Washington State Cougars vs USC Trojans Prediction, 1/16/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington State Cougars vs USC Trojans
Date: Saturday, January 16, 2021
Location: Galen Center in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Washington State (+13.5)
Galen Center is the site where and the USC Trojans (10-2) will take on the Washington State Cougars (9-3) on Saturday. The line on this contest has USC as 13.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 132.5.
Washington State will enter this contest with a record of 9-3 on the year. They are turning it over 14.9 times per game and as a team they are committing 17.3 fouls every game. As a unit, Washington State is collecting 40.8 rebounds per contest and has racked up 135 dimes on the campaign, which ranks 177th in college basketball in terms of passing. The Cougars are shooting 33.3% on 3-pointers (89 of 267) and 67.3% from the free throw line. They have an average of 68.7 points per contest (247th in college basketball) while going 40.7% from the floor. On the defensive end, the Cougars have forced 12.8 turnovers per game while drawing 20.6 fouls. They are giving up 27.5% on shots from downtown and they are 53rd in D-1 in opponents points per game (64.4). The Cougars are allowing a shooting percentage of 37.0% (275 of 743) and they concede 37.4 boards per contest as a unit. They rank 205th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 140 conceded on the season.
The Washington State Cougars took the court against the UCLA Bruins and went home with a loss by a final score of 91-61 in their last contest. Washington State walked away from the contest with a 46.0% FG percentage (23 out of 50) and made 7 of their 19 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the free throw line, the Cougars converted 8 of 11 attempts for a percentage of 72.7%. With respect to getting rebounds, they compiled 20 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 8 assists in the game as well as earning 4 steals and 4 rejections. With regard to defending, Washington State allowed the other team to go 46.0% from the field on 23 out of 50 shooting. UCLA totaled 20 dimes and had 9 steals for this game. On top of that, the Bruins had 36 rebounds (12 offensive, 24 defensive) and got 4 blocked shots. UCLA finished 88.9% from the charity stripe by making 16 of their 18 shots. They made 9 of 16 attempts from beyond the arc.
Isaac Bonton is a guy who was a contributor for this contest. He ended up with 23 points on 10 out of 17 shooting. He was on the court for 36 mins and grabbed 3 rebounds. Bonton finished the game at 58.8% from the field and also dished out 3 assists. Someone else that came through in the game for the Cougars was Noah Williams. He grabbed 2 boards and also accounted for 2 assists. He finished the game at 60.0% from the floor in the game by shooting 3-of-5 (9 points). When the game finished, Williams played for 21 min.
USC has a win-loss record of 10-2 so far this season. As an offense, the Trojans are shooting 47.6% from the floor, which ranks them 66th in the nation. USC has accounted for 933 pts on the year (77.8 per game) and they average 41.8 boards per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 14.3 times per game (124th in the country) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 13.0 times per contest. The Trojans commit 17.0 personal fouls per contest and they go 66.0% from the free throw line. The Trojans defensively are ranked 42nd in the nation in points allowed per contest with 63.9. They are forcing 12.3 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 36.1% from the floor (1st in the nation). The USC defense allows 31.6% on 3-point shots (89 of 282) and opponents are making 67.6% of their foul shots. They allow 12.3 dimes and 33.9 boards every game, which has them ranked 141st and 120th in the country.
In their last game, the USC Trojans got the win with a final of 95-68 when they played the Washington Huskies. The Trojans pulled down 24 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive boards for a total of 37 for this contest. They stuffed 2 shots while earning 9 steals for the game. The Huskies were called for 23 personal fouls for the game which took the Trojans to the free throw line for 37 shots. They were able to make 26 of them for a percentage of 70.3%. In regard to shots from 3-point land, USC made 7 out of 19 attempts (36.8%). In all, the Trojans shot 31 for 61 from the field which gave them a rate of 50.8%. The Trojans allowed the Huskies to make 22 of 58 tries from the field which had them shooting 37.9% for the matchup. They went 39.1% from downtown via 9 out of 23 and finished the game at 15 of 19 at the charity stripe (78.9%). Regarding cleaning up the glass, USC permitted Washington to pull down 29 in all (9 on the offensive glass).
Isaiah Mobley ended up being a factor for the Trojans in the matchup. He converted 6 of 9 for the game giving him a rate of 66.7%, which got him 18 points. Mobley grabbed 3 boards in his 24 minutes and had 4 assists in the matchup. Another guy that ended up playing a role for USC was Evan Mobley. He accumulated 17 points in his 27 minutes on the hardwood by going 6 of 10 from the floor for the matchup. Mobley finished going 60.0% from the floor in addition to totaling 3 assists and 6 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Washington State (+13.5)
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