Rematch For USC And Monmouth At AdvoCare Invitational|
Nov. 28, 2015
The USC Trojans (5-1) will face the Monmouth Hawks (3-2) in the third-place game of the AdvoCare Invitational at the HP Fieldhouse in Orlando, Fla. on Nov. 29 at 9:30 a.m. PT. USC is 5-1 to start a season for the first time since going 6-1 to start the 2007-08 season.
WE MEET AGAIN... - After never having faced Monmouth before, USC will be playing the Hawks for the second time in two weeks. The last time USC faced the same opponent twice in the same season within the first seven games was in the 1967 campaign (Arizona State). USC defeated Monmouth 101-90 at the Galen Center on Nov. 16. USC’s point total was its most in a game since scoring 103 vs. Stanford on March 7, 2002 and it was the first time five Trojans reached double figures in scoring since the 2013 season. Monmouth missed out on playing in the AdvoCare Invitational title game when it fell 73-70 to Dayton on Nov. 27. Guard Justin Robinson leads Monmouth in scoring with a 24.4 points per game average. He scored 28 points in the game against USC on Nov. 16. Monmouth has wins at UCLA, at Drexel and vs. Notre Dame, with its losses against USC and Dayton.
FIRST HALF DOOMS USC AGAINST No. 23 XAVIER -- USC came out of the locker room on fire in the second half against No. 23 Xavier scoring 50 points after the break, but it was not enough to erase a tough first half and fell 87-77 in a second-round game at the AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando, Fla. on Nov. 27. Xavier shot 57.6 percent from the floor in the first half and USC committed 15 fouls and 9 turnovers, while shooting 34.6 percent to create the 54-27 halftime deficit. Despite three Trojans fouling out and Jordan McLaughlin not playing in the second half due to a broken nose, USC outscored Xavier 50-33 to cut the final margin to 10 points.
ON DECK A TRIP TO THE THUNDERDOME - USC’s next game will be at UC Santa Barbara at the Thunderdome in Santa Barbara, Calif. on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. Santa Barbara is 2-2 with wins at Nebraska-Omaha and San Francisco and losses to the Pac-12’s California (road) and Oregon State (home). The Gauchos will play at Arizona State on Nov. 29 before hosting the Trojans. Michael Bryson (17.3), John Green (14.8) and Gabe Vincent (10.5) are all averaging double figures in scoring through four games. USC leads the all-time series 11-1, but UCSB won the last meeting 69-53 in Santa Barbara on Dec. 3, 2002.
J-MAC 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 17.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in his first six games. He also has 24 assists, 11 steals and a 13 three-point baskets. McLaughlin broke his nose late in the first half against Xavier on Nov. 27 and his status for today’s game is uncertain.
BACKCOURT BOOMING -- In the first six games, USC’s guards Jordan McLaughlin, Julian Jacobs and Elijah Stewart have combined to average 39.5 points, 13.3 rebounds and 11.2 assists per game. The trio has also averaged a combined 9.8 free throw attempts per game.
MAKING A POINT - USC has scored 519 points in the first six games of the season, its most to start a season since scoring 520 in the first six games of the 1992 season. The last time USC scored more points in any six-game stretch was Dec. 20, 2000-Jan. 20, 2001 when they tallied 522.
BENNY BUCKETS - Freshman Bennie Boatwright scored a season-best 22 points vs. Wichita State on Nov. 26, including making 5 of 9 three-point attempts. Boatwright also had five rebounds, three steals and a block in the game. He now is averaging 11.8 points and 5.3 rebounds this season. He is tie for most three-pointers made (13) and third in rebounds (32) on the team.
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 three of his first six college games, Boatwright is averaging 11.8 points and 5.3 rebounds. Metu has averaged 3.5 points and 3.3 rebounds, while leading the team with 16 blocks.
BETTER BE READY TO ROLL -- USC is 5-1 in a stretch of seven games in 17 days to start the season (Nov. 13-29).
LET ME ASSIST YOU - USC has averaged 2.8 more assists per game than turnovers this season (17.0 to 14.2 per game). Last season, USC averaged 12.4 assists and 14.0 turnovers.
DEFENSE COMING UP BIG - USC held Wichita State to 35.1 percent shooting on Nov. 26. It was the fourth time in six games this season that USC’s opponent shot under 40 percent in a game. USC has shot over 40 percent in each game this season.
NICE VIEW FROM OUT HERE - USC made 45 percent (9-for-20) of its three-point attempts vs. Xavier on Nov. 27 and has made 46 in its last four games (46-for-98, 46.9 percent). USC has 59 three-point makes in six games for an average of 9.8 per game this season. Last season USC made a total of 170 for an average of 5.3 makes per game.
EVERYONE CHIPS IN -- USC has six players averaging 11.0 or more points and seven players have averaged 3.3 rebounds or more in the first six 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.