Oregon Ducks vs USC Trojans Prediction, 3/28/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oregon Ducks vs USC Trojans
Date: Sunday, March 28, 2021
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Oregon (+2.5)
The Oregon Ducks (21-6) are headed to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Sunday where they'll take on the USC Trojans (24-7) in the Sweet 16. Oregon opens this matchup as 2.5-point underdogs. The O/U opens at 138.
Oregon will enter this matchup with a mark of 21-6 this season. They turn the ball over 11.0 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 15.0 personal fouls every game. As a team, Oregon is snagging 31.9 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 374 assists this season, which has them ranked 76th in the country in terms of passing the ball. The Ducks are shooting 38.2% on 3-pointers (229 of 600) and 70.5% from the free throw line. They average 72.5 points per contest (141st in college basketball) on 47.6% from the floor. On the defensive end, the Ducks are forcing their opponents into 13.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 15.3 personal fouls. They are giving up 33.5% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 52nd in D-1 in points per game from their opponents (65.5). The Ducks defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 43.6% (662 of 1,517) and they surrender 31.0 boards per contest as a group. They are ranked 284th in Division 1 in allowing assists with 364 relinquished this year.
The Oregon Ducks stepped onto the hardwood against the Iowa Hawkeyes and went home with a win by a final score of 95-80 in their last game. Oregon walked away from the contest having earned a 55.9% FG percentage (38 of 68) and made 11 out of their 25 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the Ducks made 8 of their 11 attempts for a rate of 72.7%. In regard to hauling in boards, they collected a total of 30 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 25 dimes in this game as well as forcing the opposition into 11 turnovers and getting 7 steals. In reference to defending, Oregon allowed the other team to shoot 45.6% from the floor on 31 out of 68 shooting. Iowa doled out 22 assists and had 7 steals in this game. Additionally, Iowa pulled down 29 rebounds (9 offensive, 20 defensive) and earned 4 blocked shots. Iowa ended up going 71.4% at the free throw line by knocking down 10 of 14 attempts. They also knocked down 8 out of their 25 tries from beyond the arc.
Chris Duarte is someone who was important in the game. He recorded 23 points on 9 of 12 shooting. He was on the court for 32 mins and totaled 3 boards. Duarte went 75.0% from the floor and also totaled 7 dimes. One more player that was a determining factor in the game for the Ducks was LJ Figueroa. He pulled down 7 rebounds in his 30 minutes on the basketball court. He went 57.1% from the field in this matchup by connecting on 8-of-14 (21 points). When this game wrapped up, Figueroa earned 1 assist.
USC has a mark of 24-7 for the year. USC has totaled 2,325 points so far this season (75.0 per contest) and they pull down 39.5 rebounds per game. The Trojans have committed 15.3 personal fouls every game and they go 64.3% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the ball, the Trojans are shooting 47.1% from the floor, which ranks 53rd in college basketball. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 14.0 times per contest (114th in college basketball) and they turn it over 12.4 times per contest. The Trojans on the defensive side of the court are 40th in college basketball in PPG given up with 64.4. They allow 12.4 assists and 32.3 total boards per game, which ranks them 130th and 61st in those categories. The USC defense concedes 33.6% on shots from 3-point land (222 of 660) and their opponents are connecting on 73.1% of their shots from the free throw line. They have forced 11.7 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 38.7% from the field (6th in college hoops).
In their last game, the USC Trojans took home the win by a final score of 85-51 when they played the Kansas Jayhawks. The Trojans corralled 32 defensive boards and 6 offensive boards totaling 38 in this contest. They also turned it over 13 times, while getting 3 steals for this game. The Jayhawks had 17 fouls for this contest which got the Trojans to the charity stripe for 17 attempts. They were able to bury 10 of those for a rate of 58.8%. With respect to shooting from beyond the arc, USC converted 11 of their 18 tries (61.1%). Overall, the Trojans finished the game shooting 32 out of 56 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 57.1%. The Trojans allowed the Jayhawks to bury 18 of 62 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 29.0% in this matchup. They finished 24.0% from distance by connecting on 6 out of 25 and ended up shooting 9 out of 12 at the free throw line (75.0%). In regard to rebounds, USC permitted Kansas to pull down 26 in all (8 on the offensive side).
Isaiah Mobley was important for the Trojans for the contest. He converted 6 out of 14 for the contest giving him a rate of 42.9%, and accounted for 8 rebounds. Mobley had 17 points in his 31 mins of playing time and accumulated 4 assists in the matchup. Someone else who came through for USC was Isaiah White. He finished this one with 1 assist in his 21 mins on the court, and he knocked down 5 of 7 from the floor. White ended the game having shot 71.4% from the floor while also earning 13 points but no boards.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take USC (-2.5) and over 138 points
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