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Utah Utes vs USC Trojans Point Spread: Betting Preview Hints At Winner

USC TrojansUtah Utes
9-7January 16, 2014, 10:00 | Jon M. Huntsman Center12-4

Utah looks to cover the Utes-Trojans pointspread on Thursday and improve its overall 12-4 mark when they host USC in college basketball wagering action.

This season, the Utes are 12-4 overall and 9-2 ATS, while the Trojans are 9-7 and 6-8 ATS. As for the totals, Utah boasts a 4-7 on the OU, and USC is 8-6.

View USC Trojans vs Utah Utes Odds and Stats.

College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Utah Utes as -10-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

This game matches up the No. 55 (Utes) and the No. 224 (Trojans) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

USC was a 73-53 loser in its last match at home against Arizona. They failed to cover the 13-point spread as underdogs. USC was crushed on Sunday, getting blown out by Arizona and falling by a 73-53 score at Galen Center.

Utah was a 49-46 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Washington State. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as favorites. The Utes endured a 49-46 loss at the hands of the Cougars on Sunday, despite a 15-point effort from Jordan Loveridge at Friel Court.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Utah's No. 19-ranked scoring average of 81.25 PPG, against a Trojans defense rated No. 200 and allowing 73.5 PPG. The Utes FG% has averaged 51.33% to date this season, more than the Trojans shooters have managed so far (44.88% per game).

Next up:
USC at Colorado, Saturday, January 18th
Utah at UCLA, Saturday, January 18th