USC Makes First Visit To Renovated Pauley Pavilion Wednesday
Jan. 29, 2013
USC (8-13, 3-5) will play at UCLA (16-5, 6-2) at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif. at 7 p.m. on Jan. 30. USC is 4-5 in its last nine games and 1-3 under interim head coach Bob Cantu. This game marks he end of the first half of Pac-12 Conference play for USC.
BREAKING DOWN THE BRUINS -- UCLA (16-5, 6-2) is coming off a 78-60 loss at Arizona State on Jan. 26., but is 11-2 in its last 13 games. USC trails in the all-time series with UCLA 104-132 and lost all three meetings last season to run its current losing streak to UCLA to four. Prior to that in the series, USC had won four consecutive games. USC is 4-5 in the last nine games at Pauley Pavilion. Freshmen Shabazz Muhammad (18.2) and Jordan Adams (15.3) lead the Bruins in scoring.
USC FALLS HARD AT ARIZONA -- The first three minutes of the game set the tone as USC had four turnovers and three missed shots to fall behind 6-0 and never got on track in a 74-50 loss at No. 6 Arizona on Jan. 26 in Tucson, Ariz. USC would make just 2 of its first 19 shots while committing 7 turnovers to fall behind 29-7 and never regrouped. USC shot a season-low 28.1 percent from the floor and just 56.3 percent from the free throw line. USC's field goal percentage was its lowest in a game since shooting 27.6 percent at Washington State on Feb. 11, 2006. USC entered the game leading the Pac-12 in shooting percentage in league games.
WASHINGTON STATE ON DECK -- USC's next opponent will be Washington State (11-9, 2-5) at the Galen Center on Feb. 7 at 8:30 p.m. WSU will host the Arizona schools this week before traveling to Los Angeles. The Cougars are led by senior Brock Motum who averages 18.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. USC leads the all-time series with WSU, 67-46.
WELL, THAT WAS DIFFERENT... -- In the first three games that Bob Cantu led the Trojans the contests were decided by five points or less, including one in overtime. In the game at Arizona on Jan. 26, USC trailed by 10 points six minutes into the game and never got it under double figures the rest of the way. In fact, four of the last nine USC games have been decided by two points or less and USC is 3-1 in those games. Also, nine of the last 11 games have been decided by eight points or less.
NOT SO FUNNY MATH... -- USC has made 26 more field goals that its opponents this season, yet has been outscored by 34 points. USC's opponents have made 132 three-pointers to the Trojans' 112 and have made 66 more free throws. In 10 of the last 13 games USC has had as many or more baskets as its opponents, yet is 5-8 in that stretch. USC has also had as many or more baskets in six of the 13 losses this season.
OFFENSE CLICKING IN CONFERENCE -- USC has averaged 69.6 points in the first eight conference games this season, fourth-best among Pac-12 schools. After shooting 28.1 percent and scoring 50 points at Arizona, USC's field goal percentage dropped from a conference-leading 46.4 percent to fifth at 43.9 percent. USC had also scored 69 or more points in four consecutive games (Jan. 12-24) for the first time since the 2008 season. The 93 points at ASU on Jan. 24 were the most by USC since also scoring 93 in overtime vs. California on March 6, 2008.
FOUL PLAY -- In the eight conference games, USC has been called for 44 more fouls (167-123) than its opponent which has led to 41 more points (95-136).
HEATING UP -- Despite Eric Wise scoring just five points to snap an 11-game double-figure scoring streak and J.T. Terrell tallying three points at Arizona on Jan. 26, the Trojan pair has been heating up on the offensive end. In the last nine games Wise has averaged 14.8 points (133 total) and 5.9 rebounds (53 total), while Terrell has averaged 13.5 points (81 total) in the last six games since not playing on Jan. 5 vs. Cal.
NICE TIME TO START...! -- Everyone knows about USC's early season tough schedule with five of seven games against teams much of the season ranked in the top 25, but interim head coach Bob Cantu is not catching any breaks, either. First Cantu's team faced No. 10 Oregon (17-2) at home (L, 76-74), then beat Oregon State (69-68) on Jan 19, then lost at No. 30 ASU (16-4) on Jan. 24 in overtime 98-93, and lost at then No. 8 Arizona (17-2) on Jan. 26 and now plays at No. 29 UCLA (16-5) on Jan. 30. The teams have a combined 78-22 record and the three games on the road will be against teams that are a combined 34-5 at home this season.
GUARDING THE LINE -- USC has allowed the opposition to make 36.5 percent of its three-point attempts this season, but has made adjustments and is holding opponents to 32.4 percent from beyond the arc in the last 13 games (68-for-210). In the first eight games USC's opponents made 42.1 percent of its three-point shots.
NO ORDINARY PACE AROUND THE BLOCK -- USC has registered 110 blocks this season, more than 22 complete Trojan seasons since the stat was charted in 1979. USC is on a pace to get 162 blocks in the regular season, the second-highest total in school history. The USC team record is 191 blocks in the 1987 season.
RPI OR R.I.P...? -- USC is the only school in the country to have faced six of the current top 25 RPI teams in the country and just one of five teams (Kansas, Rutgers, West Virginia, Texas and USC) to have played eight games against the top 50 RPI teams as of Jan. 28.