USC Trojans vs Stanford Cardinal Prediction, 1/21/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: USC Trojans vs Stanford Cardinal
Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021
Location: Maples Pavilion in Stanford, CA
Odds/Point Spread: USC (-1)
Maples Pavilion is the venue where and the Stanford Cardinal (8-5) will play the USC Trojans (11-3) on Thursday. The line on this game has USC as 1-point favorites. The O/U opens at 140.
USC will enter this contest with a win-loss record of 11-3 this year. They turn the ball over 12.6 times per contest and as a team they commit 17.0 personal fouls per game. As a unit, USC is collecting 41.1 boards per contest and has totaled 200 assists for the year, which is 57th in college basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Trojans are shooting 33.2% on 3-point shots (87 of 262) and 64.2% from the free throw line. They are averaging 76.7 pts per game (88th in D-1) while going 47.1% from the field. On the defensive end of the court, the Trojans are forcing 12.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 20.7 fouls. They give up 32.2% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 51st in D-1 in PPG allowed (64.4). The Trojans defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 37.3% (318 of 852) and they surrender 33.3 boards per contest as a unit. They are 259th in D-1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 173 relinquished on the year.
The USC Trojans stepped onto the hardwood against the Oregon State Beavers and went home with a loss by a final score of 58-56 in their last contest. USC ended the game with a 41.7% FG percentage (20 out of 48) and converted 6 out of their 20 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Trojans buried 10 of 18 shots for a percentage of 55.6%. When talking about hauling in rebounds, they compiled 34 with 8 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 12 assists for the contest while earning 2 steals and 4 blocks. With regard to defense, USC let their opponent shoot 41.7% from the field on 20 out of 48 shooting. Oregon State totaled 15 assists and had 5 steals in the matchup. Furthurmore, the Beavers pulled down 24 rebounds (1 offensive, 23 defensive) and had 4 blocks. Oregon State finished the game at 85.7% at the charity stripe by making 12 of their 14 attempts. They knocked down 6 of their 15 attempts from three-point range.
Evan Mobley is a guy who had an impact for this game. He ended up scoring 12 points on 5 out of 8 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 35 mins played and also collected 13 boards. Mobley shot 62.5% from the field and recorded 2 dimes. Another guy that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Trojans was Drew Peterson. He snagged 2 boards and earned 2 dimes. He finished the game shooting 33.3% from the floor for this game by going 3-of-9 (10 points). When the final whistle blew, Peterson was on the hardwood for 28 min.
Stanford has a record of 8-5 so far this year. The Cardinal commit 17.8 personal fouls per game and they connect on 73.0% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 12.5 times per contest (235th in Division 1) and they turn it over 15.8 times per game. Stanford has scored 941 points for the year (72.4 per game) and they collect 37.5 boards per contest. On the offensive side of the court, the Cardinal are hitting on 45.4% from the field, which ranks them 129th in the nation. The Cardinal on the defensive side of the court are 128th in the nation in points given up per game with 68.2. They are able to force 14.9 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 39.1% from the floor (25th in college basketball). The Stanford defense allows 33.0% on shots from beyond the perimeter (106 of 321) and their opponents are knocking down 71.2% of their shots from the free throw line. They have conceded 12.7 dimes and 34.8 boards per game, which is 167th and 158th in those categories on the defensive end.
In their last game, the Stanford Cardinal went home defeated by a final of 77-64 when they played the Colorado Buffaloes. The Cardinal corralled 23 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards totaling 31 for this game. They stuffed 4 shots while earning 5 steals for this game. The Buffaloes had 13 personal fouls for this game which took the Cardinal to the charity stripe for a total of 15 tries. They were able to bury 15 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 100.0%. In regard to shots from distance, Stanford buried 5 of their 18 attempts (27.8%). When all was said and done, the Cardinal shot 22 for 60 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 36.7%. The Cardinal allowed the Buffaloes to convert 28 of 68 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 41.2% in this matchup. They shot 33.3% from 3-point land via 9 of 27 and ended up going 12 of 13 from the charity stripe (92.3%). When discussing cleaning the glass, Stanford permitted Colorado to grab 38 overall (11 on the offensive glass).
Oscar Da Silva ended up being a factor for the Cardinal in this contest. He made 7 of 14 for this game giving him a rate of 50.0%, which had him finishing with 22 points. Silva had 12 boards in his 33 minutes played and earned 2 assists in this game. An additional guy that played a role for Stanford was Ziaire Williams. He accumulated 17 points in his 34 minutes played via 7 out of 15 from the floor in the matchup. Williams ended the game having shot 46.7% from the floor and also contributing 2 dimes and 5 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take USC (-1)
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