Oregon State Beavers vs USC Trojans Prediction, 1/28/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oregon State Beavers vs USC Trojans
Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021
Location: Galen Center in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Oregon State (+12)
The Oregon State Beavers (8-5) go to Galen Center on Thursday where they'll take on the USC Trojans (12-3). USC opens this game as 12-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 135.
Oregon State will enter this contest with a mark of 8-5 on the campaign. The Beavers are hitting 35.8% on 3-point shots (96 of 268) and 76.0% from the free throw line. They average 73.8 points per contest (134th in the country) while going 42.8% from the floor. They are giving up possession 10.8 times per game and as a group they commit 19.3 fouls per contest. As a team, Oregon State is pulling in 36.4 boards per game and has accumulated 212 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 87th in the country in terms of passing the rock. When they are on defense, the Beavers are forcing 12.2 turnovers per game and they draw 20.0 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 170th in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 166 relinquished for the year. The Beavers defensively are allowing a field goal percentage of 43.3% (312 of 721) and they surrender 34.4 boards per game as a squad. They concede 29.7% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 140th in the country in PPG allowed (68.6).
The Oregon State Beavers faced the Oregon Ducks and went home with a win by a final score of 75-64 in their last contest. Oregon State ended the contest with a 45.3% field goal percentage (24 of 53) and converted 5 of 16 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the free throw line, the Beavers buried 22 of their 24 attempts for a percentage of 91.7%. In regard to hauling in boards, they collected 39 with 9 of them being offensive. They also recorded 10 assists in this matchup while getting 3 steals and 2 rejections. Concerning defending, Oregon State allowed their opponent to shoot 45.3% from the floor on 24 out of 53 shooting. Oregon totaled 8 assists and had 5 steals in the matchup. On top of that, the Ducks grabbed 22 rebounds (4 offensive, 18 defensive) and added 2 blocks. Oregon walked away from this one shooting 60.9% when shooting free throws by making 14 of their 23 attempts. They converted 8 of their 29 tries from long range.
Ethan Thompson is one guy who was a factor for the matchup. He ended up finishing with 19 points on 3 out of 11 shooting. He played 34 mins played and pulled down 2 rebounds. Thompson finished the contest at 27.3% from the floor and recorded 2 dimes. One more player that was a contributor in the game for the Beavers was Warith Alatishe. He grabbed 16 rebounds and earned 2 dimes. He ended up shooting 70.0% from the field for this game by going 7-of-10 (14 points). When this game wrapped up, Alatishe played for 23 minutes.
USC has a mark of 12-3 on the season. The Trojans commit 17.0 personal fouls every game while shooting 65.2% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 14.1 times per game (130th in the country) and they are giving up possession 12.5 times per contest. USC has earned 1,150 pts so far this season (76.7 per game) and they collect 41.1 boards per game. When it comes to offense, the Trojans are connecting on 46.7% from the floor, which ranks them 75th in the nation. The Trojans on defense are ranked 55th in D-1 in points per game surrendered with 64.7. They concede 12.2 assists and 33.1 rebounds per contest, ranking them 126th and 91st in the country. The USC defense concedes 32.2% from downtown (110 of 342) and their opponents are making 69.3% of their shots from the free throw line. They are able to force 12.1 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 37.6% from the floor (6th in Division 1).
The last time they took the hardwood, the USC Trojans walked away with a victory by a final of 76-68 when they played the California Golden Bears. The Trojans were able to corral 22 defensive boards and 14 offensive boards for a total of 36 in this matchup. They blocked 4 shots while recording 5 steals for this game. The Golden Bears committed 23 fouls for the contest which took the Trojans to the charity stripe for a total of 27 shots. They were able to knock down 21 of the free throws for a percentage of 77.8%. In reference to shooting from beyond the arc, USC buried 7 of 15 tries (46.7%). Overall, the Trojans finished 24 for 58 from the floor which had them at 41.4%. The Trojans allowed the Golden Bears to bury 24 out of their 58 attempts from the field which had them shooting 41.4% for this contest. They shot 31.8% from three-point range by shooting 7 of 22 and walked away from this one shooting 13 of 18 from the charity stripe (72.2%). When discussing how they rebounded, USC permitted California to pull down 29 in total (10 offensive).
Evan Mobley ended up being a factor for the Trojans for the matchup. He buried 6 out of 13 in this matchup giving him a rate of 46.2%, which earned him 25 points. Mobley collected 8 boards in his 35 minutes played and accounted for 3 assists in this matchup. An additional guy who was a determining factor for USC was Tahj Eaddy. He ended up walking away with 18 points in 33 minutes on the court by going 5 of 8 from the floor for the contest. Eaddy finished going 62.5% from the floor as well as contributing 2 assists and 3 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take USC (-12)
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