USC Makes Road Trip To Old Home
Feb. 14, 2012
USC (6-20, 1-12) will play at UCLA (14-11, 7-6) at the Sports Arena on Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. The game is being televised on Prime Ticket with Don MacLean and Joel Meyers calling the action and Courtney Jones providing sideline commentary. USC is 1-13 in its last 14 games.
BREAKING DOWN THE BRUINS -- UCLA is coming off a 73-63 home loss vs. California, just its first home conference loss. UCLA defeated USC in the first meeting between the two teams this season, 66-47 at the Galen Center on Jan. 15. The Bruins are led in scoring by Lazeric Jones' 13.8 points per game, but have four players scoring in double figures. The teams split the season series last year and with the win in January, UCLA leads 11-10 in the last 11 seasons. USC has won 4 of the last 6 meetings, but trails in the all-time series, 104-130.
ON THE ROAD TO THE PAST -- From 1959 until the Galen Center opened for the 2007 season, the Sports Arena served as USC's main basketball home and this will be USC's first game back in the building since defeating Oregon State 89-84 on Feb. 25, 2006. USC's last game vs. UCLA at the Sports Arena was a 71-68 win on Feb. 19, 2006. USC is 4-1 vs. UCLA at the Sports Arena in the last five meetings with all five games decided by four points or less.
MID-GAME RUN PROPELS STANFORD PAST USC -- For the second consecutive game the Trojans hung in the game until the second half, but a second-half run of 11-0 by Stanford allowed the Cardinal to pull away for a 59-47 victory at the Galen Center on Feb. 12. USC trailed by two at the half and 35-33 at the 11:20 mark of the second half when Stanford's run gave the Cardinal control of the game. Chasson Randle led Stanford with 16 points, including going 4-for-5 from 3-point range. Byron Wesley and Greg Allen scored 13 points for the Trojans, with Maurice Jones chipping in with 10 points. Stanford outrebounded USC 45-19 and outscored USC 14-0 on second-chance points. Stanford shot 44.9 percent to USC's 31.3 percent for the game, and hit at a 56.0 percent clip in the second half.
TROJANS TRAVEL TO ARIZONA FOR FINAL ROAD TRIP -- USC will play next week at Arizona on Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. MT and at Arizona State on Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. MT. USC lost to both teams at home earlier in the season, falling 62-53 to Arizona State on Jan. 5 and then 57-46 vs. Arizona on Jan. 8.
TROJANS STINGY WITH TURNOVERS - 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 11.2 turnovers per game, tied for 21st-best in the country. USC has had 9 or less turnovers in nine of the last 11 games and has had 12 or less turnovers 18 times. USC is tops in the Pac-12 with a +4.5 turnover margin. USC has committed 118 less turnovers than its opponents.
WESLEY AMONG FRESHMAN LEADERS - USC wing Byron Wesley ranks among the top eight Pac-12 freshmen in six different category averages: scoring (8.1, 7th), rebounds (4.8, 4th), defensive rebounds (3.9, 2nd), assists (1.8, 8th), steals (0.8, 6th) and minutes (34.2, 1st).
MOJO, MAN OF STEAL - Sophomore guard Maurice Jones has 115 career steals, already just one away from tying David Bluthenthal for 10th on the Trojans' all-time steals list. Jones' 69 steals last season set a USC freshman record and his 46 so far this season already rank sixth all-time by a Trojan sophomore. Jones currently ranks fourth among active Pac-12 players in career steals.
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.