USC Trojans vs Gonzaga Bulldogs Prediction & Odds
- USC continues to showcase an intimidating inside-outside game!
- From their Sweet Sixteen win, Gonzaga showed that their depth should not be overlooked!
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USC Trojans vs Gonzaga Bulldogs Predictions and Picks
The Gonzaga Bulldogs are one of the best teams in the country, but the USC Trojans have looked like the most impressive team since the NCAA Tournament started. This will likely come down to the wire, with the more efficient team taking the victory.
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How to Watch USC Trojans vs Gonzaga Bulldogs
|USC Trojans vs Gonzaga Bulldogs Information|
|What||USC Trojans vs Gonzaga Bulldogs|
|Where||Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana|
|When||7:15 PM EST, March 30, 2021|
|How to Watch||TBS|
Head-to-Head: USC Trojans vs Gonzaga Bulldogs
|Andy Enfield||Head Coach||Mark Few|
|25-7 (15-5, 2nd in Pac-12)||Standing||29-0 (15-0, 1st in WCC)|
|109.6 (36th of 347)||Off Rtg||122.4 (1st of 347)|
|93.9 (33rd of 347)||Def Rtg||91.4 (15th of 347)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|E. Mobley (16.3)||PPG||C. Kispert (19.0)|
|E. Mobley (8.8)||RPG||D. Timme (7.2)|
|E. Anderson, T. Eaddy, D. Peterson (2.8)||APG||J. Suggs (4.4)|
|I. White (1.0)||SPG||J. Suggs (2.0)|
|E. Mobley (3.0)||BPG||D. Timme (0.7)|
|B. Coulibaly (.714)/E. Mobley (6.0)||FG%/FGM||D. Timme (.657)/D. Timme (7.3)|
|I. Mobley (.444)/T. Eaddy (2.0)||3P%/3PM||P. Zakharov (.500)/C. Kispert (2.9)|
Why Might the USC Trojans Win?
The Trojans are in incredible form and head coach Andy Enfield should be more than happy with their performances thus far. This is the first time they’ve escaped the second round since 2007.
USC are taking advantage of their tremendous size, winning the battle on the boards, and funneling attackers into their shot-blockers. Their ability on the offensive boards does wonders to keep the pressure on opponents.
The Trojans want to take care of the ball. For all of their dominance in the paint and defensive ability, their 26 turnovers over the last two games is a concern. Tighten up the screws and stick to what’s working and the USC Trojans could find their way to the Final Four!
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Why Might the Gonzaga Bulldogs Win?
Every team in the country fears Gonzaga and that is for good reason. Senior Corey Kispert is a scoring machine while backcourt duo Jalen Suggs and Andrew Nembhard are a tough pair to match. Gonzaga have weapons at every position.
The Bulldogs relied on a through-and-through team effort in order to beat the Bluejays in their last match. Receiving double-digit scoring from four of their five starters, the Bulldogs showed that they can make up the difference when other players fall short.
Gonzaga force 14.9 turnovers per game, leading them to a number of extra opportunities. While big man Drew Timme had a good game in his last outing, he’ll have a tough time managing the Trojans inside. Finding extra possessions and being efficient will lead to their success.
Trojans Key Player: (F-C) Evan Mobley
EVAN MOBLEY WITH THE EXCLAMATION POINT FOR USC 🔨🔨🔨
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 29, 2021
The steadfast Evan Mobley took on a different role in the Trojans’ previous round win over the Oregon Ducks. An interior force, Mobley showed the ability to create when teams pressure him.
Mobley posted 10 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and two blocks in 36 minutes of play in the Trojans’ win over the Oregon Ducks. More reserved on the offensive end, Mobley’s was tied as the game’s assist leader due to his playmaking.
The Trojans big man must be a force on the interior if USC want to take down a squad as talented as Gonzaga. His newfound passing ability could indicate their future success.
Bulldogs Key Player: (G) Andrew Nembhard
Andrew Nembhard 🇨🇦 pulls from deep! He’s hit all three of his shots including two 3s 👌 pic.twitter.com/F1jPPeQlCE
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) March 28, 2021
Andrew Nembhard put on one of his best performances of the season in his last outing against Creighton. With Kispert and Suggs misfiring, the Canadian international showed why head coach Mark Few relies on him so heavily.
Nembhard posted 17 points, eight assists, four rebounds, and just one turnover in 36 minutes of play.
As the Trojans are likely to run Gonzaga off the line and into their shooters, Nembhard’s playmaking ability will be put under the spotlight. His ability to distribute and score will be crucial to the Bulldogs’ success.
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