UCLA Bruins (19-11) at USC Trojans (21-9)
NCAA Men's Basketball: Saturday, March 6, 2020 at 3:15 p.m. (Galen Center)
Line and Odds: USC -3 -- Over/Under 133
Free NCAA Basketball Pick UCLA Bruins vs. USC Trojans
UCLA will try to polish off their season with a share of the Pac-12 title in the heart of California at Galen Center. First-year head coach Mick Cronin has had a very successful season after being voted to finish 8th in the conference by the media. The Bruins currently sit at an 11 seed in Joe Lunardi's updated rankings. USC is also having a very underrated season with all the hype going around Oregon, Arizona, and UCLA. The Trojans are currently in a four-way tie for second in the Pac-12, but are two games behind so can only prevent the Bruins from claiming the title and can't capture it themselves. The Trojans are shockingly projected as a 9 seed in the Midwest on Lunardi's recent update.
The Trojans are coming off an assuring win against Arizona State 71-61. It ensured the fact the Sun Devils can't capture a share of the Pac-12 title and the best they can finish is in second place. Jonah Mathews led the team in scoring with 23 points on 7 of 12 shooting. Projected lottery pick Onyeka Okongwu poured on 10 points shooting 50% from the field.
Andy Enfield's has been on a roll as of late going 4-2 in their last 6 games with their only two losses coming on the road. USC is averaging 70.83 points per game while shooting 43.96 from the floor. They rank 190th in the nation in scoring according to KenPom's statistics. Freshman Onyeka Okongwu leads the Trojans in scoring with 16.2 PPG. He also leads the Pac-12 in field goal percentage making 61.4% of his shots attempted.
On the defensive end USC is allowing opponents to score 66.47 points per contest while letting them shoot 38.63% from the field. The Trojans have one of the top 100 defenses at home in the country according to KenPom giving up just 63.35 points per game at the Galen Center. Okungwu is second is the Pac-12 in blocks with 2.7 per game.
UCLA has done a complete 180 degree turn around under Mick Cronin's reign. They finished 7th last year in the Pac-12 and are on the horizon of their first share of the title since 2013. The Bruins are currently riding a seven game winning streak and will look to make it eight against the Trojans. In their last game the Bruins took down a short handed Arizona team 69-64 without projected draft pick Josh Green on the court. Chris Smith led the team in scoring with 17 points on 5 of 15 shooting.
Junior Chris Smith is the leader of Mick Cronin's team. He leads the team in scoring with 13.1 PPG to go with his 5.3 rebounds. The Bruins are averaging 70.03 per game while shooting 43.72% from the floor and 32.26% from behind the arc. KenPom has them ranked as the 214th best scoring team in the country. Tyger Campbell is fourth in the Pac-12 with 5.0 assists per game.
Defensivly, the Bruins are ranked 127th in the country under KenPom allowing 67.50 points per meeting. Teams are shooting 42.93% from the floor and 37.38% from the three-point range against UCLA. Jaime Jaquez Jr. is thirteenth in the conference in steals with 1.4 per game.
Cover The Spread 365 NCAA Basketball Betting Trends
- USC is 12-3 ATS in its last 15 games.
- Trojans are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games.
- USC is 1-4 in their last 5 games played in March.
- UCLA is 5-2 SU in their last 7 games against USC.
- Bruins are 4-0-1 ATS their last 5 games.
- UCLA is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games played in March.
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