Looking to win big? The Runnin’ Utes and Trojans face off at 11:00 ET on FS1. The Trojans are hosting the game at Galen Center in Los Angeles, CA. This Pac-12 conference matchup has an over/under of 148.5 points, and USC is favored to win by -1.5 at home vs. Utah.

UTAH RUNNIN’ UTES VS USC TROJANS BETTING PICK

The Pick: USC Trojans -1.5

This game will be played at Galen Center at 11:00 ET on Thursday, February 15th.

WHY BET THE USC TROJANS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Trojans.
  • Not only will USC pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 148.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Can the Runnin’ Utes Grab a Win on the Road?

Utah is 2-5 on the road this season, and they have lost five straight away from home. Their average scoring margin on the road is -10.0 points per game, and they are 2-4 as the underdog.

Overall, the Runnin’ Utes are 15-9 this season, including a 6-6 record in Pac-12 play. They are coming off an 85-77 loss to Arizona State, and they are 0-5 in their last five road games.

Utah’s ATS record this season is 11-12, including a 2-5 mark on the road. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Runnin’ Utes are just 2-8 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Utah games is 10-11-2. On average, their games have finished with 150.2 points compared to an average over/under line of 146.7, resulting in an average margin of 3.5 points. So far, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s over/under line of 148.5. Over their last three games, the OU record is 2-1.

In their most recent game, the Runnin’ Utes’ offense tallied 77 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 79.2 points per game. Branden Carlson is leading the team in scoring at 17 points per contest. Gabe Madsen has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 13.1 going into the game.

Utah’s defense is currently in line with the NCAA average for points allowed, allowing an average of 73.2 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 8.5 threes per game vs. USC. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 35.4%.

Can USC Lock in a Home Win?

USC comes into this game as a 1.5-point favorite, and they have gone 9-6 in their 15 games as the favorite this season. Overall, the Trojans are just 9-15 this year after losing to Stanford 99-68 in their last game. They are also just 3-10 in Pac-12 games compared to 6-5 in non-conference matchups.

So far, USC has gone 7-6 at home this year, and their average scoring margin in those games is +4.8 points per game. Over their last 10 home games, they have gone just 5-5, and their record in their last five home games is 2-3. For the season, they have gone 2-9 on the road, and their average scoring margin in those games is -7.8 points per game.

USC has an ATS record of 10-14 this season, which includes going 6-7 vs. the spread at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Trojans are 5-5 vs. the spread.

USC’s over/under record for the season sits at 15-8-1, and the average scoring total in their games is 149.7 points, which is higher than the average OU line of 147.7. So far, 14 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line of 148.5. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 153 points.

Coming off their recent game, the USC offense tallied 68 points in a matchup against Stanford. Their field goal percentage for the game was 44.8%, and they made 6 threes. Isaiah Collier led the scoring for the Trojans, contributing 18 points. Additionally, Kijani Wright chipped in with 9 points.

So far, the Trojans’ defense is ranked 245th in the country at 75.3 points per contest. USC’s three-point defense is currently 227th in the country at 8.9 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 43.4% of their shots vs. USC.