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USC vs. Oregon - 2/21/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Oregon at USC
Date & Time Thursday February 21, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Galen Center
Los Angeles, California
The Line
The Line: USC -2.5 -- Over/Under: 138
TV Channel
ESPN
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The Oregon Ducks and USC Trojans meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Galen Center.

The Oregon Ducks could use a win after splitting their last eight games. The Oregon Ducks are averaging 70.4 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 64.5 points on 41 percent shooting. Louis King is averaging 12.3 points and 1.2 assists while Payton Pritchard is averaging 11.8 points and 3.9 rebounds. Paul White is the third double-digit scorer and Victor Bailey Jr. is grabbing two rebounds. The Oregon Ducks are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The Oregon Ducks are allowing 29.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.3 rebounds per game. The Oregon Ducks have split their last six road games.

The USC Trojans also need a win after splitting their last 12 games. The USC Trojans are averaging 77.2 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 73 points on 42 percent shooting. Bennie Boatwright is averaging 18.4 points and 6.5 rebounds while Nick Rakocevic is averaging 15.5 points and 1.3 assists. Jordan McLaughlin is the third double-digit scorer and Kevin Porter Jr. is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The USC Trojans are shooting 38.7 percent from beyond the arc and 65.7 percent from the free throw line. The USC Trojans are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.7 rebounds per game. The USC Trojans have won seven of their last nine home games.

The Ducks are 4-11-1 ATS in their last 16 road games. The Trojans are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Thursday games. The Ducks are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Southern California and 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The favorite is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the road team is 27-13 ATS in the last 40 meetings. The under is 6-0 in Trojans last 6 home games. The under is 4-0 in Ducks last 4 overall.

The Oregon Ducks smoked USC in the first meeting this season, beating them by 21 points as a four-point favorite, and I'm sure the Trojans didn't forget that. Oregon is a team that can have issues scoring the basketball, which has been key during this inconsistent stretch. On the road, the Ducks are shooting just 39 percent from the field and losing by an average of 5.2 points.  The USC Trojans haven't only won seven of their last nine home games, but they're winning at home by an average of 11.5 points and can get very hot from the field. I'll lay the bucket with the Trojans, who will have revenge on their mind.

Pick:
USC -2.5

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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