The Long Beach State Beach (3-7) will attempt to snap a six-game road losing streak when they take on the USC Trojans (8-2) at Galen Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 15, 2019, and it can be seen on Pac-12 Network.
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In the Beach’s last contest, they were blown out by the Pacific Tigers, 65-46. With 20 points on 8-for-16 shooting, Colin Slater was the top scorer from either team. Pacific held the Beach to an effective field goal percentage of 0.343 (below their season average of 0.518). Long Beach State, on the other hand, had a better free throw rate (0.167 vs. 0.105).
The Trojans will look to keep it rolling after just getting past the TCU Horned Frogs in their last game, 80-78. Nick Rakocevic played a pivotal role for USC with 12 points and 11 rebounds. USC dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a great effective field goal percentage of 0.579 (above their season average of 0.490) and a free throw rate of 0.246 (below their season average of 0.256). TCU recorded marks of 0.470 and 0.224, respectively, for those same stats.
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Trojans won the only contest played against each other last season, 75-65. USC had a better free throw rate (0.219 vs. 0.143). Long Beach State, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (39.6 vs. 32.6).
Long Beach State Beach at USC Trojans Odds Prediction
Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Usc, ATS Winner – Long Beach State, O/U – Over
USC ranks 161st in three pointers attempted per game (17.6) while Long Beach State ranks 280th (15.1).
The Trojans have been outscored by an average of 1.4 points in their last five games. On the season, USC has defeated opponents by an average of 6.8 points.
During their last five games, the Beach have scored an average of 66.6 points per game (2.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 83.4 points per game (5.7 above their season average).