Utah vs USC College Hoops Lines Preview

Posted by Aaron . on February 19, 2016 in

This Sunday, the USC Trojans host the Utah Utes in Pac-12 Conference action. Utah (20-7) is in third place in the Pac-12 and is coming off a two-point win over UCLA on Thursday. USC (19-7) is in fourth place in the Pac-12 and is coming off a 79-72 home win over Colorado. We will have the latest college basketball betting lines soon.

Utah Utes vs USC Trojans College Hoops Lines Preview

When: Sunday, February 21, 2016, 6:00 PM ET
Where: Galen Center, Los Angeles, CA
TV: PACN
Radio: 690 AM, TuneIn Radio
Live Stream: College Sports Live
NCAAB Odds: TBA

 

 

Why should you bet on the Utes?

The Utes won a tough road game against UCLA, building a big lead thanks to their inside play but then watching the lead evaporate. With 15 seconds left, Brandon Taylor drained a three to give the Utes a five-point lead, and they ended up holding on for the win. They had been up by 14 but still sealed the win. It is the front line that sets Utah apart, though, with a seven-footer in the middle in Jakob  Poeltl. He was a big reason for the Utes’ 40-24 scoring advantage in the paint and their 35-31 advantage on the boards. Poeltl posted his 11th double-double this season. USC is also vulnerable inside, and the Utes should be able to score at will on the interior. Utah also leads the Pac-12 in scoring defense, permitting only 68.1 points per contest.

Why should you put your money on USC?

The Trojans are doing a good job of building momentum and sustaining it throughout the second half of games. Playing at Arizona, they were down 18 in the second half and clawed their way back to a two-point deficit before following. They did the same thing against Colorado, going down by 15 in the second half and then going on a 34-12 run, including 11 from Jordan McLaughlin, to finish the game. McLaughlin put 25 on the board, a career high, and he nailed the go-ahead three with just under three minutes to go. This was USC’s first Pac-12 victory over Colorado, and the momentum they built should serve them well against Utah.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I think that Utah will make USC pay inside over and over again; it’s difficult to mount a comeback against a team that can get such easy scoring close to the basket. I am picking Utah to win, 76-70.