Stanford Cardinal vs USC Trojans Prediction, 12/13/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Stanford Cardinal vs USC Trojans
Date: Sunday, December 13, 2020
Location: Galen Center in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Stanford (+3)
The Stanford Cardinal (2-2) go to Galen Center on Sunday where they'll meet the USC Trojans (4-1). USC opens this contest as 3-point favorites. The over/under is set at 135.5.
Stanford enters this contest with a mark of 2-2 this year. They are averaging 71.5 points per game (188th in college basketball) while shooting 42.1% from the field. The Cardinal are shooting 31.3% on 3-point shots (26 of 83) and 73.7% from the free throw line. As a unit, Stanford is snagging 38.5 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 49 dimes this season, which is 193rd in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. They are giving up possession 14.8 times per contest and as a team they commit 18.0 fouls per contest. Defensively, the Cardinal are forcing 17.0 turnovers per game while drawing 18.0 fouls. They are conceding 24.7% on 3-point shots and they are 82nd in college hoops in PPG allowed (64.0). The Cardinal defensively are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 39.7% (94 of 237) and they relinquish 37.0 boards per game as a unit. They currently rank 155th in college hoops in giving up assists to the opposition with 49 surrendered so far this year.
The Stanford Cardinal played the North Carolina A&T Aggies and took home the win by a score of 78-46 in their last contest. Stanford finished with a 41.0% field goal percentage (32 of 78) and made 8 of their 28 shots from downtown. From the charity stripe, the Cardinal converted 6 of their 7 shots for a percentage of 85.7%. When talking about grabbing boards, they collected 56 with 18 of them being offensive. They also doled out 19 dimes for the game while getting 8 steals and 6 blocked shots. When discussing the defense, Stanford let their opponent shoot 41.0% from the field on 32 of 78. North Carolina A&T earned 8 assists and 9 steals in this game. In addition, the Aggies collected 32 rebounds (9 offensive, 23 defensive) and earned 6 blocked shots. North Carolina A&T ended up shooting 44.4% from the charity stripe by converting 4 of 9 attempts. They buried 4 of their 25 shots from 3-point range.
Daejon Davis is a guy who was a major contributor in the matchup. He ended up scoring 9 points on 4 of 8 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 25 minutes played and collected 7 rebounds. Davis ended up going 50.0% from the field and also earned 4 assists. One more player that was a contributor in this matchup for the Cardinal was Oscar Da Silva. He grabbed 8 rebounds and accounted for 4 assists. He shot 75.0% from the field for this contest by going 12-of-16 (26 points). Overall, Silva saw the court for 25 min.
USC has a win-loss mark of 4-1 so far this season. The Trojans are responsible for committing 16.4 personal fouls every game and they hit 60.4% from the charity stripe. They are getting an assist 14.8 times per contest (120th in college basketball) and they cough up possession 12.6 times per game. USC has accounted for 399 pts for the year (79.8 per game) and they pull down 42.8 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Trojans are shooting 49.8% from the field, which ranks 84th in the nation. The Trojans on defense are ranked 80th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 63.8. They are forcing 12.6 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 35.1% from the floor (22nd in college basketball). The USC defense gives up 33.3% on shots from beyond the arc (42 of 126) and opponents are connecting on 66.2% of their free throw shots. They relinquish 11.8 dimes and 33.6 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks them 113th and 104th in those categories.
The last time they took the hardwood, the USC Trojans walked away with a victory by a final of 91-56 when they played the UC Irvine Anteaters. The Trojans collected 29 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 38 for the contest. They blocked 10 shots while getting 9 steals for the game. The Anteaters had 23 fouls for this contest which took the Trojans to the charity stripe for a total of 28 attempts. They were able to convert 15 of them for a rate of 53.6%. Regarding shots from 3-point land, USC made 12 of their 24 tries (50.0%). In all, the Trojans shot 32 out of 62 from the floor which had them at 51.6%. The Trojans allowed the Anteaters to make 23 of their 68 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 33.8% for the contest. They finished the game shooting 21.1% from three-point range by going 4 out of 19 and finished the contest at 6 out of 12 from the free throw line (50.0%). When discussing rebounding, USC permitted UC Irvine to pull down 31 overall (10 offensive).
Evan Mobley ended up being important for the Trojans in this contest. He made 8 of 13 in the matchup for a field goal rate of 61.5%, which gave him 22 points. Mobley grabbed 11 rebounds in his 31 minutes played and accumulated 3 dimes in this contest. An additional guy who was a determining factor for USC was Noah Baumann. He scored 18 points in 26 minutes played via 5 of 9 shooting in this contest. Baumann ended up shooting 55.6% from the field and also totaling 3 assists and 2 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Stanford (+3)
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