Free NCAAB Picks - California Golden Bears vs USC Trojans

Joe Catalano

Sunday, January 8, 2017 5:56 PM UTC

Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 5:56 PM UTC


With just 1 matchup against an AP Top 25 squad, the USC Trojans have finally managed to crack the rankings. This is a team that's had a weak schedule but has beaten almost every team that they've faced.

  California Golden Bears vs USC Trojans


Padding Their Record?

This will be a tough matchup, but eventually, USC's schedule will even tougher as they have to face squads such as UCLA. This is a team that had a really difficult time being considered seriously despite continuously winning as they haven't beaten a legitimate highly-ranked basketball team all season long. Sometimes, an easy schedule can backfire and now it's time for USC to prove that they belong in the top 25.

USC will be facing a California team which has lost 3 out of their last 4 games, but have been competitive in all games and these matchups were against UCLA, Virginia, and Arizona. This is a Cal team, led by the ferocious defense and rebounding ability of forward Ivan Raab (15.3 point, 11 rebounds) that has held the opposition to just 61.7 points per game and I could see the Trojans having trouble in dealing with the Golden Bears defense and the NBA-bound Rabb as he can be dominant at times.


College Basketball's Best Kept Secret

Ivan Raab is a player that I'm very high on as the sophomore has the size (6 foot 11), the offensive touch, and the ability to control the paint and that can be a major asset to Cal in this game. In his last 3 games, Rabb is averaging a hefty 17.6 points and 17 rebounds as he's coming off of a 17 point, 20 rebound effort in an 81-71 loss to UCLA. Oddsmakers are quite aware of what damage that Raab and the Golden Bears can do as USC will be put to the test.

After their loss to Oregon, the Trojans bounced back with a solid 72-56 win over Stanford. That said, leading scorer, Elijah Stewart has been unable to get on track as of late. He's averaging 9 point and 6 rebounds in his last 3 games on just 33% shooting from the field. I'm simply not impressed with this Trojans squad and I also believe in styles where matchups are concerned. This is a great matchup for the Golden Bears and look for them to cover with Rabb leading the way.

 Free NCAAB Pick: California Golden Bears +2 Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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