USC vs Colorado Odds & Prediction: Betting Value on Over/Under

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USC vs Colorado Odds

Thursday, Feb. 23
9 p.m. ET
ESPN2
USC Odds
SpreadTotalMoneyline
+2.5
-110
140.5
-110o / -110u
+120
Colorado Odds
SpreadTotalMoneyline
-2.5
-110
140.5
-110o / -110u
-145
Odds via BetMGM. Get up-to-the-minute college basketball odds here.

If you like defense, this is the matchup to watch. The USC Trojans will go on the road to take on the Colorado Buffaloes.

The Trojans have built a fairly impressive resume thus far and have done very well in conference play. On top of that, they come into this matchup on a two-game winning streak.

Colorado is eyeing revenge for the first meeting between these two clubs. The Buffaloes fell short when they went to Los Angeles, but are now the favorites this time around.

Let's dive into this matchup and uncover the best way to bet on this crucial Pac-12 clash.


USC Trojans

If you've watched the Trojans this season, you know it's clear that they want to work the ball inside. However, they are a guard-centric team, and their talented backcourt duo has proven to be a tough task for opposing defenses.

Boogie Ellis is the man on USC's offense, and his shooting stroke allows him to carry this club when he gets hot. His last game against Stanford is proof of that, as he put up 33 points and drained six threes in the process.

His partner in crime is Drew Peterson. Peterson has the height of a wing but the skill of a guard, and he's proven to be deadly in the mid-range game. However, his size has allowed him to finish around the rim at a staggering rate.

These two — and the rest of the Trojans — are going to have to work to get to their spots. The Buffaloes have been solid around the rim and the perimeter. They are 18th in adjusted defensive efficiency for a reason.

Colorado Buffaloes

Colorado has had a rough go of it in conference play, and its struggles stem from issues on the offensive end of the floor.

The Buffaloes come into this matchup ranking 251st in effective field goal percentage and 261st in turnover percentage. Those are not numbers that indicate success, and they may be worsened after this matchup against the Trojans.

USC has been stout defensively this season, as its size and length have given opposing teams issues from all three levels of the court. Colorado is a team that prefers to work the ball inside, but it won't have much success against USC.

The Trojans are the fifth-tallest team in the country, and that size has made them formidable in the paint. They are second in the country in terms of the two-point percentage allowed and are 15th in block rate.

It is safe to say the Buffaloes' offensive outlook in this matchup is bleak.

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USC vs Colorado Betting Pick

We've gone over in detail just how stout each of these teams is on the defensive end. However, it appears oddsmakers are weighing the tempos of these two teams heavily in the total.

That is great for us because it is a tad too high. This game should look similar to the first meeting in January, when these teams combined for just 129 points.

The familiarity may even improve the play of these defenses. The under is the play, and it will have value even after the market hammers it.

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