USC Trojans basketball is back in action tonight on the road against the 4th-ranked Arizona Wildcats in the McKale center. The game tips off at 7pm pst and you can watch on the Pac-12 Networks, stream on Pac-12 Live or listen on Tune In.
A huge chance for a big win and redemption for the USC Trojans tonight:
The Trojans are wrapping up a tough stretch of the USC basketball schedule as the Wildcats are the 3rd top-10-ranked opponent in a row. USC has gone 0-2 during this run and are looking to get back on track in a huge way with a road win over a top-5 team.
The last time these two teams met was on January 19th with the Wildcats taking down the Trojans 73-66. Since that game the Trojans have gone 5-2 whereas the Wildcats have gone 8-1. USC basketball is currently on a 2-game losing streak and Arizona is on a 4-game winning streak. Arizona has not lost since February 4th when they were obliterated by the Oregon Ducks 85-58.
USC basketball is an underdog tonight:
The Wildcats are 25-3 for the season and 14-1 in Pac-12 Conference play good for 1st place in the conference standings. The Trojans are 21-6 for the season and 8-6 in Conference play which puts them fifth in the Pac-12 standings.
Pac-12 Conference standings and Conference Championship tournament seeds:
A win tonight for the Trojans ties them with the California Golden Bears (the first tiebreaker is overall record). Remember, the top 4 teams get the first day of the Pac-12 Conference Championship tournament off with an automatic advancement into the quarterfinals. On the other hand a loss ties them with Utah for 5th place.
USC basketball NCAA Tournament Implications and bracketology:
Joe Lunardi of ESPN currently has USC as a 10-seed playing in the East bracket with an RPI of 31. Conversely Lunardi has Arizona as a 2-seed with an RPI of 4. SB Nation’s bracketology projections have USC currently as a 9-seed and Arizona as a 3-seed. A win here for the Trojans tonight could do wonders for their tournament seeding. A loss tonight increases the pressure for USC basketball to finish the season strong.
The Final push for the Trojans:
The USC basketball schedule is in the final stretch with just over a week remaining. Including tonight’s game with the Wildcats There are 4 regular season games left on the USC Trojans basketball schedule with plenty of Pac-12 Conference Tournament implications on the line. Full game info for the Trojans and the Wildcats is below:
USC Trojans basketball 21-6 (8-6 conference) at Arizona Wildcats 25-3 (14-1 Conference)
How to Watch:
Start Time: Thursday, February 23, 7:00 p.m. PST
Location: McKale Center — Tucson, Arizona
Radio: Tune In
Television: Pac-12 Network
Live Streaming: Pac-12 Live
“USC went 13-0 in nonconference play and nine of the 13 teams it played are .500 or better this season and nine teams have at least 14 wins. When you add in the teams USC has faced in the Pac-12 so far, 18 of USC’s 27 games have been against opponents that are currently .500 or better and 17 of the games were against opponents who have at least 14 wins. The combined record of the five teams (6 games) which USC has lost to is 108-28.”
“Arizona begins the season's final week of home games, starting with the USC Trojans on Thursday night. UA has won 20 consecutive games in McKale Center and 69 of its last 70 in Tucson. The Wildcats' record of 66-1 at home since the start of the 2013-14 makes them the only program in the nation with fewer than two home losses in the last four seasons. UA's average margin of victory in its 20 consecutive home wins is 16.1 points per game.”
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“Not only will the venues change for Thursday’s matchup, but both teams will look a little different, too.
On Arizona’s side, it will have Allonzo Trier this time. The sophomore guard missed the first matchup between these teams due to a suspension (which was lifted a day later). The Wildcats are 8-1 since Trier’s return — albeit it has not been the prettiest basketball — and he is averaging 13.9 points per game, the second-best mark on the team.
For USC, it will have the services of sophomore forward Bennie Boatwright this time around.”