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Utah Throttles USC Despite Being on the Road

This season has been far from what was expected out of USC (9-15, 3-10) in. NCAA basketball lines, having one win over the previous nine games. USC will try to get a win at home Thursday against another team that has had its own troubles in Utah (15-9, 6-7).

In the last game for the Utes, they lost to Arizona State 85-77, having had a halftime lead and an excellent performance from Branden Carlson. The Trojans also lost, being blown out by Stanford, 99-68, only adding to the team’s overall issues.

Utah Throttles USC Despite Being on the Road
Utah Throttles USC Despite Being on the Road

Utah vs USC Game Information

1. Game: Utah (15-9) vs USC (9-15)
2. Location: Galen Center, Los Angeles, CA
3. Day/Time: Thursday, Feb. 15, 11 p.m. ET
4. Utah vs USC Live Stream: TBS.com

 

Both of these schools have lost their last two games, which does seem to level out NCAAB predictions. However, USC lost both of its games on the road while Utah was at home.

Utah vs USC Odds and Spreads

1. Utes are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite of 7.0-12.5.
2. Trojans are 0-8 ATS in their last 8 games as an underdog of 0.5-6.5.
3. Over is 7-0 in Trojans last 7 games as a home underdog.
4. Over is 6-0 in Trojans last 6 games as a home underdog of 0.5-6.5.
5. Over is 5-0 in Trojans last 5 games as a home favorite of 13.0 or greater.
6. Over is 5-0 in Utes last 5 games as an underdog of 7.0-12.5.
7. Over is 4-0 in Trojans last 4 games as an underdog.
8. Over is 7-1 in Trojans last 8 Thursday games.

 

Utah vs USC Moneyline Pick: Utah (+110)

At first glance, it is tough to make a confident decision on college basketball lines. Neither team is playing well, and the one with the better record is Utah, but it will be on the road. Furthermore, USC has the bonus of being home and having more overall talent, but it has been a disappointment.

While neither team instills much confidence in betting, Utah might be the team to side with. While the Utes did lose their last game, in the one before, it pushed a ranked Arizona team to triple overtime. On top of that, Carlson had a big game with 25 points and 12 rebounds against Arizona State, and he should be in for another strong night.

In conference play, Utah is scoring 78 points per game, while USC is giving up 77.2. That alone could be one of the biggest reasons why college basketball picks should side with the Utes.

Utah vs USC Over/Under Pick: Over 147½ (-110)

One of the reasons Utah is a solid betting option for college basketball predictions is because of its offense facing USC’s defense. That is a good reason for the Utes to win this matchup with the Trojans, but also for it to be a high-scoring game.

On top of that, a lot of USC’s issues have been because of injuries. Widely considered the top recruit within the incoming freshman class, Isaiah Collier was out for six straight games before making his return on Feb. 7, playing twice since then.

In those two games, Collier has scored 20 and 18 points, and USC has hit the over twice. Having Collier back on the court is a big boost for the team, especially offensively.

Utah vs USC Player Prop Pick: Isaiah Collier Over 16.5 points (-113)

While Boogie Ellis is still USC’s leading scorer, Collier, since his return to the court, has been the player the offense relies on. While he has only shot 38.1% from the field in his last two games, Collier is also attempting 15.5 free throws an has made 10. Eventually, his shooting touch is going to come around, and with his ability to get to the line, Collier’s offensive production will only get higher.

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Utah vs USC Score Prediction

Utah 79, USC 75

 

 

Questions Of The Day

Will Bronny James start for USC?


Bronny James has not “wowed” like many might have expected at USC, but he has started the last three games, so expect that to continue.

What happened to USC this season?


Injuries to both star guards Boogie Ellis and Isaiah Collier have led to offensive issues, while the rest of the roster has underperformed.

 

The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.

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