USC Trojans (3-1) vs Seton Hall Pirates (4-0)
2023-11-23 17:30:00 EDT
The Line: Betting Odds: USC Trojans -3.5 -- Over/Under: 140
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The hardwood heats up as Seton Hall Pirates, standing undefeated in the Big East, clash with the 23rd-ranked USC Trojans in a riveting NCAA basketball showdown . Seton Hall, with their flawless 4-0 record, brings a potent mix of offense and defense to the table. In contrast, USC, holding a strong 3-1 in the Pac-12, looks to dominate at a neutral site in LionTree Arena for the Rady’s Children Invitational. Expect a fiery battle as both teams vie to solidify their early-season credentials. Make sure to check out our Seton Hall vs USC Prediction.
Charting the Course for Victory
The Seton Hall Pirates, currently fourth in the Big East with an impeccable 4-0 record, have displayed a formidable blend of offensive firepower and defensive prowess. Offensively, they shine brightly with an average of 80.8 points per game. This scoring ability is underpinned by their impressive shooting accuracy, boasting a 51.8 field goal percentage. However, their three-point shooting, at 31.4%, might raise some eyebrows, but it’s compensated by their proficiency in other scoring avenues.
What truly sets the Pirates apart is their free throw efficiency, with a 77.0% success rate, showcasing their ability to capitalize on scoring opportunities. This is complemented by their strong presence on the boards, averaging 41.0 rebounds per game. This rebounding capability not only enhances their offensive second-chance points but also bolsters their defense.
Defensively, the Pirates excel, allowing only 59.0 points per game. They limit opponents to a mere 35.5% shooting from the field, ranking 16th nationally, and a stifling 24.8% from the three-point line, a remarkable 27th.
Guard Kadary Richmond, a standout player for the Pirates, leads the team in multiple categories, including points (14.0 per game), assists (4.5 per game) and rebounds (7.0 per game), showcasing his all-around skill set. His shooting efficiency is complemented by guard Malachi Brown’s impressive 71.4 field goal percentage. Defensively, Richmond again stands out with 2.8 steals per game, while center Jaden Bediako contributes significantly with 0.8 blocks per game.
Aiming to Conquer in the Pac-12
The USC Trojans, positioned seventh in the Pac-12, have navigated the early season to a solid 3-1 record, demonstrating a balanced approach in their play. Offensively, the Trojans average 77.0 points per game, a respectable figure that speaks to their scoring abilities. Their overall field goal percentage stands at 44.3, indicating room for improvement in shooting efficiency. The Trojans fare better in three-point accuracy, shooting 33.7% from beyond the arc. This ability to hit threes adds a crucial dimension to their offensive strategy. Free throw shooting is another area where USC excels, with a 75.8% success rate.
Rebounding is an aspect where the Trojans could seek improvement. They average 40.3 rebounds per game. This statistic is crucial, especially when facing a team like Seton Hall, which excels in rebounding. However, USC’s defensive tenacity makes up for their rebounding shortcomings. They allow an average of only 67.0 points per game to their opponents, showcasing their ability to limit scoring opportunities.
Defensively, the Trojans excel in limiting field goal percentages, holding opponents to 37.8%, ranking 38th in the nation. Their three-point defense is also commendable, with opponents shooting just 27.1% from deep against them.
Guard Boogie Ellis stands out as USC’s offensive leader, averaging a team-high 21.0 points per game, and is also the team’s primary facilitator with 4.0 assists per game. Forward Joshua Morgan leads the team in rebounds with 6.5 per game and in blocks with 2.0 per game, underscoring his defensive importance. Ellis’s contributions extend to the defensive end as well, leading the team with 2.0 steals per game, highlighting his versatility.
David’s USC vs Seton Hall Prediction – Seton Hall Pirates
In this NCAA basketball thriller, I’m leaning towards the Seton Hall Pirates. Their offensive efficiency, coupled with a stifling defense, gives them a distinct advantage over the USC Trojans. The Pirates’ ability to control the game on both ends of the floor, particularly in rebounding, will be a critical factor. USC, despite having the home-court advantage and a star in Ellis, might struggle to cope with the balanced attack and depth of Seton Hall. The Trojans’ rebounding woes could be exploited by a Seton Hall team that excels in dominating the boards. Moreover, the Pirates’ resilience in overcoming injuries and maintaining their winning streak demonstrates their depth and adaptability. Seton Hall’s statistical superiority, especially in field goal percentage and defensive prowess, positions them as the favorites in this matchup. Expect the Pirates to maintain their unbeaten run, outplaying USC with a mix of strategic offense and relentless defense.