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NCAAB Game Preview - Trojans underdogs vs Bruins at UCLA

USC TrojansUCLA Bruins
March 7, 5:40 PM | Staples Center

USC Trojans vs UCLA Bruins Odds

6-25TEAM RECORD18-13

Staples Center will host Bruins vs. Trojans action on Wednesday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAAB action.

The Pac 12 Tournament battle is part of the annual season-ending league tournament. The winner gets an automatic berth in the Madness, while all teams are trying to prove they deserve a spot. This game is being played at a neutral-site court (Staples Center).

The Bruins sit at 18-13 (16-14-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Trojans are currently 6-25 (9-21 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? UCLA is 17-12-2 OU, and USC is 13-17 OU.

View USC vs UCLA Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with UCLA in this one will find them as 13-point favorites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bruins - Trojans odds would favor the Bruins if the lines were set according to our power ranks. UCLA is rated No. 128 in the current Odds Shark poll, while USC is at No. 234. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 68-54 win for the Bruins.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features UCLA's No. 140-ranked scoring average of 69.4 PPG, against a Trojans defense rated No. 23 and allowing 59.8 PPG. The Bruins FG% has averaged 46.8% to date this season, more than the Trojans shooters have managed so far (39% per game).

Defensively, USC features the nation's No. 11-rated defense on the road, allowing 59.9 points per game. UCLA, meanwhile, comes in at No. 183 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for USC, they were a 43-38 loser as they battled Washington State at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 3.5-point underdog. The Trojans got 11 points from Maurice Jones, but it was Washington State that prevailed in a 43-38 final on Saturday at Galen Center.

UCLA was a 75-69 winner in its last match at home against Washington. They covered the 5-point spread as favorites. UCLA got 20 points from Lazeric Jones en route to a 75-69 victory over Washington on Saturday at Pauley Pavilion.

USC Trojans Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
After playing Washington State are 5-5
After a loss are 1-9

UCLA Bruins Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 9-1
After playing Washington are 7-3
After a win are 5-5

A few Trojans at Bruins trends to consider:
UCLA is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
UCLA is 12-6 SU in its last 18 games when playing USC