USC Trojans (10-13) v. Utah Utes (16-7)
Galen Center | Los Angeles, Calif.
7:30 pm | Pac-12 Network
The last time these two teams met Utah took down the Trojans by the score of 84-66 in Utah. USC, which is on a four-game losing streak, has struggled to find any sort of rhythm under first year coach Andy Enfield.
While the Trojans haven’t been able to pull off any upsets this season, they have been able to keep some games close, including against UCLA last Saturday before ultimately falling 83-73. The Trojans are trying to avoid their second five-game losing streak of the season and vault themselves out of last place in the Pac-12.
The Utes are lead by Delon Wright and Jordan Loveridge, both of whom are making themselves household names in Pac-12 country with their stellar play. Utah is in the middle of the pack in the Pac-12 and are one game below .500 in the conference. However, Utah is winless on the road having gone 0-6 away from home this season.
This game will come down to whether or not the Trojans can stop Loveridge and Wright from excelling from the perimeter. If USC can force the Utes away from the perimeter, Utah becomes an extremely one-dimensional team that can be beat. Will that happen? Based on USC’s body of work this season I would find that highly unlikely. But hey, anything is possible.
Prediction: Utah 76 – USC 63