Free NCAA Basketball Picks - Arizona State Sun Devils vs USC Trojans

Joe Catalano

Sunday, January 22, 2017 7:15 PM UTC

Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 7:15 PM UTC

The USC Trojans had gotten off to a very fast start this season; that is until inter-conference play took place. Tonight features a game in which the Trojans are the favorites. While the Sun Devils aren't at the level of USC, the Trojans need this game and can't take ASU lightly as Coach Hurley will have his team ready.

  Arizona State Sun Devils vs USC Trojans


Picking On the Weak

That has been the story of the USC season as they've been dominant against teams that aren't in the AP Top 25 and they've had a tougher time against teams such as Oregon and Arizona. With a game scheduled next against the UCLA Bruins, tonight's game is a game in which the Trojans can't afford to lose as they're 3-4 in conference play after a 73-66 loss to Arizona.

What can be said from a positive standpoint about the Trojans is that they hung tough in their loss against Arizona and this is the same Arizona team that just upset UCLA yesterday. The Trojans should be ready and are rightfully a 9 point betting favorite in their matchup tonight against Arizona State.


Chimezie Metu

The Trojans will rely heavily on the two-way play of leading scorer Chimezie Metu as his size combined with offensive ability make him a tough player to deal with.

Metu had a bit of a tough time against Arizona, but he's been playing well as of late and should have an easier time of it in this game. Metu is averaging 17.2 points and 7.8 rebounds in his last 5 games as this is an efficient shooter that will provide resistance down in the paint on the defensive end against the Arizona State bigs. Look for Metu and the Trojans to have a bounce back effort here.

For Arizona State, the inter-conference play has put a halt to the progress of their season as they're coming off of 3 consecutive losses and 2 of those losses to ranked squads in Arizona and UCLA. Quite simply, ASU is a team that's but a work in progress. With the combination of Torian Graham (18.5 points ) and Tra Holder (17.2 points), this isn't a team that lacks offense. Defense is the issue and looks for USC to take advantage of the ASU defense in what should be a high-scoring affair.

 Free NCAAB Pick: USC Trojans -9Best Line Offered: at 5 Dimes

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