USC Returns To Galen Hosting Oregon State
The USC Trojans (12-3, 6-2) will host the Oregon State Beavers (8-5, 4-3) at the Galen Center on Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. The game will air on ESPNU with Roxy Bernstein and Adrian Branch calling the action. USC has won 7 of its last 8 games, with the lone setback being at Oregon State on Jan. 19. USC is beginning what is scheduled to be a four-game homestand.
FACING OREGON STATE -- Oregon State (8-5, 4-3) has won its last three games, after defeating Oregon 75-64 in Eugene, Ore. on Jan. 23. The Beavers defeated USC 58-56 in Corvallis, Ore. on Jan. 19 which snapped a Trojan 6-game winning streak. Ethan Thompson leads OSU in scoring with a 16.1 average. USC leads the all-time series 74*-66 (2 wins vacated due to NCAA penalty, original record 76-66). USC lost the last meeting at the Galen Center to Oregon State 67-62 on Feb. 23, 2019, but has won 12 of the last 15 games at home against the Beavers.
DON'T I KNOW YOU? -- USC is playing Oregon State for the second time in three games. The last time the Trojans faced a Conference opponent in the regular season twice in a three-game stretch is when USC faced Washington State in back-to-back games during the 2002 season, winning 78-63 on Dec. 29, 2001 at WSU and then winning 85-64 at home on Jan. 4, 2002.
USC BOUNCES BACK AT CALIFORNIA -- Evan Mobley scored 17 of his season-high 25 points in the second half, Tahj Eaddy added 18 points and USC beat California 76-68 at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif. on Jan. 23. Mobley made 12 of 15 from the free-throw line and also had eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks. USC led 15-4 early, but Cal bounced right back to take a 27-24 lead and it remained tight throughout. USC led 35-34 at the break and neither team led by more than four points until USC took a 66-61 lead with 4:17 remaining. The game featured 20 lead changes and five ties. Both teams made 41.4 percent of their shots and USC outrebounded Cal 42-31, including by a 24-13 margin in the second half. Ethan Anderson had his best game since returning from a back injury, matching a season best with 11 points. USC made 21 of 27 free throw attempts (.778).
MAKING UP FOR LOST TIME -- USC will be playing its 11th game in the last 31 days, even with the postponement of the game on Jan. 21 at Stanford. With the game scheduled vs. Oregon on Jan. 30 it will be 12 games in 33 days. If USC plays both of these games it will be 10 games played in January, USC's most games in a month since also playing 10 games in December of of 2018, the only other time in the last 14 seasons. If USC had played the scheduled game against Stanford this past week the 11 games in January would have been the most in a month since December of 1967.
OREGON ON DECK-- USC will be hosting the Oregon Ducks (9-3, 4-2) at the Galen Center on Jan. 30 at 2:30 p.m. Oregon will play at UCLA on Jan. 28 before facing the Trojans. Oregon is coming off a 75-64 home loss to Oregon State on Jan. 23 which was its first game played since Jan. 9. Chris Duarte at 18.4 points per game leads four Ducks averaging double figures in points. USC leads the all-time series with Oregon 64*-58 (2 wins vacated due to NCAA penalty, original record 66-58). USC has won four of its last six games against Oregon, after a 14-game losing streak to the Ducks.
THE MAGIC MARK -- With the 76-68 win at California on Jan. 23, USC is now 79-5 in its last 84 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 37.6 percent shooting this season, sixth-best in the country. The highest shooting percentage by a Trojan opponent this season is 49.1 percent by Washington State on Jan. 16.
THE SULTANS OF SWAT -- USC has had 85 blocks in its first 15 games for an average of 5.7 blocks per game, seventh in the country. Freshman Evan Mobley is averaging 2.9 blocks per game, ninth in the country and second among freshmen. Mobley already ranks fourth on USC's all-time freshman blocks list (44).
THE GOOD AND THE BAD -- The good news is USC ranks 10th in the country with 365 free throw attempts. The bad news is it has made 238 of those shots for a 65.2 shooting percentage from the charity stripe, ranks 295th in the country (out of 340 teams).
OWNING THE PAINT -- USC has outrebounded its opponents 617-497 through the first 15 games and has outscored the opposition 520-352 on points scored in the paint. USC's +8.0 rebound margin ranks 23rd in the country.
LIKE NIGHT AND DAY -- In its 12 wins, USC is shooting 48.6 percent from the floor (347-for-714) and in its three losses is shooting 38.5 percent (62-for-161). USC has also outrebounded or had the same amount of boards as the opposition in all 12 of the wins (127 more total rebounds) and was outrebounded in two of its three losses. USC has a total of 29 assists in its three losses.