USC Takes On California Thursday At The Galen Center
Feb. 8, 2012
USC (6-18, 1-10) will host California (18-6, 8-3) at the Galen Center on Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. The game is not being televised, but will air on the radio on KLAA 830 AM. USC is 1-11 in its last 12 games.
BREAKING DOWN THE BEARS -- California is coming off a 68-47 win at Arizona State on Feb. 4 and is tied for second in the conference. USC lost 53-49 at California on Dec. 29 to open Pac-12 play. California is led in scoring by sophomore Allen Crabbe's 15.9 points per game, but has four players scoring in double figures. The Bears are making 47.9 percent of their shots from the field, including 39.0 percent from three-point range. California leads the all-time series 129-121.
USC GOES COLD AT WASHINGTON -- Washington went on an 18-0 run midway through the second half to blow open the game against USC and cruise to a 69-41 win in Seattle, Wash. on Feb. 4. USC hung in the game until midway through the second half despite shooting a season-low 28.8 percent, including going 1-for-16 from three-point range. Washington led throughout the game by controlling the boards, outrebounding USC 52-23 which led to a 17-4 advantage on second-chance points. Tony Wroten led the Huskies with 13 points and Terrence Ross had a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Garrett Jackson led USC with 15 points and Byron Wesley chipped in with 12 points. USC missed its first 14 three-pointers.
STANFORD ON DECK -- USC's next game will be at home vs. Stanford (16-7, 6-5) on Feb. 12 at 4:30 p.m. USC lost 51-43 at Stanford on Dec. 31. Stanford has lost four of five games and will play at UCLA on Feb. 9 before facing USC. Leading the way for Stanford are Josh Owens (12.6 ppg), Chasson Randle (11.9 ppg) and Aaron Bright (11.9 ppg). USC has won its last six home games against the Cardinal and leads the all-time series 121-119.
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 11.5 turnovers per game, 25th best in the country. USC has had 9 or less turnovers in seven of the last nine games and has had 12 or less turnovers 16 times. USC is tops in the Pac-12 with a +4.3 turnover margin.
JACKSON MEANS ACTION - Since being inserted into the starting lineup six games ago, sophomore Garrett Jackson has scored 12.3 points per game or 74 total points. That total is three more points than he had scored in USC's first 18 games while coming off the bench. In the six starts he ranks only behind Maurice Jones (13.2) for points per game by a Trojan.
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 58.7 points per game, 16th 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, 10-13, 24th)
ALLEN MAKING MOST OF INCREASED ACTION - Junior Greg Allen has scored 31 points in USC's last three games for a 10.3 per game average. He had totalled 16 points in USC's previous 13 games and 43 in his first 15 games. Allen had a career-high 17 points while making five 3-pointers at Washington State on Feb. 2. Allen has averaged 8.0 points in the eight games he logs 20 or more minutes.