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Peterson: Best bet for USC vs Washington State

By Greg Peterson  ( 

December 3, 2021 09:23 PM

It will be difficult for Washington State to match or exceed the defensive effort that held Arizona State to 29 points earlier this week, but the Cougars will try, as they look to get a big win over a ranked USC Trojans bunch on Saturday.

USC Trojans (-1, 138) at Washington State Cougars

(stats as of Friday morning)

Washington State is 29th in the country in points scored on a per-possession basis. Drawing fouls has been a big part of the offense, as the Cougars rank second among Division I teams in made free throws on a per-possession basis.

USC has also been solid on offense, ranking 23rd in points scored on a per-possession basis, but must face a Washington State bunch that is 10th in the country in 2-point field goal shooting defense. USC's offense gets 63.3 percent of its points on 2-point field goals, which ranks sixth nationally.

Both teams have been solid on the glass, with Washington State 24th in the country in rebound rate and USC 25th, but the Cougars have the upper hand at getting second chances by grabbing an offensive rebound on 37.6 percent of their missed shots.

With USC 353rd in the country in free throw shooting percentage at 57.4 percent, Washington State will protect its home court and move to 2-0 in Pac-12 play.

Pick: Washington State + 1

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