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The Cornell Big Red have faced a road heavy schedule so far this season having a tough time staying competitive as the Big Red stand 2-6 overall coming off a 78-97 loss on the road against Wyoming. Cornell’s wins thus far have come against the likes of Lafayette and Northeastern more recently. Cornell has shown weaknesses on both ends of the court ranking 275th in the nation in scoring average and 297th in total defense. The Big Red are picked to finish in the lower tier of the Ivy League this season and this group’s offense has been top heavy with Matt Morgan leading the way averaging 18.6 points per game.
USC has been getting overlooked again this season, but the Trojans don’t mind all that much as they continue to take care of business standing 10-0 overall ranking an impressive 39th in the nation in scoring average and 98th in total defense. USC has been building up their nonconference resume with wins against teams like Texas A&M, SMU, and BYU. USC looked a bit less focused in their last outing, but they were still able to come through against a pesky Troy squad picking up the win by a final of 82-77. USC has been throttling lower and mid tier competition regularly at home this season and this balanced offensive attack is led by Elijah Stewart who’s averaging 16.5 points per game.
USC doesn’t necessarily have the greatest home court advantage for a Power 5 team, but the fans are starting to come back now that the Trojans have a respectable basketball team. Cornell is going back to back on the road here with traveling out West. We like USC to come through big as they go on to win and cover the spread.
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