The Tennessee Volunteers and USC Trojans meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Imperial Arena. The Tennessee Volunteers look to build on their 3-1 record. The USC Trojans look for their fifth win.
The Tennessee Volunteers are averaging 73.3 points on 39.8 percent shooting and allowing 54 points on 35.4 percent shooting. Josiah-Jordan James is averaging 13.7 points and 6 rebounds, while Tyreke Key is averaging 12.7 points and 1.3 assists. Zakai Zeigler is grabbing 1.9 rebounds and Olivier Nkamhoua is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Tennessee Volunteers are shooting 31.9 percent from beyond the arc and 74.2 percent from the free throw line. The Tennessee Volunteers are allowing 25.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.5 rebounds per game.
The USC Trojans are averaging 76.2 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 67.8 points on 37.3 percent shooting. Drew Peterson is averaging 15.8 points and 8 assists, while Boogie Ellis is averaging 15.8 points and 2.3 assists. Joshua Morgan is grabbing 6.5 rebounds and Reese Dixon-Waters is grabbing 3 rebounds. The USC Trojans are shooting 28.9 percent from beyond the arc and 68.5 percent from the free throw line. The USC Trojans are allowing 32.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36 rebounds per game.
The Tennessee Volunteers are the better team on paper and should be favored, as their defense is legit and the way they suffocated Butler yesterday was impressive. However, this is a massive game for USC and you get the feeling the Trojans are looking forward to it. USC has a point to prove after an opening loss to Florida Gulf Coast, and that offense has picked up since that effort. Fun, must see college game, but I'll grab the likely points we're going to get with USC. The USC Trojans should enter this contest with a point to prove, and the talent is there to pull off an upset.