USC Plays At Washington Sunday Seeking Rare Road Sweep|
Jan. 2, 2016
The USC Trojans (12-2, 1-0) will play at the Washington Huskies (9-4, 1-0) in Seattle, Wash. on Jan. 3 at noon. The game will air on the Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Los Angeles and Pac-12 Washington with Kevin Calabro and Dan Belloumini calling the action. USC’s 12-2 start is its best since the 2001-02 team began 13-2. USC has won its last seven games, its longest winning streak since the 2010 season (8 games), and has two winning streaks of five games or more in a season for the first time since the 2008-09 season. USC is seeking a 2-0 start in Pac-12 play for the first time since the 2010 season. USC’s 12 wins matches its total from the 2014-15 season. (12-20).
A ROAD LESS TRAVELED - USC is seeking its first Pac-12 road sweep since winning at California and Stanford in the 2011 season and its first sweep in Washington since the 2002 season.
USC TO PLAY AT WASHINGTON SUNDAY - The Huskies are 9-4 (1-0) after a 96-93 double-overtime home win over UCLA on Jan. 1. Redshirt senior guard Andrew Andrews leads UW in scoring with a 20.8 average, but the next four leading scorers for the young Huskies are freshmen. USC won the last meeting with Washington 70-55 on Feb. 28, 2015 at the Galen Center. Washington leads the all-time series 70-68* (reflects 2 wins by USC vacated from the 2008 season).
TROJANS OPEN PAC-12 SLATE WITH WIN AT WSU -- USC got off to a blazing start and whethered a strong second half by Washington State in a 90-77 win in Pullman, Wash. on Jan. 1. USC led by as many as 25 points in the first half and took a 54-37 lead into the break. WSU outscored USC 40-36 in the second half, but got no closer than 12 points. Nikola Jovanovic led USC with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Jordan McLaughlin added 19 points. USC shot 52.9 percent for the game and made 50 percent of its three-pointers (8-for-16).
ARIZONA STATE ON DECK – USC will host Arizona State on Jan. 7 at 7:30 p.m. The Sun Devils went 10-3 in nonconference play, which included wins over Creighton, UNLV and Texas A&M. The Sun Devils had four players average double figures in scoring, led by sophomore guard Tra Holden at 14.5. USC and ASU split a pair of games last season with the Trojans falling in Tempe, Ariz. 64-59 and then winning its Pac-12 first-round game against the Sun Devils, 67-64. USC leads the all-time series 51-38, which reflects two wins vacated by the Trojans in 2008 due to an NCAA penalty. ASU opens the Pac-12 schedule by hosting Arizona on Jan. 3.
TROJANS NEED TO DO ROAD WORK - Beginning Jan. 1 at Washington State, USC is playing five of its first seven games conference games on the road, with one of the home games against Pac-12 preseason favorite No. 8/No. 7 Arizona. USC is 1-0 in this stretch with the win at WSU snapping a 10-game Pac-12 road losing streak for the Trojans. USC is now 2-20 in its last 22 games on the road in conference dating back to the 2013 season.
J-MAC UNMASKED - Sophomore guard Jordan McLaughlin, a Pac-12 All-Freshman selection a year ago despite missing the final eight games due to injury, has come back from labral repair surgery to both shoulders to average 12.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists in his first 14 games. He also has 23 steals and a 24 three-point baskets. McLaughlin broke his nose late in the first half against Xavier on Nov. 27, sat out the rest of that game and played wearing a mask since Nov. 29 vs. Monmouth until playing “unmasked” vs. SIUE on Dec. 21. Excluding the game vs. Xavier when he broke his nose and didn’t play in the second half, in the eight games he has played this season without wearing a mask he has averaged 17.6 points and in the five games with a mask on, 7.2 points. He scored 6 points in the first half against Xavier.
SC STANDS FOR SLAM CITY - USC has registered 53 dunks in the first 14 games, compared to its opponents’ 24. Chimezie Metu leads USC with 21 dunks, including at least one in each of USC’s last seven games. Julian Jacobs, who led USC in dunks last season with 19, is second on the team with 13.
TROJANS HOSTING SEASON-LONG BLOCK PARTY - USC has registered 88 blocks in the first 14 games to tie for fourth among all Division I schools in total blocks through games of Jan. 1. USC’s average of 6.3 blocks per game ranks seventh among all NCAA DI teams. USC had a total of 133 blocks in 32 games last season for a 4.2 blocks per game average.
POWERPOINT PRESENTATION - USC has scored 1170 points in the first 14 games of the season, its most to start a season since scoring 1177 in the first 14 games of the 1991 season. USC has scored 90 or more points six times, including 100 or more points three times. USC had not reached the century mark in scoring in a game since the 2002 season. USC has scored 100 or more points three games during a season for the first time since the 1991 season and sixth time in school history. The school record for 100-point games in a season is four (1975). USC’s 83.6 points per game average ranks tied for 30th in the country through games of Jan. 1. USC averaged 67.0 points last season.
JACOBS BACK IN ACTION - Julian Jacobs returned to action with 12 points, 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 dunks at Washington State on Jan. 1. He had missed three of the previous four games with tendinitis in his left Achilles. The other game he played in the last five was on Dec. 17 vs. Cal Poly and he posted a double-double with 13 assists and 10 points. The 13 assists tied for fourth (now fifth) on USC’s all-time single-game list and are tied for fifth in a game this season among all Division I players. Jacobs is averaging 12.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game this season. He also leads all Pac-12 players in assist per game (5.9), is tied for 5th in steals per game (1.5) and is second in the conference with a 3.0 assist to turnover ratio.
THREE AT LAST, THREE AT LAST... - USC has made 122 three-point baskets this season, tops among Pac-12 teams and tied for 35th in the country through games of Jan. 1. USC has finished 11th or 12th among Pac-12 teams in three-pointers made the last four seasons. USC has made six or more three-pointers in 11 of the 14 games and six times has netted 12 or more, with a season-best 13 makes vs. CSUN on Nov. 23 and vs. Lafayette on Dec. 23. On the year, USC is averaging 40.7 percent from beyond the arc (18th in the country), while its opponents are shooting 30.9 percent from long-range. Last season USC made a total of 170 three-pointers for an average of 5.3 makes per game.