USC Trojans vs Arizona State Sun Devils Prediction, 1/9/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: USC Trojans vs Arizona State Sun Devils
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021
Location: Desert Financial Arena in Tempe, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: USC (-3.5)
Desert Financial Arena is the site where and the Arizona State Sun Devils (4-4) will take on the USC Trojans (7-2) on Saturday. Arizona State opens this contest as 3.5-point dogs. The O/U opens at 151.
USC steps onto the hardwood with a win-loss mark of 7-2 on the year. They currently have an average of 77.6 pts per game (93rd in D-1) while hitting 49.2% from the floor. The Trojans are connecting on 38.5% on shots from 3-point land (62 of 161) and 62.0% from the free throw line. As a team, USC is pulling in 40.4 boards per game and has racked up 132 dimes for the campaign, which is 134th in the country in terms of passing the ball. They turn the ball over 13.4 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 17.2 fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on defense, the Trojans are forcing their opponents into 12.4 turnovers every game while drawing 20.3 personal fouls. The Trojans are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 35.9% (204 of 569) and they relinquish 34.3 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are ranked 165th in college basketball in giving up assists with 109 surrendered so far this year. They are conceding 29.1% on three-point shots while they are 49th in Division 1 in PPG from their opponents (63.7).
The USC Trojans faced the Arizona Wildcats and notched a win by a score of 87-73 in their last game. USC ended with a 58.5% field goal percentage (31 out of 53) and converted 8 of their 14 3-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Trojans buried 17 of 23 shots for a percentage of 73.9%. When discussing rebounding, they collected 32 with 3 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 16 dimes in the matchup while getting 5 steals and 4 blocks. Concerning defense, USC allowed their opponent to shoot 58.5% from the floor on 31 of 53 shooting. Arizona recorded 17 assists and had 7 steals in this matchup. On top of that, the Wildcats had 32 rebounds (10 offensive, 22 defensive) and added 4 blocks. Arizona ended up shooting 73.1% at the charity stripe by making 19 of 26 attempts. They also converted 4 of 16 shots from distance.
Isaiah White is one guy who was a factor in the matchup. He racked up 22 points on 7 out of 10 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 30 mins and snagged 5 boards. White finished shooting 70.0% from the floor and also recorded 2 dimes. Another guy that came through in the matchup for the Trojans was Evan Mobley. He grabbed 11 rebounds and also tallied 2 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 53.8% from the field in the game via 7-of-13 (19 points). When the final whistle was blown, Mobley was on the hardwood for 37 min.
Arizona State has a mark of 4-4 this year. Arizona State has totaled 615 points so far this season (76.9 per game) and they collect 32.5 boards per game. The Sun Devils are committing 20.6 personal fouls per contest while shooting 70.4% from the charity stripe. When it comes to executing on offense, the Sun Devils are hitting on 44.0% from the floor, which is ranked 199th in college basketball. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 11.6 times per game (283rd in the nation) and they cough up possession 11.5 times per game. The Sun Devils on the defensive end are ranked 297th in college hoops in PPG surrendered with 77.1. The Arizona State defense gives up 36.3% on three-point shots (66 of 182) and their opponents are making 70.5% of their free throw shots. They have relinquished 13.5 assists and 40.1 boards per game, which has them ranked 217th and 314th in college hoops. They are able to force 17.4 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 45.6% from the field (279th in college hoops).
When they last stepped on the court, the Arizona State Sun Devils went home defeated by a final of 81-75 when they faced the UCLA Bruins. The Sun Devils were able to corral 27 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards totaling 37 in this matchup. They also rejected 4 tries while recording 10 steals in this contest. The Bruins were called for 17 fouls in this contest which got the Sun Devils to the free throw line for a total of 16 attempts. They were able to knock down 13 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 81.3%. When it comes to shooting from beyond the arc, Arizona State knocked down 6 of their 26 tries (23.1%). In all, the Sun Devils went 28 out of 72 from the field which gave them a rate of 38.9%. The Sun Devils permitted the Bruins to make 29 of 64 attempts from the field which left them shooting 45.3% for this game. They shot 39.1% from beyond the arc by connecting on 9 out of 23 and walked away from this one shooting 14 out of 24 from the free throw line (58.3%). In reference to how they cleaned up the glass, Arizona State permitted UCLA to snag 40 in all (11 on the offensive side).
Alonzo Verge was important for the Sun Devils in this contest. He buried 8 of 22 in the matchup giving him a rate of 36.4%, which gave him 25 points. Verge pulled down 7 boards in his 45 minutes and tallied 4 assists for the contest. One more player that was pivotal for Arizona State was Josh Christopher. He notched 22 points in his 44 minutes played by way of 9 out of 24 shooting in this game. Christopher finished going 37.5% from the field while also collecting 2 dimes and 11 boards.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Arizona State (+3.5) and over 151 points
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