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Champs of Corvallis

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USC men's basketball notched a win in its Pac-12 opener last night to stay undefeated this season.

The Trojans earned their first win in Corvallis in eight tries with a 70-63 takedown of Oregon State.

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After a number of slow starts this season, the Trojans stormed out of the gate in this one, leading 24-9 at one point in the first half. USC's 17-point lead at the half tied its second largest scoring margin at the break this season.

A balanced scoring attack helped USC maintain the lead the entire game. Chimezie Metu posted a team-high 19 points and added 8 rebounds. Captain Jordan McLaughlin mustered 10 points and also notched 8 boards, and freshman Jonah Mathews continued his recent success with a 10-point outing. Through 14 games, USC has five players averaging double digit points (including F Bennie Boatwright, who hasn't played since the USD game).

Oregon State started to chip away at the big SC lead in the second half, but the Trojans got it done at the free throw line (27-of-33, 81.8 pct) to earn their nation-leading 14th win of the season.

Tomorrow, No. 22 USC takes on the No. 21 Oregon Ducks, who knocked off previously unbeaten UCLA last night. The game will be broadcast on FS1 at 7 p.m. PT.

Disneyland Day

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The Trojans were right at home in "the happiest place on Earth."


Pure CLASS

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USC OT and team captain Zach Banner was named a Senior CLASS Award First Team All-American today, the organization announced.

The Senior CLASS Award celebrates senior student-athletes who demonstrate excellence in the classroom, the community, in character and in competition.

Banner received his Bachelor's degree in communication last year and is currently working on a second degree in sociology. He is interested in attending law school and pursuing entertainment law in the future.

Throughout his career at USC, Banner has consistently demonstrated a commitment to the community in Los Angeles and back home in Tacoma, WA. This season, he lent his voice to the College Football Playoff Extra Yard for Teachers foundation by recording a video message and by speaking to local elementary schoolers about the importance of education, before helping USC's Trojan Outreach program present a local teacher with a $10,000 check.

The team captain led an offensive line unit that only allowed 11 sacks, which ranked No. 6 in the nation this year. He was named a CollegeSportsMadness.com First Team All-American and recently accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Banner suits up in Cardinal & Gold for the last time on Jan. 2 at the 103rd Annual Rose Bowl Game.

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Rose Bowl Wednesday #3: Notes

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USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin, All-American RT Zach Banner, redshirt freshman QB Sam Darnold, senior RB Justin Davis, senior WR Darreus Rogers and junior WR JuJu Smith-Schuster held a Rose Bowl press conference at the StubHub Center today to highlight the Trojans offense. The defensive coordinator and stars will speak to the media tomorrow.

In the afternoon, the Trojans held a mostly closed practice on campus with 15 minutes of video allowed.


2016 #USCtotheNFL Week 16

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Under the spotlight in Week 16, a number of Trojans in the NFL stepped up to lead their teams to victory. After the weekend concluded, the #USCtotheNFL family got a little bigger, as the Titans added Antwaun Woods to their active roster.

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On Sunday, Jaguars WR Marqise Lee hauled in 3 catches for 37 yards and an acrobatic TD. But the former Biletnikoff winner's big day didn't end there. Later in the game, Lee threw a TD to his quarterback on a trick play. Lee became the first NFL WR to have a pass TD and a receiving TD in a game since Golden Tate in 2012. In his third year in the league, Lee has set career highs in receptions (57), yards (765) and TD (3).

The Best of the Rest

Nelson Agholor, WR, Eagles - Team-high 47 receiving yards, 1 TD, plus 2 kickoff returns for 38 yards

Devon Kennard, LB, Giants - 4 tackles

Kevon Seymour, CB, Bills - 2 tackles, 1 special teams tackle

Nickell Robey-Coleman, CB, Bills - 1 tackle, 1 special teams tackle

Robert Woods, WR, Bills - 3 receptions for 43 yards

Clay Matthews, LB, Packers - 3 tackles, 1 sack, 3 QB hits, 2 passes defended, 1 forced fumble

Nick Perry, LB, Packers - 2 sacks

Jurrell Casey, DT, Titans - 1 TFL, 1 pass defended

Matt Cassel, QB, Titans - 124 yards, 1 TD

Leonard Williams, DE, Jets - 7 tackles

Malcolm Smith, LB, Raiders - Team-high 8 tackles, 1 forced fumble

T.J. McDonald, S, Rams - 3 tackles

Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals - 284 yards, 1 TD, led game-winning drive with 1 minute to go

Josh Shaw, CB, Bengals - 1 tackle, 2 special teams tackles

Brian Cushing, LB, Texans - 5 tackles, 1 TFL

Xavier Grimble, TE, Steelers - 20-yard TD reception

Shareece Wright, CB, Ravens - 3 tackles

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Lucky 13

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Lucky 13

Simon Says Success

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USC women's basketball compiled a solid non-conference resume with plenty more opportunities to impress as Pac-12 play begins this week. The Women of Troy are 9-2 with a Top 25 win at Texas A&M and a close loss to No. 5 Mississippi State.

