Colorado Buffaloes vs. Southern California Trojans Pick & Prediction JANUARY 12th 2023

Stadium: Galen Center Los Angeles
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Southern California will take the court Thursday in its first home game since Dec. 18, while trying to snap a Pac-12 Conference losing streak when it welcomes Colorado to Los Angeles.

The Trojans (11-5, 3-2 Pac-12) won seven straight from Nov. 30-Dec. 30, but dropped their last two at the end of a three-game conference road swing. USC fell behind early at Washington State on Jan. 1 and could never rally in an 81-71 defeat -- the Trojans' first loss to the Cougars since 2013.

USC again dug an early hole Jan. 5 at crosstown rival UCLA but battled back from an 18-point halftime deficit to take a 58-56 lead in the final minute on the back of a relentless defense. The Bruins' Jaylen Clark hit a 3-pointer with 15 seconds remaining to sink the Trojans 60-58.

"We're still a team that's developing and we're improving since the beginning of the season. You saw that (at UCLA), especially in the second half. But, it's frustrating as well," USC coach Andy Enfield said. "You have to make plays if you're going to win close games like this."

After the three straight road games against the Washington schools and UCLA, and a neutral-court matchup with Colorado State in Phoenix on Dec. 21, USC is back at the Galen Center for the first time since knocking off Auburn last month.

Colorado (11-6, 3-3) arrives looking to spoil the Trojans' homecoming. The Buffaloes are winners of their last two and seven of their last eight.

They crushed both Oregon and Oregon State last week, holding the Ducks to 41 points in a 27-point blowout, and the Beavers to 42 points in a 20-point rout.

"They have taken the scouting report, and we've locked down the best players on the other team scoring-wise," Buffs coach Tad Boyle said following the win over Oregon State. "... A combined 83 points in two games back-to-back hasn't been done (at Colorado) since the (1940s)."

Colorado's focus on locking down opponents' leading scorers would suggest a focus squarely on the USC backcourt duo of Boogie Ellis and Drew Peterson, who average 15.7 and 13.7 points per game to pace the Trojans.

--Field Level Media

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Colorado Buffaloes vs. Southern California Trojans Recap JAN 12TH 2023

Drew Peterson led a balanced scoring effort with 15 points, Joshua Morgan added 12 points, four blocked shots and three steals, and Southern California won in its return home to Los Angeles on Thursday, 68-61, against Pac-12 Conference counterpart Colorado.

The Trojans (12-5, 4-2 Pac-12), playing their first home game since Dec. 18, led for more than 34 minutes en route to snapping a two-game losing skid.

USC jumped to a 15-3 lead early, but Colorado battled back to cut the deficit to two points by halftime.

The Buffaloes (11-7, 3-4) opened the second half on an 8-2 run to take a four-point lead, but the advantage did not last long.

Five Trojans players scored during a 10-0 run that gave USC a lead it never relinquished. The balance over the Trojans' pivotal stretch of 2:45 mirrored their scoring approach throughout the contest, as six players finished with at least eight points.

Two of Peterson's points came on a critical fadeaway with 1:35 remaining. Colorado had cut the gap to 60-59 on two of KJ Simpson's game-high 17 points before Peterson's basket gave USC separation.

Boogie Ellis scored 14 points and dished a game-high six assists, Reese Dixon-Waters added nine points off the bench, and Tre White notched eight points. Kobe Johnson registered another eight points, grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, distributed five assists and made a key steal with 1:16 left in the game.

Johnson's takeaway was one of Colorado's 22 turnovers, which USC converted into 20 points. The Trojans committed just nine turnovers, and the Buffs scored only seven points on takeaways.

Tristan da Silva and Lawson Lovering each registered 13 points for Colorado. Javon Ruffin shot 3-of-6 from 3-point range en route to 12 points off the bench.

--Field Level Media