USC To Play At Washington State On Thursday
Jan. 31, 2012
USC (6-16, 1-8) will play at Washington State (11-10, 3-6) in Pullman, Wash. on Feb. 2 at 7:00 p.m. USC snapped a nine-game losing streak in its last game and is seeking its first two-game winning streak since late November.
BREAKING DOWN THE COUGARS -- Washington State is coming off a 71-67 loss at Arizona State on Jan. 28 and is 2-5 in its last seven games. The Cougars are 8-1 in home games this season. WSU is led in scoring by junior forward Brock Motum (16.4 ppg). Senior guard Faisal Aden (14.5 ppg) was just diagnosed with a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season. USC is 67-44 all-time vs. the Cougars, but is 1-7 in its last eight trips to the Palouse.
USC SNAPS 9-GAME SKID -- USC jumped out to a 13-2 lead, led by 18 at the half and cruised to a 62-45 win at the Galen Center on Jan. 28, snapping a 9-game losing streak. The streak was the longest since losing 13 straight during the 1989 season, It was also the latest (0-8) the Trojans had picked up its first conference win since the 1989 season when they started 0-12. Garrett Jackson scored a career-high 16 points and Maurice Jones added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Byron Wesley had a season-best 7 assists and scored 9 points. USC shot 41.2 percent (7-for-17) from 3-point range, led by Greg Allen's 3-for-4 from beyond the arc. USC held Utah to 36.7 percent shooting for the game. It was the lowest shooting percentage by a Trojan opponent since holding New Mexico to 33.3 percent on Dec. 10.
WASHINGTON ON DECK -- USC will face Washington (14-7, 7-2) in Seattle on Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. The game will air on FSN with Joel Meyers and Ernie Kent calling the action. The Huskies are tied for first in the conference and will host UCLA on Feb. 2 before facing USC. Washington has won six of its last seven games and has three players averaging in double figures: Tony Wroten (17.1 ppg), Terrence Ross (15.1 ppg) and C.J. Wilcox (14.8 ppg). The Huskies are 11-2 at home this season. USC leads the all-time series 68-66 with the teams splitting the last 10 meetings. USC won at Washington last season and is 6-6 in the last 12 games at Washington.
AND THEN THERE WERE SEVEN SIX -- On the same day that USC's Aaron Fuller had surgery (Jan. 26), Dewayne Dedmon suffered an injury likely ending his season meaning USC now has five scholarship players who have suffered season-ending injuries: Dedmon (knee), Jio Fontan (knee), Fuller (labrum), Evan Smith (labrum) and Curtis Washington (labrum). USC has six scholarship players available on the active roster as two more players (Ari Stewart and Eric Wise) are transfers and unavailable until next season.
SUMMER MEMORIES... -- After the departure of four starters from last season, USC began its summer exhibition tour on Aug. 14 with a starting lineup of guards Jio Fontan, Maurice Jones and Evan Smith and forwards Aaron Fuller and Dewayne Dedmon. Only Maurice Jones remains playing from that starting lineup.
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 11.5 turnovers per game, 26th best in the country. USC had 18 turnovers in the loss at Oregon State on Jan. 21, but has had 9 or less turnovers in six of the last seven games. USC has had 12 or less turnovers in 14 games. USC is tops in the Pac-12 with a +4.3 turnover margin.
FIRST AT THE HALF - USC led 32-14 at the half vs. Utah on Jan. 28, just the seventh time (5-2) all season the Trojans had led a game at halftime. USC's lead in the second half was its first following halftime in a game since winning 83-59 vs. TCU on Dec. 19.
FRESHMAN FOUNDATION - USC freshmen guards Byron Wesley and Alexis Moore look to be providing the Trojans with good building blocks for the future. Through 22 games, Wesley is the fourth-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder on the team with averages of 7.4 and 4.8 respectively. He is also second on the team in assists with 41. Moore is fifth on the team with a 5.5 scoring average and is second on the team in three-point baskets (21). Wesley has started every game and his 33.5 minutes per game played are the most by a freshman in the Pac-12. Wesley's season high in points is 16 vs. UNLV on Nov. 25. Moore has started 14 times this season, including 12 of the last 13 games. Moore had a season-best 18 points on Dec. 17 vs. Georgia and has scored in double figures five times. Moore had a season-high five assists vs. Arizona on Jan. 8 and a season-best six rebounds on Jan. 28 vs. Utah.
MIGHTY MO -- USC's Maurice Jones is second the country in minutes played per game, averaging 38.32 through the first 22 games, one of only five players in the country averaging more than 38.0 minutes per game.
BOARD GAMES -- USC outrebounded California 38-28 on Dec. 29, including getting 18 offensive boards, its most since registering 20 in the third game of the 2010-11 season. USC is 4-2 this season when having more or the same amount of rebounds as the opposition and is 2-14 when being outrebounded. USC has been outrebounded in its last eight games. USC has allowed 10 or more offensive rebounds 12 times. Colorado had 51 rebounds vs. USC on Jan. 26, the most by a Trojan opponent since Stanford also had 51 on March 7, 2002.
SHOOTERS 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. In the last four games USC is shooting 42.3 percent from the floor (93-for-220), including one game of 32.2 percent. USC made just 34.4 percent of its shots (108-for-314) in its previous six games and is making 40.2 percent of its shots this season, last in the Pac-12. USC was 7-for-17 from three-point range (41.2 percent) on Jan. 28 vs. Utah after shooting 19.8 percent from three-point range in the previous seven games (18-for-91).