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Oregon vs. USC 3/28/2021 NCAA Basketball Preview, Prediction, Picks

Oregon takes on USC on 3/28/2021 at 9:45PM.

Oregon and USC predictions are here in this article for you. It is TOURNAMENT TIME! Get excited people. Even if you did not submit a bracket, you can still find value in every game like it is the regular season. Oregon has a record of 21-6 this season. USC is 24-7 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Oregon Team Defense Preview

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They have an elite level defense and fans may not appreciate it because they get so fixated on scoring, dunks, and drama, but this defense is as good as it gets right now. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just a defensive efficiency rating. They fall in the middle defensively when it comes to opponent ball movement. Their ability to create live ball turnovers is above average.

They are an average team when it comes to the shot quality of their opponents. There is greater diversity of shot selection against them. Not a team that faces a heavy barrage of three point shots. They feature a decent perimeter defense that is able to force some bad three point shots. They are an average team when it comes to the shot quality of their opponents inside the perimeter. Nothing will blow you away about their ability to block shots. Their defensive rebounding is above average relative to other teams.

Oregon Team Offense Preview

Getting excited about an offensive efficiency of 110.2 is going a bit overboard with an above-average offense. And nothing more than that. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just an offensive efficiency rating. They tend to score a bit more off the dribble inside the perimeter than most. They do an above average job protecting the basketball and making decisions on offense.

Their Effective Field Goal Rate is 0.548, which considered to be above average. Their True Shooting Percentage is 0.57 which considered to be above average. They attempt 0.379 of their shots from three point range. They fall right around average in College Basketball. They made 0.382 of their shots from three point range. They are an above average three point shooting team. No attack mindset in this offense whatsoever, they are among the laggards in Free Throw Rate. They do not dribble drive and they like to take a lot of jump shots whether they be mid-range or from three point range. They made 0.705 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They would be considered below average from the charity stripe. They successfully retrieved 28.1% of their missed shots. They are a slightly above average rebounding team.

USC Team Defense Preview

They have an elite level defense and fans may not appreciate it because they get so fixated on scoring, dunks, and drama, but this defense is as good as it gets right now. Now that we know what the overall defense looks like, it is time to understand why this defense is the way it is. They fall in the middle defensively when it comes to opponent ball movement. Sometimes defenses are very focused on forcing bad shots and getting the defensive rebound. Is there anything to support this? It may be just possible that this is a passive defense.

They are doing a great job forcing bad shots from opposing offenses, they are among the leaders in the country. This defense discourages three point shots a bit more than others. They are an average team when it comes to the shot quality of the three point shots of their opposition. They are doing a great job forcing terrible mid-range shots, they are among the leaders in the country at keeping opponents from getting optimal looks at the basket. Their ability to block shots is above average. Their defensive rebounding is above average relative to other teams.

USC Team Offense Preview

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Getting excited about an offensive efficiency of 109.2 is going a bit overboard with an above-average offense. And nothing more than that. Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. They tend to score a bit more off the dribble inside the perimeter than most. They do an above average job protecting the basketball and making decisions on offense.

Their Effective Field Goal Rate is 0.527, which considered to be slightly above average. Their True Shooting Percentage is 0.549 which considered to be slightly above average. They attempt 0.312 of their shots from three point range. The three point shot is just not as important to this offense. They made 0.356 of their shots from three point range. They are a slightly above average three point shooting team. They are able to get to the Free Throw Line quite a bit, but they are not necessarily dependent upon it in their offense. They made 0.643 of their shots from the charity stripe. This is a team that will keep opponents in the game when up with a late narrow lead. They rebounded 34.9% of their missed shots. This is an above average offensive rebounding team.

The Oregon Roster

The Players to Watch for Oregon

Chris Duarte 6-6 190 pound Guard

Chris Duarte has a 26.2 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

Chris Duarte this season has 0.484 of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is considered one of the more frequent three point shooters in the conference. He made 0.428 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. He made 0.633 of his two point shots attempted this season. He gets his work done inside the restricted arc and has shown a strong ability to finish at the rim while showing great restraint to avoid less optimal shots. 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.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.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

Chris Duarte 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. A strong shot-blocker who must be accounted for by opponents looking to attack the basket or post up on him. 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.

Eugene Omoruyi 6-6 235 pound Forward

Eugene Omoruyi sports a 25.1 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. Few teams have a player like him to take on that much of the workload.

Offensive Breakdown

Eugene Omoruyi attempted 0.298 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. Eugene Omoruyi shot 0.375 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 0.514 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.

You can expect him to crash the boards on a consistent basis on the offensive end, his success is better than most. He is a stronger distributor than most that is for sure, but he is not among the elite. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

He is a strong defender who makes a positive impact for his team on the defensive end. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. A strong shot-blocker who must be accounted for by opponents looking to attack the basket or post up on him. 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.

