Connecticut Huskies vs USC Trojans Prediction, 12/3/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Connecticut Huskies vs USC Trojans
Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020
Location: Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
Odds/Point Spread: Connecticut (-1)
The USC Trojans (3-0) play the Connecticut Huskies (2-0) at Mohegan Sun Arena on Thursday. The odds on this game have Connecticut as 1-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 143.5.
Connecticut comes into this one with a win-loss mark of 2-0 for the campaign. The Huskies are hitting 33.3% on shots beyond the perimeter (15 of 45) and 66.7% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 85.5 points per contest (48th in the country) while shooting 50.4% from the floor. They lose possession via turnover 13.5 times per game and as a group are committing 22.5 fouls per game. As a team, Connecticut is snagging 42.0 boards per game and has accumulated 34 dimes so far this season, which is 119th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. When they are on the defensive end, the Huskies are forcing 17.0 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.0 personal fouls. The Huskies defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 41.2% (42 of 102) and they concede 29.5 rebounds per contest as a group. They currently rank 46th in the country in giving up assists with 15 surrendered this season. They are giving up 37.5% from 3-point land and they rank 96th in college basketball in opponents points per game (66.0).
The Connecticut Huskies faced off with the Hartford Hawks and took home the win by a score of 69-57 in their last game. Connecticut wrapped up the contest with a 44.4% field goal percentage (28 of 63) and converted 5 out of their 19 three-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Huskies buried 8 of 14 shots for a rate of 57.1%. In the matter of hauling in boards, they collected a total of 36 with 15 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 12 assists in this contest while earning 7 steals and 9 blocked shots. With regard to the defense, Connecticut allowed the other team to shoot 44.4% from the field on 28 out of 63. Hartford distributed 4 dimes and 8 steals in the game. In addition, the Hawks had 31 rebounds (9 offensive, 22 defensive) and added 9 rejections. Hartford went 77.8% at the charity stripe by making 21 of their 27 shots. They converted 4 of 15 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Jalen Gaffney is one guy who saw a lot of court time for the game. He totaled 15 points on 4 out of 10 shooting. He was on the court for 36 minutes and snagged 2 rebounds. Gaffney finished the game shooting 40.0% from the field and also recorded 2 assists. Another guy that saw the court a lot in this game for the Huskies was James Bouknight. He grabbed 4 rebounds and also had 2 dimes. He ended up going 46.7% from the field in the game by shooting 7-of-15 (18 points). When the game finished, Bouknight was on the court for 33 minutes.
USC has a mark of 3-0 on the year. The Trojans have committed 18.0 fouls per game while shooting 57.6% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 15.7 times per contest (89th in the nation) and they lose possession via turnover 15.7 times per game. USC has 250 pts for the season (83.3 per game) and they collect 47.0 boards per game. As an offensive unit, the Trojans are shooting 53.5% from the floor, which ranks them 105th in college basketball. The Trojans are ranked 116th in college hoops in PPG given up with 67.3. They have given up 12.7 assists and 30.7 boards every game, which ranks them 150th and 44th in college hoops. The USC defense allows 35.2% on 3-point shots (31 of 88) and their opponents are knocking down 64.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing 12.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 35.6% from the field (37th in college basketball).
When they last stepped on the court, the USC Trojans took home the win by a final score of 79-53 against the BYU Cougars. The Trojans snagged 33 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 41 for the game. They also rejected 4 tries while getting 3 steals in this game. The Cougars committed 14 fouls in this matchup which took the Trojans to the charity stripe for a total of 16 attempts. They were able to bury 9 of the free throw tries for a rate of 56.3%. When it comes to shooting from distance, USC made 6 of 14 tries (42.9%). When the game finished, the Trojans walked away from this one shooting 32 for 60 from the field which gave them a percentage of 53.3%. The Trojans permitted the Cougars to convert 19 of their 69 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 27.5% in this contest. They went 23.3% from three-point range by going 7 of 30 and ended up going 8 of 11 from the free throw line (72.7%). When talking about cleaning the glass, USC allowed BYU to pull down 34 in total (15 on the offensive glass).
Tahj Eaddy saw a lot of time on the hardwood for the Trojans in this game. He made 7 of 13 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 53.8%, which earned him 16 points. Eaddy pulled down 2 boards in his 32 minutes and added 4 assists in this contest. One more player that ended up being a major factor for USC was Drew Peterson. He was able to score 19 points in 30 minutes on the court via 7 out of 10 shooting in the matchup. Peterson wrapped this one up going 70.0% from the field while also contributing 2 assists and 5 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take USC (+1)
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