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USC vs Washington State Pick & Preview: Sunday, January 1st Betting Odds

Trojans vs Cougars Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: USC Trojans at Washington State Cougars
  • Where: Pullman at Friel Court
  • Date: Sunday, January 1st
  • Betting Odds: USC +1.5, USC +104 | WASHST -127 O/U 133.5

Trojans Preview:

The USC Trojans head into today’s game in what will be their 15th game of the season, posting a record of 11-3. So far, the Trojans have played 3 games on the road, with a record of 3-0. For the season, USC has been the underdog in 4 games, sitting with a mark of 2-2. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Trojans being +1.5 point underdogs.

USC will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Boogie Ellis who is averaging 16.36 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 gameplan is the play of Drew Peterson who has hit 44.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.86 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%.

Cougars Preview:

Washington State heads into this matchup having played 14 games and have an overall record sitting at 5-9. Currently, the Cougars have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 4-5. The Cougars’ are sitting with a betting line that is -1.5 points in their favor. For the season, Washington State has been favored to win in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 5-4.

Washington State’s leading scorer this season is TJ Bamba who is averaging 16.0 points per contest. So far, Bamba has accounted for 23.36% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.36 rebounds per game and 1.57 assists. Mouhamed Gueye is the second leading scorer for the Cougars, averaging 13.86 points per game. Between him and Gueye, they are accounting for 43.6% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Washington State this season, as they are currently ranked 175th in college basketball at 71.9 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Cougars’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.0%, placing them 256th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Washington State Cougars -1.5

Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Washington State Cougars to pick up the win and cover the spread as -1.5 point betting favorites. Although Washington State as a team is just 383rd 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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