The USC Trojans play host to the Pepperdine Waves Tuesday in college basketball action. USC is 4-0 on the year while Pepperdine is 3-1. The last time these two Southern California schools met was in 2016, when USC won easily. The Trojans are a 10.5 point favorite this time out. Tipoff is at 9:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday at the Galen Center in Los Angeles.
Pepperdine has won 3 straightThe Pepperdine Waves have won their last three games to improve to 3-1, including two on the road. A win here would give them their first four-game win streak since 2016. They Waves have already beaten two 2019 NCAA Tournament teams -- UC Irvine and Abilene Christian. They also won at CSU Northridge by the score of 94-82. But this is their toughest test.
Colbey Ross leads the Waves with 17 points and 8.3 assists per game. he is second in school history in assists. Ross made the preseason West Coast Conference team along with teammate Kessler Edwards. Edwards is averaging 17.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Kameron Edwards has averaged 21 points over this win streak. This is their third straight road game.
Trojans get physical with NevadaUSC is off to a great start at 4-0. Last Saturday they had their best win of the season, beating Nevada 76-66 at Nevada.Nick Rakocevic scored 24 points and hauled in 11 rebounds to lead the Trojans. Daniel Utomi added 12 points while Elijah Weaver tossed in 11 points in the game.USC pounded Nevada on the glass, outrebounding them 42-37. More importantly, they outscored Nevada 42-10 in the paint. Rakocevic made 10 of 15 shots from the field. Onyeka Okongwu was a force inside, hauling in 11 rebounds. For his efforts, Rakocevic was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week.
"We thought our interior players were a little more experienced and a little better players overall," USC head coach Andy Enfield said, reported the Trojans web site. "We thought we really needed to dominate the paint and we did. Give our three bigs credit. They all played very good basketball." Nevada shot only 30 percent from 3-point land an 33 percent overall.
- Waves are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Pacific-12.
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- Trojans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games.
- Trojans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- Trojans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games.
- Trojans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Trojans are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 vs. West Coast.
- Trojans are 14-6-1 ATS in their last 21 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600