USC Trojans vs Utah Utes prediction and college basketball game preview.
USC vs Utah Broadcast
Date: Saturday, February 27
Game Time: 8:00 ET
Venue: Jon M Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City, UT
USC (19-5) vs Utah (9-11) Game Preview
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Why USC Will Win
Utah has fallen off the map.
It was on a good run and looked like it was about to make some noise, but the brutal run of seven road games in eight dates seems to have beaten the team down.
The offense just doesn’t score enough – it hasn’t hit 70 points in any of the last four games – and it’s not manufacturing enough points with steals, big defensive plays, or getting to the rim.
The Trojans should own the boards against a Ute team that just doesn’t get anything on the glass.
Why Utah Will Win
Speaking of free throws, USC is bad at it. It gets to the line, but it only hits 65% of the time – that was a problem in the losses to Arizona and Colorado.
For Utah, though, it has to get hot from the field again. It’s not always great from three, but that matters. This isn’t a team that can overcome a bad shooting night, and it’s going to take hitting 50% from the field to do this.
It was 3-1 during a great run of shooting, and it’s 0-4 over the last four games when it hasn’t been able to get past the 45% mark. USC lost on the road a few days ago to a Colorado team that hit 47% from the field and 55% from three. The Trojan D might be great, but it’s struggling a bit lately.
What’s Going To Happen
USC’s defense is going to be too good and too strong, and its ability to hit the boards will overcome a rough shooting day to get over the clunker in Colorado.
Utah won’t generate enough USC mistakes to stop a few good scoring runs.
USC vs Utah Prediction, Line
USC 72, Utah 66
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Line: USC -5.5, o/u: 138
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Must See Rating: 2.5
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