CBB FREE PICK: Colorado +1.5
Colorado vs. USC,
01/26/2012 22:30 EDT,
Score: 74 - 50
Point Spread: +1½/-105 Colorado
Colorado is showing some great value as an extremely small underdog at USC on Thursday. The Buffaloes have been impressive in their first season in the PAC 12, supporting a 5-2 conference record. Both losses have came on the road, but both were to very good teams in California and Stanford. I look for the Buffaloes to be extremely motivated to get their first conference road win, especially against a poor USC team that is just 5-15 overall and 0-7 in conference play.
USC hasn't won a game since beating TCU back in the middle of December. The Trojans have one of the worst offenses in the country, averaging just 54.2 ppg. They have lost each of their three conference home games by at least 9-points, and you have to wonder if this team hasn't already thrown in the towel.
Colorado head coach Tad Boyle knows how to motivate his team when they come into a game listed as an underdog. His teams are 41-24 ATS (as an underdog in all games he has coached. The Buffaloes are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as a road underdog, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog of 0.5-6.5. and a perfect 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. BET COLORADO!