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USC vs Arizona State Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 21st Betting Odds

Trojans vs Sun Devils Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: USC Trojans at Arizona State Sun Devils
  • Where: Tempe at Desert Financial Arena
  • Date: Saturday, January 21st
  • Betting Odds: USC +4, USC +151 | ARZST -187 O/U 138.0

Trojans Preview:

The USC Trojans head into today’s game in what will be their 20th game of the season, posting a record of 13-6. On the road, the Trojans will be playing their 6th game of the season, having gone 3-3. So far, the Trojans have been the underdog 7 times, going 2-5 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +4 underdogs on the spread.

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USC will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Boogie Ellis who is averaging 15.42 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 44.5% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.68 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%.

Sun Devils Preview:

Arizona State will take the floor against the Trojans with an overall record of 15-4. Currently, the Sun Devils have been the home team 11 times, sitting with a record of 9-2. The Sun Devils’ are sitting with a betting line that is -4 points in their favor. For the season, Arizona State has been favored to win in 12 games, sitting with a mark of 10-2.

Arizona State’s leading scorer this season is DJ Horne, who is averaging 12.21 points per contest. So far, Horne has accounted for 16.8% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.74 rebounds per game and 2.53 assists. Desmond Cambridge Jr. is the second leading scorer for the Sun Devils, averaging 12.29 points per game. Between him and Jr., they are accounting for 31.9% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Arizona State this season, as they are currently ranked 371st in college basketball at 65.4 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Sun Devils’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.8%, placing them 422nd in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: USC Trojans +4

After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Arizona State as the favorites with a line coming in at -4. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the USC Trojans to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Arizona State at 6.94 made 3’s per game compared to USC at 7.33. Look for USC to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Sun Devils.


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