USC Hosts Nebraska At Galen On Sunday
Nov. 28, 2009
The USC Trojans (2-1) will face the Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-1) on Nov. 29 at the Galen Center at 1:30 p.m. The game can be watched live Fox Sports Net and on a delayed basis on USCTrojans.com. Steve Physioc and Marcus Johnson will call the game for FSN. It will also aired live on radio flagship station ESPN Radio 710 AM with Rory Markas and Jim Hefner calling the action. The game is part of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.
SCOUTING THE CORNHUSKERS -- Nebraska is 3-1 this season with wins over South Carolina-Upstate, TCU and UMKC and a loss at Saint Louis. They have been led in scoring by senior guard Sek Henry (11.8 ppg) and redshirt freshman center Jorge Brian Diaz (10.3 ppg). The Cornhuskers were 18-13 last season, but lost nine players and return only one starter. USC leads the all-time series with Nebraska 5-1. The teams last played on Dec. 23, 1992 and the Trojans defeated the Cornhuskers 74-64 and dropped them from the ranks of the unbeaten (7-1).
USC SMOTHERS COPPIN STATE -- USC surrendered the first eight points of the game, but after that took control by holding Coppin State to 31.3 percent shooting and cruised to a 74-43 victory at the Galen Center on Nov. 27. Nikola Vucevic led the way with 15 points and a career-high 12 rebounds for his second career double-double. Alex Stepheson came off the bench and scored a career-high 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds in his first game as a Trojan. USC had six players score at least eight points and outrebounded the smaller Eagles, 41-20.
ON DECK -- USC plays its first road game of the season at No. 3 Texas on Dec. 3 in a game to be televised on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. PT. The Longhorns are 4-0 with a game at Rice on Nov. 29. Texas is led by Damion James who is averaging 17.3 points and 10.8 rebounds, but has had five players in double figures in three of the first four games. The Longhorns have won by an average of 30 points this season (81.2-51.2).
TROJANS EYE SMOOTHER ROAD -- USC was 2-8 in road games during the 2008-09 season, losing its last five. USC faces a tough first road trip this season as they travel to No. 3 Texas on Dec. 3 and to No. 25 Georgia Tech on Dec. 5.
THAT'S WHO THAT IS... -- After having to sit on the sidelines for the last year and two games, forward Alex Stepheson finally saw his first action as a Trojan vs. Coppin State on Nov. 27 and immediately made his presence felt. He scored a career-high 13 points, had nine rebounds, dished out three assists and swatted a layup attempt to near midcourt. Stepheson transferred to USC from North Carolina last season due to family health concerns, but his transfer waiver petition was denied. He then missed the last three weeks with an left knee injury (osteochondral defect).
NIKOLA THE NATURAL -- Sophomore forward Nikola Vucevic set career highs in points (19) and rebounds (11) for his first career double-double vs. LMU on Nov. 21. He followed that game up with a new career-high in rebounds with 12 and scored 15 points vs. CSU on Nov. 27 for his second double-double. Through USC's first 3 games he is averaging 17.3 points and 10.3 rebounds, after averaging 2.6 points and 2.7 rebounds as a freshman. He has made 61.1 percent of his shots from the field and 72.7 percent from the free throw line, while ranking fourth on the team with five assists and tied for the team lead with three steals.