USC Hosts ASU In First 2014 Pac-12 Home Game
Jan. 8, 2014
The USC Trojans (9-5, 0-1) will host the Arizona State Sun Devils (12-3, 1-1) at the Galen Center on Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. USC has won five of its last seven games and is 7-0 at home this season.
BREAKING DOWN SUN DEVILS - The Sun Devils opened conference play by splitting a pair of games at home, losing 76-65 vs. Washington on Jan. 2 and defeated Washington State 66-47 on Jan. 5. ASU and USC split the 2013 season series with the Sun Devils winning 98-93 in overtime at home and the Trojans winning 57-56 at home. Seven of the last nine games between the two teams have been decided by six points or less. USC leads the all-time series 50-36. Sophomore Jahii Carson has led ASU in scoring with 18.7 points per game average.
USC STRUGGLES IN PAC-12 OPENER AT UCLA -- USC had a rough start in conference play, falling 107-73 at UCLA in a game that marked the first time the teams had faced each other to open Pac-12 action since the 1991 season. Another historic note is that the 107 points scored by the Bruins tied for their most in the series (also in 1967) and the 34-point margin of victory matched UCLA's second-largest in the series (1968). USC also allowed 100-plus points in a game for the first time since 2004 and it most since allowing Stanford 111 points in 2000. UCLA jumped on USC early as the Trojans turned the ball over five of its first seven possessions and 13 times in the first half which helped lead to a 56-34 Bruin advantage at halftime. USC got no closer than 19 points in the second half. Byron Wesley led USC with 21 points and nine rebounds. Kyle Anderson (23), Jordan Adams (21) and Bryce Alford (20) all scored at least 20 points for the Bruins. UCLA shot 57.7 percent to USC's 41.9 percent.
No. 1 ARIZONA ON DECK - The Arizona Wildcats (15-0, 2-0) have ranked No. 1 in the country the past five weeks. The Wildcats began Pac-12 play with a dominating 60-25 win vs. Washington State on Jan. 2 and then defeated Washington 71-62 on Jan. 4 and play at UCLA on Jan. 9 before facing the Trojans on Jan. 12. USC and Arizona split the season series last year with each team winning on its home court, Arizona won 74-54 in Tucson in January and USC won 89-78 at the Galen Center in February. Arizona leads the all-time series 60-40, with each team having a win vacated due to NCAA penalty. USC is 8-8 in the last 16 games against Arizona, including winning six of the last eight at home. Through 15 games, junior guard Nick Johnson (16.0 ppg) leads three Wildcats averaging in double figures (also sophomore forward Brandon Ashley 11.9 and freshman forward Aaron Gordon 12.4). Arizona has held the opposition to 36.6 percent shooting and averages 12.1 more rebounds per game than its opponent, fifth in the county. They also hold the opposition to 54.9 points, tied for third best in the country.
DAUNTING GAUNTLET -- USC's first five Pac-12 opponents (UCLA, ASU, Arizona, Utah & Colorado) have a combined 64-9 record this season. Included in that stretch for USC is three road games and those teams are a combined 33-1 on their home courts.
VOTE FOR ENFIELD -- USC head coach Andy Enfield has joined with 48 other top coaches around the country in taking part in the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge which began on Jan. 6 and runs through March 16. The coaches will be competing for votes in a bracket-style format to raise money for their personal charities by counting on their fans to vote for them and advance them through the competition. USC fans will have the opportunity to vote for Andy Enfield on a daily basis at espn.com/infiniti. Fans can also support Enfield on Twitter with the hashtag #Vote4Enfield.
HOT AT HOME - USC has won its first seven home games this season, the most consecutive home wins to start a season since winning the first eight home games of the 2009 season. Dating back to the 2012-13 season, USC has won nine consecutive home games.
SIGNS OF SLAM CITY -- USC had five dunks at UCLA on Jan. 5 and now has out-slammed the opposition 44-15 this season. USC has seven games with at least four dunks, while the opposition has only one game with more than two dunks (5 - Villanova on Nov. 28).
GETTING TO THE LINE -- USC has taken 375 free throws through 14 games for an average of 26.8 per game. Last season through 14 games, USC averaged 17.7 free throw attempts (248 total). USC opponents this season have taken 19.2 free throws per game.
RARE STREAKS -- USC won four straight games from Nov. 12-21 and won three consecutive games from Nov. 30-Dec. 15 making in the first time since the 2009-10 season that the Trojans have had two winning streaks of three or more games. The last time USC had three streaks of three or more wins was the 2008-09 season.
BATTLE OF THE BOARDS -- USC was outrebounded 41-35 at UCLA on Jan 5 (a season-high -5 in the rebound battle), but has outrebounded the opposition in nine of 14 games this season for a 566-513 advantage. USC's 22-rebound advantage vs. Howard on Dec. 29 was a season best.
INTENTIONALLY MORE OFFENSIVE -- Through the first 14 games this season USC has scored 1048 points, 163 more than through the first 14 games of the 2012-13 season, for an average of 11.6 more points per game. USC has scored 73 or more points nine times this season, after reaching that scoring plateau a total of six times last season. USC is averaging 74.9 points per game, its most since averaging 75.4 points in the 2004 season. USC has scored 70 or more points in six of its last seven games.
TROJANS PAINTING A PRETTY PICTURE -- For the season USC has outscored the opposition 550-434 in points in the paint: at Utah State (36-36), vs. CSUN (50-26), vs. NAU (42-22), vs. CSUF (36-30), vs. West Alabama (32-20), vs. Villanova (49-30), vs. Wake Forest (33-34), vs. Xavier (36-46), vs. BC (38-22), vs. CSUB (30-24), at LBSU (36-42), at Dayton (52-32), vs. Howard (40-26) and at UCLA (40-44).
DEFENSE CLAMPING DOWN -- Before the game at UCLA where the Trojans surrendered 107 points on 57.7 percent shooting, USC had held its previous five opponents (including the OT game at Dayton) to an average of 65.8 points (329 total) on 38.6 percent shooting (124-for-321). USC has held six of its opponents to 37.5 percent or less from the field and is 6-0 in those games.