No. 15 USC (17-3) is coming off a tough loss to Stanford in the conference, but has proven to be one of the best teams in the country, especially on the defensive end. Despite losing the No. 3 overall pick in Evan Mobley to the NBA, USC is playing great basketball and looking to get back on track against Cal (9-11) today, who are struggling this season.
How to watch California at USC today:
Game date: January 29, 2022
Game time: 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time
TV: Pac-12 Network
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Under head coach Andy Enfield, USC has become a solid defensive team with balance on the offensive end. They have the 39th overall defense in the NCAA with 63.0 points allowed to opponents while scoring 74.3 points per game.
On offense, they have the pace of five players averaging between 8.2 and 14.4 points per game.
They are led by Isaiah Mobley with 14.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.8 blocks plus steals per game in 47-41-67 splits.
Mobley has stepped out of his brother’s shadow to become one of the most important players in a true Final Four contender.
On the other side of California, they are a veteran-led team with three seniors in Jordan Shepherd, Andre Kelly and Grant Anticevich setting the pace for the team in every game. So far, through eight games in conference play, they’re the No. 5 defenseman in the Pac-12 and giving up just 68.9 points per game.
This could be a rocky fight on the defensive end.
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