USC Trojans vs Colorado Buffaloes Prediction, 2/23/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: USC Trojans vs Colorado Buffaloes
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2023
Location: CU Events Center in Boulder, CO
CU Events Center is the location where the Colorado Buffaloes (15-13) will take on the USC Trojans (19-8) on Thursday.
The USC Trojans faced Stanford and took home the win by a score of 85-75 in their last contest. USC wrapped up the contest with a 49.2% field goal percentage (29 of 59) and converted 13 out of their 25 shots from downtown. From the charity stripe, the Trojans buried 14 of their 16 attempts for a rate of 87.5%. With regard to pulling down rebounds, they collected a total of 27 with 4 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 17 assists in this game as well as creating 11 turnovers and earning 7 steals. With respect to defending, USC let their opponent shoot 45.9% from the field on 28 out of 61 shooting. Stanford doled out 16 assists and had 7 steals for this contest. On top of that, Stanford grabbed 29 rebounds (6 offensive, 23 defensive), but wasn't able to record a block. Stanford went 73.3% from the charity stripe by burying 11 of 15 attempts. They converted 8 out of their 20 tries from 3-point land. Regarding fouls, the Trojans walked away with 14 and Stanford finished the game with 15 fouls.
Boogie Ellis is a guy who was a major contributor for the contest. He accumulated 33 points on 9 of 16 shooting. He was on the court for 36 mins and also pulled down 2 rebounds. He shot 56.3% from the field and also recorded 7 dimes.
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USC heads into this matchup with a record of 19-8 for the campaign. They average 72.7 points per game (160th in Division 1) while shooting 45.8% from the field. The Trojans are connecting on 33.5% on shots from 3-point land (165 of 493) and 74.9% from the charity stripe. As a team, USC is grabbing 34.8 rebounds per game and has racked up 377 assists so far this season, which is 148th in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 12.5 times per contest and as a unit are committing 17.1 personal fouls per contest.
On the defensive end of the court, the Trojans are able to force 13.0 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.6 personal fouls. They rank 187th in D-1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 355 surrendered on the campaign. The Trojans defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 39.2% (632 of 1,611) and they surrender 35.7 boards per contest as a unit. They relinquish 33.8% on 3-point attempts while they are 96th in college basketball in PPG allowed (67.0).
When they last stepped on the court, the Colorado Buffaloes took a loss by a score of 78-68 when they played Arizona. When it comes to cleaning up the glass, Colorado allowed Arizona to get 35 in total (7 offensive). They wrapped up this game 38.5% from behind the 3-point line by connecting on 5 out of 13 and walked away from this one shooting 19 out of 26 at the free throw line (73.1%). The Buffaloes allowed Arizona to bury 27 of 55 tries from the floor which had them sitting at 49.1% for the game. When the final whistle blew, the Buffaloes went 24 for 62 from the field which gave them a percentage of 38.7%. Regarding shooting from beyond the arc, Colorado converted 7 of 24 tries (29.2%). They were able to make 13 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 72.2%. Arizona earned 16 fouls for this contest which took the Buffaloes to the charity stripe for 18 tries. They coughed it up 13 times, while recording 7 steals in the matchup. The Buffaloes recorded 25 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards for a total of 35 in this matchup.
Tristan Da Silva was important for the Buffaloes for this game. He racked up 18 points in his 28 minutes of playing time and tallied 2 dimes in the game. He converted 7 out of 13 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 53.8%, and accumulated 5 rebounds.
Colorado has a mark of 15-13 on the year. The Buffaloes commit 16.3 personal fouls every game and they hit 69.3% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 13.0 times per contest (188th in college hoops) and they turn it over 13.7 times per contest. Colorado has accounted for 1,978 points on the season (70.6 per contest) and they average 37.6 boards per contest. As an offensive team, the Buffaloes are connecting on 43.6% from the floor, which ranks them 244th in college hoops.
The Colorado defense gives up 32.5% on 3-point attempts (174 of 536) and opponents are knocking down 70.6% of their free throw shots. They relinquish 10.9 assists and 33.4 boards per contest, which has them ranked 45th and 143rd in college basketball. The Buffaloes defensively are ranked 74th in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 66.1. They are forcing 14.4 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 42.0% from the floor (84th in the nation).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take USC
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