The USC Trojans will play the BYU Cougars on Wednesday in the Bahamas. This matchup is part of the “Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis,” and it pits two schools who have both started 3-1. These teams last met back in 2020, where the Trojans dismantled the Cougars, 79-53, despite BYU being favored. Today, we’ll see these schools battle it out in the Bahamas in an early season test.
BYU Cougars vs. USC Trojans Betting Odds
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BYU Cougars vs. USC Trojans Match Details
Fixture: BYU Cougars vs USC Trojans
Date & Time: Wednesday, November 23, 5:00 pm EDT
Venue: Imperial Arena, Nassau, Bahamas
BYU Cougars vs. USC Trojans Key Stats
BYU’s leading scorer, sophomore forward Fousseyni Traore, is averaging 12.5 points, and he’s coming off his second 15-point performance of the year. He also averages 7.0 rebounds, which is second on the team to senior forward Gideon George. These two control the glass well, while guards Rudi Williams and Spencer Johnson have chipped in offensively too. BYU couldn’t get it going from downtown, but they held Nicholls to just 37.1% shooting from the field.
Last game, the Cougars knocked off Nicholls 87-73, propelled by a 50-point second half. BYU was able to pour it on in the second half, and a lot of this had to do with their activity on the glass. The Cougars grabbed 19 offensive rebounds and 54 overall. Today, if they can dominate this facet of the game versus USC, they’ll be in a great position to notch their fourth win of the year.
USC has won three in a row after falling to FGCU to open the season. In their opener, they were 18-point favorites and lost by 13, but they have bounced back with three wins, even though they’ve been closer than they would have liked. The Trojan’s Drew Peterson finished third in scoring last year, but this year he increased his scoring from 12.4 to 15.8. More impressively, Peterson is averaging 7.8 boards and 8.0 dimes, with his assists average ranking tied for sixth-best in the country. The senior 6’9″ wing is one of the best all-around players in the country, and it’s rare to see a player with this much versatility at this level. His teammate Boogie Ellis brings a lot of experience and also averages 15.8 points per game, so look for these two to have a significant impact on the floor again tonight.
BYU Cougars vs. USC Trojans Betting Prediction
Defensively, USC has been great, and even though they’ve struggled to cover games this year, BYU doesn’t have a star to match Drew Peterson. Expect Peterson and the Trojans’ defense to win their fourth straight today.
Prediction: USC ML (+105)
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