USC Trojans vs Utah Utes Prediction, 2/25/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: USC Trojans vs Utah Utes
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2023
Location: Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, UT
The USC Trojans (19-8) are hitting the road to Jon M. Huntsman Center on Saturday where they will compete against the Utah Utes (17-11).
The USC Trojans faced Stanford and earned the victory with a final of 85-75 in their last contest. USC finished the game having earned a 49.2% field goal percentage (29 of 59) and converted 13 out of their 25 shots from downtown. At the charity stripe, the Trojans knocked down 14 of their 16 attempts for a percentage of 87.5%. When it comes to hauling in rebounds, they earned a total of 27 with 4 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 17 assists in this contest as well as creating 11 turnovers and earning 7 steals. Pertaining to defense, USC let their opponent shoot 45.9% from the field on 28 of 61 shooting. Stanford earned 16 dimes and had 7 steals for the game. On top of that, Stanford grabbed 29 rebounds (6 offensive, 23 defensive), but finished the game with no rejections. Stanford finished the game shooting 73.3% when shooting free throws by knocking down 11 of 15 tries. They also knocked down 8 of 20 shots from beyond the perimeter. Concerning fouls, the Trojans ended up finishing with 14 while Stanford racked up 15 fouls.
Boogie Ellis is one guy who was important in the game. He ended up with 33 points on 9 of 16 shooting. He saw the court for 36 mins and grabbed 2 rebounds. He finished the game shooting 56.3% from the floor and distributed 7 assists.
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USC will take the court with a mark of 19-8 this season. They lose possession via turnover 12.5 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 17.1 fouls every game. As a unit, USC is pulling in 34.8 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 377 assists for the year, which ranks 161st in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. The Trojans are hitting 33.5% on shots from downtown (165 of 493) and 74.9% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 72.7 points per contest (161st in the nation) while hitting 45.8% from the field.
When they are on the defensive end, the Trojans are able to force 13.0 turnovers every game while drawing 17.6 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 176th in D-1 in allowing assists with 355 surrendered this season. The Trojans defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 39.2% (632 of 1,611) and they surrender 35.7 rebounds per contest as a squad. They are giving up 33.8% on 3-pointers and they are 94th in college basketball in PPG allowed (67.0).
The last time they took the court, the Utah Utes went home defeated by a final of 67-59 when they played Arizona State. When talking about attacking the glass, Utah permitted Arizona State to grab 24 overall (6 offensive). They shot 20.0% from 3-point land by going 3 of 15 and finished the contest at 8 out of 10 at the free throw line (80.0%). The Utes permitted Arizona State to knock down 28 of their 63 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 44.4% for this contest. When the game finished, the Utes ended up going 23 out of 60 from the floor which had them at 38.3%. With regard to shooting from 3-point land, Utah converted 6 out of 25 tries (24.0%). They were able to knock down 7 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 63.6%. Arizona State committed 15 personal fouls in the game which took the Utes to the charity stripe for 11 attempts. They gave up possession of the ball 17 times, while recording 1 steal for the contest. The Utes corralled 27 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive rebounds for a total of 39 for the matchup.
Marco Anthony was important for the Utes for this contest. He earned 12 points in his 37 minutes on the hardwood and had 3 dimes in this matchup. He made 5 out of 11 for this game for a field goal percentage of 45.5%, and had 7 rebounds.
Utah has a win-loss record of 17-11 on the year. The Utes have committed 15.0 fouls per game and they connect on 71.6% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 14.7 times per contest (77th in Division 1) and they are turning it over 12.2 times per game. Utah has accounted for 1,955 points for the campaign (69.8 per game) and they pull in 39.4 boards per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Utes are shooting 43.7% from the field, which is 236th in the country.
The Utes are ranked 26th in college hoops in points allowed per contest with 62.9. They are forcing their opponents into 10.3 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 38.9% from the floor (9th in college hoops). The Utah defense concedes 28.6% on three-point shots (172 of 601) and their opposition makes 66.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They allow 12.6 assists and 34.8 boards per game, which is 180th and 233rd in college hoops.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Utah
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