UConn vs. USC odds, line: 2020 Roman Legends Classic picks, predictions from proven computer model

The USC Trojans and the UConn Huskies meet up in an intriguing non-conference clash on Thursday evening in the 2020 Roman Legends Classic. It is a neutral-site game at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., though the proximity is in favor of Connecticut. USC enters with a 3-0 record that includes a blowout win over BYU in its last outing. UConn is 2-0 on the young season, with wins over Central Connecticut and Hartford in the early going. 

Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET. William Hill Sportsbook lists the Huskies as one-point favorites, down half a point from the opening line. The over-under, or total number of points expected, is 142 in the latest UConn vs. USC odds. Before making any USC vs. UConn picks, check out the college basketball predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of almost $2,600 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. It’s also off to a fast start in the 2020-21 season, going 4-1 on its top-rated picks and returning over $300. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Connecticut vs. USC in the Roman Legends Classic 2020. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college basketball lines and trends for USC vs. Connecticut:

  • UConn vs. USC spread: UConn -1
  • UConn vs. USC over-under: 142 points
  • UConn: The Huskies are 10-4-1 against the spread in the last 15 non-conference games
  • USC: The Trojans are 21-13 against the spread since the start of 2019-20

Why UConn can cover

UConn is a talented team in 2020-21, headlined by sophomore guard James Bouknight. Bouknight is a highly-touted NBA prospect, and he is averaging 19.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game, while connecting on 52 percent of his field-goal attempts. As a team, UConn is shooting 59.3 percent on 2-point attempts, and the Huskies rank in the top quadrant of the country in posting an effective field goal shooting percentage of 56.1 percent. In addition, the Huskies are a great offensive rebounding team, snatching 48.6 percent of available rebounds after misses. 

Defensively, UConn is blocking shots at an incredible rate of 21.4 percent, and the Huskies also create turnovers at a high level, forcing a giveaway on 24.5 percent of possessions. USC is also a potent team, but the Trojans are shooting less than 58 percent from the free-throw line, and USC is also a below-average squad in turning the ball over on 21.5 percent of possessions.

Why USC can cover

The Trojans excel in a number of areas on both ends. USC is a top-10 offensive rebounding team in the country so far in 2020-21, grabbing 44.8 percent of its own missed shots. The Trojans are also excellent at generating free-throw attempts, ranking in the top 15 nationally in free-throw

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USC vs. BYU odds, line: 2020 college basketball picks, Dec. 1 predictions from proven computer model

The USC Trojans will take on the BYU Cougars at 2:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday at Mohegan Sun Arena. USC is 2-0 overall, while BYU is 3-0. The Cougars are off to a fast start under head coach Mark Pope, who’s looking to lead BYU to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011.  

The Cougars are favored by three-points in the latest BYU vs. USC odds from William Hill Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 145. Before entering any USC vs. BYU picks, you’ll want to see the college basketball predictions from the advanced computer model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of almost $2,600 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. It’s also off to a fast start in the 2020-21 season, going 4-1 on its top-rated picks and returning over $300. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Brigham Young vs. Southern California. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several college basketball odds for BYU vs. USC:

  • BYU vs. USC spread: BYU -3
  • BYU vs. USC over-under: 145 points
  • BYU vs. USC money line: Brigham Young -190, Southern California +160

Latest Odds:

Trojans
+3.5

What you need to know about BYU

The Cougars made easy work of the Utah Valley Wolverines this past Saturday and carried off an 82-60 win. BYU got double-digit scores from five players, including guard Alex Barcello, who led the Cougars with 20 points, seven rebounds and three assists. For the season, Barcello is averaging 21.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. 

What you need to know about USC

Meanwhile, USC strolled past the Montana Grizzlies with points to spare this past Saturday, taking the game 76-62. The Trojans were paced by guard Drew Peterson, who finished with 13 points. Forward Isaiah Mobley proved to be a rebounding machine for USC, grabbing 13 boards to go along with six points and three assists. 

How to make USC vs. BYU picks

The model has simulated BYU vs. USC 10,000 times and the results are in. We can tell you that the model is leaning over, and it’s also generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in well over 70 percent of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins BYU vs. USC? And which side of the spread is hitting in well over 70 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine right now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the computer model that has crushed its college basketball picks.

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USC women’s basketball vs College of Charleston score, recap

After an eight-month, COVID-19 induced break, South Carolina women’s basketball is back. The Gamecocks didn’t miss a beat, rolling to an easy 119-38 win over College of Charleston to open its season Wednesday.

Returning three starters and every key reserve from last year’s SEC championship squad, preseason No. 1 USC overwhelmed the thoroughly out-matched Cougars squad in a Colonial Life Arena reduced to 3,500 capacity and significantly altered to implement coronavirus protocols.

The 119 points are the most ever scored by USC under coach Dawn Staley and tied for third most in program history. The victory, by the second-largest margin in program history, also extends the team’s program-record winning streak to 27 games.

“Each year, everybody’s growing, so it’s going to get better and better each year,” sophomore guard Zia Cooke said of the offensive outburst. “And I think we’re a very quick team, and we got so much in store. I’m not going to give away everything we’ve got, but you’ll see down the line.”

All 11 Gamecock players scored, with seven reaching double figures, led by 19 from junior forward Victaria Saxton and 18 from Cooke. Saxton also pulled down 12 rebounds, tied for the team lead, and blocked a game-high five shots. Sophomore forward Aliyah Boston, freshman forward Laeticia Amihere and senior guard LeLe Grissett all recorded double-doubles as well.

3 Observations

1. Never in doubt

After practicing nonstop since July, Staley said her team was eager to finally face an opponent. The Gamecocks quickly went to work, with junior guard Destanni Henderson scoring the game’s first points in five seconds. From there, they were off to the races, as College of Charleston missed its first 16 field goal attempts and USC jumped out to a 24-3 lead.

“It felt really great to get back on the court,” Saxton said. “We’re all excited to finally get back to playing. COVID messed a lot of things up for everybody, not only us, but it’s really exciting to get back on the court and just to get the feeling of playing the games.”

The lead hit double figures within four minutes and never dipped below 40 in the second half. Carolina had 50 points with 3:26 to play in the first half, 75 with 6:47 left in the third quarter and 100 with 7:46 still to play.

2. Paint dominance

Charleston’s tallest starter stood just 6-foot-1, and the much-larger Gamecocks imposed their will in the paint, scoring 74 of their points there. They also collected 23 offensive rebounds compared to 10 defensive boards for Charleston for an staggering offensive rebounding rate of 69.7%.

3. A little hiccup

If there’s one area for Staley to harp on moving forward, it will likely be South Carolina’s turnovers. The Gamecocks lost four-year point guard Tyasha Harris to graduation after last season. In her place, Henderson and sophomore Zia Cooke both scored plenty and showed flashes of passing brilliance — a behind-the-back feed from Cooke on a fast break was particularly impressive —

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