- No. 21 UCLA and USC will meet for first place in the Pac-12 Conference at the Trojans’ Galen Center at 10pm ET Saturday
- USC ranks sixth in NCAA Division I in field goal percentage defense, limiting opponents to 38.18 shooting from the field
- Check the odds, analysis and our betting prediction below
Cross-town rivals No. 21 UCLA (13-3, 9-1 Pac-12) and USC (14-3, 8-2) will meet for the first time this season with the league lead on the line at USC at 10 pm ET. These players have seen each other before — each educational school has 10 natives of Ca on its roster.
UCLA vs USC Odds, Lines and Spread
|UCLA Bruins||N/A||+3 (-110)||O 135.5 (-110)|
|USC Trojans||N/A||-3 (-110)||U 135.5 (-110)|
Odds taken Feb fifth from William Hill
UCLA is 9-1 into the Pac-12 the very first time since 2007-08 and it has won 16 of its final 18 league games, initial for the losings at USC year that is last. The Trojans have won nine of their last 10 and were 8-1 in January, their record that is best in virtually any thirty days since January, 2002. USC received the votes that are 27th-most the AP poll this week.
USC Is Led By Evan Mobley, the no. that is potential choose into the NBA Draft
Evan Mobley, a 7-foot freshman from Murrieta, Calif., happens to be an important element in the Trojans’ success on both ends for the flooring, as befitting their high draft projection. Mobley and Oklahoma State freshman guard Cade Cunningham are seen as the most likely picks that are 1-2 the 2021 NBA draft.
Mobley is averaging 16.8 points and 9.0 rebounds a game while shooting 58 percent from the field. He has eight double-doubles and is averaging 2.88 shots that are blocked game, which will be 11th in NCAA Division we and 2nd among freshmen.
Mobley’s Athleticism and length have helped USC in every phase, especially in the paint. The Trojans are limiting opponents to a 38.8 field that is percent portion and also a plus-8.2 rebound margin is eighteenth in Division we. They’ve outscored foes by 592-402 into the paint, a typical of approximately 11 points per game. USC has 97 shots that are blocked sixth in Division I with 5.7 blocks per game.
The Trojans’ plus-11.7 scoring margin is 31st in Division I, eighth among Power 6 conference teams, and the school’s margin that is highest since Paul Westphal’s 1970-71 group completed at plus-14.
UCLA Has Some Size of its to fight Evan Mobley
UCLA’s post players, 6-19 Cody Riley and 6-10 Jalen Hill, normal 17.1 points and 11.9 rebounds a casino game while splitting time — they average a combined 40.7 mins per game. Riley has four double-doubles.
“We’ve surely got to bother about ourselves, first, and adhere to our maxims, defensively and offensively. After which on gameday, we’ll have reminders of the tendencies which our coaches are finding in movie, and go with that we’ll.”
Cody Riley, on scouting USC’s team pic.twitter.com/rKa4YCwmJu
— UCLA Men’s Basketball (@UCLAMBB) February 3, 2021
The Bruins have played through the season-ending injury to leading scorer forward Chris Smith (12.6 points), going 7-1 in a lineup to his absence that features sophomore point guard Tyger Campbell and 6-6 wing players Jaime Jaquez Jr., Johnny Juzang and Jules Bernard.
Six Bruins have actually led the united team in scoring this season. Campbell leads the Pac-12 with 6.1 assists per game, 16th in Division I and third among Power 6 players.
By the Numbers
UCLA was a spread darling from the midway point of coach Mick Cronin’s season that is first 2019-20 through initial 50 % of in 2010, nonetheless it has dropped on crisis recently since the oddsmakers have actually reacted.
The Bruins had been 9-3 from the spread this after beating Washington State following a sweep on the Arizona road trip, but they have failed to cover the last four, all as a favorite year. They are 2-4 against the spread on the road but have won their only game as a road underdog, beating Arizona 81-76 as a dog that is 3.5-point. UCLA is 10-6 exceeding the sum total, 5-2 in its final seven.
USC Is 10-7 against the true number and has been over in five of its last six. The Trojans are 3-2 as a true home favorite in Pac-12 play.
Evan Mobley is creating with persistence for @USC_Hoops.
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— Paul Biancardi (@PaulBiancardi) February 4, 2021
UCLA had a seven-game streak that is winning in a 73-72 overtime loss at Stanford as a six-point favorite on Jan, 23. USC won at Stanford 72-66 as a three-point favorite Tuesday that is last teams play at an pace that is efficiently slow. USC averages 67.8 belongings every 40 moments, which will be 214th in the Ken Pom ranks, it is 25th in adjusted efficiency that is offensive. UCLA averages only 63.9 possessions, 343rd of the 357 teams in NCAA Division 1, but ranks 14th in offensive efficiency.
USC is one of nine teams ranked in KenPom’s top 25 in both adjusted offensive efficiency and adjusted defensive efficiency.
The Freeway Series Has Been One of Streaks
USC has won the last two games and three of the lsat four, its loss that is only coming overtime in Pauley Pavilion in 2019. Wins arrived in bunches before that — the Bruins won the earlier, USC won the four before that and UCLA won the six before that. Every one of a victory was included by those streaks in the Pac-12 tournament.
The Trojans have won four of the last five against the Bruins at the Galen Center and are 3-2 against the spread. UCLA lost 54-52 season that is last Galen on a 3-pointer at the buzzer but covered as a 2.5-point underdog.
The Choose: UCLA +3 (-110)