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Colorado vs USC Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 12th Betting Odds

Buffaloes vs Trojans Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Colorado Buffaloes at USC Trojans
  • Where: Los Angeles at Galen Center
  • Date: Thursday, January 12th
  • Betting Odds: Colorado +3.5, COL +139 | USC -171 O/U 141.5

Buffaloes Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs USC, the Colorado Buffaloes will be taking the floor for the 18th time this season and have an overall record of 11-6. On the road, the Buffaloes will be playing their 8th game of the season, having gone 3-5. So far, the Buffaloes have been the underdog 3 times, going 3-0 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +3.5 underdogs on the spread.

Colorado will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer KJ Simpson who is averaging 17.88 points per game for the Buffaloes. Simpson is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Buffaloes’ offensive game plan is the play of Tristan Da Silva who has hit 53.2% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 15.06 points per game.

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Coming into today’s game, Colorado will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Buffaloes are ranked 193rd at 71.2 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 393rd ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Colorado is close to the NCAA average at 36.8%.

Trojans Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Colorado, the USC Trojans will be taking the floor for the 17th time this season and have an overall record of 11-5. So far this season, USC has played 11 games at home, sitting with a record of 8-3. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Trojans as the -3.5 point favorites. The Trojans have been favored 10 times, going 9-1 straight up.

USC will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Boogie Ellis who is averaging 15.69 points per game for the Trojans. Ellis is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Trojans’ offensive game plan is the play of Drew Peterson who has hit 44.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.69 points per game.

Coming into today’s game, USC will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Trojans are ranked 159th at 72.6 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 389th ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, USC is close to the NCAA average at 36.0%.

Free Spread Prediction: USC Trojans -3.5

Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the USC Trojans to pick up the win and cover the spread as -3.5 point betting favorites. Although USC as a team is just 141st in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Buffaloes’ defense. In addition, the Trojans have made bettors money who have taken them to cover at home, as they are 7-3 (last 10). At -3.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Trojans to come out on top and cover.

 


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