Southern California @ California
Current Records: Southern California 12-0; California 9-5
What to Know
The California Golden Bears are 2-6 against the #7 Southern California Trojans since February of 2016, but they’ll have a chance to close the gap a little bit Thursday. California and the Trojans will face off in a Pac-12 battle at 11 p.m. ET at Haas Pavilion. California is out to keep their nine-game home win streak alive.
The Golden Bears made easy work of the Arizona State Sun Devils on Sunday and carried off a 74-50 victory. California’s guard Jordan Shepherd filled up the stat sheet, picking up 16 points. Shepherd’s performance made up for a slower game against the Pacific Tigers two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, while not quite a landslide, the matchup between USC and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets three weeks ago was still a pretty decisive one as USC wrapped it up with a 67-53 win. The Trojans got double-digit scores from five players: guard Boogie Ellis (16), guard Drew Peterson (14), forward Chevez Goodwin (13), forward Isaiah Mobley (11), and guard Ethan Anderson (11).
The Golden Bears are expected to lose this next one by 5.5. However, those who like betting on the underdog should be happy to hear that they are 3-1 against the spread when expected to lose.
California is now 9-5 while USC sits at 12-0. A pair of numbers to keep in mind before tip-off: California is worst in college basketball in takeaways, with only 10.2 on average. USC has experienced some struggles of their own as they are stumbling into the contest with the 350th fewest takeaways in college basketball, having accrued only ten on average. It’s possible one of these Achilles’ heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.
How To Watch
- When: Thursday at 11 p.m. ET
- Where: Haas Pavilion — Berkeley, California
- TV: Fox Sports 1
- Follow: CBS Sports App
The Trojans are a solid 5.5-point favorite against the Golden Bears, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 5.5-point spread, and stayed right there.
Southern California have won six out of their last eight games against California.
- Jan 23, 2021 – Southern California 76 vs. California 68
- Jan 16, 2020 – Southern California 88 vs. California 56
- Feb 16, 2019 – Southern California 89 vs. California 66
- Jan 03, 2019 – Southern California 82 vs. California 73
- Jan 28, 2018 – Southern California 77 vs. California 59
- Jan 04, 2018 – Southern California 80 vs. California 62
- Jan 08, 2017 – California 74 vs. Southern California 73
- Feb 28, 2016 – California 87 vs. Southern California 65