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USC vs. Oregon State - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Oregon State Beavers (13-12) at USC Trojans (18-9)
Date & Time Saturday February 17, 2018, 11:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: USC Trojans -8 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
FS1
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NCAA BB | Oregon State Beavers (13-12) at USC Trojans (18-9)
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The Oregon State Beavers and USC Trojans meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Galen Center.

The Oregon State Beavers need a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Oregon State Beavers are averaging 74.2 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 70 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Tres Tinkle is averaging 18.5 points and 3.6 assists while Stephen Thompson Jr. is averaging 16.5 points and 3.3 rebounds. Drew Eubanks is the third double-digit scorer and Ethan Thompson is grabbing four rebounds. The Oregon State Beavers are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 71.1 percent from the free throw line. The Oregon State Beavers are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.5 rebounds per game. The Oregon State Beavers haven’t won a road game since March of 2016.

The USC Trojans look for another victory after winning nine of their last 13 games. 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 six straight home games.

The Beavers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Trojans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Beavers are 5-11-1 ATS in the last 17 meetings in Southern California, 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the underdog is 9-4-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings.

We're approaching two years since the Oregon State Beavers have won a road game, and they're not covering games with these losses piling up. The USC Trojans are outscoring teams by 10.7 points at home this season and are more than capable of running a team out of the gym with their offense. USC has also been one of the better covering teams this season in the Pac-12. I'll take USC by double digits based on Oregon State being trash on the road for two straight seasons. 

Pick:
USC Trojans -8

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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