Fontan is only making 34 percent of his shots this season, but that has not stopped him from putting them up, as he averages eight attempts per game. Fontan is going to be better with Bob Cantu's offense, because it allows him to get into transition and not have to actually run an offense. He does have the ability to get hot, like he did against ASU, but Fontan is not consistent in the slightest. In addition, he is similar to Lyons in that he can be forced into making mistakes and trying to do too much. Lyons has been more consistent than Fontan and has a higher ceiling, so we are giving him the advantage.
SG: Nick Johnson (6-3, 200, So.) vs. J.T. Terrell (6-3, 185, Jr.)
Terrell is going to shoot the ball, whether he is making them or not and does not care about the range in which he is shooting from. The problem with that mentality is that he is making 33 percent of his attempts. Terrell makes 34 percent of his three-point attempts, but does not do much else except for shooter, as he has turned the ball over twice as much as he has assisted on plays. Terrell does have the ability to score like most players, but it is not something that is consistent. Johnson should be able to stay in front of him and even if Terrell scores his points, he is unlikely to do it at a strong percentage.
SF: Solomon Hill (6-7, 220, Sr.) vs. Byron Wesley (6-5, 210, So.)
Wesley is another player that has really benefitted from the change in offense, as he scored 15 points against ASU and 19 against Oregon State. Wesley is a strong player once he gets in the lane and has a decent mid-range jumper as well. He is unlikely to take over a game and Hill is the better overall player, but Wesley is successful with what the coaching staff wants him to do. Still, we can only see Wesley playing so well whereas Hill has the ability to really get things going and control the game.
PF: Brandon Ashley (6-8, 235, Fr.) vs. Eric Wise (6-6, 240, Sr.)
Ashley has definitely picked it up as of late and a lot of that has to do with the fact that it seems the coaching staff has more confidence in him. It would be nice to see Ashley be more aggressive because he is a pretty efficient player when he is. Wise is a transfer from Irvine that has had plenty of success this season, scoring in single digits in only two games. He shoots 51 percent from the field while averaging about 12 points and 5 boards. Wise is probably USC's most consistent player and he gets the advantage because of it, although it would not surprise us to see Ashley have a successful game.
C: Kaleb Tarczewski (7-0, 255, Fr.) vs. DeWayne Dedmon (7-0, 255, Jr.)
Tarczewski and Dedmon are similar in that you really do not know what you are going to get from either. Dedmon fouled out in 14 minutes against ASU and did the same in 15 minutes against Oregon. He struggles with teams that like to push the pace and it would not be a surprise to see Arizona try to do the same in order to get him out of the game. This is a good matchup for Tarczewski because he is the same size as Dedmon and has a relatively similar game as well. We would be surprised if either player was able to get any kind of advantage here.
Bench: Cantu is seemingly giving every player a chance, as Ari Stewart is starting to play some, although he is not doing much with it. The Trojans have plenty of size off the bench, but players like Omar Oraby are likely not going to be the difference in the game. Kevin Parrom is better than anything USC will bring off the bench and probably by a large margin.
Coaching: Sean Miller vs. Bob Cantu
There really is not much to say about this one. Cantu has USC playing zone and a much faster offense, but he does not have the Trojans winning. If it comes down to coaching, USC is not going to win this game.
Prediction: There is no reason for this game to be close and if it is, Arizona has more worries. It is more talented than USC and better or equal at every position. The Trojans will score some points because of how the offense operates now, but Arizona should be able to defend and score enough to beat the Trojans. The only question in this one is how Arizona will bounce back from losing to UCLA.
Arizona 81, USC 67