Jones only shoots 35 percent from the field, but averages 14 points and about four assists per game. He has a green light to shoot and is the type of player that can pose problems for Arizona should it overlook him. Turner was not strong defensively against the Bruins and with Jones' ability to score, it is difficult not to give the Trojans the advantage here.
Fogg's defense is generally going to be fine, but he needs to step it up against the Los Angeles schools. He struggled in a big way against UCLA and this is the type of game where he could struggle again. Moore only averages six points per game and more than half of his shot attempts are from behind the arc, where he is shooting 33 percent. Fogg is the better player here, but he still needs to step it up.
SF: Nick Johnson (6-2, 198, Fr.) vs. Byron Wesley (6-5, 210, Fr.)
We may have witnessed the worst game that Johnson will ever play in college, as he was simply awful against the Bruins. Wesley averages only about six points per game and shoots a low percentage from the field. You get the feeling Johnson has a sick feeling in his stomach that will only go away with a good game and we don't see much reason why that good game can't come Sunday.
Hill is another player that had an average game against UCLA and this matchup may not be much easier for him. Fuller is second on the team with 11 points per game, but his strength is on the glass where he pulls down six boards per game. Fuller has yet to attempt a three and will only have a midrange and post game, which could actually pose problems for Hill. Offensively, Hill needs to play to his strengths and Fuller should allow him to do it.
Perry certainly is the better player here, but there is a ton of room for concern. Arizona was killed by the Wear twins and frankly has not showed that it can stop a competent big man. Dedmon is bordering on that, but he is still good enough to rebound and pose problems if Arizona does not keep a body on him. Dedmon is not good enough to game plan around, but he is good enough to be an issue for Arizona if it is not careful.
Bench: USC uses its bench, but there really is not much talent there. Forward Garrett Jackson is probably the best player off the bench, but he is not somebody that will pose any major issues for Arizona. On the other hand, it could be time for Brendon Lavender to get more minutes and USC seems like a good opportunity due to the pace of the game.
Coaches: Sean Miller vs. Kevin O'Neill
It is difficult for any coach to win with the talent that O'Neill has due in large part to injury. However, that does not change the fact that he is not a very good coach. Miller has to answer some critics as of late as well, whether deserved or not, but it certainly is not close to the level O'Neill is at.
Prediction: Arizona has to win this game if it wants to have a shot at the postseason. The Trojans lost to Arizona State because it simply can't find the hoop and when Jones struggles, USC just can't win. Miller's best bet would be to try to completely shut down Jones and the guess here is that the Wildcats are generally successful.
Arizona 65, USC 56