The USC Trojans (4-0) are off to a hot start and will try to remain undefeated when they meet the Pepperdine Waves (3-1) at Galen Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, and it can be seen on Pac-12 Network.
Pepperdine Waves vs. USC Trojans Odds Preview
In the Waves’ last contest, they were victorious over the Abilene Christian Wildcats, 73-69. Colbey Ross was the game’s high scorer with 22 points on 6-for-19 shooting. Pepperdine’s 0.520 effective field goal percentage was their largest strength over Abilene Christian, who had a mark of 0.450. The Waves’ mark was above their season average of 0.513, while the Wildcats’ was below their season average of 0.525.
The Trojans hope to keep it rolling after beating the Nevada Wolf Pack in their last game, 76-66. With 24 points on 10-for-15 shooting, Nick Rakocevic was USC’s leading scorer. USC played a nearly flawless game. They had a superb turnover percentage of 9.8 (better than their season average of 17.7) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 28.2 (below their season average of 40.5). Nevada had marks of 13.8 and 22.5, respectively, for those same stats.
The sweet-shooting offense of USC will go head-to-head against the mid-tier defense of Pepperdine. Dating back to the 2018-19 season, the Trojans offense ranks 99th in effective field goal percentage (0.525), while the Pepperdine defense ranks 320th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.536). The Trojans should have the edge on that side of the ball.
Pepperdine Waves vs. USC Trojans Free Prediction
Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Usc, ATS Winner – USC, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Trojans rank 136th in steals per game (6.4) while the Waves rank 142nd in steals allowed per game (6.3).
USC ranks 18th in assists per game (16.2) while Pepperdine ranks 236th in assists allowed per game (14.4).
The Trojans rank 108th in rebounds per game (36.8) while the Waves rank 304th (31.9).
Pepperdine averages 24.2 three pointers per game, which ranks 88th in the country. USC ranks 251st in three pointers allowed per game (24.1).