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Gonzaga vs. USC odds, prediction for March Madness 2021

The Gonzaga Bulldogs feature the nation’s top offense in points per game, and the high-powered attack causes their top-10 defense in efficiency to go overlooked as they take on a USC team on Tuesday that thrives on post play.

Coach Mark Few’s Bulldogs are the nation’s leaders in 2-point shooting percentage at 63.6, but USC is No. 1 in college basketball in 2-point shooting defense with opponents making 41.5 percent of their shots inside the arc.

Second chances are also hard to come by against Gonzaga as the Bulldogs rank 19th in the percentage of missed shots opponents rebound, with just 20.6 percent of misses being corralled. Neither team allows many trips to the free-throw line, and both rank in the top 40 in free-throw-attempts to field-goal-attempt ratio.

USC has given up 72 points or fewer in each of its past seven games that have not involved overtime, while Gonzaga has allowed 71 or fewer in 10 of its past 12 games.

With the Trojans ranking 215th in the nation in possessions per game and 327th in free-throw shooting percentage, things will be slower in this game than many might expect, with both defenses showing their abilities.

The play: USC-Gonzaga total, Under 153.5.

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