The USC Trojans and Saint Joseph’s Hawks meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Anaheim Convention Center. The USC Trojans look to get off to a 5-0 start. The Saint Joseph’s Hawks look to get a game above a .500 record.
The USC Trojans are averaging 85.3 points on 51.6 percent shooting and allowing 63 points on 34.6 percent shooting. Boogie Ellis is averaging 17 points and 4 assists, while Chevez Goodwin is averaging 14.8 points and 0.5 assists. Isaiah Mobley is the third double-digit scorer and Max Agbonkpolo is dishing 0.8 assists. The USC Trojans are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 62.2 percent from the free throw line. The USC Trojans are allowing 28 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.5 rebounds per game.
The Saint Joseph’s Hawks are averaging 74.8 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 73 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Taylor Funk is averaging 18.5 points and 6 rebounds, while Jordan Hall is averaging 15.5 points and 6 assists. Erik Reynolds II is the third double-digit scorer and Ejike Obinna is grabbing 7.3 rebounds. The Saint Joseph’s Hawks are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 68.6 percent from the free throw line. The Saint Joseph’s Hawks are allowing 48.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game.
The Trojans are 19-9 ATS in their last 28 neutral site games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Hawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 5-1 in Trojans last 6 Thursday games. The over is 4-1 in Hawks last 5 overall.
The Saint Joseph’s Hawks have had big defensive issues in their last two games, and now they’re going up against an offensive powerhouse in USC. The USC Trojans have the potential to blow the doors off in this game. I’m not confident Saint Joseph’s can keep up here. Give me the Trojans and the chalk.
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