USC Trojans vs. California Golden Bears: 1/23/2021 Betting Preview, Predictions, Computer Picks, Odds and Trends

Written by on January 23, 2021

The USC Trojans (11-3) visit the California Golden Bears (7-9) in a matchup of Pac-12 teams at Haas Pavilion, tipping off at 8:00 PM ET on Saturday, January 23, 2021. The Golden Bears are 8.5-point underdogs in the game, the first matchup between the teams this season. The point total is 134.5 in the matchup.

Betting Information

USC vs Cal Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
USC -8.5 -110 -110 134.5 -113 -108 -435 330

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Computer picks for USC vs Cal
ATS Over/Under Score Prediction
USC (-8.5) Over (134.5) USC 74 Cal 65

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Total Facts

  • The Trojans and their opponents have combined to put up more than 134.5 points in 57.1% of their outings this year (eight of 14 opportunities).
  • Cal and its opponents have added up to score at least 134.5 points in 62.5% of their games this season (10 of 16 chances).
  • The Trojans and the Golden Bears combine to average 10.0 more points per game than the over/under of 134.5 set for this game.
  • Opponents of the two teams average a combined 0.8 less points per game (133.7) than this game’s total of 134.5 points.
  • The average point total for Trojans games this season is 6.6 more points than the over/under of 134.5 in this matchup.
  • The average point total for the Golden Bears this season is 2.6 points higher than this game’s over/under.

Scoring Betting Tips

  • The Trojans record 7.4 more points per game (76.7) than the Golden Bears allow (69.3).
  • USC is 9-0 overall and 7-0 against the spread when scoring more than 69.3 points.
  • Cal is 2-1 against the spread and 1-2 overall when giving up more than 76.7 points.
  • The Golden Bears average just 3.4 more points per game (67.8) than the Trojans give up (64.4).
  • Cal has compiled a 6-1 overall record and a 5-0 ATS record in games it scores more than 64.4 points.
  • USC has an ATS record of 2-3 and a 4-1 record overall when its opponents score more than 67.8 points.
  • The Trojans have put up a total of 172 more points than their opponents this year (an average of 12.3 per game), while the Golden Bears have been out-scored by opponents on average this year (by 25 total points, -1.5 per game).


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USC Betting Information

  • Strong against this spread this season, the Trojans have covered eight times in 13 contests.
  • The Trojans have posted an even record of 4-4 against the spread when the spread is -8.5 or higher.
  • USC and its opponents have hit the over/under in just 6 of 13 games this season (46.2%).

Cal Betting Information

  • Cal has covered the spread in half of its games, going 7-7 ATS.
  • When they are at least 8.5-point underdogs, the Golden Bears have a record ATS of 2-1.
  • Cal and its opponents have hit the over in more than half of their games this year — 10 of 14 (71.4%).

Head to Head

USC vs Cal (Last 1 Games)
Date Favorite Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Game Type Result
1/16/2020 USC -11.5 132.5 -817 +538 Regular Season 88-56 USC

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USC Leaders

  • Evan Mobley leads the Trojans in scoring and rebounding, accumulating 15.9 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.
  • USC’s best passer is Drew Peterson, who averages 3.5 assists per game to go with his 10.9 PPG scoring average.
  • Tahj Eaddy paces his teammates on the Trojans with 1.7 made threes per outing.
  • Isaiah White and Mobley lead the Trojans on the defensive end, with White leading the team in steals averaging 1.0 per game and Mobley in blocks averaging 3.0 per contest.

Cal Leaders

  • Matt Bradley is the top scorer for the Golden Bears with 17.8 points per game. He also tacks on 4.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game to his stats.
  • Andre Kelly is atop the Golden Bears rebounding leaderboard with 5.8 rebounds per game, and Joel Brown paces the squad in assists with 3.7 per outing.
  • Makale Foreman leads the Golden Bears in three-point shooting with an average of 2.3 made threes per game.
  • Brown (1.8 steals per game) and Grant Anticevich (0.6 blocks per game) lead the Golden Bears in steals and blocks, respectively.
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