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USC Trojans home to Utah Utes in NCAA Basketball betting action

Utah UtesUSC Trojans
16-7February 13, 2014, 10:30 | Galen Center10-13

The USC Trojans will hit the floor running against the visiting Utah Utes Thursday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Utes will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 14-4 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Trojans are 9-12 ATS. Utah is 9-9 against the total, while USC is 13-7-1 versus the number.

View Utah Utes vs USC Trojans Odds and Stats.

The Trojans were listed as 3.5-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Trojans rated this week at No. 335 and the Utes sitting at No. 65.

Utah won its last outing, an 81-63 result against Washington State on February 8. They covered in that game as a 13.5-point favorite. Utah got 16 points from Brandon Taylor en route to an 81-63 victory over Washington State on Saturday at Jon M. Huntsman Center.

USC was an 83-73 loser in their most recent outing at home against UCLA. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as underdogs. Byron Wesley scored 27 points for USC on Saturday, but the Bruins managed an 83-73 victory over the Trojans at Galen Center.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Utes is ranked No. 102 in NCAA hoops at 36.22 per game. Contrast that with USC’s No. 31 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, USC is the No. 235-ranked team in the country at 4.65 per game, while Utah rates No. 100 at 6.57 per game.

A few Utes at Trojans trends to consider:
Utah is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games
Utah is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Utah's last 5 games
Utah is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
USC is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games
USC is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of USC's last 7 games
USC is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Utah at UCLA, Saturday, February 15th
USC at Colorado, Sunday, February 16th