USC To Host Rival UCLA On Saturday At The Galen Center
Feb. 5, 2014
The USC Trojans (10-12, 1-8) will host the UCLA Bruins (17-5, 6-3) at the Galen Center on Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. to kick off the second half of the Pac-12 season. USC has lost eight of its last nine games after opening the season 9-4. USC is two games under .500 for the first time this season. The USC women's team will host the UCLA women's team at the Galen Center at 3 p.m. on the same day. The newly remodeled Heritage Hall will be open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to allow fans a chance to visit the spectacular tribute to USC's athletic heritage.
BREAKING DOWN THE BRUINS - Crosstown rival UCLA (17-5, 6-3) is coming off a 71-67 loss at Oregon State on Feb. 2. UCLA defeated USC 107-73 at Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 5 to begin Pac-12 play for both teams. The 107 points surrendered tied for the most that USC had allowed the Bruins in the all-time series (also in 1967). USC also allowed 100-plus points in a game for the first time since 2004 and its most since allowing Stanford to score 111 in 2000. Byron Wesley led USC with 21 points and Kyle Anderson (23), Jordan Adams (21) and Bryce Alford (20) all scored at least 20 points for the Bruins. UCLA has four players averaging in double figues this season, led by the sophomores Adams (16.8) and Anderson (15.1). USC trails in the all-time series 104-134 (1 win vacated in 2008).
TURNOVER-FILLED SECOND HALF DOOMS USC AT OREGON -- On the strength of 11 Trojan turnovers in the first 11 minutes of the second half, Oregon was able to turn a four-point halftime deficit into a 78-66 win against USC in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 1. The 11 turnovers and seven fouls in the first 11 minutes after halftime turned a 40-34 lead 30 seconds into the second half into a 60-48 deficit and the Trojans never recovered. USC finished the game with 22 turnovers which led to 19 Oregon points. Byron Wesley led USC with 19 points and Joseph Young had a game-high 21 for Oregon.
WESLEY REACHES 1,000 CAREER POINTS -- With his 19 points at Oregon on Feb. 1, USC junior guard Byron Wesley surpassed the 1,000 career points scored plateau. Wesley now has 1,005 career points, the 35th player in school history to amass that many points. Wesley is two points behind Joe Mackey for 34th place and 15 points behind Dan Anderson for 33rd place on USC's all-time scoring list.
UTAH ON DECK - USC's next game will be against Utah (14-7, 3-6) at the Galen Center on Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. The Utes will host the Washington schools this week before facing the Trojans. Utah is 0-6 on the road this season. USC lost 84-66 at Utah on Jan. 16. The Trojans trailed by three points at halftime, but Utah used a 13-4 run to start the second half to take control of the game. USC leads the all-time series with Utah 17-16, but has lost the last two meetings. Guard Delon Wright (16.1 ppg) and forward Jordan Loveridge (16.0 ppg) lead Utah in scoring.
A FEW KEYS TO VICTORY -- USC is 8-1 when Nikola Jovanovic scores in double figures and is 8-2 when having more or as many assists as turnovers. USC is also 7-0 when holding the opposition to under 70 points and 8-0 when holding them to under 40.0 percent shooting.
HOW KEY IS THE THREE? -- USC is 7-3 this season when making five or more three-pointers in a game and 8-1 when hitting 33.0 percent or more in a game. USC is 3-8 when its opponents make 33 percent or more of its three-point baskets. In the last eight games has USC shot 26.4 percent from three-point range (28-for-106). In Pac-12 play, USC has made 33 three-pointers, fewest in the conference.
DEROZAN THE CHOSEN ONE -- Former Trojan DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors was named to the 2014 NBA All-Star Team on Jan. 30. DeRozan is averaging 22.0 points per game in his fifth season out of USC. He becomes the first USC player to be selected to play in the NBA All-Star game since Gus Williams of Seattle in 1983.
SIGNS OF SLAM CITY -- USC had three dunks at Oregon on Feb. 1 and now has out-slammed the opposition 61-30 this season. USC has eight games with at least four dunks, while the opposition has only two (5 - Villanova on Nov. 28 and 4- ASU on Jan. 9).
FRESHMEN DOING FINE -- USC's scholarship freshmen group of guards Julian Jacobs and Kahlil Dukes and forwards Nikola Jovanovic and Roschon Prince have combined to score 452 points for a 20.5 points per game average. Jacobs is second on the team with 89 assists and is fourth with 89 rebounds. Jovanovic is averaging 8.6 points, Jacobs 6.7, Prince 4.7 and Dukes 2.3. Jovanovic is also third on the team with 101 rebounds. USC has had 38 combined starts by the freshmen this season, after having none last season. Entering play this week, among Pac-12 freshmen Jovanovic ranks seventh in scoring and fourth in rebounding, while leading all conference freshmen with a 52.6 shooting percentage. Jacobs is 11th in scoring, sixth in rebounding, tied for first in steals, fourth in blocks and second in assists among Pac-12 freshmen.
CLARK HAS SURGERY -- Sophomore forward Darion Clark had surgery to repair a labrum tear in his left shoulder on Friday, Jan. 31 at the USC Health Sciences Campus. The surgery was performed by Dr. Thomas Vangsness. Clark is expected to be able to return to full activity before next season. Clark has been practicing with the team but sitting out the 2013-14 season after transferring to USC from Charlotte.