The conference is loaded this season as seven teams are currently in the Top 25 with three others receiving votes, including the Women of Troy (No. 29 in the nation). USC will open its Pac-12 schedule at home this week, hosting No. 20 Colorado (Friday at 6 p.m.) and undefeated Utah (Sunday at Noon).

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While the Women of Troy were dealt a serious blow when senior Jordan Adams was lost for the season due to a knee injury, junior forward Kristen Simon has shouldered the load. She leads the team in scoring (15.5 ppg), rebounding (10.1 rpg) and minutes.

The double-double machine has recorded six this season after eight last year. She has scored 20+ points three times and grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds in the win over Long Beach State. Simon's career-high is 21 rebounds in a single game (vs. Washington in 2015-16), ranking fourth in program history.

For a team that will rely heavily on youth, particularly in the back court, Simon's veteran presence will be key to navigating through the choppy Pac-12 waters as the Women of Troy hope to return to the NCAA Tournament.

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Season of Giving

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_MCG8740 (1).jpgDuring the holiday season, people all over the world are inspired by the spirit of giving.

USC's Trojan Outreach program celebrated the holiday season by hosting numerous events for local children, including A Girls Play Holiday Party and a Boys Holiday Giveaway.

A few members of the football team, including head coach Clay Helton, also recently stopped by a local children's hospital to donate gifts and to invite patients to a USC game next season.

These are just the latest of Trojan Outreach's community events this semester. At the beginning of December, 120 USC student-athletes visited Cochran Middle School for the sixth annual Community Bowl. They spent the day beautifying the campus, which included painting murals, re-netting basketball hoops, refurbishing the community garden and more.

In November, USC women's tennis hosted the fifth annual Rose Cup, which raised approximately $4,000 to fund breast cancer research at USC's Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

USC football coaches and players helped serve local families food on Thanksgiving, continuing the tradition of giving back on the holidays. For Halloween, USC baseball participated in Mayor Eric Garcetti's Halloween Spooktacular, where they spent time with local children and handed out posters.

Throughout the football season, Trojan Outreach has used USC's platform to do good in the community. Senior OL Zach Banner was active in USC's partnership with the College Football Playoff's Extra Yard for Teachers Foundation. After paying his respect to the nation's educators in a video message, he partnered with Trojan Outreach to present a $10,000 check to a local elementary school teacher.

Trojan Outreach also treated four people to VIP experiences at USC football games through its Trojan Wish program.

In total, USC student-athletes have volunteered just shy of 1,000 hours and impacted the lives of 1,800 children this semester, with even bigger goals set at the turn of the new year.

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USC-UCLA Sold Out

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The USC vs. UCLA men's basketball game on January 25 at the Galen Center is officially SOLD OUT. However, tickets remain for all other home games this season, including No. 18 Arizona and No. 21 Oregon.

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The Trojans enter Pac-12 play at 13-0, one of six remaining unbeaten teams in the country. USC will travel north this week to play Oregon State (Wednesday at 8 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Network) and No. 21 Oregon (Friday at 7 p.m. on FS1).

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Hoops Earning Recognition

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USC_Basketball_Omaha_mcgillen_2016_3020 (1).jpgUSC men's basketball, which finished its 2016 nonconference slate undefeated and moved up to No. 22 in the nation, is starting to earn national recognition for its accomplishments.

PG Jordan McLaughlin was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week today --- the first Trojan to win the award this season. In USC's three wins last week, McLaughlin averaged 19.0 points, 6.3 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game. In the Las Vegas Classic, McLaughlin dropped 19 and 22 points, respectively, including the game-winning layup in OT in the championship game against Wyoming. In that game, McLaughlin played a whopping 43 minutes without a single turnover. For his efforts, he was named the Las Vegas Classic MVP and earned the praise of those watching around the country.

Freshman Jonah Mathews was also rewarded for his career-high 26 points in the title game of the Las Vegas Classic. Dick Vitale named Mathews his "Diaper Dandy of the Week." Vitale kept the praise coming for the Trojans, naming Andy Enfield his Coach of the Week.

Next up for Enfield and the Trojans is a trip up north to take on Oregon State and Oregon. USC's game vs. Oregon State tips at 8 p.m. PT and will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network. USC vs. Oregon tips at 7 p.m. PT and will be broadcast on FS1.