USC Hosts Tennessee Tech at Galen Monday|
Nov. 16, 2014
The USC Trojans (0-1) will host the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (1-0) at the Galen Center on Nov. 17 at 8 p.m.
FACING TENNESSEE TECH -- Tennessee Tech won its first game of the season by a score of 83-29 over Piedmont International at home on Nov. 14. The Golden Eagles of the Ohio Valley Conference went 17-16 in the 2013-14 season and return seven players, including three starters from that team. Senior center Dwan Caldwell from Lancaster, Calif. is Tennessee Tech's leading returning scorer and rebounder with 10.7 and 5.5 averages respectfully and scored 14 points in the opener. USC and Tennessee Tech have never faced each other before in men's basketball.
USC FALLS IN SEASON OPENER -- USC trailed nearly the entire game and fell 76-68 to Portland State in the season opener for both teams on Nov. 15 at the Galen Center. USC trailed by seven points at the half and rallied to take a 48-47 lead at the 11:45 mark of the second half, but 36 seconds later the Vikings began a 7-0 run and led the rest of the way. USC cut the score to two points with five minutes left, but again PSU answered with a 10-0 run to put the game away. Tiegbe Bamba led PSU with 19 points and Jordan McLaughlin scored 19 in his college debut for USC. USC committed 23 turnovers and was outscored 31-6 on points off turnovers. USC lost despite outshooting (53.2 percent/39.1 percent) and outrebounding (43-25) the Vikings. USC lost its first home opener since the 2007-08 season. USC fell to 45-15 in nonconference games at the Galen Center, with the loss snapping a streak of eight-straight wins.
THE 2014-15 USC TROJANS -- The Andy Enfield Era began last year but should really take flight in the 2014-15 season with a young and exciting team which features the 12th-ranked recruiting class and the eligibility of top-notch transfers Katin Reinhardt and Darion Clark. What the Trojans will lack in experience they will make up for in talent, athleticism and exuberance. There are six new impact players which will join forces with the returning group headlined by sophomores Nikola Jovanovic and Julian Jacobs. In fact, 11 of the 14 players on the USC roster will be freshmen or sophomores with just three juniors and no seniors.
ROSTER BREAKDOWN -- There are a total of 14 players on the 2014-15 USC men's basketball roster. The Trojan team by class are: Seniors (0): None; Juniors (3): Chass Bryan (G), Strahinja Gavrilovic (F) and Brendyn Taylor (G); Sophomores (7): Darion Clark (F), Samer Dhillon (F), Kahlil Dukes (G), Julian Jacobs (G), Nikola Jovanovic (F), Devon Pflueger (G) and Katin Reinhardt (G); Freshmen (4): Malik Marquetti (G), Malik Martin (F), Jordan McLaughlin (G) and Elijah Stewart (G).
TROJANS HEAD TO THE CHARLESTON CLASSIC -- USC will be playing in the Charleston Classic tournament in Charleston, S.C. from Nov. 20-23. USC's first-round opponent in the tournament on Nov. 20 will be Akron of the Mid-American Conference. Akron opened with a 74-57 home win over UMBC on Nov. 14. Akron went 21-13 last season and returns four starters and nine lettermen from that squad. The second-round game on Nov. 21 will be against either Drexel or Miami, with the final game on Nov. 23 being played against an opponent from this group: Charlotte, Cornell, Penn State and South Carolina.
USC DEFEATS CS LOS ANGELES IN EXHIBITION GAME -- Freshman Jordan McLaughlin scored 18 points and sophomore Nikola Jovanovic tallied 16 points to lead five Trojans in double figures in an 87-68 exhibition win over Cal State Los Angeles on Nov. 8. USC had a rough start, missing its first nine shots and falling behind 14-1, but immediately got back in the game as sophomore guard Julian Jacobs scored the next seven points to cut the lead to 14-8. The Trojans cruised to victory from there with sophomore Katin Reinhardt adding 13 points, Jacobs 10 and freshman Malik Martin 10. USC had 13 steals in the game, three more than in any game during the 2013-14 season.
TROJANS' FRESHMAN CLASS RANKED No. 12 BY SCOUT -- USC's freshman class of guards Malik Marquetti, Jordan McLaughlin and Elijah Stewart and forward Malik Martin was ranked No. 12 by Scout.com. The Trojan freshman classs was also ranked No. 16 by ESPN.com. Marquetti was ranked No. 61 by Scout.com in the 2014 recruiting class, McLaughlin was ranked No. 36 by Scout.com and No. 41 by ESPN.com, Stewart was ranked No. 40 by Scout.com and Martin was ranked No. 109 by Rivals.com and No. 4 in Florida by 247Sports.
YOUTH WILL BE SERVED -- The Trojans started freshmen guard Jordan McLaughlin and forward Malik Martin in the opener, the first freshmen in the USC opening night lineup since Byron Wesley started the 2011-12 season opener. They also became the first pair of USC freshmen to start since Bryce Jones and Maurice Jones got the nod in the opener of the 2010-11 season. USC's freshmen scored 21 of the Trojans first 25 points and 50 percent of the team's points in the opener (34 of 68).
BETTER BE READY TO ROLL... -- Starting with the game against Portland State on Nov. 15, the USC men's basketball team began a stretch of six games in 11 days (0-1). The longest stretch of days without a game between Nov. 15 and Nov. 25 is two days, with no games on Nov. 18 and 19. USC will travel to South Carolina for the Charleston Classic on the 18th and practice on the 19th.