USC Trojans vs UCLA Bruins Prediction, 3/6/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: USC Trojans vs UCLA Bruins
Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021
Location: Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: USC (-1.5)
The UCLA Bruins (17-7) play the USC Trojans (20-6) at Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom on Saturday. USC opens this game as 1.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 134.
USC heads into this matchup with a win-loss record of 20-6 so far this season. The Trojans are shooting 34.7% from downtown (165 of 476) and 64.9% from the free throw line. They average 74.7 pts per game (96th in the nation) while hitting 46.5% from the field. They turn it over 12.7 times per game and as a unit they commit 15.4 fouls per game. As a team, USC is grabbing 40.2 boards per game and has tallied 365 dimes on the campaign, which has them ranked 40th in the nation in terms of passing the ball. When they are on defense, the Trojans are forcing their opponents into 12.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 19.0 personal fouls. They are ranked 282nd in the country in giving up assists to their opponents with 330 relinquished so far this season. The Trojans defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 38.7% (604 of 1,559) and they surrender 32.1 rebounds per contest as a team. They are conceding 33.3% from 3-point land while they are 39th in college basketball in opponents PPG (64.2).
The USC Trojans faced off with the Stanford Cardinal and walked away with a win by a score of 79-42 in their last game. USC wrapped up the game with a 52.5% field goal percentage (31 of 59) and knocked down 9 of their 24 3-point shots. From the free throw line, the Trojans made 8 of 13 shots for a percentage of 61.5%. In reference to grabbing boards, they compiled a total of 44 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 21 dimes in this matchup in addition to forcing 14 turnovers and earning 7 steals. Pertaining to defense, USC allowed 25.4% from the floor on 15 of 59 shooting. Stanford recorded 8 dimes and had 8 steals for this contest. Additionally, Stanford had 27 rebounds (8 offensive, 19 defensive) and earned 1 block. Stanford went 75.0% from the charity stripe by converting 6 of 8 shots. They also converted 6 out of their 25 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Tahj Eaddy is a player who was important in the game. He accounted for 16 points on 6 out of 8 shooting. He saw the court for 21 minutes played and totaled 1 rebound. Eaddy finished the game shooting 75.0% from the floor and also recorded 2 assists. Another guy that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Trojans was Drew Peterson. He pulled down 9 rebounds in 27 minutes played. He shot 60.0% from the floor in the matchup by going 6-of-10 (15 points). When the game finished, Peterson earned 6 assists.
UCLA has a win-loss record of 17-7 so far this season. UCLA has accounted for 1,752 pts so far this year (73.0 per game) and they collect 35.1 boards per contest. The Bruins commit 15.6 personal fouls per game and they connect on 72.4% from the charity stripe. In terms of offensive execution, the Bruins are shooting 46.2% from the field, which ranks them 79th in the nation. They are getting an assist 13.9 times per contest (126th in college basketball) and they are turning it over 11.1 times per contest. The Bruins on the defensive end are ranked 117th in the country in PPG surrendered with 68.1. They concede 12.3 dimes and 30.8 boards per contest, which is 113th and 24th in D-1. The UCLA defense surrenders 35.2% on 3-point shots (186 of 528) and opponents are converting on 74.4% of their free throw shots. They are forcing their opponents into 11.9 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 43.8% from the field (199th in Division 1).
When they last stepped on the court, the UCLA Bruins took a loss by a score of 82-74 when they played the Oregon Ducks. The Bruins snagged 15 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 23 for this game. They coughed it up 14 times, while recording 3 steals in this game. The Ducks were called for 16 fouls for the matchup which took the Bruins to the charity stripe for 7 attempts. They were able to make 6 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 85.7%. When discussing three-point shots, UCLA converted 6 of 18 attempts (33.3%). Overall, the Bruins finished 31 out of 56 from the floor which had them shooting 55.4%. The Bruins allowed the Ducks to convert 31 of 51 attempts from the field which had them sitting at 60.8% in this contest. They finished 47.1% from 3-point land by hitting 8 of 17 and ended up shooting 12 of 16 at the free throw line (75.0%). In regard to cleaning the glass, UCLA permitted Oregon to collect 24 in total (6 on the offensive side).
Jules Bernard ended up being a major contributor for the Bruins for the matchup. He made 10 of 16 in the game for a field goal percentage of 62.5%, and had 3 rebounds. Bernard earned 23 points in his 39 mins of playing time and earned 4 dimes for this game. An additional guy that was pivotal for UCLA was Jaime Jaquez. He ended up with 1 assist in his 28 minutes played, and he converted 6 out of 8 from the floor. Jaquez ended the game having shot 75.0% from the field while also notching 15 points and 4 boards.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take USC (-1.5) and over 134 points
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