The USC Trojans and the Arizona State Sun Devils will both be gunning for a victory on 2/26/2017 at 6:30 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
USC Trojans vs Arizona State Sun Devils
When: 6:30 PM ET, Sunday, February 26, 2017
Where: Wells-Fargo Arena, Tempe, Arizona
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TV: 6:30 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Networks
PREDICTION: USC 78, Arizona State 71
Oddsmakers currently have the USC listed as 3 point favorites versus the Arizona, while the game’s total is sitting at 162.5.
USC is through the toughest part of its regular season schedule and the Trojans can focus on a strong finish in the Pac-12 beginning Sunday at Arizona State. USC is coming off double-digit losses in the last two weeks to No. 7 Oregon, No. 5 UCLA and No. 4 Arizona, and closes out the regular season against Arizona State, Washington State and Washington, teams in the bottom half of the conference standings.
USC enters the game in sixth place in the Pac-12 and with a slim chance of climbing to fourth and earning a first-round bye at the conference tournament next month in Las Vegas. The Trojans would need to win their remaining games and hope fourth-place California loses its final two, and fifth-place Utah loses one of its last two. Arizona State can still finish as high as seventh or as low as 10th, which would be an improvement on last season’s 11th-place finish. Torian Graham and Obinna Oleka, the two seniors on the roster, should be motivated to finish their college careers on a high note, and Arizona State played the Trojans close in the last meeting, losing 82-79 in Los Angeles.
ABOUT USC (21-7, 8-7 Pac-12): Arizona State is another team that didn’t have to deal with USC 6-10 sophomore forward Bennie Boatwright in their first Pac-12 meeting, as Boatwright missed two months with a knee injury, including the first nine games of conference play. He’s averaging 18.3 points in the five games since his return, boosting his season average to a team-leading 14.9, and he should have plenty of room to work against the undersized Sun Devils. The other front court starter for the Trojans, 6-11 junior Chimezie Metu, was held to seven points in the last game against Arizona State, but should get better looks with Boatwright drawing a lot of attention.
ABOUT ARIZONA STATE (13-16, 6-10): Graham played all 40 minutes against USC last month and coach Bobby Hurley will probably lean on his 6-5 shooting guard again. He scored 24 points in that game and produced at least 24 in three of the last four games to bump his team-leading scoring average to 18.8, second best in the Pac-12. Tra Holder, the second-leading scorer for the Sun Devils at 16.8 points, has seen his point total drop from 21 to 10 to five in the last three games, so he’ll undoubtedly be looking to reverse that course.
1. Graham has made 95 3-pointers this season, two shy of moving past Steven Smith (1993-94) for second in program history.
2. Oleka needs one double-double for 15 on the season, which would tie Ike Diogu (2004-05) for most in program history since the 1978-79 season.
3. USC has lost its last four games at Wells Fargo Arena.