Two big keys loom large in Thursday's USC-Arizona basketball clash

Two big keys loom large in Thursday’s USC-Arizona basketball clash

USC faces a different uphill battle Thursday night in Tucson against the Arizona Wildcats. We spoke to Arizona SB Nation AZ Desert Swarm website about the highlights of the matchup. This is what we came up with:

“You know the Arizona guards haven’t been very good lately,” we wrote. “That’s the key to this game at the McKale Center. Can Kerr Kriisa and the other Arizona guards hit 3s? USC has length. Andy Enfield recruits length, has his defensemen obstruct passing lanes and make it difficult to play over the top in terms of posting and drive to the basket. USC will waive the 3-point shot. Washington State made 14 in their victory over USC on January 1. The Cougars made 15 3-pointers when they lost to USC 11 months ago in February 2022. Arizona 3-point shots and Arizona free throw attempts are the two stats I’d look for. at most as indicators of who wins in Tucson.”

USC will try to take away Arizona’s big men, just as Oregon and other U of A opponents have tried. If the Trojans can hold off Azuolas Tubelis and Oumar Ballo in the paint, Arizona’s guards will have to give a step up and make plays. USC has to make this an ugly game, limiting Tubelis and Ballo without allowing Arizona to get much to the free throw line. If the Trojans can do that, they have a chance.


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