples Pavilion.

The USC Trojans look for another victory after winning seven of their last nine games. The USC Trojans are averaging 81.9 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 73.1 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Chimezie Metu is averaging 17.1 points and 7.4 rebounds while Bennie Boatwright is averaging 16.6 points and 2.3 assists. Jordan McLaughlin is the third double-digit scorer and Elijah Stewart is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The USC Trojans are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The USC Trojans are allowing 37.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.2 rebounds per game. The USC Trojans have won two of their last three road games.

The Stanford Cardinal need a statement win after splitting their last eight games. The Stanford Cardinal are averaging 75.2 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 76 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Reid Travis is averaging 20.7 points and 1.5 assists while Michael Humphrey is averaging 12 points and 8.7 rebounds. Dorian Pickens is the third double-digit scorer and Kezie Okpala is grabbing three rebounds. The Stanford Cardinal are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 69.8 percent from the free throw line. The Stanford Cardinal are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.9 rebounds per game. The Stanford Cardinal have won five of their last seven home games.

The Trojans are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Pacific-12 and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Cardinal are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Pacific-12 and 5-12-1 ATS in their last 18 games overall. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the under is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings.

The USC Trojans are the better team here and have done a good job of righting the ship as of late, but they play in a lot of close games and can sometimes play down to their comp. The Stanford Cardinal are a solid team at home and just beat the UCLA Bruins Thursday night in double overtime. Stanford has some players back, giving the offense a boost, so this is a team to maybe keep an eye on down the stretch. Give me the Cardinal and the points.

Stanford Cardinal +5.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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