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Washington State vs USC Prediction and College Basketball Betting Picks

In a PAC-12 college basketball matchup today, the Washington State Cougars are taking on the USC Trojans at the Galen Center. Let’s take a look at the top college basketball betting odds, picks, betting trends and KenPom Rankings, then give our Washington State vs USC prediction for the game today.

Washington State vs USC Game Info

Washington State Cougars (14-11, 7-7 Pac 12) vs. No. 17 USC Trojans (22-4, 11-4 Pac 12)
Date: Sunday, February 20, 2022
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Galen Center — Los Angeles, CA
Coverage: FS1

Washington State vs USC College Basketball Betting Picks and Odds

All college basketball betting odds for Washington State vs USC can be found at BetUS Sportsbook.

Moneyline: WSU: (+200) | USC: (-240)
Point Spread: WSU: +6 (-110) | USC: -6 (-110)
Total: 132.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

Washington State vs USC Prediction and College Basketball Betting Picks
Credit: Rick Bowmer/AP Photo

Washington State vs USC College Basketball Betting Preview

To say Washington State is on a bit of a skid may be an understatement. The Cougars have lost four straight with two of those losses coming to unranked opponents. During their skid, the Cougars’ offense has simply fell flat. Washington State has scored just 57.5 points per game during their losing streak. While their defense struggled in their games against Arizona and UCLA, it was the offense that made sure they were never really “in” the game. Against USC’s solid offense, Washington State needs to get their act together and score at least 65 points to have a legitimate chance to win.

Since their 72-63 road loss to Arizona, USC has won three straight with one coming against #13 UCLA in a big home rivalry game. While their defense has certainly had its’ faults, their offense has been just too much for their opponents. Isaiah Mobley and Chevez Goodwin are simply a forward tandem that few teams can even slow down, much less stop. The one Achilles heel for the Trojans is their free throw shooting. Shooting just 65% as a team, if a game comes down to the wire, they are the last team you’d want to trust.

KenPom Rankings

KenPom Rankings are from KenPom.com

TeamRkAdjOAdjDAdjT
Washington State49106.592.566.3
USC29111.895.766.8
  • Washington State is 11-4 against the spread (ATS) in their last five games.
  • The UNDER is 9-2 in Washington State’s last 11 games.
  • Washington State is 1-8 ATS in their last nine games against USC.
  • USC is 2-5 ATS in their last seven games.
  • USC is 5-0 straight up in their last five home games against Washington State.

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Washington State vs USC Prediction | College Basketball Betting Picks

This matchup poses an intriguing challenge to predict as their previous matchup was all the way back on December 4th, 2021. While USC barely escaped with a 63-61 victory on the road, neither of these teams are even close to what they were in early December.

Historically, the Cougars have had a tough time covering the spread against USC. It is tough to believe in USC covering thanks to their horrid free throw shooting, but they are the much better team. In addition, USC won by two while shooting just 16% from deep in their last meeting. With the game in Los Angeles and as small favorites, expect USC to outperform expectations and cover the spread.

Our college basketball betting Washington State vs USC prediction tonight will be USC covers the spread at BetUS

For what it’s worth, the ESPN Matchup Predictor gives USC a 78.5% chance to win.

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