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College basketball point spread favors Wildcats in battle with Trojans

Arizona WildcatsUSC Trojans
16-0January 12, 2014, 09:00 | Galen Center9-6

Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Sunday when the USC Trojans try to run the Arizona Wildcats off the court at Galen Center in college hoops action.

The Trojans sport a record of 9-6 and 6-7 ATS heading into this battle, while the Wildcats have 16-0 and 11-4 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 8-5 for the Trojans and 4-11 for the Wildcats.

View Arizona Wildcats vs USC Trojans Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Trojans installed as 11.5-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 157-rated Trojans and the No. 2-ranked Wildcats, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Arizona was a 79-75 winner in their most recent outing on the road against UCLA. They covered the 1.5-point spread as favorites. Arizona earned a 79-75 victory over UCLA on Thursday, getting 22 points from Nick Johnson at Pauley Pavilion.

Last time out for USC, they were a 79-60 loser as they battled Arizona State at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 3-point underdog. Byron Wesley scored 20 points and chipped in with 14 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 79-60 against Arizona State in college basketball action at Galen Center.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Wildcats rank No. 26 in NCAA Division 1 with 39.94 per game. That compares with USC’s No. 17 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where USC is college basketball's No. 218-ranked team at 4.93 per game, while the Wildcats rate No. 200 with 5.19 per game.

A few Wildcats at Trojans trends to consider:
Arizona is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Arizona is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Arizona is 12-6 SU in its last 18 games on the road
Arizona is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing USC
The total has gone OVER in 4 of USC's last 5 games
USC is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home
USC is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Arizona
USC is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Arizona

Next up:
Arizona home to Arizona State, Thursday, January 16th
USC at Utah, Thursday, January 16th