USC Returns To Galen To Face Colorado Thursday
Jan. 25, 2012
USC (5-15, 0-7) will host Colorado (13-6, 5-2) at the Galen Center on Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. The game will be carried exclusively on USCTrojans.com. USC has lost a season-high eight consecutive games, its longest losing streak since losing 13 straight during the 1989 season. USC lost 10 straight to end the 1996 season, but a loss to California was later forfeited by the Bears.
BREAKING DOWN THE BUFFALOES -- Colorado is coming off home wins vs. Arizona State on Jan. 19 (69-54) and Arizona on Jan. 21 (64-63). Colorado has won eight of 10 games and has four players averaging in double figures: Carlon Brown (13.4), Andre Roberson (11.6), Austin Dufault (10.9) and Spencer Dinwiddie (10.8). USC is 3-2 all-time vs. Colorado, with the last meeting being a 94-72 win on December 20, 1975. This is the first meeting as conference foes.
USC SURRENDERS SEASON-HIGH POINTS IN LOSS AT OSU -- Oregon State went on a 27-8 run in the middle of the first half and never looked back in a 78-59 win over USC on Jan. 21 in Corvallis, Ore. USC committed 12 first-half turnovers and finished with 18 total, despite entering the game averaging 11.6 per game. Byron Wesley led USC with 15 points, while the Pac-12's leading scorer Jared Cunningham led OSU with 18. Maurice Jones scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half and Garrett Jackson added 12 points in his second start.
UTAH ON DECK -- Utah (5-14, 2-5) is coming off a 64-43 home win vs. Arizona State on Jan. 21 and will play at UCLA on Jan. 26 before facing the Trojans at the Galen Center on Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. Junior center Jason Washburn leads the Utes in scoring with a 10.7 average. Leading scorer Josh Watkins (15.6 ppg) was recently dismissed from the team for violating team rules. USC leads the all-time series with Utah, 15-14, and defeated the Utes 65-60 on Dec. 2, 2000 in their last meeting.
TROJANS SEEKING FIRST CONFERENCE WIN -- USC is off to an 0-7 start in Pac-12 play. They last time it started 0-7 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, is undergoing surgery on his shoulder at USC Hospital today (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
THE GOOD HANDS PEOPLE - 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 12.0 turnovers per game, 37th best in the country. USC had 18 turnovers in the loss at Oregon State on Jan. 21, but had committed just 30 in the previous four games for an average of 7.5 per game in that stretch. USC has had 12 or less turnovers in 12 games this season, including six games with nine or less.
DEDMON FINDING SUCCESS AFTER 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 7 of the last 9 games for a total of 83 points and a 9.2 average.
OSU KNOCKS USC OFF ROUTE 66 -- USC has held its opponents to an average of 58.0 points per game (14th lowest in the country) and when Oregon State scored 78 points against the Trojans on Jan. 21 it became the first team this season to scored more than 66 points against USC's defense. It was the first time USC had started a season holding the opposition to 66 points or less for the first 19 games since the 1948 season when it held all 24 opponents to under 66 points.
FINDING THEIR MARK? -- USC snapped a streak of six consecutive games shooting under 40 percent from the field when it shot 41.0 percent at Oregon on Jan. 19. The Trojans followed that up by hitting 50 percent of its shots at Oregon State on Jan. 21 and has made 45.0 percent (50-for-111) of its shots the last two games. In the previous six games, USC had a 34.4 shooting percentage (108-for-314). USC is still 13-for-66 (19.7 percent) from three-point range the last six games.
TERRELL'S BEEN A TERROR -- USC's top recruit JC guard J.T. Terrell has averaged 26.9 points through 17 games for No. 2 Peninsula JC (Wash.). He's hitting 52 percent from the field, 43 percent from three-point range and 82 percent from the foul line. In Peninsula's win on Dec. 3 vs. No. 7 Highline, Terrell scored 38 points, hit a three-pointer for the lead and then added two free throws to seal the victory.
WHERE DID HE COME FROM... - Junior 5-10 walk-on Daniel Munoz came out of nowhere on Jan. 19 at Oregon to play 27 minutes for the Trojans, his first game of the season. His minutes, shots (0-for-3), points (2) and rebounds (3) were all career highs. Munoz had played a total of 5 minutes without a shot attempt in his 3-year career prior to the game at Oregon. Munoz then started on Jan. 21 at Oregon State and played a total of 12 minutes, including making his first career three-point basket to finish with three points.