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USC vs. Washington - 3/14/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington at USC
Date & Time Thursday March 14, 2019, 3:00 PM (EDT)
Location
T-Mobile Arena
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Line
The Line: Washington -5.5 -- Over/Under: 156.5
TV Channel
PAC12
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NCAA BB | Washington at USC
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The USC Trojans and Washington Huskies meet Thursday in the college basketball Pac-12 Tournament at the T-Mobile Arena.

The USC Trojans look for another victory after beating up the Arizona Wildcats on Wednesday. The USC Trojans are averaging 76.3 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 73.1 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Bennie Boatwright is averaging 18.1 points and 6.4 rebounds while Nick Rakocevic is averaging 14.9 points and 1.4 assists. Jonah Mathews is the third double-digit scorer and Kevin Porter Jr. is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The USC Trojans are shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc and 64.1 percent from the free throw line. The USC Trojans are allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.1 rebounds per game. The USC Trojans have lost five of their last eight non-home games.

The Washington Huskies enter this tournament winning 17 of their last 20 games. The Washington Huskies are averaging 70.4 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 64 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Jaylen Nowell is averaging 16.3 points and 3.1 assists while Noah Dickerson is averaging 12.9 points and 7.2 rebounds. David Crisp is the third double-digit scorer and Matisse Thybulle is dishing 2.2 assists. The Washington Huskies are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 70.1 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Huskies are allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32 rebounds per game. The Washington Huskies have won five of their last seven non-home games.

The Trojans are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 neutral site games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Pacific-12 and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Huskies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Pacific-12 and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The favorite is 19-8 ATS in the last 27 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 51-24 in Huskies last 75 overall. The under is 23-10 in Trojans last 33 vs. Pacific-12.

I was originally leaning with USC and the points, as the Trojans have flashed potential all year and pretty much dominated Arizona yesterday. However, Washington beat USC this season rather comfortably, and the Trojans are just 1-11 ATS as an underdog. And while many people say the Pac-12 Tournament is wide open and it wouldn't be surprising if a bid is stolen, Washington is still clearly the best team in this conference. I'll lay the reasonable chalk with the Huskies.

Pick:
Washington -5.5

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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