LJ Figueroa 6-6 195 pound Guard

LJ Figueroa sports a 22.4 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

LJ Figueroa attempted 0.45 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. He made 0.39 of his three point shots fired this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. He made 0.556 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. 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

LJ Figueroa 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. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. 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.

Eric Williams Jr. 6-6 200 pound Guard

Eric Williams Jr. has a 15.9 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. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Eric Williams Jr. attempted 0.437 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. He made 0.356 of his three point shots fired this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. He made 0.438 of his two point shots attempted this season. 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.

You can expect him to crash the boards on a consistent basis on the offensive end, his success is better than most. 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

He is a strong defender who makes a positive impact for his team on the defensive end. He is a leader in his conference as a defensive rebounder. 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.

Amauri Hardy 6-2 190 pound Guard

Amauri Hardy sports a 7.1 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

Amauri Hardy attempted 0.266 of his shots from three point range. He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Amauri Hardy shot 0.241 from long range this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. Amauri Hardy shot 0.475 inside the perimeter. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. He is not efficient in his scoring attempts regardless of where it takes place.

This season, when shots were missed, Amauri Hardy 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

An average defensive player making an average impact for his team. We shall see if there is more to this. 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.

Will Richardson 6-5 180 pound Guard

Will Richardson has a 14.9 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. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Will Richardson attempted 0.439 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. Will Richardson shot 0.414 from long range this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. Will Richardson shot 0.486 inside the perimeter. 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.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.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

An average defensive player making an average impact for his team. We shall see if there is more to this. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. He is not a shot blocker. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Will Richardson is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Chandler Lawson 6-8 205 pound Forward

Chandler Lawson has a 13.2 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

Chandler Lawson attempted 0.115 of his shots from three point range. He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Chandler Lawson shot 0.364 from long range this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. Chandler Lawson shot 0.541 inside the perimeter. He is a solid finisher at the rim and his shot selection is generally strong 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 an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Chandler Lawson 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. A strong shot-blocker who must be accounted for by opponents looking to attack the basket or post up on him. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Chandler Lawson is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

The USC Roster

The Players to Watch for USC

Evan Mobley 7-0 210 pound Forward

Evan Mobley sports a 29.4 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

Evan Mobley this season has 0.12 of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Evan Mobley shot 0.308 from long range this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. Evan Mobley shot 0.618 inside the perimeter. He gets his work done inside the restricted arc and has shown a strong ability to finish at the rim while showing great restraint to avoid less optimal shots. 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.

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. 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 Evan Mobley is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Tahj Eaddy 6-2 165 pound Guard

Tahj Eaddy has a 17.3 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

Tahj Eaddy attempted 0.466 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 0.386 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 0.497 inside the perimeter. 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.

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 among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

He is a strong defender who makes a positive impact for his team on the defensive end. 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 pound Guard

Drew Peterson has a 15.7 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

Drew Peterson attempted 0.337 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. He made 0.376 of his three point shots fired this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. He made 0.449 of his two point shots attempted this season. 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.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

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 a leader in his conference as a defensive rebounder. 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.

Isaiah Mobley 6-10 235 pound Forward

Isaiah Mobley has a 18.0 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

Isaiah Mobley this season has 0.151 of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Isaiah Mobley shot 0.457 from long range this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. Isaiah Mobley shot 0.457 inside the perimeter. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. 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 among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

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. 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. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Isaiah White 6-7 205 pound Guard

Isaiah White has a 16.1 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

Isaiah White attempted 0.379 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. He made 0.328 of his three point shots fired this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. He made 0.57 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. 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 an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Isaiah White 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. 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.

Max Agbonkpolo 6-8 190 pound Forward

Max Agbonkpolo has a 7.3 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

Max Agbonkpolo this season has 0.546 of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is considered one of the more frequent three point shooters in the conference. He made 0.237 of his three point shots fired this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. Max Agbonkpolo shot 0.49 inside the perimeter. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. He is not efficient in his scoring attempts regardless of where it takes place.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. His inability to prevent himself from committing turnovers is a massive liability for his team.

Defensive Breakdown

Max Agbonkpolo 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. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Ethan Anderson 6-1 210 pound Guard

Ethan Anderson sports a 10.2 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. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Ethan Anderson attempted 0.349 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. Ethan Anderson shot 0.386 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 0.39 of his two point shots attempted this season. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. He is not efficient in his scoring attempts regardless of where it takes place.

This season, when shots were missed, Ethan Anderson is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is one of the best at creating scoring opportunities for his teammates. 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

He is a strong defender who makes a positive impact for his team on the defensive end. 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.

Chevez Goodwin 6-9 215 pound Forward

Chevez Goodwin has a 17.6 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

Chevez Goodwin this season has 0.007 of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Chevez Goodwin shot 0.0 from long range this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. Chevez Goodwin shot 0.579 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.

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. He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Chevez Goodwin 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. 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.

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