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Oregon State Basketball: Opponent Preview - USC Trojans (Game 14)

Can the Beavs pull off the upset a second time?

USC v Oregon State Photo by Soobum Im/Getty Images

USC Trojans (12-3, 6-2)

  • Head Coach: Andy Enfield (8th Season, Overall: 144-105)
  • Points For: 76.7 (T-80th)
  • Points Against: 64.7 (53rd)
  • Last Game/Streak: 76-68 Win at California (1W)

The Skinny

  • Evan Mobley (16.5 PPG, 8.6 RPG)
  • Tahi Eaddy (12.9 PPG, 3.1 RPG)
  • Drew Peterson (10.4 PPG, 5.4 RPG)
  • Isaiah Mobley (9.7 PPG, 7.5 RPG)
  • Isaiah White (8.1 PPG, 3.5 RPG)
  • Chevez Goodwin (6.5 PPG, 3.9 RPG)
  • Ethan Anderson (5.6 PPG, 1.7 RPG)
  • Noah Baumann (4.5 PPG, 1.3 RPG)
  • Max Agbonkpolo (4.3 PPG, 3.1 RPG)
  • Boubacar Coulibaly (1.7 PPG, 1.0 RPG)
  • Reese Waters (1.7 PPG, 0.3 RPG)
  • Amar Ross (1.5 RPG, 0.0 RPG)
  • Joshua Morgan (0.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG)
  • Reggie Parris (0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG)

A few weeks ago the Beavers were written off as dead in the water by many, myself included. Then, the team managed to knock off Arizona State, pull off a huge upset over USC, and take out in state rival Oregon back to back to back. It proved there’s a lot of fight, and a lot of talent, left in this team.

There are more tough games ahead however. USC is itching to prove that the Beavers win in Corvallis was merely a fluke, and they’ll get a chance to get their win back when Oregon State travels to southern California this Thursday. USC is still very much alive in the race for the Pac-12 crown, but they can’t afford to drop many more games while they’re chasing UCLA for the top spot in the standings.

In the teams’ first meeting Oregon State won a tightly fought 58-56 victory. Trojans’ star Evan Mobley was held to just 12 against Oregon State, but bounced back with a 25 point game against California. If Mobley is performing well, it stands to reason the Trojans will probably score more than 56 points. Oregon State will have to some new avenues for scoring to keep up. Warith Alatishe has been on a bit of a roll of late, and if he could find away to be more effective against the Trojans that would be a big help.

I would still favor the Trojans on their home court for the rematch. They’re a very good team, and the first game was close enough that if a few things had broken their way they’d have gotten the win. Still, the Beavers have been so hot lately, and are playing with such fire that you can’t count them out completely. Should be another great game.

Game Info

  • Date: Thursday, January 28th
  • Time: 2:00 PM PT
  • Location: Galen Center (Los Angeles, California)
  • Coverage: ESPNU