The No. 11 Gonzaga Bulldogs are 3.5-point favorites over USC for the Saturday matchup. The over-under is set at 153 points. NCAA game time today at MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas is 10 p.m. ET.
Gonzaga is coming off an 81-65 win over Cal State on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The Zags’ lone loss this season came against No. 1 Purdue. Gonzaga has wins over UCLA and Syracuse to begin the college basketball season.
As for the Trojans, the team is coming off a 106-78 win over Eastern Washington. USC has wins over Kansas State and Seton Hall.
All eyes are on Trojans point guard Isaiah Collier who has emerged as ESPN’s new favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2024 NBA draft. Collier is averaging 17.7 points, 4.3 assists and 2.9 boards per game while shooting 42.1% from behind the 3-point arc. The star is also helped by fellow guard Boogie Ellis who leads the team in scoring at 21.5 points per game.
Isaiah Collier is shooting 42% for 3 through seven games (and 79% from the line), looking better than advertised in that area early on. Big test coming Saturday versus Gonzaga. pic.twitter.com/mQxzvljeIP
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) November 30, 2023
Gonzaga is led by forward Anton Watson who is averaging 15.7 points and 8.8 rebounds. The Zags are also getting strong contributions from Graham Ike and Ryan Nembhard.
Anton Watson can’t stop scoring in Honolulu 😤
— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessMBB) November 23, 2023
Here is a look at my college basketball predictions for this marquee showdown.
USC Gets Good News with Bronny James Close To Returning
The King will make sure he’s in the house to see Bronny James’ debut 👑
— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessMBB) December 1, 2023
While it will not impact this game, USC is a team to watch as March nears with Bronny James getting closer to making his college basketball debut. A specific date has not been set, but the James family released a statement announcing the guard was cleared “for a full return to basketball.” Earlier this year, James went into cardiac arrest during a workout.
“Bronny James is now cleared by his doctors for a full return to basketball,” the statement read, per Yahoo Sports. “Bronny will have a final evaluation with USC staff this week, resume practice next week, and return to games soon after. The James family would like to express their gratitude to the incredible medical team, the entire USC community, and especially the countless friends, family, and fans for their love and support. Fight On!”
With James’ return, we are sure to see USC’s Vegas odds to win the Pac-12 head closer to favoritism.
Gonzaga-USC Pick: Bet Veteran Zags
Vegas has become Gonzaga’s second home away from Spokane. This shapes up to be a strong matchup, between teams expected to make noise in March.
Overall, I lean on a veteran Zags team to win and cover. The Trojans remain an intriguing team to watch in the coming months with how James fits among a lineup full of stars.
NCAAB Pick ATS: Gonzaga -3.5
USC vs Gonzaga Game Information
- Game: USC Trojans (5-2) vs Gonzaga Bulldogs (5-1)
- Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 3, 2023, 10 p.m. ET
- Location: MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
- USC vs Gonzaga Live Stream: TBS.com
USC vs Gonzaga Betting Lines
Questions of the Day
Which team will finish the game scoring over 80 points?
Neither team is likely to score 80 points, but Gonzaga has already reached this achievement twice.
Which USC player is most likely to get over 5 assists in the USC vs Gonzaga game?
Isaiah Collier is averaging 4.3 assists per game and could top 5 dimes against Gonzaga.