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California Golden Bears vs. USC Trojans Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/23/14

USC Trojans (10-16) at California Golden Bears (17-9)

College Basketball: Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Haas Pavilion)

The Line: California Golden Bears -13.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports 1

The Cal Golden Bears and the USC Trojans face off on Sunday at Haas Pavilion is Pac-12 college basketball.

The Cal Golden Bears have won three of their last five games but they are coming off of a loss against UCLA. Cal is 11-3 at home this season and they are 8-5 in the Pac-12 which puts them in a tie for fourth place in the conference. Justin Cobbs leads the Bears averaging 15.7 points and 6.1 assists per game. Tyrone Wallace is averaging 11.8 points, Richard Solomon is averaging 11.5 points and 10.2 rebounds, and David Kravish is averaging 11.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. Cal is averaging 74.6 points and they are shooting 45.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 69.5 points and their opponents are shooting 41.4 percent. Cal is 3-3 in Pac-12 home games.

California Golden Bears vs. USC Trojans Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/23/14

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The USC Trojans are struggling through an awful season and they are in last pace in the Pac-12 standings. USC is 1-12 in the Pac-12 and 2-10 in games away from home. Byron Wesley is averaging 17.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Pe’Shon Howard is averaging 10.5 points, Omar Oraby is averaging 8.6 points and 6.4 rebounds, and Nikola Jovanovic is averaging 8.0 points. USC is averaging 71.3 points and they are shooting 44.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 75.8 points and their opponents are shooting 42.7 percent. USC has lost their last seven games with their only Pac-12 win coming against Cal on January 22nd.

Cal is 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games, 4-10-1 against the spread following a double-digit home loss, and 5-11-1 against the spread in their last 17 home games against a team with a losing road record. USC is 4-10-1 against the spread in their last 15 road games, 0-4 against the spread in their last four games, and 17-35-1 against the spread following a loss. The underdog is 3-1-1 against the spread in the last five meetings of these two.

This number looks too big and while I expect Cal to get the win I like USC to get the cover. 

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USC Trojans +13.5

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