USC To Host New Mexico At Galen Saturday|
Nov. 20, 2015
The USC Trojans (2-0) will host the New Mexico Lobos (3-0) at the Galen Center on November 21 at 7:30 p.m. The game will air on the Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Los Angeles and TuneIn Radio. USC is off to a 2-0 start for the first time since the 2012-13 season and is seeking its first 3-0 start sine the 2000-01 campaign.
UNDEFEATED LOBOS ROLL INTO TOWN -- New Mexico improved to 3-0 with a 75-51 home win vs. Loyola-Chicago on Nov. 18. They also have wins at home vs. Texas Southern (86-57) and at New Mexico State (83-74). This will be the fourth game between the two teams since the 2011-12 season. The all-time series is tied at 6-6, as USC won 66-54 at New Mexico on Nov. 30 last season. At the time, it was just the 14th loss in 131 home games in the past eight seasons for the Lobos. The teams last met at the Galen Center on Dec. 10, 2011 which was a 44-41 win for New Mexico. The Lobos were 15-16 last season and return three starters from that team. G Elijah Brown (17.7), G Cullen Neal (16.3) and F Tim Williams (15.7) are all averaging double figures in scoring this season. Brown and Williams redshirted last season and Neal was limited to three games due to injury in 2014-15.
TROJANS PULL AWAY FROM MONMOUTH -- USC broke the century mark for the first time in the history of the Galen Center en route to a 101-90 win over Monmouth Nov. 16. USC raced out to a 28-12 lead, but the Hawks stormed back to make a game of it, with USC taking a 47-46 lead into halftime. The teams exchanged the lead for most of the second half before the Trojans finished the game on a 22-12 run. Five Trojans scored in double figures led by Jordan McLaughlin’s 22. Nikola Jovanovic posted his seventh career double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds. USC’s point total was its highest since scoring 103 vs. Stanford on March 7, 2002.
CSUN ON DECK – The CSUN Matadors will face USC on Nov. 23 in an 6 p.m. game at the Galen Center. USC leads the all-time series with CSUN, 6-1. The last meeting between the teams was a 95-79 Trojan win on November 12, 2013, the first win of the Andy Enfield era and first home game of the 2013-14 season. The Matadors were 9-24 last season and return just three men from that squad, but two were starters. CSUN is off to a 2-2 start with wins over Wright State and Vanguard and losses to Northern Illinois and South Dakota. Three Matadors are averaging in double figures led by freshman guard Jason Richardson (16.0).
J-MAC IS BACK - 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 21.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in his first two games. He also has seven assists, four steals and a team-leading four three-point baskets.
BACKCOURT BOOMING -- In the first two games, USC’s guards Jordan McLaughlin, Julian Jacobs and Elijah Stewart have combined to average 53.0 points, 19.0 rebounds 9.5 assists per game. The trio has also averaged a combined 15 free throw attempts per game.
NICE START ON THE BOARDS -- USC has won the battle of the boards in the first two games with an average of 48.5 per contest, tied for 22nd in the country.
STRONG IN THE CLASSROOM - Last spring the men’s basketball team set the USC record for grade-point average by the basketball roster, then during the summer it established the summer-session GPA record for the basketball program.
BETTER BE READY TO ROLL -- USC is 2-0 in a stretch of seven games in 17 days to start the season. After tonight, USC will also have a home game on Nov. 23 vs. CSUN, as well as three games at the AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando, Fla. on Nov. 26 vs. Wichita State, on Nov. 27 vs. Alabama or Xavier and on Nov. 29 vs. TDB.
YOUR POINT? - USC has scored 184 points in the first two games of the season, its most since scoring 185 in the first two games of the 2001 season. That season was the last time USC began a season 3-0, actually winning its first eight games.
EVERYONE CHIPS IN -- USC has five players averaging 10 or more points and eight players have averaged 3.5 rebounds or more in the first two games. USC had five players score in double figures vs. Monmouth on Nov. 16, the first time it had accomplished the feat since five scored in double figures in a 78-62 win vs. Boston College on Dec. 8, 2013.