Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Trojans vs. Eagles CBB Odds
Looking for USC Trojans vs. FGCU Eagles NCAA basketball free picks & CBB odds? CBB betting sees the Trojans taking on the Eagles on Tuesday, November 16th, 2021 at the Alico Arena in Fort Meyers, Florida. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all college basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NCAA basketball predictions like this Trojans Eagles matchup.
2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(2-0) #25 USC Trojans vs. FGCU Eagles (1-1)
Date: Tuesday November 16th, 2021
Time: 6:00 PM ET
Venue: Alico Arena, Fort Meyers, Florida
CBB Moneyline Odds: Trojans -2500 | Eagles +900
CBB Betting ATS Odds: USC -14.5 | FGCU +14.5 (Bet Now!)
CBB Betting Total: O/U 143
The #25 USC Trojans will try to avoid a letdown performance when it travels to Fort Meyers, Florida to take on the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles this Tuesday night.
The Trojans blew out CSU Northridge in their season opener 89-49 and then picked up a 76-71 win over Temple on Saturday.
Florida Gulf Coast routed FCS Florida National in their opener 94-57 and then lost on the road 89-77 to Loyola-Chicago.
No. 25 USC is having to replace its best player from last year’s team, but there are still plenty of expectations for head coach Andy Enfield. The Trojans made a run to the Elite Eight last season, eventually bowing out against top-seeded Gonzaga.
They lost lottery pick Evan Mobley to the NBA—his brother, Isaiah, is still on the roster. Isaiah Mobley averaged 9.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game last season. Senior guard Drew Peterson averaged 9.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, while senior Isaiah White added 7.6 points and 3.4 rebounds. Enfield also went out and snagged guard Boogie Ellis as a transfer from Memphis.
The Trojans opened the season with an 89-49 win over CSU Northridge, easily covering the spread as 24-point favorites. They appeared to be cruising to another win on Saturday night, as they took a 23-point lead in the second half at Temple. However, the Owls fought back and made USC hold on for a 76-71 win.
Ellis leads the team with 15.5 points and 3.5 assists per game. Redshirt senior forward Chevez Goodwin has added 13.5 points, while Peterson and Mobley are both at 12.0 points per game.
Florida Gulf Coast has a rare opportunity to host a team like USC in non-conference play. The Eagles had a decent season in 2020-21, finished 10-8 (4-5 ASUN). They had things come to an end with a 96-81 loss to North Alabama in the conference tournament.
Head coach Michael Fly made a major adjustment as well. His team went from No. 286 in tempo to No. 69, completely changing the pace of his offense.
Fly doubled down on the adjustment in the offseason, adding several pure shooters to his squad. He added Matt Halvorsen from Western Carolina, Tavian Dunn-Martin from Duquesne and Austin Richie from Tulsa. Fly also added some frontcourt pieces, snagging Kevin Samuel from TCU and Carlos Rosario from McNeese State.
The top returning scorers are guards Cyrus Largie (13.4 PPG) and Caleb Catto (13.3 PPG). Florida Gulf Coast opened the season with a 94-57 win over Florida National. Its second game came at Loyola-Chicago on Saturday, where the Eagles fell 89-77. Loyola-Chicago jumped out to a 51-33 lead and did not trail for the final 37 minutes of the game.
CBB Betting Trends:
- USC is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games
- FGCU is 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games
Free USC Trojans vs. FGCU Eagles NCAAB Prediction:
USC is certainly the more talented team in this matchup, but that is factored into this spread. This is a difficult scheduling spot for the Trojans. They are going on the road to face a mid-major school whose fan base is going to be fired up for this game.
Florida Gulf Coast also has more experience on its roster. The Eagles added several key transfers in the offseason and could wind up being the best team in the conference.
I’m taking the Eagles to hang close and fight their way back in late to cover this large spread.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: FGCU +14.5
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