UCLA Bruins vs USC Trojans - Jan 25th Picks Of The Day

Joe Catalano

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 6:31 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 6:31 PM UTC

The USC Trojans- UCLA Bruins rivalry is one that will be there every single year and in every sport. This season, UCLA has been dominant while the Trojans have been a borderline AP Top 25 team, but USC might have caught the Bruins at an opportune time as UCLA is coming off of a very disappointing loss to Arizona and have dropped to 8th in the country. A win here would certainly elevate USC's stock where the rankings are concerned.

UCLA Bruins (19-2, 6-2) vs USC Trojans (17-4, 4-4) Nothing To Be Ashamed Of

It's very rare, especially in a highly contested Pac-12 Conference that a team goes undefeated for the season and UCLA has had a nice run thus far and are certainly contenders for an NCAA Championship with their high scoring offense. The Bruins defense just happened to run into an Arizona offense that was a little bit better in their 96-85 loss to the Wildcats at Pauley Pavillion.

Both teams played very clean basketball with very few turnovers and in the end, Arizona had an edge on the boards and shot amazingly well. UCLA will need to regroup as the USC Trojans. who are coming off of a victory over the Arizona State Sun Devils, will be gunning for them. UCLA must regain their composure as they've been at the top of the rankings all season long and now find themselves at 8th in the country.

Great Chemistry

The Bruins are a team filled with a nice mixture of experienced players such as Bryce Alford and freshmans T.J. Leaf and Lonzo Ball that are having outstanding seasons. Lately, Ball has been the catalyst in this offense as he's been doing it all.

In the loss to Arizona, who are a top 25 team, Ball finished the game with 24 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds. For the season, Ball is averaging 14.9 points, 8.2 assists, and 5.6 rebounds. There's not enough of the basketball to go around on this Bruins squad or Ball would have even more points per game. Instead, he's the guy that finds the open man and uses his 6 foot 6 frame to protect the glass.

UCLA has so many weapons that it's actually scary. The Bruins are very top-heavy with 5 players averaging 13 or more points per game, led by Bryce Alford at 17.2 points per game. Their weakness is their defense and the Trojans will have an opportunity to convert on scoring opportunities.

Just like I did in fading Villanova yesterday, I'm going to do the same here as the season is a grind and the Trojans are in a good spot as the 7 point home underdog. USC is still looking for their first real quality win of the season and with the help of Jordan Mclaughlin (14.1 points, 5.1 assists) and Chimezie Matu (13.6 points, 7.5 rebounds), they have an opportunity to claim a huge win. Both McLaughlin and Elijah Stewart are converting on 40% or more of their 3-point attempts. I like USC in this spot with the points.

 Free NCAAB Pick: USC Trojans +7 (-106)Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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