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Golden Bears vs Trojans College Hoops Game Preview

California Golden BearsUSC Trojans
March 10, 3:10 PM | Staples Center

California Golden Bears vs USC Trojans Odds

17-13TEAM RECORD18-13

USC will look to improve on its 18-13 record on Thursday when they host California in NCAAB odds action at Staples Center.

This is a conference playoff game in the Pac 10 Tournament. The game is being played at Staples Center, which makes it technically a neutral site match.

The Golden Bears will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 14-13-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Trojans are 13-12-3 ATS. California is 18-7-2 against the total, while USC is 10-16-1 versus the number.

View California vs USC Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Trojans installed as 3-point favorites in this particular matchup

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 82-ranked Trojans and the No. 133-rated Golden Bears in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 73-70 win for the Trojans on Thursday.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Golden Bears is ranked No. 157 in NCAA hoops at 35.3 per game. Contrast that with USC’s No. 219 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, USC is the No. 176-ranked team in the country at 6.1 per game, while California rates No. 284 at 5.1 per game.

Defensively, California features the nation's No. 272-rated defense on the road, allowing 74.8 points per game. USC, meanwhile, comes in at No. 279 nationally in scoring at home.

California won its last outing, a 74-55 result against Stanford on March 5. They covered in that game as a 5.5-point favorite. Allen Crabbe scored 24 points leading the Golden Bears to a 74-55 victory over Stanford at Haas Pavilion on Saturday.

In their last action, USC was a 62-60 winner on the road against Washington. They covered the 10–point spread as underdogs. USC earned a 62-60 victory over Washington on Saturday, getting 20 points from Jio Fontan at Edmundson Pavilion.

California Golden Bears Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
After playing Stanford are 4-6
After a win are 7-3

USC Trojans Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
After playing Washington are 3-7
After a win are 4-6

A few Golden Bears at Trojans trends to consider:
USC is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of USC's last 5 games