NCAA hoops odds preview - USC vs. Illinois
USC Trojans vs Illinois Fighting Illini Odds
Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for USC when they take on the Illinois Fighting Illini on Monday in college hoops betting action.
This game is being played at a neutral-site court (Lahaina Civic Center).
The Trojans will try to spoil to the party on Monday; they are 1-0 ATS against the number this season, while the Fighting Illini are 0-1 ATS. USC is 0-0 on the totals; Illinois is 0-0.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 213-ranked Fighting Illini and the No. 243-rated Trojans in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 86-85 win for the Trojans on Monday.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Trojans is ranked No. 91 in NCAA hoops at 39.5 per game. Contrast that with Illinois’s No. 131 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Illinois is the No. 3-ranked team in the country at 11.7 per game, while USC rates No. 139 at 6.5 per game.
Defensively, USC features the nation's No. 1-rated defense on the road, allowing 0 points per game. Illinois, meanwhile, comes in at No. 84 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for USC, they were a 62-44 winner as they battled Long Beach State at home. They covered in the match as a 9-point favorite. USC earned a 62-44 victory over Long Beach State on Tuesday, getting 10 points from J.T. Terrell at Galen Center.
In their last action, Illinois was a 78-77 winner on the road against Hawaii. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as favorites. Brandon Paul scored 25 points for Illinois on Friday, leading the Fighting Illini to a 78-77 win over Hawaii at Stan Sheriff Center.
USC Trojans Trends:
When playing on Monday are 8-2
Before playing San Diego State are 1-2
After playing Long Beach State are 6-1
After a win are 3-7
Illinois Fighting Illini Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
After playing Hawaii are 3-0
After a win are 4-6
A few Trojans at Fighting Illini trends to consider:
Illinois is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games
USC home to San Diego State, Sunday, November 25
Illinois home to Gardner-Webb, Sunday, November 25