USC vs Florida Gulf Coast Odds and Picks (Nov. 16)

USC forward Isaiah Mobley shooting

Southern California forward Isaiah Mobley shoots over Oregon guard Will Richardson (0) during the second half of a Sweet 16 game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. After flirting with the NBA draft, Isaiah Mobley opted to return to the Trojans. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

#25 USC visits Florida Gulf Coast on Tuesday night in Fort Myers
USC coach Andy Enfield previously coached at Florida Gulf Coast
A look at the matchup and odds along with a prediction can be found below

Andy Enfield will be returning to Dunk City when #25 USC visits Florida Gulf Coast at 6:00 pm ET, Tuesday, at Alico Arena in Fort Myers, Fla.

Enfield coached at Florida Gulf Coast for two seasons, and under his guidance, the Eagles became the first #15 seed to reach the Sweet Sixteen in NCAA Tournament history in 2012-13. Enfield left after that run by the team known as “Dunk City”, taking the job at USC.

USC (2-0) is coming off a 76-71 victory at Temple on Saturday. On the same day, Florida Gulf Coast (1-1) lost at Loyola 89-77.

The Trojans are road favorites in a game that will be televised by ESPNU.

USC vs Florida Gulf Coast Odds

Team
Moneyline
Spread
Total

USC
OFF
-13.5 (-110)
OFF

Florida Gulf Coast
OFF
+13.5 (-110)
OFF

Odds as of November 15th at BetMGM.

Ellis Gives USC Lift

Junior guard Boogie Ellis is USC’s leading scorer after transferring from Memphis, where he was the American Athletic Conference’s Sixth Man of the Year in 2020-21.

Ellis is averaging 15.5 points, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals a game. He scored 11 points against Temple after going for 20 in the season-opening win over Cal State Northridge.

Boogie went to work for USC 👀 @BoogieEllis

20 points
9-11 FG
2 Steals pic.twitter.com/2vVWKZoDzd

— B/R Hoops (@brhoops) November 10, 2021

Returning to his home state, the San Diego native has only made USC stronger as the Trojans also return six of their top eight players from last season’s team that reached the Elite Eight of the NCAAs

Senior forward Chevez Goodwin had a career-high 19 points to lead USC on Saturday as the Trojans outscored Temple 42-20 in the paint. He is scoring 13.5 points and grabbing 7.5 rebounds a game.

Junior forward Isaiah Mobley is off to a strong start with 12.0 points and 8.5 points a game. Senior guard Drew Peterson has averages of 12.0 points and 5.0 assists.

Ram Pick and Pop – USC manipulates the weak side defender and gets Isaiah Mobley open for a pick and pop 3. More Set Play Spotlights on Tik Tok and Youtube @ The Hoop Huddle. pic.twitter.com/bIqFURSzRA

— Jason Fang (@kodahox) November 10, 2021

Enfield notched his 200th career win in the victory at Temple, though he had some nervous moments in the second half. USC led 55-32 with 17 minutes left but Temple went on a 22-3 run to close to 58-54.

Temple never took the lead but was within three points when Peterson iced the victory by making two free throws with 9.9 seconds remaining.

Dunn-Martin Has Big Debut

Though Florida Gulf Coast lost at Loyola, senior guard Tavian Dunn-Martin had an Eagles debut to remember. The graduate transfer from Duquesne erupted for 34 points, was 9 of 14 on three-point attempts and dished out five assists.

Tough loss, but proud of the fight.@nolimitTDM_11 with a game-high/career-high 34 points – sixth-most pts for a game in program history, 2nd most in the D1 era, and most for a debut.#WingsUp 🦅🌴🏀 | #DunkCity pic.twitter.com/5nlZufcVo8

— FGCU Men’s Hoops (@FGCU_MBB) November 13, 2021

The Atlantic 10 Conference Sixth Man of the Year in 2018-19, sat out the season-opening victory over Florida National for undisclosed reasons.

Another grad transfer, guard Matt Halvorsen, scored 14 points in his first game for Florida Gulf Coast. Like Dunn-Martin, Halvorsen did not play in the opener.

Sophomore guard Victor Rosa and junior guard Franco Miller Jr. both shined in the win over Florida National but sat out the Loyola game. Their status for Tuesday is unclear.

Rosa had 20 points on opening night. Miller added 10 points, five rebounds and four assists.

3⃣ from number 3⃣

Franco Miller sinks the 3pt shot to extend the lead for @FGCU_MBB ‼️🏀#WingsUp pic.twitter.com/OnycgvDu5U

— ASUN Men’s Basketball🏀 (@ASUN_MBB) November 10, 2021

Junior guard Cyrus Largie has played in both of Florida Gulf Coast’s games and posted a 10.5 scoring average. He finished with 10 points and six rebounds at Loyola.

Dunn-Martin helped Florida Gulf Coast shoot 47.1% (16 of 34) from beyond the arc. However, the Eagles allowed Loyola to make 53.2% (33 of 62) of its field goal attempts.

USC-Florida Gulf Coast Prediction

This will be second meeting between the schools after USC won 71-58 during the 2019-20 season at home. Emotions figure to run high in the return match in Fort Myers with Enfield coming back to town.

This is a great opportunity for Florida Gulf Coast with a rare visit from a team from a power conference. While it is hard to see the Eagles winning outright, they certainly keep the final margin respectable.

The Pick: Florida Gulf Coast +13.5 (-110)

Author: wpadmin

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