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USC Basketball: Round one vs. Miami instant prediction

Evan Desai
Mar 10, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Drew Peterson, USC Basketball
Mar 10, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Drew Peterson, USC Basketball / Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
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USC basketball's offense is about to unlock against the University of Miami. That's who they'll be playing in Round 1 of the NCAA Tournament. The No. 22 ranked Trojans take on the 10 seed Miami Hurricanes. SC is a 7 seed this year.

Two players in particular are going to have big performances against Miami. The first is Chevez Goodwin. The reason why? Well, Miami is NOT a good defensive team. They allow 46.5% of their opponents' shots to drop. That's second-to-last in the ACC. The terrible ACC--which features just one ranked team in the entire conference.

Goodwin, who converts field goal attempts at an absurd rate of 57% (team-high) is going to have a field day against Miami. That 57% shooting percentage is fourth in the entire Pac-12. He's going to feast on Friday, so expect him to exceed his already solid 11 points per game.

Other than Chevez Goodwin, Drew Peterson is going to ball out for the USC basketball program.

USC basketball also has a top five player in the conference in three-point field goal percentage, and that's Drew Peterson. Well, Miami is also terrible in defending the three, and not just defending offensive weapons in general. They allow the 11th-highest three-point percentage in the lowly ACC; 35.2%.

Peterson converts on 41.1% of his three-point attempts. He's already set up for success against the defense from South Beach. Peterson is going to be asked to shoot the rock, and we know he won't miss. And if Peterson's shooting to the best of his ability, USC is winning.

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Peterson has gotten up to four, and even five threes in games this season. He scored 27 points in the game he drained four threes in, and 23 in the game he hit five threes in. SC won both of those games. USC doesn't even need massive performances from Isaiah Mobley and Boogie Ellis, and they can still beat Miami. Two players in particular will be unlocking their potential against Miami, and it will be a beautiful sight to see.

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