USC looks to knock off No. 23 Arizona
Southern California (17-5, 6-3) vs. No. 23 Arizona (15-6, 5-3)
McKale Memorial Center, Tucson, Arizona; Thursday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 23 Arizona looks to give Southern California its eighth straight loss against ranked opponents. Southern California’s last win vs a ranked opponent came against the then-No. 11 SMU Mustangs 66-65 on March 17, 2017. Arizona has moved up to No. 23 in the latest AP rankings following wins over Washington and Washington State last week.
YOUTH MOVEMENT: Neither team has been afraid to put the ball in the hands of their freshmen. . For Southern California, Onyeka Okongwu, Nick Rakocevic, Isaiah Mobley and Ethan Anderson have collectively accounted for 55 percent of all Southern California scoring.FIELD GOALS FOR NNAJI: In 21 games this season, Arizona’s Zeke Nnaji has shot 62.4 percent.
UNDEFEATED WHEN: Southern California is a perfect 13-0 when it holds an opponent to 68 points or fewer. The Trojans are 4-5 when opponents score more than 68.
LONG-RANGE THREAT: Southern California’s Jonah Mathews has attempted 128 3-pointers and connected on 37.5 percent of them, and is 11 for 31 over his last five games.
CAREFUL WILDCATS: The diligent Arizona offense has turned the ball over on just 16.4 percent of its possessions, the 21st-lowest mark in all of Division I. 20.7 percent of all Southern California possessions have resulted in a turnover.