USC Trojans vs BYU Cougars Prediction, 12/1/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: USC Trojans vs BYU Cougars
Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Location: Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
Odds/Point Spread: USC (-1)
Mohegan Sun Arena is the site where and the BYU Cougars (3-0) will play the USC Trojans (2-0) on Tuesday. USC opens this game as 1-point favorites. The total has been set at 145.
USC enters this contest with a win-loss mark of 2-0 so far this season. The Trojans are shooting 33.3% on shots from downtown (11 of 33) and 58.0% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 85.5 points per contest (54th in the country) while hitting 53.6% from the floor. They cough up possession 16.5 times per contest and as a squad are committing 18.5 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, USC is collecting 45.5 rebounds per game and has earned 36 assists this season, which is 66th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. On defense, the Trojans are able to force 12.5 turnovers per contest while drawing 27.0 fouls. The Trojans defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 39.8% (53 of 133) and they concede 28.5 rebounds per contest as a group. They currently rank 244th in Division 1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 26 surrendered on the season. They are giving up 41.4% on shots from distance while they are 266th in D-1 in opponents points per game (74.5).
The USC Trojans faced the Montana Grizzlies and notched a win by a score of 76-62 in their last contest. USC walked away from the game having earned a 50.0% field goal percentage (23 out of 46) and converted 6 out of their 14 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the Trojans made 24 of 39 attempts for a rate of 61.5%. Concerning rebounding, they earned a total of 41 with 12 of them being offensive. They also recorded 17 assists in this game while getting 2 steals and 5 rejections. With respect to defense, USC allowed the other team to go 50.0% from the field on 23 of 46. Montana recorded 8 assists and 6 steals for the contest. Furthurmore, the Grizzlies snagged 22 rebounds (11 offensive, 11 defensive) and got 5 blocked shots. Montana shot 61.5% at the free throw line by knocking down 16 of 26 tries. They also knocked down 4 of 17 tries from distance.
Evan Mobley is a player who was a contributor for the matchup. He notched 11 points on 3 out of 4 shooting. He saw the court for 32 minutes played and pulled down 7 rebounds. Mobley finished the contest at 75.0% from the field and also recorded 2 dimes. Someone else that saw a lot of minutes in this contest for the Trojans was Ethan Anderson. He pulled down 3 rebounds and also had 5 assists. He finished the contest at 60.0% from the floor for this contest by shooting 3-of-5 (9 points). When the final whistle was blown, Anderson saw the court for 26 minutes.
BYU has a win-loss record of 3-0 on the season. In terms of offensive execution, the Cougars are hitting on 54.1% from the floor, which is 19th in the country. BYU has scored 276 points for the season (92.0 per contest) and they average 43.7 boards per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 22.3 times per game (13th in college hoops) and they are losing possession via turnover 14.0 times per game. The Cougars commit 21.3 personal fouls per contest and they go 55.1% from the charity stripe. The Cougars defensively are ranked 145th in college basketball in points given up per game with 60.0. They are forcing 17.0 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 35.8% from the floor (134th in D-1). The BYU defense concedes 42.2% on shots from distance (19 of 45) and their opponents are making 63.4% of their foul shots. They allow 11.7 dimes and 29.7 rebounds per contest, which is ranked 211th and 138th in those defensive categories.
In their last game, the BYU Cougars went home victorious with a score of 82-60 when they played the Utah Valley Wolverines. The Cougars corralled 27 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 33 for the matchup. They blocked 5 shots while getting 6 steals for the contest. The Wolverines earned 16 fouls in the matchup which took the Cougars to the charity stripe for 14 shots. They were able to bury 11 of them for a rate of 78.6%. Pertaining to shots from beyond the arc, BYU made 11 out of their 25 tries (44.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Cougars shot 30 for 57 from the floor which had them at 52.6%. The Cougars permitted the Wolverines to make 21 of 57 attempts from the field which had them shooting 36.8% for the game. They went 35.7% from distance via 5 of 14 and finished the contest at 13 of 21 from the free throw line (61.9%). Regarding rebounds, BYU allowed Utah Valley to snag 29 overall (9 offensive).
Brandon Averette was pivotal for the Cougars in the game. He converted 5 out of 13 for the game for a field goal rate of 38.5%, which had him sitting at 11 points. Averette collected 5 boards in his 36 mins and tallied 6 assists in this contest. An additional guy that ended up being a major factor for BYU was Alex Barcello. He ended up with 20 points in his 31 minutes on the court via 7 out of 12 from the floor in the game. Barcello finished going 58.3% from the field while totaling 3 assists and 7 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take USC (-1)
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