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USC vs BYU Pick & Preview: Wednesday, November 23rd Betting Odds

Trojans vs Cougars Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: USC Trojans at BYU Cougars
  • Where: Nassau at Imperial Arena
  • Date: Wednesday, November 23rd
  • Betting Odds: USC +1.5, USC +104 | BYU -127 O/U 143.0

Trojans Preview:

The USC will take the floor in today’s game in the middle of a 3 game win streak and have an overall record of 3-1. This will be the team’s first game on the road. Last season, the Trojans put together an above .500 record away from home, going 12-4. When looking at the betting lines, USC will be the betting underdog for the first time this season. Coming into the game, they are +1.5 point underdogs on the spread. Last season, the team went 4-4 as the betting underdog.

Drew Peterson comes into today’s game as the Trojans’ leading scorer at 15.75 points per contest. Not only has Peterson been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is USC’s top rebounder at 7.75 boards per contest. Behind Peterson, the team has benefited from the strong play of Boogie Ellis who is second on the team in scoring at 15.75 points per game. Overall, he has hit 45.5% of his shots and is adding 3.0 boards 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%.

Cougars Preview:

BYU will take their 2 game win streak into today’s game. So far, the team has an overall record of 3-1. So far this season, BYU has played 3 games at home, sitting with a record of 3-0. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Cougars as the -1.5 point favorites. The Cougars have been favored 3 times, going 3-0 straight up.

BYU’s leading scorer this season is Fousseyni Traore who is averaging 12.5 points per contest. So far, Traore has accounted for 17.36% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 7.0 rebounds per game and 1.0 assists. Spencer Johnson is the second leading scorer for the Cougars, averaging 11.25 points per game. Between him and Johnson, they are accounting for 33.0% of the team’s scoring.

On offense, BYU is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.7 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 4 games, they have only hit 35.4% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 37.13% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Free Spread Prediction: BYU Cougars -1.5

Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the BYU Cougars to pick up the win and cover the spread as -1.5 point betting favorites. Although BYU as a team is just 136th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Trojans’ defense. At -1.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Cougars to come out on top and cover.

 


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