Fade Struggling USC As Sizable Chalk Against Arizona St.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017 4:38 PM GMT

SBR college basketball handicapping professional Ross Benjamin provides a betting preview on Sunday’s Arizona State and USC game. This article concludes with one of his free college basketball picks.

Arizona State Sun Devils vs USC Trojans

USC (16-4) hosts Arizona State (9-10) on Sunday in a PAC-12 contest. At the time of this writing, college basketball betting odds indicate that USC is an 8.5-point favorite, and there's a posted total of 161.0. This will be the first meeting of the season between these conference rivals. The teams split 2 games against one another a season ago, and the home team won on each occasion. Both of those contests stayed under the total and did so by a substantial 31.0 points combined.

Explosive Offensively and Porous Defensively

Arizona State might not even qualify for a postseason tournament when it's all said and done. Nevertheless, you can't accuse the Sun Devils of not playing an exciting brand of basketball. All 6 of their conference games have gone over the total, and there were a combined 168.4 points scored per game.

The good news for Arizona State backers is their team can score of scoring plenty of points. The Sun Devils have averaged a robust 82.7 points in addition to 64 field goal attempts per contest during their previous 8 games. However, their play defensively has been nothing short of brutal. Through that identical 8-game stretch, Arizona State surrendered 86.3 points per contest and allowed opponents to shoot 52% or better on 6 occasions.

Trojans Cool Off after Red-Hot Start

USC began the season by winning its first 14 games. Since that time, the Trojans have cooled considerably by losing 4 of their last 6 contests. USC bettors have taken a considerable hit of late. The Trojans are a dismal 2-9 ATS over their last 11 games, and that includes 1-6 ATS as a favorite.

Final Analysis and Selection

Arizona State has a puncher's chance of covering in this spot as a sizable underdog due to its offensive firepower. It's obvious the Sun Devils possess numerous shortcomings defensively. Nonetheless, they'll be facing a USC team on Sunday which has averaged just 67.0 points per game and shot a dismal 37.8% from the field over their last 3 outings. I like the road underdog in this game for one of my Sunday college basketball predictions.

Free NCAAB Pick: Arizona State +8.5

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