Pac-12 foes will collide when the Oregon State Beavers (9-4, 1-0 Pac-12) go head-to-head against the USC Trojans (9-6, 2-0 Pac-12) at Gill Coliseum. Action gets underway at 11 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 10, 2019, and it can be seen on ESPNU.
USC Trojans vs. Oregon State Beavers ATS Preview
In the Trojans’ last outing, they had no trouble getting past the Robert Morris Colonials, 83-62. With 18 points and 16 rebounds, Nick Rakocevic had a solid performance for USC. USC played a nearly perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.281 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.588. Robert Morris had marks of 0.129 and 0.379, respectively, for those same stats.
The Beavers come in on a high note after defeating the UC Riverside Highlanders in their last contest, 72-59. With 19 points on 7-for-16 shooting, Tres Tinkle was Oregon State’s leading scorer. Oregon State played a nearly perfect game. They had a turnover percentage of 9.9 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.559. UC Riverside was 15.4 and 0.456, respectively, for those same stats.
This is the first time these teams will go head-to-head this year, after the Trojans won all three contests last season. In the last matchup, USC won 61-48. The Trojans played a nearly perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.170 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.491. The Beavers were 0.119 and 0.347, respectively, for those same stats.
Both teams have had a player heat up over their last five games. For the Trojans, it’s been Kevin Porter Jr., who has averaged 0 points, while the Beavers have gotten great contributions from Stephen Thompson Jr. (0 points).
Looking at effective field goal percentage, Oregon State figures to have a substantial edge. The Beavers defense ranks 31st in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.453), while the USC offense is ranked 141st in effective field goal percentage (0.525). Opposite styles will be on display in this battle. The up-and-down Trojans rank 56th in possessions per game, while the slower-paced Beavers rank 306th.
USC vs. Oregon State Betting Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Oregon State, ATS Winner – Oregon State, O/U – Over
The Trojans rank 50th in steals allowed per game (5.6) while the Beavers rank 94th (6.4).
Oregon State ranks 38th in rebounds allowed per game (31.7) while USC ranks 194th (37.1).
The Beavers rank 60th in assists per game (15.5) while the Trojans rank 180th in assists allowed per game (14.5).
Oregon State ranks eighth in blocks per game (5.7) while USC ranks 96th (3.4).
The Beavers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 9.4, up from 8.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Trojans have scored an average of 83.6 points per game (4.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 72.2 points per game (0.9 below their season average).