College Basketball Best Bets – Late Games – 1/14/23

Utah @ USC

Tre White is averaging 9/5 this season. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Utah Utes are in LA to take on the Trojans.

The Trojans are having a disappointing season. Prior to conference play, they took on three ranked teams, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Auburn, and they were only able to defeat Auburn.

They hoped that victory over Auburn was the turning point of the season, but when they went to Belair to take on UCLA, they couldn’t sneak out the win. So while they have a solid squad, they aren’t winning any titles this year.

Utah is another team that has been hard to assess. The Utes have played three ranked teams, Arizona, TCU, and UCLA; they defeated Arizona, lost to TCU by 4, and were blown out by UCLA. These ranked games are usually a great barometer, but it’s not working for either of these schools.

Taking all this information into consideration, USC at home is the way to go. It will be a tight game, but with Brandon Carlson likely out for the Utah it’s the edge the Trojans need. USC is 8-1 at home and should improve to 9-1.

USC -4.5 (-110) & Over 135 (-110)

Long Beach State @ Hawaii

The Long Beach State Beach head to Honolulu to take on the Rainbow Warriors.

It’s always an interesting matchup when teams travel across the Pacific to take on Hawaii. The Rainbow Warriors have opened conference play well with a record of 3-1. That one loss is the game they are coming off of; Hawaii went to Southern California to be dealt a 7-point L by Fullerton. They will try to pick up two wins at home before going back to SoCal for two.

Long Beach cannot put it together this season; the Beach are 2-3 in the Big West and 8-9 overall. They have been all over the board, losing big, losing close, and winning in all sorts of ways. As a result, they have been hard to make a read on.

However, they always play well in Hawaii. The Rainbow Warriors are 8-2 at home, and while they should improve on that record today, they will not pick up the win at the spread.

Long Beach State +8.5 (-110) & Under 137.5 (-110)

 

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