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Trojans Struggling To Top The Bruins

USC is on the outside of the Top 25 with two losses in their past four, but picking up their second win against UCLA on Thursday could certainly help the team get ranked once again. The Trojans have historically struggled against the Bruins, as they are just 1-6 SU and 2-5 ATS in the past seven games between the two teams.

Shark Bites
  • The OVER has hit in the past six games between USC and UCLA.
  • USC is 12-38 SU in their past 50 games within the Pac-12.
  • UCLA is 10-4 ATS in their past 14 games as underdogs.

After struggling to get the offense going in two road losses, USC has averaged 89.5 points while nearly shooting 50 percent from the floor in their past two outings. The difference maker for USC when they defeated UCLA earlier this season was the bench play, specifically Chimezie Metu. The freshman went 8-for-10 with 21 points and eight rebounds while UCLA’s bench combined for two points and two rebounds.

If the Bruins want to win this game they will need to win on the defensive end of the floor as USC has averaged more than seven points less in their losses than their wins this season. Tony Parker had his best game of the season against USC as the senior scored 27 points while bringing in 12 rebounds and only turning the ball over once. 

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Bettors looking to go with the USC Trojans in this one found them listed as -6.5-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting odds menu at Bovada. Check for line moves and odds updates as money coming in on the Bruins was expected to move the line.

UCLA Bruins vs USC Trojans Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The USC Trojans are 17-5 so far on the season, and 14-8 ATS vs the number. The UCLA Bruins, meanwhile, are 13-9 and 8-14 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen USC go 12-10 and the UCLA Bruins go 14-8 on betting totals.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 145-rated UCLA Bruins taking on the No. 59-rated USC Trojans in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and UCLA is ranked No. 19 in NCAA basketball at 41.23 per game. Contrast that with USC's No. 10 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, USC is the No. 53-ranked team in the country at 8.27 per game, while UCLA rates No. 202 at 5.86 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Bruins blew out Washington State on Saturday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 83-50 win at Pauley Pavilion.

USC earned a 98-88 victory over Washington on Saturday, getting 28 points from Nikola Jovanovic at Galen Center.

Betting Trends
  • UCLA is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of UCLA's last 9 games
  • UCLA is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • UCLA is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • USC is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of USC's last 6 games
  • USC is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • USC is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

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