USC Hosts CS Fullerton On Wednesday
Nov. 23, 2010
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC Trojans (3-2) will host the CS Fullerton Titans (1-3) at the Galen Center on Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m. USC is 2-1 at home this season.
BREAKING DOWN THE TITANS -- CS Fullerton is 1-3 and is coming off its first win of the season, a 62-59 win at San Diego on Nov. 21. CSUF went 16-15 last season and tied for third in the Big West, but return just one starter and four lettermen from that team. Redshirt junior Orane Chin leads the Titans with an average of 19.8 points in the first four games. USC is 2-0 all-time against CS Fullerton, winning the last meeting 96-90 in overtime on Dec. 9, 2003.j
TROJANS BOUNCE BACK VS. NMSU -- USC responded to a tough one-point loss on Nov. 20 with a strong effort to defeat New Mexico State 80-61 on Nov. 21 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. as part of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off. Four Trojans scored in double figures led by Bryce Jones who netted 21 points. USC shot 50 percent from the field and used a 13-0 run midway through the first half to take control of the game.
TROJANS READY FOR THE ROAD -- USC will leave on Thanksgiving Day to begin a trip to Nebraska on Nov. 27 and to TCU in Fort Worth, Texas on Nov. 29. After tonight, USC will play four of its next six games on the road. The Trojans were 2-9 in road games last season.
NEBRASKA ON DECK -- USC will play Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb. on Nov. 27 at 5 p.m. (CT). The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net. The Cornhuskers are 3-2 this season with a 2-0 record at home. Last season Nebraska went 10-0 at home in nonconference games. Sophomore Christian Standhardinger has come off the bench to lead Nebraska in scoring with an average of 11.0 points per game. Doc Sadler is in his fifth season as head coach of Nebraska and has posted a 73-60 record. USC leads the all-time series 5-2, but lost at home to Nebraska last season, 51-48. The game is part of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.
NO REST IN SIGHT -- USC is in the midst of playing eight games in 17 days to start the season, the most in a 17-day stretch or less since playing eight games in 15 days to start the 1983-84 season.
SUDDEN IMPACT -- In the first five games USC has relied heavily on freshmen with guards Maurice Jones playing 199 and Bryce Jones playing 157 out of a possible 200 minutes. In five games, the two Jones and fellow freshman Garrett Jackson have combined to score 44.5 percent of USC's points (155 of 348) and play 42.4 percent of the team's minutes. The Jones also have 58.2 percent of USC's assists (32 of 55) and 48.9 percent of its 3-point baskets (14 of 29).
JACKSON KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES -- A lot of attention has been given to USC's starting freshman guards Bryce and Maurice Jones as they have gotten off to a good start, averaging 13.6 and 12.6 points per game respectively. Freshman forward Garrett Jackson had just two points in the Trojans' first three games, but scored a combined 22 in the two games in Springfield, Mass. In the games against Bradley and New Mexico State, Jackson made 10 of 14 shots (71.4 percent) and grabbed eight rebounds.
JONES STEALING THE HEADLINES -- USC freshman guard Bryce Jones leads USC with 10 steals (tied for the Pac-10 lead), including five in the game vs. Bradley on Nov. 20. He had a season-best 21 points in USC's win vs. NMSU, hitting 7 of 10 shots from the field and registering two more steals. Jones has made 11 three-pointers this season, tops among Pac-10 players.