USC vs. Utah Prediction
The USC Trojans and Utah Utes will meet in Pac-12 play today at 2:30 p.m. ET and previous trends indicate the over is a great play in this matchup. That said, here's why you should buck those trends.
Who Oddsmakers Like: Utah. According to oddsmakers from online sports book YouWager, the Utes are 2.5-point home favorites to beat the Trojans. The total, meanwhile, hit the board at 143 and it has stayed at that spot at some books. Other places, however, have dropped the total all the way down to 142.
Who Public Bettors Like: As of this writing, 75% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Utes to cover the spread. Meanwhile, 55% of the betting tickets are on the over.
Who We Like: Check out these trends: The over is 9-1-1 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams overall and is a perfect 6-0 in the last six meetings in Utah. Great, we love rooting for points - let's bet the over and get the hell out of here, right? Eh, not so fast.
The Trojans have been an excellent under team of late, cashing the under in four straight games. The under is also 6-1-1 in USC's last eight road games, is 5-1 in its last six games coming off an ATS win, and is 6-1 in their last seven games coming off a straight up victory.
Speaking of USC, leading scorer Chimezie Metu and the recently injured Bennie Boatwright had their names mentioned in Friday's Yahoo Sports report detailing the FBI's ongoing investigation into college basketball corruption. Thus, we might see a distracted USC team struggling against the red-hot Utes, who have rattled off five straight wins. In fact, not only is the under a good play, but Utah at -2.5 is a solid bet as well.
SATURDAY COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREDICTIONS: UTAH -2.5 & UNDER 143