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#765 Stanford 134 vs.
#766 USC -2
Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 6:30pm EST
Written by Scott Reichel

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This Saturday, there is an NCAAB matchup between the Stanford Cardinal and the USC Trojans. This game will take place at the Galen Center at approximately 6:30 P.M EST.

Stanford Looks To Extend Winning Streak

The Stanford Cardinal have looked like one of the most underrated basketball teams so far this season. The Cardinal have won 15 of their first 17 games including a road victory against UCLA in their last game by 15 points. In that game, Stanford's defense was fantastic as it only allowed 59 points while forcing the opposition to shoot just 39.6% from the floor. However, that victory was not that surprising considering the fact that the Cardinals have won four of their first five road games this season. Now, Stanford will be looking for another road win in this conference game on Saturday.

Leading the Cardinal offensively is junior forwardOscar da Silva who has been great this season. He is averaging a team-high 15.9 points per game along with a team-high 5.5 rebounds. In addition, he is averaging 1.4 steals per game so he has been very active on both sides of the ball.

Stanford's most underrated player is freshman guardTyrell Terry who has been good so far this season. He is averaging 15.8 points per game along with 5.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists. In addition, he is shooting 42.9% from the three-point line so he has been very efficient from behind the arc up to this point.

Stanford's most underrated player is freshman guardTyrell Terry who has been good so far this season. He is averaging 15.8 points per game along with 5.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists. In addition, he is shooting 42.9% from the three-point line so he has been very efficient from behind the arc up to this point.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Total Pick

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Both of these teams have looked very good defensively this season so I think that this total should be a lot lower. Stanford is allowing just 58.4 points per game while USC is allowing just 66.8 points per game so I think that both teams should struggle eclipsing 65 points in this matchup. Plus, Stanford likes to play at a somewhat slow pace as it ranks 181st in adjusted offensive tempo according to Kenpom rankings so I think that it should be able to force USC's offense into playing in the halfcourt which will result in less possessions and less points for both teams. Give me the under.

Prediction: Under 137

Half-Time Side Pick

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Stanford enters this game in great form as it has won each of its last four games so it should be able to continue playing well for at least the first 20 minutes of this game. Plus, USC is allowing roughly eight more points per game so I am a bit skeptical of USC's ability to get enough stops defensively in order to cover this number. Stanford has the ability to shutdown any offense with its elite defense so I think that the Cardinal should be able to cover this point spread in what should be a low-scoring first half. Give me the road team as a result.

Prediction: Stanford 1H
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.