Southern California Trojans at Oregon Ducks

Southern California Trojans Preview

The Southern California Trojans roll into Oregon having won nine of their past 10 games. They are tied for first place in the Pac-12 thanks to a thrilling, 82-78 overtime victory Saturday over visiting Stanford, which led by 21 points early in the second half. While USC’s 15-3 overall record is shiny, skeptics remain because of a weak strength of schedule and the fact that the Trojans haven’t defeated a team in the AP poll since knocking off No. 11 SMU on March 17, 2017.

USC’s frontcourt is impressive, especially freshman baseline beast Onyeka Okongwu, who is averaging 16.9 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game. Senior Nick Rakocevic averages 11.2 points and 8.7 rebounds.

Oregon Ducks Preview

It’s the season of Payton Pritchard, with the senior guard the leading candidate for Pac-12 Player of the Year — and right in the mix for national player of the year. His latest highlight was a step-back 25-footer with 3.4 seconds left in overtime on Saturday as the Oregon Ducks completed a comeback from a 16-point, second-half deficit to earn a 64-61 win at Washington. He is four assists away from being the first player in Pac-12 history to reach 1,500 points, 600 assists and 500 rebounds.

Unlike USC, Oregon is flush with quality wins — Memphis, Houston, Seton Hall, at Michigan, Arizona and at Washington were all NET quadrant 1 wins as of Wednesday. The Ducks also are 10-0 at home.