USC Trojans vs Kansas State Wildcats Prediction, 11/6/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: USC Trojans vs Kansas State Wildcats
Date: Monday, November 6, 2023
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Odds/Point Spread: USC (-5)
The Kansas State Wildcats (26-10 last year) host the USC Trojans (22-11 last season) at T-Mobile Arena on Monday. Kansas State opens as -5-point underdogs. The total is 0.
The USC Trojans stepped onto the hardwood against Michigan State and went home with a loss by a final score of 72-62 in their last contest. When discussing personal fouls, the Trojans ended up with 18 while Michigan State racked up 10 personal fouls. They also made 5 of their 14 tries from three-point range. Michigan State finished shooting 60.0% at the free throw line by knocking down 15 of 25 shots. Furthermore, Michigan State collected 34 boards (8 offensive, 26 defensive), but didn't notch a rejection. Michigan State totaled 11 dimes and had 7 steals in this matchup. When discussing defense, USC allowed their opponent to shoot 48.1% from the field on 26 of 54 shooting. They also doled out 15 dimes for the contest while forcing the other team into 7 turnovers and having 2 steals. With regard to grabbing boards, they earned 35 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. From the charity stripe, the Trojans made 7 of 8 shots for a percentage of 87.5%. USC ended the contest with a 41.4% FG percentage (24 of 58) and made 7 of their 20 3-point shots.
Joshua Morgan is one guy who played a role for this contest. He scored 14 points on 7 out of 9 shooting. He saw the court for 33 minutes and also collected 5 boards. He finished the contest at 77.8% from the floor and dished out 1 assist.
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USC enters this matchup after finishing with a record of 22-11 last season. They turned it over 12.4 times per contest and as a squad committed 17.2 fouls every game. As a basketball team, USC collected 35.3 boards per contest and racked up 445 assists throughout last year, which ranked 138th in college hoops in terms of passing. The Trojans connected on 34.5% on 3-pointers (214 of 620) and 74.5% from the free throw line. They averaged 72.5 points per game (159th in Division 1) while hitting 45.5% from the field.
On the defensive end, the Trojans forced 12.3 turnovers per game and they drew 17.5 personal fouls. They were 225th in college hoops in allowing assists to their opponents with 433 relinquished over the course of last season. The Trojans gave up an opponent shooting percentage of 39.3% (776 of 1,977) and they relinquished 35.8 boards per contest as a team. They surrendered 33.4% on 3-point attempts while they were 96th in college basketball in points per game from their opponents (67.4).
In their last game, the Kansas State Wildcats went home defeated by a final of 79-76 against Florida Atlantic. In reference to cleaning up the glass, Kansas State permitted Florida Atlantic to get 41 in all (12 offensive). They shot 39.1% from behind the 3-point line by going 9 out of 23 and ended up going 18 out of 22 from the charity stripe (81.8%). The Wildcats allowed Florida Atlantic to knock down 26 of their 54 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 48.1% in this matchup. When the game finished, the Wildcats went 27 for 58 from the field which gave them a percentage of 46.6%. In relation to shots from 3-point land, Kansas State made 10 of their 22 tries (45.5%). They were able to bury 12 of them for a clip of 66.7%. Florida Atlantic was called for 18 fouls for the matchup which got the Wildcats to the charity stripe for a total of 18 shots. They also gave up possession 12 times, while earning 13 steals in this matchup. The Wildcats corralled 13 defensive boards and 3 offensive rebounds totaling 16 in this contest.
Markquis Nowell ended up having an impact for the Wildcats in this contest. He buried 8 of 21 in this matchup for a field goal percentage of 38.1%, and had 3 rebounds. He recorded 30 points in his 40 minutes of playing time and earned 12 assists for the matchup.
Kansas State had a win-loss mark of 26-10 last year. In terms of offensive execution, the Wildcats connected on 46.1% from the field, which ranked them 79th in the nation. Kansas State accounted for 2,742 pts last season (76.2 per game) and they pulled in 34.6 boards per game. They earned an assist 17.0 times per contest (8th in college hoops) and they turned it over 13.8 times per game. The Wildcats committed 17.9 personal fouls every game and they shot 74.8% from the free throw line.
The Wildcats were ranked 169th in the nation in points given up per game with 69.9. They were able to force 15.0 turnovers per game and allowed teams to shoot 42.4% from the floor (96th in the nation). The Kansas State defense gave up 30.8% on shots from beyond the arc (235 of 764) and opponents converted on 69.8% of their free throw attempts. They surrendered 13.7 dimes and 33.9 total boards per game, which was ranked 252nd and 164th in the nation.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Kansas State (+5)
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