USC Faces Marquette In Maui Invitational 5th-Place Game
Nov. 20, 2012
USC (3-1) will play Marquette (3-1) at noon (HT) on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui, Hawai'i in the fifth-place game of the 2012 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational. USC is looking for its first 4-1 start since opening the 2008 season with a 6-1 record.
ZOWIE, IT'S MAUI! -- USC is playing at the Maui Invitational for the second time in school history. USC went 1-2 at the 1999 Maui Invitational, defeating Memphis (92-65) and losing to North Carolina (82-65) and Utah State (52-50). Trojan point guard and current radio analyst Brandon Granville still holds the Maui Invitational record for assists with 15 vs. Memphis on Nov. 23, 1999. Also, USC wing Jeff Trepangier set the Maui Invitational record with 10 steals vs. Utah State on Nov. 24, 1999. Both are also USC school records.
USC MEETS MARQUETTE IN 5TH-PLACE GAME -- Marquette defeated Mississippi State 89-62 yesterday to advance to the fifth-place game, after suffering a heart-breaking 72-71 loss to Butler in their first game in Maui as Butler's Rotnei Clarke hit a three-pointer at the buzzer for the win. Marquette also has home wins vs. Colgate (84-63) and SE Louisiana (64-53). Davante Gardner has come off the bench in all four games to lead Marquette in scoring at 14.8 points per game, though six players have averaged 7.8 or more points per game. USC has never faced Marquette in basketball. Trojan fans will remember Marquette senior guard Trent Lockett who starred for three seasons at ASU.
TROJANS PROVE TEXAS-TOUGH IN BEATING THE LONGHORNS -- Dewayne Dedmon had a block at one end of the court, then fed J.T. Terrell for a dunk at the other end to send the game to overtime, where the Trojans took control at the free throw line to defeat Texas 59-53 at the Maui Invitational on Nov. 20. USC outscored Texas 12-6 in OT, making 8 of 9 free throw attempts after making just 5 of 11 attempts in regulation. Eric Wise led USC with 13 points and Dedmon added eight points, eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Both teams struggled from the floor, with Texas making 37.0 percent and USC making 34.4 percent. USC outrebounded Texas by five after Illinois outrebounded the Trojans by 22 in the previous game.
No. 25 SAN DIEGO STATE ON DECK -- Following the conclusion of the Maui Invitational, USC will return home to host No. 25 San Diego State at the Galen Center on Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. The Aztecs are 2-1 with a game on Nov. 21 vs. Arkansas Pine-Bluff. SDSU opened with a 62-49 loss to No. 6 Syracuse, but has since posted wins over San Diego Christian (91-57) and Missouri State (60-44). Junior guard Jamal Franklin leads SDSU with an average of 20.3 points and 10.7 rebounds per game, including posting double-doubles in the last two contests. USC lost 56-54 at San Diego State last season when Xavier Thames drove coast to coast to scoring the winning bucket with 1.4 seconds left, after USC had tied it with a three-pointer with 7.8 seconds remaining. USC leads the all-time series, 10-2.
MARQUETTE CONNECTIONS -- USC head coach Kevin O'Neill was the head coach at Marquette for the 1990-94 seasons. It was his first Division I head coaching job and he guided Marquette to three postseason appearances in his five seasons. His point guard for three seasons was USC assistant coach Tony Miller. Miller led the 1994 Marquette team to the NCAA Sweet 16 and was inducted into the school's Athletics Hall of Fame on Aug. 20, 2011. Also, former Trojan O.J. Mayo's brother Todd Mayo is on the Marquette roster, but is academically ineligible.
THE TROJAN TRI-TOWERS -- USC and Florida State are the only two Division I schools that list three seven-footers on their 2012-13 opening day rosters. USC's tri-towers are 7-0 junior forward Dewayne Dedmon, 7-1 redshirt senior center James Blasczyk and 7-2 junior center Omar Oraby.
BOOST FROM THE BENCH -- Coming off a season where the Trojans were playing most of the second half of their season with just six available scholarship players, the depth of the 2012-13 team really stands out. In the first four games of the season, USC has scored 31.3 percent of its points (85 of 272) and had 43.0 percent of its rebounds (61 of 142) from players coming off the bench. USC's non-starters also played 34.1 percent of the game (281 of the 825 minutes). USC's bench has outscored the opposition's bench 85-79.
REBOUNDING ON THE BOARDS -- After being outrebounded in 26 of 32 games last season, including the final 18 contests of the 2011-12 season, USC has won the battle of the boards in three of the first four games this season. USC outrebounded Coppin State 44-27 in the first game and had a 35-32 advantage over Long Beach State in the second game. USC was then outrebounded 42-20 by Illinois before coming back to edge Texas on the glass, 43-38. The chairman of the boards for the Trojans so far is forward Dewayne Dedmon who had a career-best 12 rebounds vs. Coppin State and added 10 rebounds vs. Long Beach State and has a total of 32 rebounds in 86 minutes played.
RENALDO'S RARE TREAT -- USC forward Renaldo Woolridge played at the 2011 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational as a member of the Tennessee Volunteers. He graduated from Tennessee with a degree in Sociology and one more year of eligibility. This summer he transfered to USC to begin graduate school in Social Work. It is believed that he is the first player not on Chaminade to play in consecutive Maui Invitationals.
HOW DIFFERENT WAS THAT GAME...? -- After starting 2-0 and holding the opposition to 58.5 points and 32.3 percent shooting, USC allowed Illinois 94 points and a 53.2 shooting percentage from the floor on Nov. 19. USC surrendered 33 field goals to Illinois, after allowing a total of 32 field goals in the first two games combined. USC also allowed a total of 15 offensive rebounds in the first two games and surrendered 15 to Illinois. Illinois' 57 first-half points were 13 more than the Trojans allowed Long Beach State in the entire game on Nov. 13. Making that game stick out even more, in the following game vs. Texas, USC held the Longhorns to 37.0 percent shooting and their total of 53 points in the overtime game was four less than Illinois had in the first half.