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Point spread favors Jayhawks in battle with Trojans

Kansas JayhawksUSC Trojans
Dec 22, 11:00 PM | Galen Center

Kansas Jayhawks vs USC Trojans Odds


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

The Trojans bring a 5-7 record (5-6 ATS) to this tilt against the 7-3 Jayhawks, who are 5-5 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed USC go 4-7 so far and the Jayhawks go 4-6.

View Kansas vs USC Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with USC in this one will find them as 6.5-point underdogs.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Trojans, most recently No. 168 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Jayhawks, who rate No. 22 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 74-64 victory for the Jayhawks.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Jayhawks rank No. 63 in NCAA Division 1 with 38.1 per game. That compares with USC’s No. 339 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where USC is college basketball's No. 320-ranked team at 4.2 per game, while the Jayhawks rate No. 193 with 6 per game.

Defensively, Kansas features the nation's No. 185-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.5 points per game. USC, meanwhile, comes in at No. 330 nationally in scoring at home.

Kansas lost its last outing, an 80-74 result against Davidson on December 19. They failed to cover in that game as a 13-point favorite. Kansas got 21 points and 18 rebounds from Thomas Robinson in a losing cause in their 80-74 loss to Davidson on Monday.

USC was an 83-59 winner in its last match at home against TCU. They covered the 7.5–point spread as favorites. The battle between the Trojans and Horned Frogs didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as TCU was handed an 83-59 defeat on Monday at Galen Center.

Kansas Jayhawks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 9-1
After playing Davidson are 1-0
After a loss are 10-0

USC Trojans Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing California are 5-5
After playing TCU are 1-0
After a win are 5-5

A few Jayhawks at Trojans trends to consider:
Kansas is 17-4 SU in its last 21 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Kansas's last 10 games on the road
Kansas is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
USC is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games at home
USC is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
USC is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kansas

Next up:
Kansas home to Howard, Thursday, December 29
USC at California, Thursday, December 29