USC looks to knock off No. 18 Colorado
Southern California (19-7, 8-5) vs. No. 18 Colorado (20-6, 10-4)
CU Events Center, Boulder, Colorado; Thursday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 18 Colorado looks to give Southern California its ninth straight loss against ranked opponents. Southern California’s last win vs a ranked opponent came against the then-No. 11 SMU Mustangs 66-65 on March 17, 2017. Colorado is coming off a 69-47 win at Oregon State in its most recent game.
FAB FRESHMEN: Southern California has relied heavily on its freshmen. Onyeka Okongwu, Nick Rakocevic, Isaiah Mobley and Ethan Anderson have combined to account for 54 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 49 percent of all Trojans points over the team’s last five games.
FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: McKinley Wright IV has made or assisted on 42 percent of all Colorado field goals over the last three games. Wright has accounted for 12 field goals and 15 assists in those games.
SCORING THRESHOLDS: Southern California is 12-0 when it limits opponents to 65 or fewer points, and 7-7 when opposing teams exceed 65 points. Colorado is 17-0 when holding opponents to 67 points or fewer, and 3-6 whenever teams score more than 67 on the Buffaloes.
STREAK STATS: Colorado has won its last five home games, scoring an average of 79.4 points while giving up 61.8.
DID YOU KNOW: Colorado has made 7.8 3-pointers per game as a team this year, which is second-best among Pac-12 teams. The Buffaloes have averaged 9.2 3-pointers per game over their last five games.