California vs USC Predictions, Picks, Tips, 1/16/2020
Game: California Golden Bears vs USC Trojans
Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020
Location: Galen Center in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: USC -11.5
The California Golden Bears head to Galen Center to take on the USC Trojans on Thursday, January 16, 2020. The opening line for this game has USC as 11.5 point favorites.
California heads into this matchup with a mark of 8-8. They currently have a point differential of -3.6 as they are averaging 65.1 points per contest while giving up 68.7 per game. USC has an overall mark of 13-3. They are averaging 72.6 points per contest and giving up 67.5, which is a point differential of 5.1.
Valuable California Golden Bears Betting Trends
The California Golden Bears are 6-10-0 against the spread this season
The California Golden Bears are 7-7-2 against the over/under this year
Important USC Trojans Betting Trends
The USC Trojans are 8-8-0 against the spread this season
The USC Trojans are 4-11-1 against the over/under this year
Key California Golden Bears Injuries
01/10/20 F Jacobi Gordon Undisclosed is out indefinitely
01/10/20 G Juhwan Harris-Dyson Hand is out indefinitely
Key USC Trojans Injuries
12/16/19 G Charles O'Bannon Jr. Personal has left the program
Matt Bradley comes into this game averaging 17.7 points per contest while playing 33.8 minutes per night this year. He grabs 5.1 rebounds per contest and distributes 1.8 assists per game. His FG percentage is 62% while his free throw percentage is 86%. Kareem South averages 10.2 points per contest in 30.6 minutes per game. He averages 1.5 assists per game and 2.9 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 40% for the season while his free throw percentage is 84%.
Onyeka Okongwu scores 16.9 points per contest while playing 28.5 minutes per game. He hauls in 8.7 rebounds per contest and has 0.9 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 62% and his free throw percentage is at 70%. Jonah Mathews averages 12.0 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 30.4 minutes per game. He also brings in 2.0 rebounds per game and has 2.1 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 38% and his free throw percentage is 73%.
Useful Team Statistics
California averages 65.1 points per contest, which is 311th in D-1. Their average scoring margin is -3.6 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a unit, which has them ranked 164th. From 3-point territory they shoot 36%, which is good for 60th in the nation. They average 33.7 boards per contest and 9.6 assists per game, which ranks them 285th and 343rd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 182nd with 13.6 per game. The Golden Bears allow 68.7 points per contest, which is 177th in the NCAA. They also surrender a 41% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 120th and 279th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 33.6 rebounds a game which ranks 109th, and they allow 11.5 assists per game which puts them in 93rd place in the country. They force 11.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 33rd in Division 1.
Useful Team Statistics
USC is 148th in the nation with 72.6 points per contest this season. They are 157th in the country in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is 5.1. They shoot 34% from beyond the arc, which is good for 129th in the NCAA. They are 30th in D-1 in rebounding with 40.3 boards per contest and 64th in assists per game with 15.0. The Trojans are 48th in turnovers per contest with 15.3. The Trojans give up 67.5 points per game, which ranks them 144th in Division 1. Their defense surrenders a 39% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 38th and 178th in those defensive statistics. They rank 135th with 12.0 dimes allowed per game and 195th with 35.6 boards surrendered per contest. The Trojans are 145th in the nation in forcing turnovers with 13.5 per contest this year.
The Golden Bears have an offensive rating of 96.8, which is ranked 268th. They are 322nd in college basketball in pace with 66.3 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 49% is 231st. As a unit they are 190th in the nation in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 27% of their shot attempts, ranking 343rd in D-1. California is 85th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 18.1 times per 100 possessions.
USC is 84th in college basketball in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 18.1 times per 100 possessions. The Trojans are 216th in the country in offensive rating with 99.7. In terms of pace they are 66th in Division 1 with 72.8 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 50% is 199th. As a team they are 213th in D-1 in true shooting percentage with 52% and they shoot 3-pointers on 31% of their shots, ranking 303rd in the nation.
Who will win tonight's California/USC college basketball game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take California +11.5
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