USC Takes On Pac-12 Leader Washington At Galen Thursday
Feb. 28, 2012
USC (6-23, 1-15) will host Washington (20-8, 13-3) at the Galen Center on March 1 at 7:30 p.m. The game will be streamed live and for free on USCTrojans.com. USC has lost seven consecutive games and is 1-16 in its last 17 games.
BREAKING DOWN THE HUSKIES -- Pac-12 leader Washington is coming off a 59-55 win at Washington State on Feb. 25. The Huskies are led in scoring by freshman Tony Wroten (16.7 ppg) and sophomores Terrence Ross (15.1 ppg) and C.J. Wilcox (13.8 ppg). USC lost by a season-high 28 points at Washington 69-41 on Feb. 4 while shooting a season-low 28.8 percent. USC leads the all-time series against Washington, 68-67.
TROJANS FALL AT ASU -- USC overcame an 11-point first half deficit to catch Arizona State in the second half, but ultimately fell 56-52 in Tempe, Ariz. to establish a new school record for losses in a season, eclipsing the mark of 22 set by the 1989 Trojans. USC took its first lead in the second half at 39-38 on a three-point play by Byron Wesley with 13:28 left in the game. From that point on, neither team led by more than four points. The Trojans took their last lead at 47-45 with 11:16 left in the game when Wesley hit a jumper. It turned out to be USC's last field goal of the game, as the Trojans missed their final 12 shots from the field. Wesley led USC with a career-high 22 points on 8-for-14 shooting. The game was in doubt until ASU's Chris Colvin made a driving layup and subsequent free throw to complete a three-point play with one second left on the shot clock and just 19 on the game clock for the final margin. Arizona State was led by center Jordan Bachynski's 19 points and the Sun Devils completed their first season sweep of USC since 1995.
WASHINGTON STATE ON DECK -- USC will host Washington State (14-14, 6-10) at the Galen Center on March 3 at 3 p.m. The Cougars are led in scoring by junior forward Brock Motum who averages 17.8 points per game. WSU defeated USC 60-53 on Feb. 2 in Pullman, Wash., but the Trojans lead 67-45 in the all-time series.
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 10.9 turnovers per game, 16th-best in the country. USC has had 9 or less turnovers in 11 of the last 14 games and has had 12 or less turnovers 21 times. USC is tops in the Pac-12 with a +4.5 turnover margin. USC has committed 131 less turnovers than its opponents.
WESLEY AMONG FRESHMAN LEADERS - USC wing Byron Wesley ranks among the top Pac-12 freshmen in six different category averages: scoring (9.2, 7th), rebounds (5.0, 4th), defensive rebounds (4.1, 2nd), assists (1.8, 7th), steals (0.8, 6th) and minutes (34.4, 1st).
MOJO, MAN OF STEAL - Sophomore guard Maurice Jones has 119 career steals, already tied for ninth on the Trojans' all-time steals list. Jones' 69 steals last season set a USC freshman record and his 50 so far this season already rank tied for fourth all-time by a Trojan sophomore. Jones currently ranks fourth among active Pac-12 players in career steals, the only sophomore in the top 10.
MIGHTY MO - USC's Maurice Jones (38.1) is one of nine players in the country averaging 38.0 or more minutes per game. Also, Jones' 13.5 points per game average ranks eighth in the conference, but in terms of percentage of a teams' scoring, he is tied for first in the conference at 25.3 percent with Brock Motum of Washington State. Jared Cunningham is third at 23.1 percent of Oregon State's scoring.
FRESHMAN FOUNDATION - USC freshmen guards Byron Wesley and Alexis Moore look to be providing the Trojans with good building blocks for the future. Through 29 games, Wesley is the third-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder on the team with averages of 9.2 and 5.0 respectively. He is also second on the team in assists with 53. Moore is seventh on the team with a 4.4 scoring average, is third on the team in three-point baskets (23) and assists (47). Wesley has started every game and his 34.4 minutes per game played are the most by a freshman in the Pac-12. Wesley's season high in points is 22 at Arizona State on Feb. 25. Moore has started 17 times this season, including 15 of the last 20 games. Moore had a season-best 18 points on Dec. 17 vs. Georgia and has scored in double figures five times. Moore had a season-high five assists vs. Arizona on Jan. 8 and a season-best six rebounds on Jan. 28 vs. Utah.
JACKSON MEANS ACTION - Since being inserted into the starting lineup 11 games ago, sophomore Garrett Jackson has scored 10.7 points per game or 118 total points. That total is 47 more points than he had scored in USC's first 18 games while coming off the bench. In the 11 starts he ranks only behind Maurice Jones (12.4) and Byron Wesley (13.3) for points per game by a Trojan. Jackson also has 12 blocks and 13 steals in his starts.
ALLEN MAKING MOST OF INCREASED ACTION - Junior Greg Allen has scored 69 points in USC's last eight games for an 8.6 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 7.8 points in the 13 games he logs 20 or more minutes (102 total points).
IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED... - 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. USC's second-half lead at ASU on Feb. 25 was just the second time the Trojans led after halftime in a conference game this season.