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John Perrotto

by John Perrotto in College Basketball

Updated Feb 24, 2021 · 6:54 PM PST

Colorado guard McKinley Wright IV driving to the basket during a game.
Colorado guard McKinley Wright IV (25) drives to the basket against California during the second half of an NCAA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021 in Berkeley, Calif. Cal won 71-62. (AP Photo/John Hefti)
  • Colorado is a 2.5-point favorite at home over USC on Thursday night in a Pac-12 game at the Coors Events Center in Boulder
  • USC is in first place in the conference and has won seven of its last eight games
  • A prediction for USC-Colorado along with the lines, odds and spread can be found below

Colorado will try to keep its slim Pac-10 title hopes alive and sweep the season series when it hosts Southern California at 9 p.m. ET Thursday in a Pac-12 game at the Coors Events Center in Boulder.

Colorado is 17-7 overall and 12-6 in the Pac-12, where it trails first-place USC by 2.5 games with three to play. The Buffaloes, who are 8-1 at home, ended a two-game losing streak Saturday with a 61-57 victory at Oregon State, a game in which they did not cover the 6.5-point spread.

#19 USC (19-4, 13-3) has won seven of its lasts eight games both straight up and against the spread. The Trojans beat visiting Oregon 72-58 on Monday as 3.5-point favorites but are underdogs in their visit to Colorado.

USC vs Colorado Odds

Team Moneyline Spread Total
USC +120 +2.5 (-110) Over 136.5 (-110)
Colorado -142 -2.5 (-110) Under 136.5 (-110)

Odds taken Feb. 24 from FanDuel

Wright IV Ends 20-Point Drought

Senior guard McKinley Wright IV scored 21 points to lead Colorado on Saturday. It was the fifth time this season that the Buffaloes’ all-time assists leader had 20 or more points but first since Jan. 7.

Wright leads the team is scoring at 14.5 points a game. He is also averaging 5.4 assists and 4.3 rebounds. KenPom.com rates him as the third-best player in the Pac-12 after USC freshman forward Evan Mobley and Stanford’s Oscar da Silva.

Colorado led just 44-43 in Corvallis before going on an 11-2 run to stretch its advantage to 55-45 with 4:19 left. The Buffaloes then held on down the stretch to keep their conference title hopes flickering.

Junior forward Evan Battey and senior forward Jeriah Horne added 10 points each. Horne reached double figures in just 18 minutes off the bench.

Horne is averaging 11.0 points and 5.6 rebounds. Battey has averages of 10.3 points and 5.2 rebounds.

USC More Than Mobleys

USC won handily against Oregon even though Mobley scored just 11 points, his third-lowest output of the season.

Ranked as the nation’s ninth-best player by KenPom, Mobley is averaging 17.1 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.1 blocked shots. He is also shooting 59.9%.

Sophomore forward Isaiah Mobley, Evan’s brother, did not play because of a strained right calf and is questionable for Thursday. He is scoring 9.6 points and grabbing 7.7 rebounds a game.

Senior guard Tahj Eaddy led USC with 24 points, his second-highest total of the season. Eaddy made 6 of 11 shots from beyond the arc as USC connected on 10 of 21 (47.6).

The graduate transfer from Santa Clara has reached double-digit points in seven straight games and his season scoring average is 13.8.

Junior guard Drew Peterson had 15 points and 11 rebounds. It was the Rice transfer’s third double-double of the season.

Sophomore guard Ethan Anderson returned to the starting lineup for the first time since injuring his back Dec. 1. Anderson missed eight games before returning to action Jan. 14 and had been used in a reserve role for 11 games.

Anderson is averaging 5.9 points and 3.4 assists.

USC took control early, building a 17-1 lead and extending it to 43-22 at halftime on the strength of 65.4% shooting. The Trojans drained 17 of 26 field goal attempts.

All Colorado Lately

Colorado has won five straight games against USC, including pulling a 72-62 road upset on New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles as 3.5-point underdog.

Wright led all scorers with 19 points. Eaddy had 16 points and five assists in a losing effort.

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USC has played much better since the disappointing ending to 2020 and will exact revenge against Colorado in the rematch.

Pick: USC +2.5 (-110)

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