Utah at USC
|Date & Time||Wednesday February 6, 2019, 11:00 PM (EST)|
Los Angeles, CA
USC Trojans -6 -- Over/Under: 151
PAC-12 Networks - Mountain, Los Angeles, & National Feeds
The Utah Utes will travel to the Galen Center to take on the USC Trojans this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The Utah Utes lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 11-10 (5-4 Pac-12) on the season after being defeated by the Oregon State Beavers, 81-72, this past Saturday. Utah has no answers on the defensive end for the Beavers in the 1st half and couldn’t fight back after Oregon State took a 46-32 halftime lead. Utah allowed Oregon State to shoot 49.0% from the field, while the Utes shot just 43.1% from the field and 27.3% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Utes was Timmy Allen who had 24 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals.
On the season, Utah is averaging 75.0 ppg on 47.0% shooting from the field. The Utes are averaging 9.3 three-pointers per game on 37.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Utah has been led by Sedrick Barefield (16.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.8 apg), Timmy Allen (11.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.3 apg), Donnie Tillman (10.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Both Gach (7.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.0 apg).
Defensively, Utah is allowing their opponents to average 73.4 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Utes have a rebound margin of 4.2 and a turnover margin of -3.5.
The USC Trojans improved to 13-9 (6-3 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the Washington State Cougars, 93-84, this past Saturday. USC had their way offensively against the Washington State defense and was easily able to cruise to victory in the 2nd half after taking a 47-33 lead. USC shot 58.9% from the field & 55.6% from beyond the arc in the win. Leading the way for the Trojans was Nick Rakocevic who had a double-double with 25 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.
On the season, USC is averaging 77.6 ppg on 46.4% shooting from the field. The Trojans are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 37.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, USC has been led by Bennie Boatwright (17.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.5 apg), Nick Rakocevic (16.2 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.0 spg), Jonah Mathews (12.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.3 spg), and Shaqquan Aaron (8.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.0 spg).
Defensively, USC is allowing their opponents to average 73.0 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Trojans have a rebound margin of -1.4 and a turnover margin of 1.3.
The Utes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 14-6-2 ATS in their last 22 games vs. Pac-12 opponents. The Trojans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. Pac-12 opponents.
Utah is 5-5 over their last 10 games and although their offense has been decent as they rank 134th in scoring offense & 65th in FG%, the Utes have struggled defensively as they rank just 232nd in scoring defense, 265th in defensive FG%, and 338th in turnover margin.
USC has won 4 of their last 5 games and currently rank 76th in scoring offense, 91st in the FG%, and 78th in defensive FG%.
USC has been playing some of their best basketball of the season as of late and as I wasn’t impressed by the Utes this past weekend after dropping home games to both Oregon & Oregon State, I think the USC offense will be able to do plenty on their home court to cover this mid-range spread. Good Luck.