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USC vs. Stanford - 01/06/2019 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Stanford at USC
Date & Time Sunday January 6, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Galen Center
Los Angeles, CA
The Line
USC Trojans -7.5 -- Over/Under: 151
TV Channel
ESPNU
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The Stanford Cardinal and the USC Trojans meet in Pac-12 conference college basketball action from the Galen Center on Sunday night.

The Stanford Cardinal come into this game looking to bounce back after a 92-70 road loss to UCLA in their last outing. KZ Okpala led the Cardinal with 22 points on 9 of 21 shooting with a pair of threes and 10 rebounds for the double-double as the lone Stanford player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Oscar Da Silva had 6 points and 3 assists while Josh Sharma matched his 6 points with 6 rebounds in the losing effort. Okpala leads Stanford with an average of 17.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while Daejon Davis leads the Cardinal in assists with 3.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Stanford is scoring 73 points per game on 43.8% shooting from the field, 33.1% from behind the 3-point line and 67.1% from the foul line this season.

The USC Trojans will look to build on their current 3-game winning streak after an 82-73 win over Cal in their last outing. Nick Rakocevic led the Trojans with 27 points on an efficient 12 of 14 shooting with a team-high 8 rebounds while Bennie Boatwright added 19 points on 7 of 14 shooting with a pair of threes and Derryck Thornton added 13 points, 7 rebounds and a team-high 12 assists for the double-double to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for the Trojans in the win. Boatwright leads the Trojans in scoring with 15.3 points per game while Thornton leads USC in assists with 5.1 assists per game and Rakocevic leads the Trojans in rebounding by averaging a double-double per game with 15.2 points and a team-leading 10.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, USC is averaging 79.5 points per game on 46.5% shooting from the field, 37.2% from behind the arc and 66% from the foul line this season.

Stanford is 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 games against a team with a winning record and 5-15 ATS in their last 20 Sunday games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. USC is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 home games against a team with a losing road record while the under is 19-6-1 in their last 26 conference games. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

I was really disappointed with the Cardinal against UCLA, as I thought that was a prime opportunity for Stanford to pick up a quality road win against a struggling opponent. However, 7 of the last 10 meetings between the two have been decided by single digits, and 5 of those were decided by 5 points or less. All in all I don’t think there’s a whole lot to separate these two teams, so I’ll take a shot with Stanford and the points as the underdog has had a lot of success in this matchup.

Pick:
Stanford +7.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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