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College Basketball Matchup - California Golden Bears USC Trojans Odds Preview

USC TrojansCalifornia Golden Bears
Dec 29, 9:00 PM | Haas Pavilion

USC Trojans vs California Golden Bears Odds


USC travels to California on Thursday, hoping to boost its 5-8 record with a victory over the Golden Bears.

This season, the Golden Bears are 10-3 overall and 8-3 ATS ATS, while the Trojans are 5-8 and 5-7 ATS against the number. As for the totals, California boasts a 2-8-1 on the OU, and USC is 4-8.

View USC vs California Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Golden Bears are listed as 12-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Golden Bears sit at No. 29 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Trojans sit at No. 159 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Golden Bears will win this game 74-60.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up California's No. 111 nationally ranked offense (72.2 points per game) against a Trojans defense that sits as the No. 11 at 56 PPG. The Golden Bears have been averaging 47.1% from the field, more than the Trojans have managed so far this season (41.9% on average).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, USC owns the country's No. 5-rated mark, allowing 54.4 points per game on the highway. California, on the other hand, rates No. 115 in scoring at home.

Last time out for USC, they were a 63-47 loser as they battled Kansas at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 6.5-point underdog. Aaron Fuller scored 19 points in a futile effort to lead the Trojans to a win (they lost 63-47 to Kansas at Galen Center on Thursday).

Last time out for California, they were an 85-68 loser as they battled UNLV on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 7.5-point underdog. California got 20 points from Justin Cobbs but lost anyway, 85-68, to UNLV on Friday at Thomas & Mack Center.

USC Trojans Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Stanford are 5-5
After playing Kansas are 3-2
After a loss are 5-5

California Golden Bears Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing UCLA are 6-4
After playing UNLV are 2-1
After a loss are 6-4

A few Trojans at Golden Bears trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of USC's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of USC's last 7 games when playing on the road against California
USC is 7-15 SU in its last 22 games on the road
USC is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games when playing on the road against California
California is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of California's last 7 games when playing at home against USC
California is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of California's last 13 games when playing USC

Next up:
USC at Stanford, Saturday, December 31
California home to UCLA, Saturday, December 31