USC basketball has another tough road game in the desert on Saturday night, taking on an ASU team that is heating up with wins in four of their last five.
Desert Financial Arena | Tempe, AZ7:00 p.m. PT | FS1Series: USC leads 54-41Last time: USC 69, ASU 67 in Los Angeles
USC basketball and ASU basketball appear to be going in different directions this February. On Saturday night, it’s up to the Trojans to turn themselves around and stop the Sun Devils’ roll in the process.
ASU is coming off of a blowout win over UCLA on Thursday, 84-66. That’s their fourth win in five games, having bested Utah, Arizona, and Washington. Their only loss involved a two-point deficit against Washington State.
Guard Remy Martin has been the go-to for ASU this season. He’s averaging 19.1 points per game. Two other Sun Devils are averaging in the double digits: guard Rob Edwards (10.8) and forward Romello White (10.9).
With a record of 17-6, 6-4 in the Pac-12, the Trojans have managed to stay ahead of the Sun Devils at 14-8 overall and 5-4 in conference. However, Saturday’s action will pose a major test of USC’s mental strength.
Andy Enfield’s squad is coming off two consecutive losses, their first losing streak of the season. Neither were particularly encouraging. Colorado blasted USC on their home court with the top spot in the Pac-12 on the line, 78-57. Then Arizona got out to a 20-point second-half lead over the Trojans, who managed to make the loss look less dire at 85-80.
Nor will Tempe be a particularly welcoming place. USC has lost each of their last six games there going back to 2011. Those six losses have come by an average of four points.
It will fall to Onyeka Okongwu and Nick Rakocevic to establish themselves inside, while another hot night of shooting from Daniel Utomi on the wing would go a long way. He had a season-high 22 points in the loss to Arizona.
The action tips off at 7:00 p.m. on FS1. Aaron Goldsmith will be on play-by-play while Trojan fans will get a reprieve from a certain former Bruin color commentator with Doug Gottlieb providing analysis.
Jordan Moore’s live local radio call will air on KABC 790 AM as usual.
Last Game Starters
G #1 Remy Martin, 6-0, Jr. (19.1 ppg)G #2 Rob Edwards, 6-5, RS-Sr. (10.8)F #0 Mickey Mitchell, 6-7, Sr. (0.9)F #4 Kimani Lawrence, 6-8, Jr. (4.6)F #23 Romello White, 6-8, RS-Jr. (10.9)
G #2 Jonah Mathews, 6-3, Sr. (12.8 ppg)G #4 Daniel Utomi, 6-6, RS-Sr. (8.4)G #20 Ethan Anderson, 6-1, Fr. (5.8)F #21 Onyeka Okongwu, 6-9, Fr. (16.1)F #31 Nick Rakocevic, 6-11, Sr. (9.6)
TV channel listings:
DirecTV: Channel 219Dish: Channel 150AT&T U-Verse: Channel 652 / 1652 HDFiOS TV from Frontier: Channel 83 / 583 HDSpectrum Cable: Channel 400
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
There are no odds for Saturday’s game as of Friday evening.