TCU Horned Frogs (6-1) vs USC Trojans (5-3)Date : 12/07/2018
Time : 9:30 am EST
Location : Galen Center, Los Angeles, California
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
TCU Horned Frogs vs USC Trojans
The TCU Horned Frogs Will travel to Galen Center in Los Angeles, California, to battle the Trojans of USC on Friday night at 9:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Horned Frogs come into this game winners of three straight after they picked up a victory over the Southern Methodist Mustangs on the road in their last outing by a 67 – 59 score as TCU rallied from a 6 point halftime deficit to outscore the Mustangs 38-24 in the second half en route to the much-needed victory.
The Trojans halted a three-game losing streak, on the other hand, as they fell to the Nevada Wolfpack at home by a 73-61 score as the Trojans were outshot by Nevada throughout the night while only connecting on 5 – 21 3-point attempts in the defeat.
TCU Horned Frogs's Latest Performance :
TCU has been strong all season long and despite a small setback versus Lipscomb, which serves as their only loss of the season, the Horned Frogs have stepped things up on the offensive end while also remaining solid on the defensive end as well in 2018. This was exhibited like none other versus the Mustangs of SMU in their last outing as they allowed 36% shooting from the field for the Mustangs while allowing them to connect on only four of 25 three-point attempts on the night.
Jamal McMurray led the team in scoring with 22 points, yet went 8-22 from the field on the nigh while also going two – 11 from three-point range. On the other hand, aside from hitting 9 of 27 3-pointers on the night, TCU only shot 42% from the floor while being heavily outrebounded by a 36-28 margin for the game. Nonetheless, they were led by Jaylen Fisher and JD Miller with 15 points apiece as Miller would haul in seven rebounds in the win.
As stated, TCU will continue to ensure that they establish themselves on the defensive end in this matchup, first and foremost, versus a USC team that suffered a setback in their last loss, yet, remains to be a very dangerous team on both ends of the floor.
USC Trojans 's Latest Performance :
The Trojans have been known to put some points on the board all season long as they are ranked 73rd in the league in points scored per game with a tad over 80 on 49% shooting from the field. However, in their last lost versus the Nevada Wolfpack, the Trojans only shot 43 from the field while getting 20 points from their leading scorer on the season, Nick Rakocevic , and he also pulled down 12 rebounds for the game in going 8-12 from the field on the night. Of course, the rest of the lineup struggled as Jonah Mathews and Bennie Boatwright combined for only 2 – 14 from three-point range in the loss.
On the defensive end, the Wolfpack connected on eight of 20 attempts from three-point range while shooting 47% on the night led by Jordan Caroline with 24 points along with 11 rebounds while Tre’Shawn Thurman had 14 points along with nine rebounds. One could simply write this loss off as a bad night for the Trojans, however, in their last two games, they are only averaging 68 points per game while only scoring 80 or more points in only two of their last five games, overall. For this matchup, the Trojans will certainly look to kick-start their offense early versus a TCU defense stat is allowing teams to score only 65 points per game in 2018 on 38% shooting from the floor.
How TCU Horned Frogs & USC Trojans Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
TCU is 3 – 4 ATS while the OU is 2 – 5
USC is 4 – 4 ATS while the OU is 3 – 4
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will be a very competitive match up amongst these two teams on Friday night as TCU will look to continue their stellar play, particularly on the defensive side of the ball, while USC will be looking to atone for their last lost versus the Nevada Wolfpack. As stated, this will certainly be an up and down, back and forth contest throughout as I see both teams looking to kick-start their offenses early in which to catch the opposing defenses on their heels while picking up some easy points in transition. With that being the case, look for momentum to switch throughout this game from one team to the other as the action will certainly be very exciting.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: TCU Horned Frogs
My reason for the pick :
While the Trojans have won five of their last eight games at home, they are only 3 – 5 against the spread in those outings. On the other hand, TCU has been covering machines in the last few games as they are 3 – 0 against the spread during this time and will certainly do well versus the Trojans in this matchup. Of course, I will expect the line to be relatively low and slightly in favor of the Trojans in this matchup; However, I expect the road team to show and prove in this matchup on the road vs USC in controlling the pace throughout while getting a victory in a game where they will likely enter as slight underdogs.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the under in this matchup as I happen to believe that despite the offensive prowess for USC, they will likely begin the game slow on the offensive end due to TCU establishing themselves early on the defensive end. And while the Horned Frogs offense can also put points on the board, also expect the defense for USC to come out with a good performance in this matchup as well, thus allowing the under to be the strong play in this instance on Friday.
Betting trends for TCU Horned Frogs:
- Under is 7-2 in Horned Frogs last 9 overall.
Under is 6-2 in horn frogs last 8 non-conference games.
Betting trends for USC Trojans :
- The Trojans are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. Big 12.
Under is 19-7-1 in Trojans last 27 overall.
Under is 7-3 in Trojans last 10 vs. Big 12.