USC Ends Road Trip At First-Place Washington Saturday
Feb. 3, 2012
USC (6-17, 1-9) will play at Washington (15-7, 8-2) in Seattle, Wash. on Feb. 4 at 8:00 p.m. The game will air on FSN with Joel Meyers and Ernie Kent calling the action.
BREAKING DOWN THE HUSKIES -- Washington is coming off a 71-69 home win vs. UCLA on Feb. 2, rallying from 10 down with 7 minutes to play to take sole possession of first place in the Pac-12. Washington has won seven of its last eight games and has three players averaging in double figures: Tony Wroten (16.9 ppg), Terrence Ross (15.4 ppg) and C.J. Wilcox (14.4 ppg). The Huskies are 12-2 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.
USC COMES UP SHORT AT WSU -- Brock Motum scored 26 points to lead Washington State to a 60-53 win at home vs. USC at Beasley Coliseum on Feb. 2. Greg Allen led USC with a career-high 17 points by making 5 of 11 shots from beyond the three-point arc. USC made 9 of 25 three-point shots, a season high in makes and the most since making 10 also at Washington State on March 3, 2011. USC trailed by six at the half and by as many as 14 after the break and closed to within four points at 49-45 with 6:42 remaining, but WSU responded with a 7-0 run. USC cut the lead to 58-53 with 1:43 left, but missed three 3-pointers before Motum hit a pair of free throws to seal the win. Garrett Jackson scored 15 points, 10 in the second half before fouling out. Byron Wesley led USC with five rebounds and was the third Trojan scoring in double figures with 12 points. The Cougars had one less basket than USC, but took 16 more free throws, outscoring the Trojans from the charity stripe 14-2.
CALIFORNIA ON DECK -- USC's next game will be at home vs. California (17-6, 7-3) on Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. USC lost 53-49 at California on Dec. 29 to open Pac-12 play. California is led in scoring by sophomore Allen Crabbe's 15.7 points per game, but has four players scoring in double figures. The Bears are making 48.1 percent of their shots from the field, including 38.5 percent from three-point range. California leads the all-time series 129-121.
AND THEN THERE WERE SIX -- On the same day that USC's Aaron Fuller had season-ending surgery on his shoulder (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 11.4 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 seven of the last eight games. USC has had 12 or less turnovers in 15 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.
OSU KNOCKS USC OFF ROUTE 66 -- USC held its first 19 opponents to 66 points or less before Oregon State scored 78 against the Trojan defense on Jan. 21. 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. USC has held its opponents to 58.2 points per game, 11th in the country and is one of just two teams in the top 30 in that category to have a record under .500 (Eastern Michigan, 10-12, 18th).
NO DEFENSE FOR THIS -- USC has been outscored from the free throw line by 81 points. USC has struggled at the charity stripe, making just 60.9 percent (206-for-338). USC's opponents have connected at a 74.7 clip (287-for-384).
IT'S A FINE LINE -- In six of USC's 17 losses this season, it has made more baskets than the opposition (Nebraska, SDSU, UNLV, UNM, Oregon, WSU). In those six losses the Trojans were outscored 95-38 from the free throw line. In the 17 losses overall, USC has been outscored 221-133 from the free throw line. In 8 of the 17 losses, USC was within 3 points, tied or had the lead with under 4 minutes left in the game.
ALLEN, JACKSON'S FREIGHT TRAIN - Like the song Freight Train by country singer Alan Jackson, USC's Greg Allen and Garrett Jackson are coming on strong like a freight train as their playing time has increased. Allen is coming off a career-high of 17 points and five three-pointers made. He has 26 points in USC's last two games after having totaled 16 points in USC's previous 13 games. Allen has averaged 8.4 points in the games he logs 20 or more minutes. Jackson has started USC's last five games and averaged 11.8 points in those games (59 points total).