USC Trojans Men’s basketball 7-0 vs BYU Cougars 5-2
How to Watch:
Start Time: Saturday, December 3, 5:00 p.m. PST
Location: Staples Center — Los Angeles, California
Tickets: From Stubhub
Radio: Tune In
Live Streaming: Watch ESPN
From the USC Athletics Department Preview:
“BYU (5-2) is coming off a 77-63 win vs. Utah State in Salt Lake City, Utah on Nov. 30. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Cougars, who are averaging 88.3 points per game. Sophomores Eric Mika (19.7) and Nick Emery (16.6) lead the Cougars in scoring. BYU is averaging 48.1 rebounds per game. USC leads the all-time series with BYU 6-3, winning the last matchup 74-68 on Dec. 3, 2005.”
“The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has announced the field of teams for the first-ever Hoophall LA, a premier college basketball showcase held in conjunction with STAPLES Center on December 3, 2016. The one-day doubleheader will feature the University of Arizona vs. Gonzaga University and Brigham Young University vs. the University of Southern California.”
From a great preview at Vanquish the Foe:
“When USC is forced to play through their half court, it is far more attractive than a transition look. The Trojans shoot 41.3% in half court and average 0.9 points per half court possession. Still a challenge for the Cougars defense, but far preferable to transition.
So, as weird as this may feel to BYU fans and to the Cougars themselves, every advantage based on the data through the first 7 games this season suggests the Cougars would be wise to slow it down against USC — even just the tiniest bit.”
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