USC Hosts Washington Sunday
Feb. 9, 2013
USC (10-13, 5-5) will host Washington (13-10, 5-5) at the Galen Center on Feb. 10 at 7:00 p.m. USC is 6-5 in its last 11 games and 3-3 under interim head coach Bob Cantu. USC has matched a season high with its third two-game winning streak and has not won three consecutive games since winning four straight Feb. 17-26, 2011.
BREAKING DOWN THE HUSKIES -- Washington is coming off a tough 59-57 loss at UCLA on Feb. 7 when Larry Drew II hit a shot at the buzzer. The Huskies won their first four conference games, three on the road, but are 1-5 in their last six Pac-12 games. C.J. Wilcox (18.1), Scott Suggs (11.8), Abdul Gaddy (11.2) and Aziz N'Diaye (10.7) are all averaging in double figures in scoring. The all-time series with Washington is tied at 68-all with the Huskies winning the last two games, defeating USC last season by scores of 69-41 and 80-58 for an average margin of victory of 25.
USC COMES BACK TO DEFEAT WSU -- Byron Wesley scored a season-high 20 points as USC overcame a seven-point second-half deficit to defeat Washington State 72-68 at the Galen Center on Feb. 7. Still trailing by six at 43-37 with just over 11 minutes left, the Trojans went on a 23-10 run over the next seven minutes to take a 60-53 lead and hung on for the win. J.T. Terrell, held scoreless and saddled with two fouls in the first half, scored 11 of his 12 points during the run, including making three three-pointers. USC made 81.8 percent of its free throws (18-for-22), its highest percentage this season in a game in which they took at least 10 free throws.
STANFORD ON DECK -- USC's next game will be at Stanford (14-9, 5-5) in Palo Alto, Calif. on Feb. 14 at 8:00 p.m. USC defeated Stanford 71-69 at the Galen Center on Jan. 3 in its first Pac-12 game this season. The Cardinal are coming off a 73-66 loss at No. 7 Arizona which snapped a three-game winning streak and will play at ASU on Feb. 9 before hosting USC. Stanford is led in scoring by Dwight Powell (15.2), Chasson Randle (14.4) and Josh Huestas (10.0) who are all averging in double figures. USC leads the all-time series, 122-120.
CANTU'S CARDIAC KIDS AT IT AGAIN -- Five of the first six games in which Bob Cantu has been the USC head coach have been decided by five points or less, with two of them going into overtime. That ties Alabama, LSU and Providence for the most games by any team decided by five points or less since Jan. 17. Going back farther, 11 of USC's last 13 games have been decided by eight points or less.
OFFENSE CLICKING IN CONFERENCE -- USC has averaged 70.4 points in the first 10 conference games this season, third-best among Pac-12 schools. Despite scoring just 50 points and shooting 28.1 percent in the loss at Arizona on Jan. 26, USC still ranks second in Pac-12 games in field goal percentage at 44.5 percent. USC has scored 70 or more points in five of the last seven games, after scoring 70 points or more just three times in the first 16 games. Also, USC 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 10 conference games, USC has been called for 50 more fouls (203-153) than its opponent which has led to 41 more points (122-163).
IF A TREE FALLS IN THE WOODS... -- USC is 8-3 in games televised on the Pac-12 Network.
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 11 games Wise has averaged 14.0 points (154 total) and 6.4 rebounds (70 total), while Terrell has averaged 12.9 points (103 total) in the last eight games since not playing on Jan. 5 vs. Cal.
SWAT TEAM PROTECTING THE RIM -- USC has registered 122 blocks this season, more than 23 complete Trojan seasons since the stat was charted in 1979. USC is on a pace to get 164 blocks in the regular season, which would be the third-highest total in school history. The USC team record is 191 blocks in the 1987 season.
THE BLOCK EXCHANGE -- USC had a season-high 10 blocks on Dec. 15 vs. UC Riverside, led by a career-high six from Dewayne Dedmon. Dedmon's total tied him for the eighth-best single-game total by a Trojan. The 10 blocks were the most by a Trojan team since also registering 10 vs. Stanford on Feb. 6, 2010. USC ranks second among Pac-12 teams with 122 blocks. Together, Dedmon (48) and Oraby (35) have combined for 83 blocks and rank fourth and sixth respectively among Pac-12 players in blocks per game. Dedmon currently has a block in nine consecutive games and has a total of 35 blocks in the last 14 games.
BOOST FROM THE BENCH - Coming off a season where the Trojans were playing most of the second half of their season with just six available scholarship players, the depth of the 2012-13 team really stands out. In the first 23 games of the season, USC has scored 25.9 percent of its points (393 of 1518) and has 33.6 percent of its rebounds (251 of 747) from players coming off the bench (minus deadball rebounds). USC's non-starters also played 30.4 percent of the game (1427 of the 4700 minutes). After 23 games, USC's bench has outscored the opposition 393-342, despite being outscored 33-10 by Marquette's reserves on Nov. 21 and 43-20 by Stanford's subs on Jan. 3.
RPI OR R.I.P...? -- USC is one of nine teams (Kansas-10, Illinois-10, Louisville-9, Wisconsin-9, Duke-9, Michigan St.-9, Nebraska-9, Texas-9 and USC-9) to have played nine games or more against the top 50 RPI teams as of Feb. 8. USC has also played three of those teams.
No 1 IN SCHEDULE STRENGTH... -- USC's schedule is one of the toughest in the country, currently ranked No. 1 in the Basketball Power Index Rankings (BPI), No. 5 by Sagarin and No. 22 by CBSSportsline. In a seven-game stretch which began vs. Illinois on Nov. 19 in Maui and ended Dec. 8 vs. Minnesota, USC played five teams that for much of the season were ranked in the top 25 (Illinois, San Diego State, New Mexico, Marquette and Minnesota). Only two of the seven games in that stretch were at home.
THREES ARE THE KEYS -- In USC's 13 losses this season, the opposition has made 95 of 232 three-pointers for a 40.9 shooting percentage from beyond the arc. In nine of the 13 losses, USC allowed the opposition to make at least six three-pointers, Illinois (13), San Diego State (7), Nebraska (11), New Mexico (11), Minnesota (6), UC Irvine (9), Oregon (7), ASU (9) and Arizona (7). In USC's 10 wins, the opponents have made 28.0 percent of their three-point shots (49-for-175). USC's win vs. WSU (10 3-pointers made) was its first this season when surrendering 10 or more baskets from three-point range (1-3).