Photo: flickr Writer: Eric Daniel
USC wasn’t overly impressive in their conference opener, but the Trojans were still able to get the job done as USC went on to beat Oregon State by a final of 70-63. USC hasn’t gone against the toughest slate so far this season, but this group has been solid standing 14-0 overall coming into their toughest test thus far. USC has picked up some of their better wins against teams like Texas A&M, SMU, BYU, and Wyoming. USC has a lot of offensive talent ranking 39th in the nation in scoring average and 138th in total defense. The Trojans have 5 players averaging in double figures scoring with Elijah Stewart leading the way averaging 15 points per game.
Oregon played hard and they were rewarded the other night upending UCLA right at the end of regulation picking up the win by a final of 89-87. This was the best result of the year thus far for Oregon who’s really not been living up to their lofty preseason expectations, even though they looked the part against the Bruins. Oregon hasn’t been as consistent as we were expecting during the nonconference, but this group has been gaining confidence and momentum after getting off to a slow start to the year. Oregon can also spread the ball around with 5 players averaging in double figures and it’s been big man Chris Boucher who’s led the way averaging 13.7 points per game.
It’s going to be interesting to see how Oregon responds coming off a huge emotional win against UCLA the other night. This is a potential trap game for the Ducks, but they should get a needed boost from their home fans. With that said we like the mindset of this USC squad coming into this road test and we like the Trojans to stay competitive as they go on to cover the spread.
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