USC Heads To Colorado For First Pac-12 Road Game
Jan. 8, 2013
USC (6-9, 1-1) will be at Colorado (10-4, 0-2) at the Coors Events Center in Boulder, Colo. on Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. (MT). This is the first game at Colorado for USC since the Buffaloes joined the conference last season. The Trojans are 3-3 in their last six games. USC has started conference play 1-1 for the seventh time in the last 11 seasons, with one 2-0 start and three 0-2 starts. USC has started conference play 2-1 six times in the last 10 seasons.
BREAKING DOWN THE BUFFALOES -- Colorado lost both games on the road to begin Pac-12 play, falling in overtime at Arizona (92-83) and in regulation at ASU (65-56) to drop its road record to 1-4. It is a different story for the Buffaloes at home, as Colorado is 6-0 this season and 14-2 last season, including 8-1 in conference games. USC's last visit to Colorado was a 74-54 loss on Dec. 2, 1968. Colorado defeated USC 74-50 at the Galen Center in their only meeting last season and the all-time series is tied at 3-3. The Buffaloes have four players averaging double figures in scoring in Askia Booker (14.9), Spencer Dinwiddie (14.5), Josh Scott (13.1) and Andre Roberson (11.4).
MISSED FREE THROWS DOOM USC AGAINST CAL -- USC made four more baskets, but 13 less free throws than California and fell 72-64 at the Galen Center on Jan. 5. The first half was a very tight contest with neither team leading by more than four points and Cal taking a 32-29 lead at halftime. The Bears quickly built the lead up to eight points before the Trojans whittled it back to a one-point deficit at 44-43. That is when Allen Crabbe took over for Cal, scoring its next nine points to open up a six-point lead. USC was able to cut it to one-point again with just under five minutes left, but Cal held on. Crabbe led the Bears with 27 points and Eric Wise led USC with 14. USC was 8-for-18 from the free throw line (44.4 percent), while Cal was 21-for-26 (80.8 percent).
UTAH ON DECK -- USC's next game will be at Utah (8-6, 0-2) on Jan. 12 at 4 p.m. at the Jon. M. Huntsman Center. Utah had two tough road losses to start conference play, falling 55-54 in overtime at ASU and then 60-57 at Arizona. Utah will will host UCLA on Jan. 10 before taking on the Trojans. Jarred DuBois (13.2), Jordan Loveridge (13.0) and Jason Washburn (10.4) are all averaging in double figures in points per game. USC defeated Utah 62-45 last season at the Galen Center for its only conference victory. USC leads the all-time series, 16-14.
NOT SO FUNNY MATH... -- USC has made 27 more field goals that its opponents this season, yet has been outscored by 15 points. USC's opponents have made 98 three-pointers to the Trojans' 68 and have made 39 more free throws. In six of the last seven games USC has had as many or more baskets as its opponents, yet is 3-4 in that stretch. USC has also had as many or more baskets in four of the nine losses this season.
DEFENSE TIGHTENING -- USC has held the opposition to an average of 58.8 points over the last six games, after surrendering an average of 67.9 points in the first nine games.
GUARDING THE LINE -- USC has allowed the opposition to make 37.8 percent of its three-point attempts this season, but has made adjustments and is holding opponents to 31.8 percent from beyond the arc in the last seven games (34-for-107). In the first eight games USC's opponents made 42.1 percent of its three-point shots.
THE ROAD...WELL, NOT TOO KIND -- USC's 64-58 loss at Georgia on Dec. 22 extended the Trojans' road losing streak to 13 games. USC's last road win was on Nov. 30, 2011 at UC Riverside. The Trojans lost their last 10 road games in the 2011-12 season and have lost at Nebraska, at New Mexico and at Georgia this season. USC has lost its last nine conference road games, last winning the final road game of the 2010-11 season (March 5, 2011 at Washington).
STREAKING AROUND THE BLOCK -- Center Omar Oraby had one block vs. Cal on Jan. 5 to extend his streak of games with at least one block to 13. It is the longest streak by a Trojan since Taj Gibson registered a block in 46 consecutive games. He has 26 blocks this season and leads the team with a 40-minute prorated scoring average of 19.6. Oraby was 7-for-9 and scored 15 points vs. Minnesota on Dec. 8, with all of his points coming from inside the paint in the second half of the game. He made his first start on Dec. 15 vs. UCR and scored 7 points on 2-for-3 shooting. Orabay scored a team-high 14 points at Georgia on Dec. 22 and added 11 rebounds for his first double-double as a Trojan and fourth of his career. Oraby has made 63.4 percent (45-for-71) of his shots this season and has averaged 7.8 points while playing 15.9 minutes per game. He has averaged 10.0 points (70 total) and 6.4 rebounds (45 rebounds) in the last 7 games.
THE SWAT TEAM -- USC had a season-high 10 blocks on Dec. 15 vs. UC Riverside, led by a career-high six from Dewayne Dedmon. Dedmon's total tied him for the eighth-best single-game total by a Trojan. The 10 blocks were the most by a Trojan team since also registering 10 vs. Stanford on Feb. 6, 2010. Together, Dedmon (28) and Oraby (26) have combined for 54 blocks and rank fourth and sixth respectively among Pac-12 players in blocks per game.
DEDMON POSTS FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE -- Dewayne Dedmon had 10 points and 11 rebounds vs. California on Jan. 5 for his first career double-double. The junior forward has averaged 7.1 rebounds per games this season. He had a career-high 12 rebounds on Nov. 9 vs. Coppin State and has recorded double figures in rebounds in five of the 15 games and has 7 or more rebounds 9 times. Dedmon has been especially tough on the offensive boards with 40, tied for fifth among Pac-12 players.