Huskies & Trojans Open Pac-12 Slate With an ‘Under’

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Willie Bee

Friday, December 29, 2017 1:14 PM GMT

Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 1:14 PM GMT

The final big Friday night on the college basketball betting schedule finds USC at home taking on Washington in one of the final games on the card.

Washington Huskies vs USC Trojans

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Free NCAAB Pick: Under 158Best Line Offered: at Heritage

Friday nights are about to become barren wastelands as far as college hoops goes. Thank goodness the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences will keep them from being completely void of marquee matchups.

It’s not so bad this week with schools still recessed for the holidays, and the Pac-12 is using it as a springboard into its conference schedule with four of the 25 lined affairs coming from that league. Our focus is on the battle in Los Angeles where the USC Trojans host the Washington Huskies in a 10:30 PM (ET) tilt that will be carried by the Pac-12 Network while BetOnline carries an 11 point spread favoring the Trojans and 158 for the total.

Trojans Bring Home Diamond Head Hardware

Not to take anything away from a Huskies team that amassed 10 wins on the non-conference schedule, but it still boggles my mind they were able to beat the Jayhawks in Kansas City earlier this month. After all, this is a Washington team that was trashed by Virginia Tech at the 2K Classic in November and barely had enough to get past Loyola Marymount and Montana recently. Ken Pomeroy isn’t all that impressed with Mike Hopkins’ crew so far, those 10 wins leaving the Huskies 132nd in that set of rankings.

That’s almost 100 places lower than where the Trojans are listed after winning last week’s Diamond Head Classic, covering the NCAA basketball odds in all three victories vs. Akron, Middle Tennessee and New Mexico State. The basket must have looked 5-feet in diameter after USC shot 52% (79-151) in the three games, hitting on 32-of-65 (49%) from beyond the arc. The lingering question remains when will De’Anthony Melton be cleared to play?

Series History, Final Thoughts & A Free Pick

The Huskies are probably tired of seeing the Trojans; Washington closed out last year’s regular season slate with a loss to USC, then met the Trojans four days later in the conference tourney where another defeat awaited to end 2017’s fixture on a 13-game losing streak. Southern Cal owns a 4-game win streak in the rivalry after sweeping all three from the Huskies last year, each of those matchups staying ‘under.’ Three of the last four played at Galen Center also fell short of the totals.

There just isn’t any rhyme or reason to how Washington has played so far this season, and that inconsistency scares me off the Huskies. Then again, 11 seems a little high for USC to cover. That sort of leaves me with making a free college basketball pick on the total, and I’ll run with the series trend.

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