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USC vs. California odds, line, spread: 2022 college basketball picks, Jan. 6 predictions from model

A Pac-12 battle is on tap between the No. 7 Southern California Trojans and the California Golden Bears at 11 p.m. ET on Thursday at Haas Pavilion. California is 9-5 overall and 9-1 at home, while the Trojans are 12-0 overall and 3-0 on the road. This will be Southern California’s first game in 19 days due to COVID-19 issues. 

The Trojans are favored by 5.5 points in the latest California vs. USC odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under is set at 128. Before entering any USC vs. California picks, you’ll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past five-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of almost $2,200 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on California vs. Southern California. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several college basketball odds for Southern California vs. Cal:

  • California vs. Southern California spread: USC -5.5
  • California vs. Southern California over-under: 128 points

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What you need to know about California

California has won nine straight games at home after opening the season with an 80-67 loss to UC San Diego. The Golden Bears have won five straight overall, including a 74-50 blowout over Arizona State in conference play on Sunday. They have a game against No. 5 UCLA coming up this weekend, so this will be a challenging week for the program. 

Grant Anticevich notched his fifth double-double of the season in the win over the Sun Devils, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Andre Kelly, who is the team’s leading scorer with 14.6 points per game, added 13 points in the win. California has covered the spread in eight of its last nine games. 

What you need to know about USC

Southern California will be eager to return to game action after a 19-day layoff due to COVID-19 issues within its program. The Trojans have had three straight games canceled or postponed, including conference tilts against Arizona and Arizona State. Their last game came on Dec. 18 when they recorded a 67-53 win over Georgia Tech in Phoenix. 

They are led by big man Isaiah Mobley, who is scoring a team-high 15 points and is pulling down 9.6 rebounds per game. He has notched a double-double in five of his last six games. USC has won six straight games against California and has covered the spread in eight of the last 12 head-to-head meetings. 

How to make USC vs. California picks

The model is leaning over on the total, and it’s also generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in almost 60 percent of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Southern California vs. California? And which side covers almost 60 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to find out, all from the model that has crushed its college basketball picks. 

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