USC vs Arizona State CBB Free Play

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Feb/08/2018

The USC Trojans head to Wells Fargo Arena to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils on Thursday, February 8, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has Arizona State as 2 point favorites.

USC heads into this matchup with a mark of 17-7. They currently have a point differential of 8.3 as they are averaging 79.8 points per contest while giving up 71.4 per game. Arizona State has an overall mark of 17-6. They are averaging 85.0 points per contest and giving up 74.5, which is a point differential of 10.6.

Betting Trends

The USC Trojans are 15-9 against the spread this season

The USC Trojans are 10-13 against the over/under this year

The Arizona State Sun Devils are 11-9 against the spread this season

The Arizona State Sun Devils are 13-10 against the over/under this year

Injuries

USC

12/16/17 G De'Anthony Melton Eligibility is out for season
02/07/18 G Jordan Usher Illness is "?" Thursday vs Arizona State

AZ

11/14/17 F Ramon Vila Left Team is out for season
11/14/17 F Zylan Cheatham Eligibility is out for season
01/01/18 F Carlton Bragg Personal has left team

Player Spotlight

Chimezie Metu averages 15.8 points per contest while playing 29.8 minutes per night this year. He grabs 7.5 rebounds per contest and distributes 1.7 assists per game. His FG percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage is 77%. Bennie Boatwright averages 14.4 points per contest in 28.2 minutes per game this year. He averages 2.1 assists per game and 6.5 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 42% for the season while his free throw percentage is 72%.

Tra Holder scores 19.2 points per contest while playing 34.9 minutes per game this season. He hauls in 4.7 rebounds per contest and has 3.8 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is at 85%. Shannon Evans averages 16.8 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 33.6 minutes per game. He also brings in 3.7 rebounds per game and has 4.2 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 39% and his free throw percentage is 85%.

Team Statistics

USC averages 79.8 points per contest this year, which is 55th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 8.3 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a unit, which has them ranked 100th. From 3-point territory they shoot 39%, which is good for 44th in Division 1. They average 36.3 boards per contest and 16.6 assists per game, which ranks them 139th and 35th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 334th with 10.8 per game. The Trojans allow 71.4 points per contest, which is 154th in the country. They also surrender a 44% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 192nd and 235th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 33.3 rebounds a game which ranks 100th, and they allow 13.9 assists per game which puts them in 231st place in college basketball. They force 14.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 234th in D-1.

Arizona State is 14th in the country with 85.0 points per contest this season. They are 53rd in the nation in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is 10.6. They shoot 38% from beyond the arc, which is good for 69th in Division 1. They are 120th in the country in rebounding with 36.6 boards per contest and 106th in assists per game with 14.8. The Sun Devils are 318th in turnovers per contest with 11.4. The Sun Devils give up 74.5 points per game, which ranks them 242nd in the nation. Their defense surrenders a 43% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 130th and 162nd in those defensive statistics. They rank 310th with 15.5 dimes allowed per game and 221st with 35.8 boards surrendered per contest. The Sun Devils are 289th in college basketball in forcing turnovers with 15.0 per contest this year.

Advanced Statistics

The Trojans are 148th in the country in defensive rating with 100.9, and their offensive rating of 112.7 is ranked 35th. They are 186th in college basketball in pace with 70 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 92nd. As a unit they are 99th in the nation in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shot attempts, ranking 209th in D-1. USC is 336th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.2 times per 100 possessions while forcing 17.4 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 51%, which is 219th in the country.

Arizona State is 326th in college basketball in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 17.6 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 50%, which is 169th in the nation. The Sun Devils are 18th in the country in offensive rating with 115.7, and their defensive rating of 101.4 is ranked 165th. In terms of pace they are 52nd in Division 1 with 72.7 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 55% is 44th. As a team they are 32nd in D-1 in true shooting percentage with 59% and they shoot 3-pointers on 41% of their shots, ranking 95th in the nation.

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And the pick for tonight is:

Take #588 Arizona State -3.5 over USC (Thursday, Feb 8th 11PM TV – ESPN2)

Thursday night the (17-6) Arizona State Sun Devils play host to the (17-7) USC Trojans. The Sun Devils are coming off a big road win against the Washington State Cougars, while the Trojans are coming off a road loss to the UCLA Bruins which ended their 6-game win streak. The Sun Devils have averaged 85 ppg this season which is 14th best in the country, while shooting 47.3% as a team, and the Trojans have averaged 79.8 ppg this season which is 55th best in the country. Opponents have shot just 43% against the Sun Devils this season, and the Sun Devils are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 home games overall. The Sun Devils are also 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games after covering the spread in their previous game, and the Trojans are just 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 road against the Sun Devils. This is also a look ahead game for the Trojans who play the #13 ranked Arizona Wildcats on the road Saturday night. Play Arizona State ATS as I have them winning by 7 to 12 points at home tonight. You can get more match-up reports and predictions for most college basketball games at Doc’s Sports.

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