California Golden Bears vs USC Trojans Odds
Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Galen Center Saturday as host USC looks to handle the California Golden Bears in NCAA hoops action.
The Golden Bears will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 3-8 ATS against the number this season, while the Trojans are 4-9 ATS. California is 4-6 on the totals; USC is 6-6.
College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the USC Trojans as 1-point underdogs in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Trojans rated this week at No. 203 and the Golden Bears sitting at No. 66. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 71-66 result in favor of the Golden Bears.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up USC's No. 273 nationally ranked offense (63.2 points per game) against a Golden Bears defense that sits as the No. 179 at 66.3 PPG. The Trojans have been averaging 42.3% from the field, less than the Golden Bears have managed so far this season (45.5% on average).
Defensively, California features the nation's No. 234-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.7 points per game. USC, meanwhile, comes in at No. 296 nationally in scoring at home.
California was a 79-65 loser in its last match on the road against UCLA. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as underdogs. California got 21 points from Allen Crabbe but lost anyway, 79-65, to UCLA on Thursday at Pauley Pavilion.
USC won its last outing, a 71-69 result against Stanford on January 3. They covered in that game as a 3.5-point underdog. USC got 15 points from Jio Fontan en route to a 71-69 victory over Stanford on Thursday at Galen Center.
California Golden Bears Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Washington are 6-4
After playing UCLA are 7-3
After a loss are 5-5
USC Trojans Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Colorado are 0-1
After playing Stanford are 5-5
After a win are 3-7
A few Golden Bears at Trojans trends to consider:
California is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against USC
California is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
California is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
USC is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against California
The total has gone OVER in 10 of USC's last 15 games when playing California
USC is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games at home
USC is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home
California home to Washington, Wednesday, January 9
USC at Colorado, Thursday, January 10