USC Trojans vs Colorado Buffaloes - NCAA Basketball Picks Of The Day

Joe Catalano

Sunday, January 15, 2017 5:44 PM UTC

Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 5:44 PM UTC

Recently, we faded the USC Trojans as we knew that they were the beneficiary of an easy schedule and it payed off. Tonight, the Trojans, who are sure to lose their top 25 ranking, look to stop the bleeding as they square off against the Colorado Buffaloes. USC has lost 2 straight games and odds makers have finally wised up and made the Trojans a slight betting underdog.

#25 USC Trojans (15-3) at Colorado Buffaloes (10-7) Overrated

This is something that I realized quite early as the Trojans kept winning, but could never seem to crack the AP Top 25. The reason being is that they were presented and easy schedule...until now. Inter-conference play has a way of weeding out the contender from the pretenders.

I'm not saying that the Trojans are an awful basketball team, I'm just mentioning that they were overrated...until now. Tonight, USC faces a Colorado Buffaloes team that's 0-4 in Pac-12 play and are the betting favorites in this game. Odds makers are trying to over-compensate as USC has been exposed. That said, this appears to be a  good spot with really attractive odds as USC is the better team in this game. While home court advantage comes into play and has burnt me at times, both teams still have to perform on the court and this is an opportune moment for USC to break their losing streak.

 Chimezie Metu

In my last Trojan-related article, I mentioned how Chimezie Metu was a player to watch and I say it again as he's played rather well as of late. He's been the one major positive in the recent losses that USC has suffered.

In his last 2 games. Metu is averaging 18.5 points per game on 15 of 25 shooting from the field. He's a player that will protect the boards and create havoc for Colorado as his defense has been outstanding this season. Look for this two-way player to come up big against a vulnerbale opponent as the Trojans look to regain their confidence and get back on track.

 The Best In the West

Colorado has certainly faced the best in the west and it's led to four consecutive losses. The Buffaloes have suffered losses to nationally ranked teams such as UCLA and Arizona to go along with losing against Arizona State and Utah. This has changed the complexion of their season and a win tonight is vital in regards to the future.

With Derrick White (16 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists) and Xavier Johnson (15.1 points, 5.6 rebounds) leading the way, this is a team that can't be overlooked as they have wins over Texas and Xavier to their credit.

This game should be close and I look for USC pick up a "W" as Colorado has just been awful in inter-conference play.


Free NCAA Basketball Pick: USC Trojans +3.5Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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