USC Battles Stanford Thursday In The Bay Area
Feb. 12, 2013
USC (11-13, 6-5) will play at Stanford (15-9) at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto, Calif. at 8 p.m. USC has won three in a row, four out of six and is 4-3 under interim head coach Bob Cantu. The last time USC won three consecutive games was when it won four straight Feb. 17-26, 2011 (at Cal, at Stanford, vs. Arizona, vs. ASU).
BREAKING DOWN THE CARDINAL -- Stanford is coming off a 62-59 win at Arizona State and has won four of its last five games. Stanford also owns a 10-2 record in home games this season and USC is 1-9 in its last 10 trips to Maples Pavilion. USC defeated Stanford 71-69 at the Galen Center on Jan. 3 in its first Pac-12 game this season. Stanford is led in scoring by Dwight Powell (15.1) and Chasson Randle (13.6) who are averaging in double figures. USC leads the all-time series, 122-120 (1 USC win in 2008 vacated due to NCAA penalty).
USC HOLDS OFF HUSKIES TO WIN THIRD STRAIGHT -- J.T. Terrell scored 18 points and Eric Wise had 12 as USC defeated Washington 71-60 on Feb. 10 at the Galen Center to run its winning streak to a season-high 3 games. USC led briefly by 19 points in the first half and still by 11 at the break, but Washington rallied to cut the lead to 5 points with 3:33 to go. Wise then completed a 3-point play for a 66-58 lead and Terrell and Jio Fontan each sank a pair of free throws down the stretch to help seal the victory. Scott Suggs scored all 16 of his points in the second half to lead Washington.
CALIFORNIA ON DECK -- USC will play at California (14-9, 6-5) on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. The Golden Bears have won three of their last four games and are coming off a 77-69 win at then No.7 Arizona. Junior Allen Crabbe (19.8) leads the conference in scoring and junior Justin Cobbs (14.6) ranks 11th. California defeated USC 72-64 on Jan. 5 at the Galen Center and leads the all-time series, 131-121 (1 USC win in 2008 vacated due to NCAA penalty).
OFFENSE CLICKING IN CONFERENCE -- USC has averaged 70.5 points in the first 11 conference games this season, second-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 44.4 percent. USC has scored 70 or more points in six of the last eight 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.
TERRELL ON A TEAR -- USC guard J.T. Terrell scored 18 points vs. Washington on Feb. 10 and has scored in double figures in eight of USC's last nine games for an average of 13.4 points per game (121 total), since not playing vs. California on Jan. 5. In the seven games prior to that, Terrell averaged 3.3 points per game and scored in double figures in just six of USC's first 15 games. Terrell leads all Pac-12 players in conference games with an average of 2.3 three-pointers made per game. Her currently ranks 19th in conference games with a 12.3 scoring average.
STEWART SIDELINED -- USC junior guard/forward Ari Stewart suffered a fractured left thumb in the game vs. Washington on Feb. 10 at the Galen Center and is expected to miss at least three weeks of action, it was announced on Feb. 11 by interim head coach Bob Cantu. Stewart has averaged 3.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in 16 games this season for the Trojans, including an average of 4.4 points and 3.0 rebounds in Pac-12 games. Stewart has worked his way into the rotation since Cantu took over as interim head coach on Jan. 14, scoring 31 points in the last seven games, after scoring a total of 26 points in USC's first 17 games. Stewart posted a season-high 11 points in the win vs. Washington State on Jan. 7, but had no points and four rebounds before suffering the injury in the win over Washington on Feb. 10.
TEAM TROJAN -- USC has had nearly its entire roster help win a game at one point or another, with seven different players at least tying for USC's leading scorer in a game, six leading or tying for the lead in rebounds and eight different players leading or tying for the assist lead. Eight different Trojans have scored in a double figures in a game this season. In the last nine games, five different players have led in scoring and four have led in rebouding. USC already has had six players score 150 or more points this season, while last year's team only had five reach that total in 32 games.
FULLER EN FUEGO FROM THE FIELD -- Forward Aaron Fuller was 2-for-2 from the field in six minutes of action vs. Washington on Feb. 10. In the last three games played, Fuller has made 11 of 12 shots for a 91.7 shooting percentage, while grabbing 13 rebounds.
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE FREE THROWS -- USC went 14-for-15 from the free throw line for a 93.3 shooting percentage on Feb. 10 vs. Washington. That was the best free throw percentage for the Trojans win a game where they took 10 or more since going 22-for-22 to set the school and Pac-12 Tournament record vs. Oregon on March 8, 2002. USC shoot 81.8 percent from the line in the win vs. Washington State on Feb. 7 and has shot at a 83.7 clip (41-for-49) in the three-game winning streak.