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USC Trojans vs Arizona State Sun Devils Preview

Arizona State Sun DevilsUSC Trojans
12-3January 09, 2014, 10:00 | Galen Center9-5

The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between USC and Arizona State on Thursday, with the host Trojans trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

USC battles the Sun Devils, currently sitting with a 12-3 mark (8-5 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 8-4 for the Trojans and 3-10 for the Sun Devils.

View Arizona State Sun Devils vs USC Trojans Odds and Stats.

USC opened as 3.5-point underdogs in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

This game puts the Trojans, most recently No. 157 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Sun Devils, who rate No. 76 in the latest survey.

Arizona State won its last outing, a 66-47 result against Washington State on January 5. They covered in that game as a 11-point favorite. Arizona State got 26 points from Jermaine Marshall en route to a 66-47 victory over Washington State on Sunday at Wells Fargo Arena.

USC was a 107-73 loser in its last match on the road against UCLA. They failed to cover the 12.5-point spread as underdogs. USC was run off the court by the Bruins on Sunday as UCLA routed them 107-73 at Pauley Pavilion.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Sun Devils is ranked No. 88 in NCAA hoops at 37.6 per game. Contrast that with USC’s No. 21 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, USC is the No. 205-ranked team in the country at 5.07 per game, while Arizona State rates No. 20 at 8.4 per game.

A few Sun Devils at Trojans trends to consider:
Arizona State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Arizona State is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Arizona State is 7-17 SU in its last 24 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona State's last 5 games on the road
USC is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
USC is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
USC is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Arizona State
USC is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Arizona State

Next up:
Arizona State at UCLA, Sunday, January 12th
USC at Arizona, Sunday, January 12th