Featured Video from Scott Reichel
Where: Galen Center
When: Saturday, January 18, 2020, 6:30 pm ET
We have a Pac-12 matchup to consider for Saturday afternoon when the twenty-fifth ranked Stanford Cardinal meet the USC Trojans for an afternoon of Pac-12 college hoops action. The Cardinal is 4-0 in the conference and enters this game riding a four-game winning streak. USC is 3-1 in the Pac-12 standings and is hoping to extend a two-game winning streak when they host Stanford.
Cardinal Four Game Winning StreakStanford sits atop the Pac-12 standings with an undefeated record and has an overall record of 15-2 this season. The Cardinal has won four of its last five games and Saturday marks the beginning of three consecutive road games and Stanford is 2-0 this season away from Palo Alto.
The Cardinal score an average of 72.4 points while allowing a seventh in the nation best 58.4 points per game. Stanford is shooting 48.9 percent from the field, a nation-leading 38.9 percent from downtown and 67.9 percent from the charity stripe this season.
Stanford has two players scoring in double figures and is led by junior forward Oscar de Silva. The German national averages 15.9 points per game with a team-high 5.5 caroms, 1.6 assists and is knocking down 33.3 percent of his triple attempts this season. The Cardinal forward scored six points with four rebounds in a foul-plagued outing in a road win over UCLA.
Trojans Two Game Winning StreakUSC is 3-1 in conference play and boasts a 14-3 overall record this season. The Trojans are 7-1 this season at home and have won four of their last five games. Saturday is a one-off home game before traveling to Oregon and Oregon State and the Trojans would love to get a much need home win over Stanford on Saturday afternoon.
The Trojans score an average of 72.6 points per game and allow 67.5 points per game this season. USC makes 44.1 percent of its field goal attempts, 34.2 percent of its triple tries and leads the nation with a 65.5 percent free-throw shooting percentage.
USC has three players scoring in double figures and is led by freshman forward Onyeka Okongwu who scores an average of 16.6 points per game with a team high 8.7 caroms and leads the Trojans with 2.9 blocked shots per game. The frosh forward is coming off a 12 point and eight-rebound outing in the Trojans home win over Loyola Marymount.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I will take the Cardinal in this matchup. They are a good team riding a four-game winning streak and are undefeated in two road games. USC is a good team with good defense and up against a better offense than Stanford. The Cardinal offense is a work in progress but its defense has been coming through the entire season and I look for that to continue on Saturday. I will play Stanford to win this game.
Full-Game Total Pick
My math has this one ending at 140 points and that seems to fall a little bit on the high side. We have two solid defenses and Stanford allows the tenth fewest points in NCAA hoops this season. Stanford plays at a below-average tempo whereas the more experienced Trojans are an above-average paced team and they will likely force the less experienced Cardinal into playing faster than they usually do. That would usually hike up the score but the Stanford defense is too good for that. I will play UNDER at 140 points and above in this contest.