USC (25-9) vs. SMU (30-4) Prediction & Game Preview
NCAA Tournament: USC vs. SMU fearless prediction and game preview.
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Date: Friday, March 17
Game Time: 3:10 ET
Venue: Bank of Oklahoma Center, Tulsa, OK
All You Really Need To Know About SMU
(American Athletic) RPI: 15, 5 seed
This is one nasty team with one nasty defense. The Mustangs finished third in the nation in scoring D with an aggressive style that owns the boards – finishing third in the country in rebounding margin – and by not making a whole slew of mistakes. While they don’t come up with takeaways, they swing the ball around well and keep it moving.
As good as the defense is, the offense is even better when it comes to hitting threes. Great at coming up with that one extra pass to find the open man, they don’t miss from the outside nailing over 40% from beyond the arc.
All You Really Need To Know About USC
(Pac-12) RPI: 41, 11 seed
Amazing at mounting big comebacks, the Trojans managed to come back from double-digit leads 11 times this season for the win – including the massive performance to get by Providence in a thriller. It took a while for the offense to find its attitude after a miserable first half, but once it got rolling, it the Friars couldn’t do anything to stop the momentum.
USC doesn’t make the mistakes like it did against Providence, and is usually far better at coming up with the extra pass. Good on the inside, and great at hitting the three when they find their groove, they have enough diversity to score in a variety of ways. However …
What’s Going To Happen
SMU might crush and kill with its defense, but the size of USC is going to be a problem. The Trojans won the first match between the two back in November, and they’ll do it again after they figure out the Mustang D.
Fearless Prediction & Line
USC 72, SMU 69
Line: COMING, 0/u: COMING
ATS Confidence: COMING
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