Pac-12 foes will battle when the Arizona State Sun Devils (14-8, 5-5 Pac-12) clash with the USC Trojans (17-6, 6-4 Pac-12) at Wells-Fargo Arena. Action starts at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 8, 2020.
USC Trojans vs. Arizona State Sun Devils Odds Preview
The last time the Trojans played, they lost to the No. 23 Arizona Wildcats, 85-80. USC’s Onyeka Okongwu put together a good game, leading both teams in scoring with 23 points on 7-for-11 shooting. Arizona had a turnover percentage of 7.4 (better than their season average of 14.3). USC, on the other hand, had an effective field goal percentage of 0.554 (above their season average of 0.494).
The Sun Devils come in on a high note after thoroughly outplaying the UCLA Bruins in their last matchup, 84-66. Arizona State rallied around Alonzo Verge Jr., who was the top scorer from either team with 26 points on 10-for-16 shooting. The Sun Devils, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.479, had a phenomenal mark of 0.621 and had a turnover percentage of 12.1 (better than their season average of 15.8).
Arizona State might have trouble scoring as they square off against one of the NCAA’s best defenses. USC currently ranks 88th in defensive efficiency while the Sun Devils rank 243rd in offensive efficiency. Furthermore, the Trojans rank 272nd in turnover percentage (20.5 percent), while the Sun Devils rank 59th in opponents’ turnover percentage (22.0 percent).
This is the first time these teams will meet this year. The Trojans won the sole game played against each other last season, 69-67. USC’s effective field goal percentage was its biggest advantage over Arizona State. The Trojans had a rate of 0.483 while the Sun Devils posted a mark of 0.363.
USC Trojans at Arizona State Sun Devils Free Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Arizona State, ATS Winner – Arizona State, O/U – Over
The Sun Devils rank 134th in three pointers attempted per game (22.4) while the Trojans rank 263rd (18.2).
USC averages 5.3 blocks per game, which ranks 15th in the country. Arizona State ranks 125th in blocks allowed per game (3.6).
USC ranks 51st in rebounds per game (38.6) while Arizona State ranks 269th in rebounds allowed per game (38.7).
The Trojans rank 53rd in assists per game (14.7) while the Sun Devils rank 229th (11.3).
Arizona State ranks 51st in steals per game (7.8) while USC ranks 197th in steals allowed per game (8.0).
The Sun Devils’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 8.0, up from 4.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Trojans have scored an average of 67.6 points per game (5.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 69.8 points per game (1.8 above their season average).