USC Hosts Oregon In Final Regular Season Home Game
Feb. 28, 2014
The USC Trojans (10-18, 1-14) will play the Oregon Ducks (19-8, 7-8) at the Galen Center on March 1 at 1 p.m. USC has lost a season high nine consecutive games and is 1-14 in the last 15 games, after opening the season with a 9-4 record.
BREAKING DOWN THE DUCKS - Oregon is coming off an 87-83 win in double overtime at UCLA on Feb. 27 and has won four consecutive games. Guard Joseph Young leads Oregon in scoring with an 18.9 average, second among conference players. Oregon defeated USC 78-66 on Feb. 1 in Eugene, Ore. In that game USC led by four points at the half, but committed 11 turnovers in the first 11 minutes of the second half to fall behind by double digits. USC leads the all-time series with Oregon 60-49, with two Trojan victories vacated from the 2008 season.
LATE RALLY FALLS SHORT AGAINST OREGON STATE -- USC shaved a 26-point deficit down to five points with 1:44 left in the game vs. Oregon State on Feb. 27, but could get no closer and fell 76-66. USC shot just 29.0 percent in the first half as OSU built a 23- point lead. J.T. Terrell keyed the Trojan comeback with 18 of his game-high 21 points in the second half. Oregon State had four players score in double figures and made 53.2 percent of its shots compared to USC's 37.3 shooting percentage. USC matched a season low in turnovers with eight.
WASHINGTON STATE ON DECK - USC's next game will be at Washington State on March 6 at 8 p.m. in Pullman, Washingon. The Cougars (9-18, 2-13) will at Washington on Feb. 28 before hosting USC. Guard Davonte' Lacy, who missed six games earlier with an injury, leads WSU in scoring with a 19.3 average. WSU has lost six consecutive games and is 1-10 in its last 11 contests. USC leads the all-time series with Washington State, 68-47.
LET ME ASSIST YOU -- USC has 366 assists this season and is on pace to finish the regular season with 405, the most in a season since registering 438 in 2009. Pe'Shon Howard leads the team with 111, followed closely by Julian Jacobs with 101. They are the first pair of Trojans with 100 or more assists in the same season since 2007 (Pruitt-113, Hackett-103).
USC'S 1954 FINAL FOUR TEAM TO BE HONORED -- Jack Dunne, Jack Lovrich, Al Ludecke, Roy Irvin, Dave De Groote and Ralph Pausig of the 1954 USC men's basketball team which went 19-14, won the conference title and is the Trojans' last team to advance to the Final Four, will be honored during the game on March 1.
SENIOR SALUTE -- Seniors to be honored before the game on March 1 are D.J. Haley, Pe'Shon Howard, Daniel Munoz, Omar Oraby and J.T. Terrell. Also, USC will recognize the efforts of senior managers Ara Altounian and Jordan Flatt.
IMPACT FRESHMEN -- Freshmen Julian Jacobs and Nikola Jovanovic are quietly posting two of the better USC freshmen seasons in awhile. Jacobs' 101 assists rank eighth in a single season by a Trojan freshman and he projects to finish with the third-most ever. He also is three steals outside the freshman top 10 in steals. Jovanovic has the ninth-best free throw percentage season (.741) and has the 10th-best field goal percentage (.518) by a Trojan freshman. Both players have an outside chance to finish in the top 10 in rebounds. Entering play this week, among Pac-12 freshmen Jovanovic ranks seventh in scoring and fourth in rebounding, while leading all conference freshmen in shooting percentage. Jacobs is 11th in scoring, fifth in rebounding, first in steals, is second in assists and is fourth in blocks among Pac-12 freshmen.
WESLEY AMONG TO BEST IN THE PAC-12 -- Junior Byron Wesley was held to nine points on Thursday, snapping a streak of six straight games scoring at least 18 points. In the last seven games he has averaged 19.6 points. He surpassed the 1,000 career points plateau on Feb. 1 at Oregon and now has 1,082 career points, 31st on USC's all-time scoring list. Paul Westphal is 30th on USC's all-time scoring list with 1,085 career points. Wesley is the only Pac-12 player this season leading his team in both scoring and rebounding averages. He ranks sixth in scoring and 14th in rebounding among Pac-12 players this season and is 10th in the conference among active players in career scoring.
SIGNS OF SLAM CITY -- USC had two dunks vs. Oregon State on Feb. 27 and has out-slammed the opposition 69-38 this season. USC has eight games with at least four dunks, while the opposition has only two (5 - Villanova on Nov. 28 and 4- ASU on Jan. 9).
GETTING TO THE LINE -- USC has taken 678 free throws through 28 games for an average of 24.2 per game. Last season USC averaged 17.1 free throw attempts per game. USC has struggled at the free throw line this season (66.1 percent) with seven games under 60.0 percent from the charity stripe. In the last 11 games USC has been called for 52 more fouls (238-186) and the opposition has taken 65 more free throws (314-249).
TERRELL CRACKS USC'S TOP 20 -- Senior guard J.T. Terrell made two three-point baskets vs. Oregon State on Feb. 27 to give him 92 in his Trojan career. He is now tied for 20th all-time by a Trojan with Errick Craven, one behind Maurice Jones (93) and three beind Nick Young (95). Terrell opened the 2013-14 season by scoring 20 points at Utah State on Nov. 8. He then began dealing with academic issues and came off the bench twice before he was declared academically ineligible for the remainder of the first semester on Nov. 21. Terrell regained his eligibility on Dec. 19 and was available that night at Long Beach State, but DNP. He scored 6 points in 13 minutes, including hitting a big 3-pointer in the win at Dayton on Dec. 22. In his first extended minutes since the opener on Dec. 29 vs. Howard, Terrell poured in 18 points in 23 minutes. He has averaged 10.5 points in 20 games this season, 10 starts. Terrell had a major impact on the Trojan program in his first season at USC (2012-13), averaging 11.7 points and making 67 three-point baskets. His three-point baskets made rank 11th all-time in a single season by a Trojan. In the second half of the season following the coaching change he was even better, leading the Trojans with an average of 14.3 points per game and making 40 percent from three-point range (40-for-100). Terrell led all players in Pac-12 play by making an average of 2.5 three-pointers per game.