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College Basketball Week 3 Weekend Preview

Houston vs (11) Oregon

Houston is looking to get a very quality win against Oregon on Friday night. Oregon is looking to continue to build a strong non-conference resume with a win already over Memphis.
Houston is going to need Quinten Grimes to continue to be a leading scorer and go-to option. In addition, Nate Hinton and Dejon Jarreau need to provide consistency on both ends to elevate the backcourt to the next level. Marcus Sasser is an x-factor for this Houston team as he can provide steadiness at point guard. The length and height will be a challenge for Houston in the interior needing Fabian White and Brison Gresham to play well.
Oregon has gotten off to a strong start with their depth showing up. The point guard play of veteran Payton Pritchard is leading the way and giving them a great threat. In addition, Shakur Juiston is providing toughness on both ends and gives quality minutes. Also, Anthony Mathis and Will Richardson give the ability to stretch the defense with their ability to make perimeter jumpers. C.J. Walker and Chandler Lawson are giving very solid frontcourt minutes off the bench. This will be a very competitive game, but Oregon has more quality depth and talent to outlast Houston.
Prediction: Oregon 81 Houston 74

LSU vs (15) Utah State

Image result for sam merrillLSU will look to continue to build a strong resume in their difficult non-conference schedule. For Utah State, the expectations for their season are to win the Mountain West Conference and make a run in the NCAA tournament.
For LSU, their inability to take care of the ball must improve and that starts with Ja’Vonte Smart controlling the offense. Next, Skylar Mays and Darius Days will be tasked with containing Sam Merrill who is one of the great scores in college basketball. In addition, Trendon Watford will have an opportunity to have a great success with Neemias Queta being out for Utah State. Charles Manning coming off the bench can give the extra scoring needed for LSU.
With Utah State, their ability to win this game starts with Sam Merrill and his ability to lead the way offensively. The most important player in this game will be Kuba Karwowski as he’s filling the void for Neemias Queta. In addition, Justin Bean and Abel Porter will need to provide offense along with Merrill against the athleticism of LSU’s wings. The biggest advantage for Utah State could be at point guard with Brock Miller as he can control the tempo of this game. Next, with Utah State missing Neemias Queta it will be too much for them to overcome against a talented LSU team.
Prediction: LSU 77 Utah State 70

Bowling Green vs Western Kentucky

This will be a high-level mid-major game between two teams capable of winning their conferences. Starting off with Bowling Green, Justin Turner is the lead guard who will provide consistency on both ends. In addition, Caleb Fields is showing growth in his sophomore season becoming more of a threat offensively and staying effective defensively. Furthermore, Daequon Plowden will be a task containing Charles Bassey in a very difficult matchup. The depth of Bowling Green will be utilized in this game with Trey Diggs and Marlon Sierra giving them that length off the bench.
Western Kentucky’s success starts with Charles Bassey as he is a dominant force inside on both ends averaging 14.8 points and 10.4 rebounds. In addition, the production of Carson Williams has been a major boost for their frontcourt next to Charles Bassey. Further, Jared Savage and Josh Anderson continue to produce in the perimeter for Western Kentucky. The matchup for both teams backcourts will be vital to the outcome in this game. In end, the frontcourt of Western Kentucky with Charles Bassey will be too much for Bowling Green to contain.
Prediction: Western Kentucky 70 Bowling Green 64

Temple vs USC

Image result for jonah mathewsTemple is looking to continue its success in non-conference play. USC needs to continue its strong start to the season.
For Temple, their success is predicated on the production in the backcourt with Nate Pierre-Louis who is a great overall point guard. Also, Quinton Rose on the perimeter provides really good length and scoring. Now, the production outside of that needs to step up in a major way. This starts with J.P. Moorman’s ability to stretch the floor effectively. Next, Justyn Hamilton must provide additional help along with De’Vondre Perry.
USC has a very strong frontcourt with Nik Rakocevic, Isaiah Mobley and Onyeka Okongwu giving major production. Furthermore, the backcourt of USC will be vital in winning this game that starts with Jonah Matthews. Also, Elijah Weaver and Ethan Anderson will be tasked with containing Quinton Rose. The size and production inside for USC will be too much for Temple in this matchup.
Prediction: USC 78 Temple 72

LSU vs Rhode Island

LSU continues their tough stretch in non-conference play after their game against Utah State. In addition, Rhode Island is coming off a strong win against Alabama.
Now, with LSU the production of Ja’Vonte Smart needs to continue to produce as the primary backcourt option. As well as, Trendon Watford needs to show further development to become a major threat offensively. Next, Emmitt Williams and Darius Days provide very solid defense and toughness on the boards. Furthermore, Charles Manning must be that spark off the bench for LSU.
Rhode Island, their success starts with the backcourt. In order for Rhode Island to have a chance in this game Fats Russell and Jeff Dowtin must score at a high level and be efficient. Next, Cyril Langevine will continue to bring the toughness and consistency of both playing a major role against LSU’s wings. As well as, Tyrese Martin will be key in this matchup to match up the size of LSU. Jacob Doppin and Dana Tate need to provide length off the bench for Rhode Island. The size of LSU will be able to contain the guards of Rhode Island to outlast them.
Prediction: LSU 85 Rhode Island 76

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