USC Men's Basketball Returns To Pac-12 Action Hosting Washington Thursday
The USC Trojans (9-2, 3-1) will host the Washington Huskies (1-9, 0-5) at the Galen Center on Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m. The game will air on the Pac-12 Network with J.B Long and Don MacLean calling the action. USC has won a season high four consecutive games and has won six of its last seven games. USC has won its last three Pac-12 Conference games and has not won four consecutive Conference games since the 2018 season (Feb. 15-24).
FACING WASHINGTON -- Washington (1-9, 0-5) is coming off an 84-78 loss at California on Jan. 9 and has lost its last six games. Washington's win was a 73-41 victory over Seattle on Dec. 9. Quade Green leads the Huskies in scoring with a 15.5 scoring average. USC and Washington split a pair of games during the 2019-20 season with each team winning at home. USC trails in the all-time series 73-75* (2 wins vacated due to NCAA penalty, original record 75-75).
MOBLEYS LEAD USC TO WIN OVER UCR -- Evan Mobley had 20 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks and Isaiah Mobley scored a season-high 16 points and added 12 rebounds to lead USC to a 67-62 overtime victory over UC Riverside at the Galen Center on Jan. 12. Tied at 53 going to OT, Evan Mobley (6) and Drew Peterson (8) scored all of USC's points in the extra period to secure the win. USC made 38.1 percent of its shots and UCR 39.3 percent of its field goal attempts, with the big difference being the Highlanders made 12 three-point baskets (12-for-32) and USC made three (3-for-21). UCR led by 11 points in the first half and USC's biggest lead of six points came in the overtime period.
WASHINGTON STATE ON DECK -- USC's next game will be against Washington State (9-2, 2-2) at the Galen Center on Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. The Cougars are coming off a 75-60 loss at Stanford on Jan. 9 and will play at UCLA on Jan. 14 before facing USC. Isaac Bonton leads Washington State in scoring with a 17.7 points per game average. USC has won its last eight games against the Cougars and leads the all-time series 77-48.
MAGIC MARKER -- With the 67-62 overtime win against UC Riverside on Jan. 12, USC is now 77-4 in its last 81 games when holding the opposition to under 70 points scored dating back to Feb. 28, 2015.
DOING IT WITH DEFENSE -- USC has held its opponents to 36.0 percent shooting this season, second-best in the country. USC's opponents have shot over 40 percent from the field three times in the first 11 games, with the highest shooting percentage being 45.1 percent by California Baptist in the season opener.
USC HOSTING BLOCK PARTY -- USC has had 72 blocks in its first 11 games for an average of 6.5 blocks per game. That average is tops in the country in that category. Freshman Evan Mobley is averaging 3.3 blocks per game, fourth in the country and first among freshmen. Mobley has six blocks in each of his last two games. The six blocks in a game ties him for 10th on USC's single-game blocks list. Mobley already ranks 10th on USC's all-time freshman blocks list (36).
EFFICIENT OFFENSE -- USC is fourth among Pac-12 with an 76.1 scoring average and is first with a +12.6 scoring margin. USC also leads all Pac-12 teams with a 47.3 shooting percentage this season.
PLAYING PAINT BALL -- USC has outrebounded its opponents 461-376 through the first 11 games and has outscored the opposition 388-252 on points scored in the paint.
LIKE NIGHT AND DAY -- In its nine wins, USC is shooting 49.4 percent from the floor (260-for-526) and in its two losses is shooting 37.2 percent (42-for-113). USC has also outrebounded or had the same amount of boards as the opposition in all nine of the wins (99 more total rebounds) and was outrebounded in both of its losses (14 less total rebounds).
MOBLEY NAMED PAC-12 FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK -- Evan Mobley was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for Jan. 4-10 as he averaged 19.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks in a road sweep of the Arizona schools. It was his second selection this season.
MOBLEY NAMED TO MIDSEASON WOODEN AWARD WATCH LIST -- USC freshman forward Evan Mobley was named to the 25-man Wooden Award Midseason Watch List for the top men's collegiate basketball player. Mobley is one of four freshmen on the list.
CLANCY TO BE GUEST ANALYST SATURDAY -- Two-time All-Pac-10 forward and 2002 Second Team All-American Sam Clancy will be the guest analyst on the USC-WSU broadcast on Jan. 16. Clancy will join "the voice of Trojan basketball" Jordan Moore for the call on flagship station KABC 790 AM. Clancy ranks third on USC's all-time scoring list with 1,657 career points.
A DOUBLE DOSE OF MOBLEY PLEASE -- USC brothers Evan (5) and Isaiah Mobley (4) rank first and second respectively in double-doubles this season by Pac-12 players. They also rank first (Evan, 9.0) and fourth (Isaiah, 8.0) in rebounding. Evan is averaging 16.2 points per game and Isaiah is averaging 9.7 points per contest.