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Connecticut vs. USC 12/3/2020 College Basketball Picks, Prediction, and Preview

Connecticut takes on USC on 12/3/2020 at 7:00PM.

Connecticut and USC face off in an regular season game for both teams as every game in this shortened College Basketball season with limited or no fans in attendance means more. Connecticut has a record of 2-0 this season. USC is 3-0 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

The Connecticut Roster

The Players to Watch for Connecticut

James Bouknight 6-4 175.0 Guard

James Bouknight has a 27.1 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. He is among the best in the conference and even in the country as far as his on-the-court contributions. Definitely, a player to watch and opponents will have him scouted. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

James Bouknight this season has 0.407% of his shots attempted from 3 point range This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. James Bouknight shot 0.273% from long range this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. He made 0.688% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is a solid finisher at the rim and his shot selection is generally strong inside the perimeter. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

You can expect him to crash the boards on a consistent basis on the offensive end, his success is better than most. He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

James Bouknight has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. Watch out on the passing lanes, he will use his length and athleticism to force turnovers. He may even pick your pocket, opponents should be wary.

Jalen Gaffney 6-2 175.0 Guard

Jalen Gaffney sports a 17.9 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Jalen Gaffney attempted 0.333% of his shots from three point range. This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. Jalen Gaffney shot 0.4% from long range this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. Jalen Gaffney shot 0.4% inside the perimeter. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Jalen Gaffney has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. He is one of the best shot-blockers in College Basketball, opponents have to game plan around him and he is an insurance policy of sorts for his team on the defensive end. This may enable them to take more risks defensively knowing he can erase shots. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Jalen Gaffney is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

R.J. Cole 6-1 185.0 Guard

R.J. Cole sports a 21.4 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign this season. Consider that he is one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

R.J. Cole this season has 0.6% of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is considered one of the more frequent three point shooters in the conference. R.J. Cole shot 0.417% from long range this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. He made 0.5% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

This season, when shots were missed, R.J. Cole is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is a stronger distributor than most that is for sure, but he is not among the elite. He is a turnover prone player and he is a target for defenses. Playing more physical against him or making sure to jump his passes may be a good idea.

Defensive Breakdown

R.J. Cole has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. He is not a shot blocker. An aggressive defender who is among the best at successfully forcing live ball turnovers in every which way. He learned the Art of the Steal.

Isaiah Whaley 6-8 220.0 Forward

Isaiah Whaley sports a 32.8 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. He is among the best in the conference and even in the country as far as his on-the-court contributions. Definitely, a player to watch and opponents will have him scouted. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Isaiah Whaley attempted 0.0% of his shots from three point range. He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Isaiah Whaley shot nan% from long range this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. He made 0.625% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is a solid finisher at the rim and his shot selection is generally strong inside the perimeter. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

He is one of the best at creating second chance scoring opportunities in the country, his ability to grab offensive rebounds is very difficult to beat. His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Isaiah Whaley has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. Windex has found their new pitchman and his abilities on the defensive glass certainly warrant such a Dick Vitale-ism. He is one of the best shot-blockers in College Basketball, opponents have to game plan around him and he is an insurance policy of sorts for his team on the defensive end. This may enable them to take more risks defensively knowing he can erase shots. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Isaiah Whaley is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Tyler Polley 6-9 204.0 Forward

Tyler Polley has a 19.0 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Tyler Polley this season has 0.5% of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is considered one of the more frequent three point shooters in the conference. He made 0.333% of his three point shots fired this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. He made 0.5% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

You can expect him to crash the boards on a consistent basis on the offensive end, his success is better than most. He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Tyler Polley has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. He is one of the best shot-blockers in College Basketball, opponents have to game plan around him and he is an insurance policy of sorts for his team on the defensive end. This may enable them to take more risks defensively knowing he can erase shots. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Tyler Polley is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

The USC Roster

The Players to Watch for USC

Evan Mobley 7-0 210.0 Forward

Evan Mobley sports a 27.3 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. He is among the best in the conference and even in the country as far as his on-the-court contributions. Definitely, a player to watch and opponents will have him scouted. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Evan Mobley attempted 0.097% of his shots from three point range. He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Evan Mobley shot 0.667% from long range this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. He made 0.679% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is a solid finisher at the rim and his shot selection is generally strong inside the perimeter. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

He is one of the best at creating second chance scoring opportunities in the country, his ability to grab offensive rebounds is very difficult to beat. His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Evan Mobley has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is a leader in his conference as a defensive rebounder. He is one of the best shot-blockers in College Basketball, opponents have to game plan around him and he is an insurance policy of sorts for his team on the defensive end. This may enable them to take more risks defensively knowing he can erase shots. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Evan Mobley is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Tahj Eaddy 6-2 165.0 Guard

Tahj Eaddy sports a 17.5 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Tahj Eaddy attempted 0.458% of his shots from three point range. This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. Tahj Eaddy shot 0.455% from long range this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. Tahj Eaddy shot 0.615% inside the perimeter. He is a solid finisher at the rim and his shot selection is generally strong inside the perimeter. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

This season, when shots were missed, Tahj Eaddy is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is a stronger distributor than most that is for sure, but he is not among the elite. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Tahj Eaddy has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. He is not a shot blocker. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Drew Peterson 6-8 185.0 Guard

Drew Peterson has a 23.7 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign this season. Consider that he is one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Drew Peterson this season has 0.364% of his shots attempted from 3 point range This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. He made 0.625% of his three point shots fired this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. Drew Peterson shot 0.643% inside the perimeter. He is a solid finisher at the rim and his shot selection is generally strong inside the perimeter. He is among the most efficient in his ability to score. As a shooter regardless of where he is, he makes something damaging happen for opponents.

This season, when shots were missed, Drew Peterson is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Drew Peterson has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. He is not a shot blocker. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Isaiah Mobley 6-10 235.0 Forward

Isaiah Mobley has a 19.2 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign this season. Consider that he is one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

Isaiah Mobley this season has 0.185% of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Isaiah Mobley shot 0.0% from long range this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. He made 0.545% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. He is not efficient in his scoring attempts regardless of where it takes place.

He is one of the best at creating second chance scoring opportunities in the country, his ability to grab offensive rebounds is very difficult to beat. His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Isaiah Mobley has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. Windex has found their new pitchman and his abilities on the defensive glass certainly warrant such a Dick Vitale-ism. A strong shot-blocker who must be accounted for by opponents looking to attack the basket or post up on him. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Ethan Anderson 6-1 210.0 Guard

Ethan Anderson sports a 10.8 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. This season, he is a bit of a non-factor on the floor. The hope is that this season he can improve and show what he can do. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Ethan Anderson this season has 0.5% of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is considered one of the more frequent three point shooters in the conference. Ethan Anderson shot 0.429% from long range this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. He made 0.571% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

This season, when shots were missed, Ethan Anderson is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is a stronger distributor than most that is for sure, but he is not among the elite. His inability to prevent himself from committing turnovers is a massive liability for his team.

Defensive Breakdown

Ethan Anderson has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Connecticut vs. USC Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Connecticut 71 USC 70

Spread Pick: No Action
Total Pick: Under 143 -110 5Dimes