Oregon Ducks (14-6) vs. USC Trojans (8-12)
Oregon Ducks vs. USC Trojans 2/1/24 – The upcoming NCAA Men’s Basketball face-off between the Oregon Ducks and the USC Trojans on Thursday, February 1, 2024, promises to be a captivating match. The Ducks, boasting a solid 14-6 record, will take on the Trojans, who have struggled this season with an 8-12 standing. Set to unfold at the Galen Center and broadcasted live on ESPN at 10:30 PM ET, this game is a prime candidate for multi-handicapping analysis, offering a plethora of variables and statistics for sports enthusiasts and bettors alike.
The Ducks enter this match-up with an uneven record. While their overall record remains strong, recent performances have been unpredictable: going 2-3 in their last five games and an inconsistent 4-4 road mark against the spread in that span; offensively they average an impressive 78.3 points per game on 47.1% field goal percentage with 37.6% coming from beyond the arc while defensively they notch an impressive 34.4 rebound per game average and 7.5 steals on defense.
USC Trojans have fallen into something of a slump over their last five games, going winless during that period while also struggling to meet expectations against the spread (going 2-3 in those five games). Still, USC averages 74.5 points per game with 44.5% field goal shooting efficiency and 35.9% 3-point shooting efficiency while surpassing Oregon in rebound average with 36.3 per game while also boasting slightly more blocks per game (4.8 average).
Oregon Ducks vs. USC Trojans 2/1/24 Game Info
|Thursday, February 1, 2024 at 10:30 PM ET
Jermaine Couisnard (Guard) vs. Boogie Ellis (Guard)
Jermaine Couisnard has made an immediate impact, starting all 20 games and averaging 32.1 minutes. He leads the Ducks with 14.9 points per game on 44.2% shooting along with 4.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists. Couisnard has hit 38.6% from 3-point range on 5.3 attempts per game. He contributes 1.8 steals per game on the defensive side as well. With his scoring punch and veteran leadership, Couisnard will look to guide Oregon’s efficient offense.
Boogie Ellis is the lead man for USC, playing 33.8 minutes a game. He paces the Trojan attack with 18.1 points on 45.4% from the field, including knocking down 1.8 threes per game at a 45.3% clip. Ellis also chips in 4.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.4 steals each time out. He will need to shoulder the load even more if USC hopes to snap its current 5-game slide.
This matchup pits two talented, experienced guards against one another. Couisnard provides leadership and versatile scoring for the better team in Oregon. Ellis has put up stellar numbers for USC, but needs more support from his teammates. With both players excelling from all over the court, the Ellis vs. Couisnard battle should go a long way in determining this game’s outcome.
NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
The betting odds for this game are yet to be determined, but based on the teams’ performances and statistics, the Ducks might come in as the favorites. However, the Trojans’ home advantage and their potential for defensive plays could make the spread closer than expected.
Oregon Ducks Betting Trends
Oregon has struggled to cover spreads recently, going just 2-3 ATS in their last 5 contests. However, their games have tended to go over the total, hitting the over in 4 of those last 5. For the full season, Oregon is 10-10 against the spread while hitting the over in 12 of 20 matchups as their offense puts up points. The Ducks have been strong as road favorites, covering in 9 of their last 11 away games when favored. They are 4-4 against the number in true road matchups this season.
USC Trojans Betting Trends
It’s been a rough year for USC backers, with the Trojans covering the spread just 2 times over their past 5 outings. Unders have cashed in 4 of those games as well, as USC has scored under 70 points in each. For the season, USC is 8-12 ATS overall. They have been even worse at home, with unders cashing in 8 of their 12 gam
Oregon Ducks vs. USC Trojans 2/1/24 Betting Picks
Considering the stats and recent trends, this game appears to be a close call. Oregon, with its superior season record and offensive stats, seems to have the edge. However, USC’s home advantage and defensive capabilities could make them a tough opponent.
For bettors, this game could offer value in exploring prop bets or focusing on the over/under, given the high-scoring nature of both teams. The free NCAAB picks and parlays for this game should consider these factors, along with the key player matchups, which could be decisive.
Free Pick and Prediction: Oregon Ducks 81, USC Trojans 72.