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California Golden Bears face USC Trojans: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

California Golden BearsUSC Trojans
14-4January 22, 2014, 11:00 | Galen Center9-8

Galen Center features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host USC Trojans and the visiting California Golden Bears in college hoops action on Wednesday.

The Golden Bears will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 10-7 ATS against the number this season, while the Trojans are 6-9 ATS. California is 7-10 on the totals; USC is 9-6.

View California Golden Bears vs USC Trojans Odds and Stats.

The Trojans were listed as 7.5-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 260-ranked Trojans and the No. 26-rated Golden Bears in this matchup.

California won its last outing, a 76-55 result against Washington State on January 18. They covered in that game as a 15-point favorite. California cruised to victory on Saturday, running Washington State out of the gym and running up a 76-55 score at Haas Pavilion.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and USC has the nation's No. 156-rated offensive output, at 71.61 PPG. The visiting Golden Bears defense ranks No. 74 allowing on average 67.06 PPG. The Trojans FG% has averaged 44.68% so far, less than the Golden Bears marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.45% per game.

A few Golden Bears at Trojans trends to consider:
California is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
California is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of California's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of California's last 11 games on the road
USC is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
USC is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of USC's last 8 games
USC is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games at home

Next up:
California at UCLA, Sunday, January 26th
USC at Stanford, Sunday, January 26th