College Basketball Odds, Prediction for UC Irvine vs. USC (Tuesday, Nov. 14)

UC Irvine vs. USC Odds

Tuesday, Nov. 14

11 p.m. ET

Pac-12 Network

College basketball odds and a prediction for UC Irvine vs. USC for Tuesday, Nov. 14.

The Anteaters lost their starting guards — Dawson Baker and DJ Davis — to the portal, so seeing early-season offensive struggles is no real surprise when 30 points per game departs. Although key pieces moved on, it’s nothing new for Russell Turner. The 53-year-old Anteater head coach brought his team to second place or better finishes in nine of the past 10 Big West seasons.

UC Irvine’s senior Andre Henry went from three points per game to 17 points per game through two outings. The offense should improve thanks to Henry, floor-general Pierre Crockrell Jr., 7-footer Bent Leuchten and Devin Tillis. UC Irvine struggled to find offensive consistency in last week’s loss to San Jose State, shooting just 2-of-12 from deep with 15 turnovers. Coach Turner will figure out ways to win games without the pieces who won it games in 2022-23.

USC made easy work of Kansas State and Cal State Bakersfield in the season’s opening week, scoring 80+ points and allowing less than 70 in each. The Trojans have an elite guard tandem featuring Pac-12 preseason POY Boogie Ellis and the burly-built freshman Isaiah Collier. Collier is averaging 18.5 points and 5.5 assists per night so far, and Ellis is averaging 17.5 points.

The Trojans have an elite guard tandem featuring Pac-12 preseason POY Boogie Ellis and the burly-built freshman Isaiah Collier.

We haven’t seen a player like Collier in quite some time. Standing at 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, his strength and speed combination has been on full display already.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of USC’s defense is its size and strength. Four of the five starters are 6-foot-5 or taller, and all the “forwards” can defend the perimeter.

The Trojans are like a torrent of lava. They come out hot and are overpowering. UC Irvine has a fair amount of athleticism for the Big West, but it’s not up to compete against USC’s NBA-level athletes. Pick: USC -14

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