Arizona State Sun Devils vs USC Trojans Prediction, 2/17/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Arizona State Sun Devils vs USC Trojans
Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Location: Galen Center in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Arizona State (+11.5)
The USC Trojans (17-3) play the Arizona State Sun Devils (7-9) at Galen Center on Wednesday. Arizona State opens this game as 11.5-point dogs. The over/under opens at 146.
Arizona State enters this game with a record of 7-9 on the campaign. The Sun Devils are hitting 31.9% on shots from distance (116 of 364) and 72.3% from the free throw line. They average 74.8 points per contest (99th in D-1) while shooting 43.2% from the floor. They are losing possession via turnover 11.3 times per game and as a team they are committing 20.6 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Arizona State is pulling in 31.7 boards per contest and has 203 assists for the season, which has them ranked 242nd in the country in terms of passing. On the defensive end, the Sun Devils are able to force 16.2 turnovers per game while drawing 19.5 personal fouls. They relinquish 35.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they rank 301st in D-1 in PPG allowed (76.6). The Sun Devils are allowing an opponent FG percentage of 44.9% (408 of 908) and they relinquish 40.0 boards per game as a basketball team. They are 185th in the country in giving up assists to their opponents with 230 surrendered on the season.
The Arizona State Sun Devils played the Oregon State Beavers and went home with a win by a final score of 75-73 in their last game. Arizona State ended with a 42.6% field goal percentage (23 out of 54) and knocked down 4 of their 15 shots from beyond the arc. At the charity stripe, the Sun Devils made 25 of their 34 shots for a rate of 73.5%. When talking about hauling in rebounds, they earned a total of 28 with 6 of them being offensive. They also recorded 10 assists for this contest while earning 9 steals and 2 blocks. In reference to defending, Arizona State allowed the other team to go 42.6% from the field on 23 of 54 shooting. Oregon State recorded 15 assists and had 3 steals in this game. Additionally, the Beavers snagged 35 rebounds (11 offensive, 24 defensive) and earned 2 blocked shots. Oregon State walked away from this one shooting 72.7% when shooting free throws by making 16 of 22 tries. They converted 7 out of their 19 attempts from 3-point range.
Remy Martin is one player who was a factor for the game. He ended up finishing with 23 points on 5 of 18 shooting. He played 35 mins played and also grabbed 2 rebounds. Martin shot 27.8% from the floor and also earned 4 dimes. One more player that was a determining factor in this matchup for the Sun Devils was Alonzo Verge. He collected 3 rebounds and had 4 assists. He finished the game at 33.3% from the field for this contest by going 4-of-12 (15 points). When the final whistle blew, Verge was on the court for 31 minutes.
USC has a mark of 17-3 for the season. The Trojans are responsible for committing 16.0 fouls per contest and they shoot 65.3% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 13.9 times per contest (133rd in the country) and they are giving up possession 12.7 times per game. USC has scored 1,508 points on the season (75.4 per game) and they snag 40.7 boards per contest. As an offense, the Trojans are shooting 46.7% from the floor, which has them ranked 63rd in the country. The Trojans on defense are ranked 34th in Division 1 in PPG allowed with 63.3. They have conceded 12.1 dimes and 32.4 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 114th and 69th in those categories on the defensive end. The USC defense gives up 30.4% on shots from distance (136 of 448) and their opponents are connecting on 69.6% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing 12.2 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 38.0% from the floor (4th in college hoops).
For their last game, the USC Trojans went home victorious with a score of 76-65 against the Washington State Cougars. The Trojans recorded 29 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 35 in this game. They rejected 7 shots while recording 5 steals for this contest. The Cougars were called for 22 fouls in this game which got the Trojans to the free throw line for a total of 29 attempts. They were able to knock down 19 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 65.5%. When it comes to shots from beyond the perimeter, USC knocked down 5 out of their 11 attempts (45.5%). When this game wrapped up, the Trojans ended up shooting 26 for 51 from the floor which had them sitting at 51.0%. The Trojans permitted the Cougars to make 24 of their 66 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 36.4% in the matchup. They finished 12.0% from distance via 3 of 25 and finished the game at 14 of 18 from the charity stripe (77.8%). Regarding rebounding, USC permitted Washington State to snag 31 in total (10 on the offensive glass).
Tahj Eaddy was important for the Trojans in the game. He converted 10 of 16 in this matchup for a rate of 62.5%, which earned him 29 points. Eaddy collected 2 boards in his 36 mins played and totaled 2 dimes for this game. An additional guy who was a determining factor for USC was Evan Mobley. He walked away with 20 points in his 35 minutes on the hardwood by way of 7 of 13 from the floor for the game. Mobley walked away from this one going 53.8% from the floor and also earning 2 assists and 11 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take USC (-11.5)
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