The Long Beach State Beach (3-7) will try to end their six-game road losing streak in a matchup against the USC Trojans (8-2) at Galen Center. The game will air on Pac-12 Network at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 15, 2019.
Long Beach State Beach at USC Trojans ATS Prediction
The last time the Beach played, they were dismantled by the Pacific Tigers, 65-46. Pacific’s 0.518 effective field goal percentage was their biggest advantage over Long Beach State, who had a rate of 0.343. The Tigers’ mark was below their season average of 0.522, while the Beach’s was below their season average of 0.518. Colin Slater was the top scorer from either team with 20 points on 8-for-16 shooting.
The Trojans edged the TCU Horned Frogs in their last game, 80-78. The Trojans had a superb effective field goal percentage of 0.579 (above their season average of 0.490) and had a better free throw rate (0.246 vs. 0.224). With 12 points and 11 rebounds, Nick Rakocevic had a good game for USC.
After the Trojans won the sole contest against the Beach last season, 75-65, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. USC’s 0.219 free throw rate was their largest strength over Long Beach State, who had a mark of 0.143.
Long Beach State vs. USC ATS Pick
Basketball Prediction: ATS Winner – Long Beach State, O/U – Under
USC ranks 30th in assists per game (15.4) while Long Beach State ranks 238th in assists allowed per game (17.0).
The Trojans rank 101st in rebounds per game (40.1) while the Beach rank 233rd (32.6).
USC ranks 161st in three pointers attempted per game (17.6) while Long Beach State ranks 280th (15.1).
The Trojans average 6.8 steals per game, which ranks 128th in the nation. The Beach rank 204th in steals allowed per game (9.3).
The Beach’s average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 16.8, up from 9.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Trojans have scored an average of 70.2 points per game (5.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 71.6 points per game (2.9 above their season average).