Oregon Ducks (17-8) at USC Trojans (17-9)
|Date & Time||Thursday February 15, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: USC Trojans -5.5 -- Over/Under:
The Oregon Ducks and USC Trojans meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Galen Center.
The Oregon Ducks look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Oregon Ducks are averaging 78.8 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 70.2 points on 41.2 percent shooting. Payton Pritchard is averaging 14.4 points and 4.9 assists while Elijah Brown is averaging 12.8 points and 3.3 rebounds. Troy Brown is the third double-digit scorer and MiKyle McIntosh is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The Oregon Ducks are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 77.7 percent from the free throw line. The Oregon Ducks are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.2 rebounds per game. The Oregon Ducks have split their last six road games.
The USC Trojans need a win here to snap a three-game losing streak. The USC Trojans are averaging 79.2 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 72.1 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Chimezie Metu is averaging 15.8 points and 7.3 rebounds while Bennie Boatwright is averaging 14.2 points and two assists. Jordan McLaughlin is the third double-digit scorer and Elijah Stewart is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The USC Trojans are shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent from the free throw line. The USC Trojans are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.5 rebounds per game. The USC Trojans have won five straight home games.
The Ducks are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games, 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 Thursday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Trojans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Ducks are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Southern California, 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The Oregon Ducks are playing their most consistent ball of the season right now, which includes outscoring teams by nearly eight points in their last five games. However, the USC Trojans already beat Oregon on the road this season and is an even tougher team at home. At home this season, the USC Trojans are averaging 80.7 points and outscoring clubs by 11.4 points. When USC has its groove offensively, it's a tough team to keep up with, and you have to think they're due after three straight losses. I'll eat the chalk.