Photo: flickr Writer: Eric Daniel
USC picked up a huge resume building win in their last outing as the Trojans went on to upset UCLA at home by a final of 84-76. We’ve been higher on this USC squad than most throughout the regular season and the Trojans have shown a high ceiling when they’ve been able to play up to their potential. USC has the luxury of spreading the ball around to a number of legit offensive threats with 5 players averaging at least 9 points per game and Elijah Stewart leads this balanced attack averaging 14.1 points per game. USC has been a bit streaky in the Pac 12, but this group is still safely in the NCAA tournament standing 18-4 overall and 5-4 in conference.
The Washington Huskies were hoping they had reloaded enough during the offseason to improve this year, but that hasn’t been the case as Washington now stands just 9-12 overall and 2-7 in the Pac 12. In their last outing at home Washington was crushed by Utah losing to the Utes by a final of 72-94 and since that defeat the Huskies lost two more this past week on the road against Arizona State and Arizona. Washington has had major issues on the defensive side of the ball as this group ranks 322nd in the nation in points allowed compared to 48th in scoring average. The one bright spot has been freshman Markelle Fultz who’s averaging 23.3 points per game, but the young man isn’t getting enough support, and he’ll be gone to the NBA this offseason.
USC has too feel good about sticking it to their in-state rival, but now isn’t the time for the Trojans to get complacent as they make their run towards the NCAA tournament. Washington has shown they’re beatable at home and with a 9-12 record this Washington group isn’t attracting the greatest home crowd support right now. We like USC to get the job done in this one as they go on to win and cover.
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