USC Seeks First Pac-12 Win At Oregon State Saturday
Jan. 20, 2012
USC (5-14, 0-6) will play at Oregon State (12-7, 2-5) in Corvallis, Ore. on Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. The game will be carried on Prime Ticket with Paul Sunderland and Brandon Granville calling the action and Amy Bender providing sideline commentary. USC has lost a season-high seven consecutive games, its longest losing streak since also losing seven straight during the 2003 season. The last time they lost more in a row was in the 1989 season when they lost 13 consecutive games. USC lost 10 straight to end the 1996 season, but one loss to California was later changed to a forfeit by the Bears.
BREAKING DOWN THE BEAVERS -- OSU is coming off an 87-84 home win vs. UCLA on Jan. 19. OSU is led in scoring by junior guard Jared Cunningham's 17.7 average. The Beavers have six players averaging 9.2 or more points per game. USC and OSU split the 2010-11 season series and USC leads the all-time series 67-58. USC has won 9 of the last 13 vs. Oregon State and is 5-5 in the last 10 games at Gill Coliseum. OSU has won the last three at home vs. USC with each of the games being decided by six points or less.
USC LOSES CLOSE ONE AT OREGON -- After USC closed to within 2 points with 2:40 left in the game, Oregon's Devoe Joseph hit a 3-pointer and the Ducks went 6-for-6 from the free throw line down the stretch to hold off the Trojans, 65-62 in Eugene, Ore. USC cut the lead to one twice with under 40 seconds left, but first Garrett Sim and then Joseph hit both free throws to extend the lead to 3 points. USC's Maurice Jones, who finished with a game-high 22 points, missed a long contested 3-point attempt for the tie with 6 seconds left and the Ducks ran out the clock. Dewayne Dedmon had a career-high 18 points on 7 of 10 shooting. Daniel Munoz came off the bench to play a career-high 27 minutes and score the first 2 points in his 3-year Trojan career. Garrett Jackson made his first career start and scored 8 points. USC had 5 more baskets than Oregon (25-20), but had half the free throw attempts (12-24).
COLORADO ON DECK -- Colorado (12-6, 4-2) is coming off a 69-54 home win on Jan. 19 vs. Arizona State and will host Arizona on Jan. 21 before traveling to Los Angeles to play USC on Jan. 26. Colorado has won 7 of 9 games and has 4 players averaging in double figures: Carlon Brown (13.1), Andre Roberson (11.6), Austin Dufault (11.6) and Spencer Dinwiddie (10.7). USC is 3-2 all-time vs. Colorado, with the last meeting being a 94-72 win on December 20, 1975.
TROJANS SEEKING FIRST CONFERENCE WIN -- USC is off to an 0-6 start in Pac-12 play. They last time it started 0-6 in conference was the 1989 season when it began 0-12.
FULLER MAKES FOUR -- USC forward Aaron Fuller, who was second on the team in scoring (10.6) and first in rebounding (5.9) when he was shut down for the season with a labrum tear in his left shoulder, will have surgery on his shoulder at USC Hospital on Jan. 26 performed by Dr. James Tibone. Fuller originally suffered a bilateral labrum tear in his left shoulder, his shooting shoulder, in a preseason scrimmage against Air Force. He mainly shot right-handed this season, but then suffered a slight tear in his right shoulder on the trip to the Bay Area. He scored in double-figures the first 6 games, but only 3 times in his final 12 games (all starts). With his injury, USC now has four players who are out for the season with injuries: Jio Fontan (knee), Fuller (shoulder), Evan Smith (shoulder) and Curtis Washington (shoulder).
AND THEN THERE WERE SEVEN -- USC is down to seven scholarship players available with four players done for the season with injuries and two transfers sitting out this season.
ALWAYS ENTERTAINING -- Fifty-one of the 83 games played by USC in the last three seasons have been decided by 10 points or less (61.4 percent). Also, 22 of the 43 losses have been decided by 6 points or less (51.2 percent). USC played five consecutive games decided by 7 points or less to start the season before losing by 11 points to UNLV on Nov. 25. It was the first time since the 2010 season and just the third time in the past 21 seasons USC had played five straight games decided by 7 points or less. USC then defeated South Carolina be three points on Nov. 26, before winning by 21 at UC Riverside and losing by 15 at Minnesota. USC then returned home to lose by three points to New Mexico and by four to Georgia. Ten of USC's 19 games this season have been decided by 7 points or less and seven by 4 points or less.
DEDMON FIGHTING THROUGH ADVERSITY - USC sophomore forward Dewayne Dedmon suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right hand (just above the knuckle of his index finder) during unofficial practice on Oct. 11. He practiced with a cast or splint on his hand until Nov. 9, two days before the season. On Nov. 28 he was diagnosed with a stress injury to the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. Dedmon played on Dec. 3 at Minnesota and in every game since, despite not being able to practice from Nov. 28-Dec. 12, and continues to wear a walking boot when not practicing or playing in games. It was originally believed that he could miss 4-6 weeks. Dedmon had 16 in the opener vs. CS Northridge on Nov. 11 and had a career-best 18 points at Oregon on Jan. 19. He has a high of 10 rebounds set vs. Nebraska on Nov. 14. Dedmon has scored 8 or more points in 6 of the last 8 games for a total of 75 points and a 9.4 average.
THE YOUNG AND SURE-HANDED - As a young team playing with no senior scholarship players and just three scholarship players who had played in the USC system before, USC has committed just 11.6 turnovers per game, 27th best in the country. USC did not commit a turnover in the second half vs. ASU on Jan. 5 and finished with six total and followed that up with nine turnovers vs. Arizona on Jan. 8, six vs. UCLA on Jan. 15 and 9 at Oregon on Jan. 19. USC has had 12 or less turnovers in 12 games this season.
SLUMPING SHOOTERS -- USC shot 41.0 percent at Oregon on Jan. 19, snapping a streak of six straight games shooting under 40 percent. In the previous six games, USC had a 34.4 shooting percentage (108-for-314). USC is 10-for-54 (18.5 percent) from three-point range the last five games.