Washington State vs. USC prediction: Go with the underdog

Washington State won’t be able to match the or surpass the defense effort that it displayed against Arizona State on Tuesday. But the Cougars will try to beat a top-ranked USC team Saturday.

Washington State ranks 29th among the nation in scoring points per possession. Drawing fouls is a big part of the Cougars’ offense as they rank second among Division I teams in made free throws on a per possession basis.

USC is also a strong offense. They rank 23rd for points per possession, but they face Washington State’s 10th-ranked defense in 2-point field goals. Their offense gets 63.3 percent of its points on 2-point field goals — which ranks sixth nationally.

Both sides have shown great skill on the glass. Washington State’s rebound rate is 24th and USC 25th respectively. But the Cougars hold the advantage in getting second chances. They get an offensive rebound for 37.6 per cent of their missed shots.

USC’s free-throw shooting percentage of 57.4 per cent is the 353rd highest in the nation. Washington State will continue to protect its home court, and it will move up to Pac-12 play at 2-0.

Here’s the deal:Washington State +1.5

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