No. 20 USC Men's Basketball To Play At Washington Thursday
The USC Trojans (15-3, 9-2) will play at the Washington Huskies (3-14, 2-10) at the Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle, Wash. on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. The game will air on the Pac-12 Network with Aaron Goldsmith and Eldridge Recasner calling the action. The game will also be carried on Westwood One Radio with Ryan Radtke and P.J. Carlesimo calling the action. USC has won 10 of its last 11 games. USC's 9-2 start to Pac-12 play is its best since also beginning the 1992 season 9-2 in conference play. USC is 15-3 through its first 18 games for the fourth time in the last 19 seasons (also in 2016, 2017 and 2020). The last time USC started a season 16-3 was the 2017 season.
FACING WASHINGTON -- Washington (3-14, 2-10) has lost its last three games, but has won two of its last three home games. The Huskies are led in scoring by guard Quade Green at 15.4 points per game. USC defeated Washington 95-68 on Jan. 14 at the Galen Center and trails in the all-time series 74*-75 (with 2 wins vacated due to NCAA penalty, original record 76-75). USC has lost 6 of its last 7 games at Washington.
USC BEATS BRUINS, TIES FOR CONFERENCE LEAD -- Ethan Anderson scored a career-high 19 points and Tahj Eaddy added 16 as USC defeated No. 21 UCLA 66-48 at the Galen Center. The 48 points allowed were the fewest scored by the Bruins against the Trojans since Jan. 16, 2010, when USC won 67-46 at Pauley Pavilion. The win also tied the Trojans with the Bruins atop the Pac-12 standings at 9-2. USC defeated a ranked opponent for the first time since defeating No. 11 SMU on March 17, 2017. After making only 35.3 percent of its first-half shots, USC made 50 percent in the second half to pull away from the Bruins. Anderson made a career-best five 3-pointers in the game. Evan Mobley added nine points, nine rebounds and four blocks. USC held UCLA to 33.9 percent shooting, including 15.8 percent from 3-point range.
TROJANS ENTER THE POLLS -- USC is ranked No 20 in this week's AP and Coaches Poll rankings. It is the first time USC has been ranked in either poll since Week 5 of the 2017-18 season when it was ranked No. 25 in both.
WASHINGTON STATE ON DECK -- USC's next game will be at Washington State (11-8, 4-8) in Pullman, Wash. on Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. The Cougars are coming off a 68-66 loss at Oregon State on Feb. 6 and will host UCLA on Feb. 11 before taking on USC. Guard Isaac Bonton leads Washington State in scoring with an 18.1 points per game average. USC defeated Washington State 85-77 at the Galen Center on Jan. 16. USC has won its last nine games against Washington State and leads the all-time series 78-48. USC has won five consecutive games at Washington State, last losing in Pullman in 2013. Prior to that, the Trojans had lost 9 of 10 games at WSU.
THE MAGIC MARK -- With the 66-48 win vs. UCLA on Feb. 6, USC is now 82-5 in its last 87 games when holding the opposition to under 70 points scored dating back to Feb. 28, 2015.
SCORING MARGIN BEST SINCE 1971 SEASON -- USC has a +12.1 scoring margin which leads all Pac-12 teams. It is also USC's biggest average scoring margin in a season since the 1970-71 team went 24-2 and defeated opponents by an averaged of 14.0 points per game.
DOING IT WITH DEFENSE -- USC has held its opponents to 37.9 percent shooting this season, sixth-best in the country. Stanford's 51.9 percent shooting against USC on Feb. 2 was the first time this season a Trojan opponent shot over 50 percent.
THE SULTANS OF SWAT -- USC has had 102 blocks in its first 18 games for an average of 5.7 blocks per game, sixth in the country. Freshman Evan Mobley is averaging 2.9 blocks per game, 6th in the country and first among freshmen. Mobley already ranks fourth on USC's all-time freshman blocks list (53) and two outside of the school's all-time top 10 for a single season.
THE GOOD AND THE BAD -- The good news is USC ranks tied for 19th in the country with 415 free throw attempts. The bad news is it has made just 272 of those shots for a 65.5 shooting percentage from the charity stripe, which ranks 298th in the country (out of 340 teams).
THE PAINT PATROL -- USC has outrebounded its opponents 735-588 through the first 18 games and has outscored the opposition 616-424 on points scored in the paint. USC's +8.2 rebound margin ranks 18th in the country.
MOBLEY NAMED PAC-12 PLAYER AND FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK -- Freshman Evan Mobley was named Pac-12 Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week for the week of Feb. 1-7. He became the second player (USC's Onyeka Okongwu in 2020) to earn both honors in the same week. Mobley also won the Freshman of the Week honor for the fifth time this season, a Pac-12 record. Mobley averaged 16.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in USC's wins at Stanford (72-66) and at home vs. UCLA (66-48).
MOBLEY ON LATE SEASON WOODEN AWARD WATCH LIST -- USC freshman Evan Mobley is one of 20 players selected to the 2021 Wooden Award Late Season Watch List for the top collegiate player. Mobley is one of four freshmen on the list and the only Pac-12 player.
WINNING WAYS - USC's .833 winning percentage is 15th-best in the country.
MAKING ADJUSTMENTS -- USC outscored UCLA 36-28 in the second half on Feb. 6. USC has only been outscored by the opposition in the second half in two games this season (Montana & WSU). USC has outscored the opposition by 124 points in the second half and overtime of its 18 games (6.9 points).