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December 8, 2017

There is one pick tonight.

Take Oklahoma -3 spread against USC for 3% of the bankroll.

With all five starters returning from a squad that set a school-record with 26 victories and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament a season ago, the USC once looked like a sleeper team to make it to the Final Four this season, however, a couple of lackluster performances in their recent contests have now questioned exactly how good this Trojans' team truly is. They fell at home to 10th-ranked Texas A&M 75-59 and then were smothered by SMU, 72-55 last Saturday after the Mustangs marched on a 22-3 second-half run. Things don't get much easier tonight for USC as they now must face one of the hottest offenses in the country in the Oklahoma Sooners, winners of four straight.

The Trojans will have the tough task of guarding Trae Young, who is one of the most talented players in college basketball. Young is currently the nation's leading scorer, averaging 28.7 points per game and is a handful in the open court. He had one of his most impressive outings of the season where he dropped 43 points and 7 assists against last year's Final Four participant, the Oregon Ducks. He is not a player that can be played one-on-one and if the Trojans can't find a way to contain him, he could be in for another impressive showing in this contest tonight.

The Trojans will be without some talent in this contest as guard De’Antthony Melton is dealing with a suspension and and Duke transfer Derryck Thornton is expected to miss three or four weeks after dislocating his right shoulder on Nov. 28. That is going to put even more pressure to perform on USC in this contest. Oklahoma is currently ranked 2nd nationally in scoring and have been extremely aggressive on the boards, averaging 41.9 rebounds per game. If this contest gets turns into a shootout, we don't believe the Trojans will have enough bullets in the chamber to keep up on the scoreboard. Much like their game against SMU, we wouldn't be surprised if the Trojans had success early on and even held the lead at the half, however, the Sooners will make second half adjustments and their offense will find their rhythm, allowing them to create separation on the scoreboard and come away with the win and cover.

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