One of the Pac-12’s best, the USC Trojans, take on a surprising ACC team in the Miami Hurricanes on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. USC had a decent season. Most expected the Hurricanes to fold like a cheap suit and finish twelfth in the ACC. Can the Trojans prove they’re better than their 7-seed? Will the Hurricanes continue their marvelous 2021-2022 campaign? Check out March Madness Odds, analysis, and a free pick for USC versus Miami.
Men’s College Basketball Midwest Region: #10 Miami(FL) vs #7 USC
Miami Hurricanes versus USC Trojans Betting Info
- When: Friday, March 18 at 3:10 pm ET
- Where: Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, SC
- TV/Streaming: truTV
- Spread Odds: USC -1 ½
Why bet on 7-USC versus 10-Miami Florida?
The USC Trojans had a decent season. Although they couldn’t catch Arizona for the top spot, they finished with the same record as rival UCLA, 23-6. The Trojans lean on one of the most underrated bigs in the college ranks, Isaiah Mobley. The 6’ 10” forward from Murietta, CA, averages 14.6 points, 8.6 boards, and over 3 assists per. Miami should have a difficult time containing Mobley.
USC Trojans Offensive Averages
- Points/G: 73.3
- FG %: 45.5
- 3PT %: 35.4
- FT %: 66.8
- Rebounds/G: 37.2
USC Trojans Defensive Averages
- Points/G: 66.0
- FG %: 38.9
- 3PT %: 33.5
- FT %: 70.4
- Rebounds/G: 30.9
Why bet on 10-Miami Florida versus 7-USC?
Before the season started, most college basketball fans and experts had put a fork into the Miami Hurricanes. Miami, though, proved the doubters wrong, going 22-9 on the season and finishing with a 17-13-1 record against the spread. The Canes shoot 47.7% from the field on their way to close to 75 points per game.
Miami Florida Hurricanes Offensive Averages
- Points/G: 74.9
- FG %: 47.7
- 3PT %: 35.3
- FT %: 75.0
- Rebounds/G: 27.9
Miami Florida Hurricanes Defensive Averages
- Points/G: 70.8
- FG %: 46.3
- 3PT %: 35.4
- FT %: 69.3
- Rebounds/G: 32.4
7-USC vs. 10-Miami Florida Betting Trends
- Hurricanes are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog
- Miami Florida is 7-16-1 ATS in their last 24 neutral site games
- Over is 6-1 in the Hurricanes’ last 7 games
- Trojans are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 neutral site games as a favorite
- USC is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games
- Under is 6-0 in the Trojans’ last 6 neutral site games
7-USC vs. 10-Miami Florida Betting Analysis
No doubt, Miami surprised a lot of college basketball experts. Most expected the team to finish twelfth in their conference.
Instead of finishing twelfth, the Canes rolled to the third best record in the ACC, tied with Notre Dame, and behind only North Carolina and Duke. But although Miami had a great regular season, we must question their conference’s quality.
Duke is a solid team. North Carolina and Notre Dame aren’t and even the Blue Devils might be overrated.
The Trojans beat UCLA. Although USC couldn’t beat Zona, few teams this season did. On Friday, USC will show that the Pac-12 was underrated during the season while the ACC was overrated. The Trojans win and cover.
NCAAM Pick: USC Trojans