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USC vs. Oregon: Pac-12 play kicks off in Eugene

The Trojans head to Eugene to face Oregon in each team’s final Pac-12 season.

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The USC Trojans take on the Oregon Ducks in a Pac-12 matchup on Wednesday, December 28. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET from Eugene, Oregon.

USC (6-5, 0-0 Pac-12) comes into conference play fresh off a 20-point win over Alabama State, a much-needed victory after the Trojans went on a three-game losing streak against Auburn, Gonzaga, and Long Beach State. The Trojans are currently ranked 46th overall at KenPom, but don’t crack the top 50 in adjusted offensive or defensive efficiency.

The Trojans are led by Boogie Ellis, who averages 19.5 points per game, and by Kobe Johnson, who adds an average of 5.6 rebounds per game. In their losses, USC has been beaten at the three-point line, and the Trojans allow opponents to shoot 33.2% from the three-point line, ranking 190th in the country.

Oregon (8-3, 0-0 Pac-12) defeated Kent State in their latest game after falling to Syracuse on the road. They have wins over Michigan and Georgia and losses against Alabama and Santa Clara on their 2023 resume. They rank 48th overall at KenPom.

Last season’s top scorer and rebounder, N’Faly Dante, sustained a leg injury and had to undergo surgery in November. He remains sidelined. Nate Bittle is also out with a wrist injury. In their absence, Jermaine Cousinard has led the Ducks with 13.1 points and 2.7 assists per game. Kwame Evans Jr. adds an average of 5.5 rebounds per game.

In the Ducks’ losses, they have struggled to rebound without two of their big men down low. USC may be able to target this weakness, as the Trojans average 39.3 rebounds per game (50th) compared to Oregon’s 36.9 (135th).

USC’s losses this season have come against worse teams than those that Oregon has lost to, and Oregon’s scoring offense and scoring defense both outrank USC. The Ducks have yet to lose at home this season.

USC vs. Oregon odds from DraftKings Sportsbook

Spread: Oregon -2.5
Total: 150.5
Moneyline: Oregon -148, USC +124

Pick: Oregon -2.5