Breakdown: Arizona vs. USC

Arizona will take on USC on Thursday in a must win game. Read on for a complete breakdown, including a final prediction.

PG: Josiah Turner (6-3, 192, Fr.) vs. Maurice Jones (5-7, 155, So.)

Jones has only shot above 40 percent twice in his last 15 games and is struggling to score points now that teams can truly single him out defensively. Turner has not been playing well as of late either and while Jones may score more points, the lack of efficiency makes it difficult to give him the advantage. Turner will not be asked to do a ton in this game and as long as he can run the offense, the coaching staff should be happy. We're confident he should be able to do at least that, so we will make this matchup even.

Advantage: Even

SG: Kyle Fogg (6-3, 188, Sr.) vs. Greg Allen (6-3, 180, Jr.)

Allen has seen his minutes increase dramatically in the last five games and had solid outings against Washington State and Stanford. However, he is only a jump shooter, as evidenced by his 11 three-point attempts against Washington State, 10 against Washington, and no less than five attempts in the next three games. Basically, if Fogg is able to shut down Allen on the perimeter, he is going to be useless in the overall scheme of things. Fogg is certainly the better player here and by a wide margin.

Advantage: Arizona

SF: Nick Johnson (6-2, 198, Fr.) vs. Byron Wesley (6-5, 210, Fr.)

Johnson fouled out in the first meeting while Wesley shot poorly, but finished with seven rebounds. In reality, it would be surprising if either of these players had a major impact on the game in the sense that they likely will not be the ones deciding it. The style of play just does not favor Johnson and although Wesley is likely not a better player, we have to give him credit for scoring in double figures in 7 of his last eight games.

Advantage: USC

PF: Solomon Hill (6-6, 226, Jr.) vs. Garrett Jackson (6-6. 225, So.)

Hill was not very aggressive in the first meeting, as he only took seven shots, making three. He also finished with 11 rebounds and we expect somewhat of a similar line. Jackson is likely going to take 15 shots against Arizona and it is up to Hill to make sure those are not good shots. Hill is the better player and it would be smart if he was aggressive, because Jackson should have major difficulty guarding him.

Advantage: Arizona

C: Jesse Perry (6-7, 217, Sr.) vs. James Blasczyk (7-1, 260, Jr.)

If Perry was able to dominate DeWayne Dedmon, Blasczyk likely does not have much of a chance. Considering his height, Blasczyk does not rebound well and has grabbed more than three rebounds only once in his past five games. As far as his scoring goes, he has scored more than five points only three times this season. Simply put, Perry is definitely the better player here and we would expect him to get plenty of touches early in order to set the pace of the game and open things up on the perimeter.

Advantage: Arizona

Bench: Alexis Moore and Daniel Munoz are going to be the only two players USC uses off the bench and Moore is most likely to contribute, but that is not saying much. USC does not have much of a bench and it will be interesting to see how the Trojans handle Arizona because the goal will likely be to wear USC down. If the Wildcats are able to do this, O'Neill really does not have anybody on the bench to turn to that can produce.

Advantage: Arizona

Coaches: Sean Miller vs. Kevin O'Neill

O'Neill is a very good basketball mind, but that does not necessarily mean he knows how to operate an entire program. However, he does not deserve a ton of blame for this season because absolutely nothing has gone his way.

Advantage: Arizona

Prediction: USC has had plenty of time to prepare for this game and make sure each player is energized. However, it just does not have the manpower to keep up with Arizona. This is a must win situation for the Wildcats against a team that it is easily more talented than. If Arizona does not win, it would be a shock and extremely disappointing to say the least.

Arizona 68, USC 54

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