USC Trojans vs. Baylor Bears, Las Vegas Sports Betting, NCAA March Madness Odds, Picks and Prediction

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USC TROJANS BAYLOR BEARS
26-9 March 19, 7:45 PM | BOK Center 26-7
Southern California vs Baylor, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 7:45 PM ET, Sunday, March 19, 2017
Where: BOK Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma
TV: 7:45 p.m. ET, truTV
COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Sunday, March 19th – NCAA TOURNAMENT – SECOND ROUND – BOK Center – Tulsa, OK
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
725 –USC Trojans +6½ -113 +235 Ov 142 -110
726 –Baylor Bears -6½ -107 -280 Un 142 -110
 

The fans at BOK Center will be treated to a game between the USC Trojans and the Baylor Bears when they take their seats on Sunday.

ABOUT USC (26-9): Junior guard Elijah Stewart, one of four Trojans averaging in double figures (12.0), was the hero against SMU, sinking a 3-pointer with 37 seconds to play for what proved to be the game-winner. “I feel like I was blessed that I was able to come back and redeem myself,” Stewart, who finished with 22 points, including 6-of-13 3-pointers, said referring to the fact he went scoreless in the First Four victory over Providence. Bennie Boatwright, a 6-10 sophomore forward, leads the team in scoring (15.1) while 6-11 Chimezie Metu (14.5) and junior point guard Jordan McLaughlin (13.2) also are averaging in double-digits with the long-armed, quick-leaping Metu also leading the team in rebounds (7.9) and blocks (1.6).

ABOUT BAYLOR (26-7): The 6-10 Motley, a Naismith Award semifinalist and the 16th All-American in school history, had his 14th double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) of the season against New Mexico State despite sitting out a large chunk of the first half because of foul problems. He leads the team in scoring (17.3) and the Big 12 in rebounding (9.9) and is considered a potential NBA lottery pick. Junior point guard Manu Lecomte, the Big 12’s Newcomer of the Year, is second in scoring (12.3) while also shooting a team best 41.7 percent from 3-point range while junior guard Al Freeman (10.2) came off the bench to score a season-high 21 points, including 3-of-3 3-pointers, in Friday’s win.

Oddsmakers currently have the Bears listed as 6½-point favorites versus the Trojans, while the game’s total is sitting at 142.

Two teams that seem to save their best for last match up in the second round of the East Regional when No. 3 seed Baylor faces No. 11 seed USC on Sunday in Tulsa. The Bears rallied from a second-half deficit to win for the 12th time this season in their 91-73 first-round victory over New Mexico State, while the Trojans have been the feel-good story of the tournament so far, coming back from 17 down to defeat Providence, 75-71, in a First Four game on Wednesday night and then rallying from a 12-point second half deficit to edge sixth-seeded SMU, 66-65, on Friday afternoon.

It was the 13th time that USC had a double-digit comeback win this season, the most such victories in Division I. “Our players are amazing the way they come back,” Trojans coach Andy Enfield said. “They get down, they come back. They keep playing for 40 minutes.” Baylor, which suffered first-round exits to 14th-seeded Georgia State and 12th-seeded Yale the previous two years, avoided making NCAA Tourney history by losing as a top-five seed in the first round three consecutive years, rallying from a 42-38 deficit with a little over 19 minutes remaining to defeat the Aggies. “Yeah, for sure,” All-American forward Johnathan Motley said when asked if the early exits served as extra motivation for his team. “No wants to leave the tournament early. Our ultimate goal was to come in and just win it, so we just want to take every game for what it is and make sure we come in and play our hardest, play desperate, because after this, you lose, you go home.”

In their last action, Baylor was a 91-73 winner at home against Aggies. They covered the -11-point spread as favorites.

USC won its last outing, a 66-65 result against Mustangs on March 17. They covered in that game as a +7-point underdog.

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USC:
Team record: 26-9 SU,18-16 ATS
USC is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
USC is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of USC’s last 6 games

Baylor:
Team record: 26-7 SU,15-15 ATS
Baylor is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Baylor’s last 5 games

MARCH MADNESS BETTING TIPS

1. Baylor set school NCAA Tournament records for points (91), field goals made (35) and free-throw percentage (89.5) in the win over New Mexico State.

2. USC’s 26 wins are a school record, surpassing the previous mark of 25 set in 2007.

3. Baylor is 9-2 this season when trailing at halftime.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: USC Trojans will cover the spread at +6½ and the game will go over 142 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: USC 72, Baylor 69 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
USC TEAM BAYLR
78.2 PTS FOR 73.3
72.9 PTS AGNST 63.0
5.3 DIFF. 10.2
25.1 DEF REBOUNDS 25.3
10.9 OFF REBOUNDS 12.8
45.3 FG% 47.5
73.9 FT% 72.2
7.8 3 POINTERS 6.7
7.1 STEALS 5.0
BETTING TRENDS
USC
No trends to report
BAYLOR
Baylor is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Baylor’s last 5 games
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
USC’s Overall Scoring vs Baylor’s Overall Defense 78.2 62 63.0 18
USC’s Away Scoring vs Baylor’s Home Defense 73.5 95 60.2 17
USC’s Road Rebounds vs Baylor’s Home Rebounds Allowed 35.8 108 29.2 10
Baylor’s Overall Scoring vs USC’s Overall Defense 73.3 178 72.9 201
Baylor’s Home Scoring vs USC’s Road Defense 73.7 231 75.5 193
Baylor’s Home Rebounds vs USC’s Road Rebounds Allowed 38.1 110 36.0 182

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