USC Closes Out Homestand Hosting CSUN Monday|
Nov. 22, 2015
The USC Trojans (3-0) will host the CSUN Matadors (2-2) at the Galen Center on November 23 at 6:00 p.m. USC is off to a 3-0 start for the first time since beginning the 2000-01 campaign 8-0.
CSUN CLOSES OUT HOMESTAND -- USC closes out its season-opening four-game homestand against the CSUN Matadors. 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).
TROJANS WITHSTAND LOBO RALLY -- USC led by as many as 21 points in the second half and saw New Mexico cut the deficit to five, before going on to a 90-82 victory at the Galen Center on Nov. 21. Jordan McLaughlin led four Trojans in double figures with 19 points. USC made 50.9 percent of its shots from the floor, while holding the Lobos to 38.8 percent shooting.
ADVOCARE INVITATIONAL ON DECK - USC will be playing in the AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando, Fla. from Nov. 26-29. USC’s first-round opponent in the tournament on Nov. 26 will be Wichita State of the Missouri Valley Conference. The Shockers went 30-5 last season, won their league and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. They return three starters and nine lettermen from that team, including guards Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker. Baker leads the Shockers with a 20.3 scoring average in its first three games this season, wins at home vs. Charleston Southern (88-63) and Emporia State (76-54) and a loss at Tulsa (67-77). The second-round game on Nov. 27 will be against either Alabama or Xavier, with the final game on Nov. 29 being played against an opponent from this group: Dayton, Iowa, Monmouth and Notre Dame.
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 20.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in his first three games. He also has 13 assists, eight steals and a six three-point baskets.
BACKCOURT BOOMING -- In the first three games, USC’s guards Jordan McLaughlin, Julian Jacobs and Elijah Stewart have combined to average 52.3 points, 17.7 rebounds and 10.3 assists per game. The trio has also averaged a combined 15.7 free throw attempts per game.
MAKING A POINT - USC has scored 274 points in the first three games of the season, its most since scoring 275 in the first three games of the 2001 season. That season was the last time USC began a season 3-0, actually winning its first eight games.
LET ME ASSIST YOU - USC has averaged 5.0 more assists per game that turnovers this season (16.7 to 11.7 per game). Last season, USC averaged 12.4 assists and 14.0 turnovers.
NICE START ON THE BOARDS -- USC has won the battle of the boards in two of three games with an average of 45.3 per contest. USC averaged 35.9 rebounds per game last season
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 3-0 in a stretch of seven games in 17 days to start the season. After tonight, USC will play 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.
TALL AND TALENTED FRESHMAN TANDEM - USC’s freshman class is comprised of forwards Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu. Boatwright is 6-10 and averaged 27.8 points and 13 rebounds for Village Christian HS, en route to being named the CIF Southern Section Division 1AA Player of the Year. Metu is 6-11 and averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds for Lawndale HS, to earn the CIF Southern Section Division II Player of the Year. Despite foul trouble in his first two college games, Boatwright is averaging 9.7 points and 5.3 rebounds. Metu has averaged 4.7 points and 4.0 rebounds, while leading the team with 11 blocks.
EVERYONE CHIPS IN -- USC has six players averaging 8.7 or more points and seven players have averaged 4.0 rebounds or more in the first three 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.