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Point spread favors Golden Gophers in battle with Trojans

USC TrojansMinnesota Golden Gophers
Dec 3, 2:15 PM | Williams Arena

USC Trojans vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Odds


The visiting Trojans hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Williams Arena against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

The Golden Gophers sit at 7-1 (2-3 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Trojans are currently 4-4 (4-3 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Minnesota is 3-2 OU, and USC is 2-5 OU.

View USC vs Minnesota Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 5.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 158-rated USC taking on the No. 81-rated Golden Gophers in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 70-64 win for the Golden Gophers on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Trojans rank No. 327 in NCAA Division 1 with 30 per game. That compares with Minnesota’s No. 192 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Minnesota is college basketball's No. 308-ranked team at 4.2 per game, while the Trojans rate No. 321 with 3.9 per game.

Defensively, USC features the nation's No. 29-rated defense on the road, allowing 54.2 points per game. Minnesota, meanwhile, comes in at No. 200 nationally in scoring at home.

USC was a 56-35 winner in its last match on the road against UC Riverside. They covered the 5–point spread as favorites. USC cruised to victory on Wednesday, running UC Riverside out of the gym and running up a 56-35 score at Student Center.

Minnesota was a 58-55 winner in its last match at home against Virginia Tech. They failed to cover the 3.5–point spread as favorites. The Golden Gophers grabbed a 58-55 win over the Hokies on Wednesday, behind a 15-point effort from Julian Welch at Williams Arena.

USC Trojans Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
After playing UC Riverside are 1-3
After a win are 5-5

Minnesota Golden Gophers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

A few Trojans at Golden Gophers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of USC's last 6 games on the road
USC is 7-14 SU in its last 21 games on the road
Minnesota is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Minnesota is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
USC home to New Mexico, Saturday, December 10
Minnesota home to Appalachian State, Tuesday, December 6