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Washington vs. USC - 1/30/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

USC at Washington
Date & Time Wednesday January 30, 2019, 11:00 PM (EST)
Alaska Airlines Arena
Seattle, WA
The Line
Washington Huskies -8 -- Over/Under: 142.5
TV Channel
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The USC Trojans and the Washington Huskies meet in Pac-12 conference college basketball action from the Alaska Airlines Arena on Wednesday night.

The USC Trojans will look to build on their current 3-game winning streak after a 69-67 win over Arizona State in their last outing. Bennie Boatwright led the Trojans with 17 points on 5 of 10 shooting with a pair of threes while Nick Rakocevic added 15 points and 9 rebounds. Shaqquan Aaron chipped in 13 points on 5 of 10 shooting with 3 threes and 3 steals while Jonah Mathews added 11 points to round out the scoring in double figures for USC in the win. Derryck Thornton added 8 points with a team-high 6 assists and 3 steals as well in the victory. Boatwright leads USC in scoring with 17 points per game while Rakocevic leads the Trojans in rebounding with 9.8 rebounds per game and Thornton leads USC in assists with 5.1 assists per game this season.

The Washington Huskies will look to add to their current winning streak which sits at 9 games after a 79-69 win over Oregon State in their last outing. Jaylen Nowell led the Huskies with 19 points on 4 of 6 shooting with 3 threes and an 8 of 10 mark from the foul line while Nahziah Carter came right behind with 18 points on 8 of 11 shooting with 3 steals and David Crisp added 14 points with a team-high 4 assists. Matisse Thybulle added 11 points with 5 steals to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for Washington in the win, while Noah Dickerson and Sam Timmins each had a team-high 6 rebounds with Timmins adding 3 blocks while Dickerson had 7 points in 18 minutes on the floor. Nowell leads Washington with an average of 17 points and 3.3 assists per game while Dickerson leads the Huskies in rebounding with 6.5 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Washington is averaging 72.4 points per game on 46.8% shooting from the field, 34.5% from behind the 3-point line and 71.1% from the foul line this season.

USC is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 23-7-1 in their last 31 conference games. Washington is 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games while the under is 36-16 in their last 52 conference games. The favorite is 18-8 in the last 26 meetings between these two teams.

USC and the points are tempting considering that the Trojans are playing some of their best basketball of the season right now, dismantling Arizona and UCLA before grinding out a solid win against Arizona State. However, the Huskies are playing even better right now, winning their last 9 games in a row, including 5 conference wins by double-digits. All 3 of Washington’s home conference wins this season have come by double-digits, by an average of 17.6 points per game and I think the Huskies add to that tally with another double-digit win so I’ll lay the points with Washington in this spot.

Washington -8

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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