USC Trojans vs Washington State Cougars NCAAB Lines
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USC vs. Washington St. Matchup
Date/Time: Thursday, March 3, 10 PM ET
Venue: Wallis Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum, Pullman, WA
USC Trojans vs. Washington State Cougars Betting Lines from Justbet
Money Line: USC +165 / Washington State -185
Spread: Washington State -4
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USC Trojans vs. Washington State Cougars Preview
In a very important Pac 10 match up this evening between a couple of teams on the NCAA tournament bubble the Washington State Cougars (18-10) host the USC Trojans (17-12). NCAAB lines have Washington State as 4-point favorites in this game.
In their last games Washington State scored a big win beating Washington 80-69 on Sunday and USC crushed Arizona State 62-46 on Saturday.
USC has played their way onto the bubble, as they have won their last 4 games. The reason they have been winning is because of their solid defense, which ranks 36th in the nation in opponents’ points per game 62.2 ppg. In their last 3 games their D has been stellar holding opponents to an average of 52 ppg. The Trojans’ defense has one goal in this game and that is to contain WSU G Klay Thompson 21.4 ppg, who has been on fire averaging 28 ppg in his last 3 games.
USC will have to rely on their defense to win, as they only rank 239th in the nation in scoring. F Nikola Vucevic is their big gun and he leads the Trojans in scoring (17.5 ppg) and rebounding (10.3) and he will need help on offense from G Jio Fontan (10.1 ppg). Vucevic has scored more than 20 points in 3 of his last 4 games.
Earlier this season in L.A. the Trojans beat the Cougars 60-56 and in that game Thomson was only 6/18 from the field and overall WSU only shot 36.7% from the field. USC won the battle of the boards in that game and if they do that again tonight they have good chance to sweep the season series against Washington.
USC is on a roll and I think they will continue their good play. They will play solid defense and that will be the difference and they will cover the 4-point spread and I think they will also win.
Washington State is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite and USC is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games.
Pick: USC +4
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