USC Men's Basketball Hosts Stanford In Final Home Game
The USC Trojans (19-6, 13-5) will host the Stanford Cardinal (14-11, 10-9) at the Galen Center on March 3 at 7:30 p.m. The game will air on FS1 with Josh Appel and Doug Gottlieb calling the action. USC has lost consecutive games for the first time this season, but has still won eight of its last 11 games. USC is 19-6 through its first 25 games, its best record since going 21-4 to start the 2017 season.
FACING STANFORD -- The Stanford Cardinal (14-11, 10-9) are coming off a 73-62 home loss to Oregon State on Feb. 27 and have lost a season-high three consecutive games. Four Cardinal players are averaging double figures in scoring led by Oscar da Silva's 18.8 points per game. USC won 72-66 at Stanford on Feb. 2 to snap a five-game losing streak at Maples Pavilion. USC is 127*-127 all-time against Stanford, with a win in 2008 vacated due to NCAA penalty (original record 128-127). Former USC Director of Scouting Adam Cohen (2011 & 2012) is in his fifth season at Stanford, the last three as Associate Head Coach.
USC SHOT DOWN BY UTAH IN 2ND HALF -- USC had its worst shooting performance since Dec. 3 and its second worst of the season and fell 71-61 at the Huntsman Center on Feb. 27. USC made just 37.3 percent of its shots and lost consecutive games for the first time all season. USC actually led 18-8 early as it pressured the Utes into early turnovers, which led to three baskets each by Isaiah White and Drew Peterson. Despite making just four baskets over the final 11 minutes of the first half, USC led 29-27 at the break. Utah scored the first eight points of the second half to go up 35-29 and made 12 of its first 15 shots after halftime to build a 50-37 lead. USC cut the lead to 55-50 with 7:34 remaining on a jumper and free throw by Peterson, who matched a season-best with 19 points to lead the Trojans. Utah made an opponent high 60 percent from beyond the arc, while USC made 15.4 percent from distance.
ONE WIN FROM 20 -- USC needs one more win to reach 20 victories for the fifth time in the last six seasons with Andy Enfield as the head coach. USC has had 15 total 20-win seasons in school history.
ENFIELD ON NAISMITH COACH OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST -- USC head coach Andy Enfield was named to the late season watch list for the Naismith Coach of the Year Award on Feb. 19. This season he has guided USC to an 19-6 record. USC's win over ASU on Feb. 17 was the 150th victory for Andy Enfield as USC's head coach (151-108) in eight seasons. Enfield's career record as a head coach is 192-136. Enfield has guided the Trojans to their best two-year, three-year, four-year and five-year records.
THE UNICORN -- USC freshman Isaiah Mobley, who is averaging 16.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.9 blocks, is the only Division I player to be averaging at least 16.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 assists. Mobley was named a Jabbar Award Finalist on Feb. 26 and a Naismith Defensive Player of the Year semifinalist on Feb. 24.
UCLA ON DECK-- USC's next game will be at the UCLA Bruins (17-6, 13-4) at Pauley Pavilion in Westwood, Calif. on March 6 at 1 p.m. UCLA will play at Oregon on March 3 before hosting USC. The Trojans defeated the Bruins 66-48 on Feb. 6 at the Galen Center. Johnny Juzang leads UCLA in scoring with a 14.6 average. USC has won three-in-a-row and four of its last five games against UCLA, but trails in the all-time series 112*-143 (*1 win later vacated due to NCAA penalty, oringinal record 113-143).
FOURTH TIME'S A CHARM -- This is the fourth scheduled date for the USC-Stanford game at the Galen Center this season. The teams were set to play at the Galen Center on Dec. 13 when the contest was postponed the day of the game due to a COVID-19 positive test within the USC program. The game was rescheduled to Feb. 2 at the Galen Center, but then that was switched to a road game at Stanford and the home date against the Cardinal was set for Feb. 22. That game was switched on Feb. 18 to the current date and USC was assigned a home game against Oregon on Feb. 22.
NOT A VACATION DESTINATION FOR USC... -- Since Colorado and Utah joined the Pac-12 for the 2012 season, USC has gone a combined 4-14 on the "Mountain swing," including losing its last six games. USC has been swept on the trip five times.
THE DEFENSE RESTS -- USC has held opponents to 33.7 percent shooting from three-point range this season, but over the last five games the opposition has made 51.2 percent of its three-pointers (44-for-86). USC had allowed three opponents to shoot 40 percent or more from three-point range all season, until the last five opponents have accomplished the feat.
LET ME ASSIST YOU -- USC has a total of 57 assists in its six losses (9.5 apg) and 287 in its 19 wins (15.1 apg). On the road trip to Colorado and Utah, USC was out-assisted 39-15 in the two games.
A DAY OF FIRSTS -- USC's loss at Utah on Feb. 27 marked the first back-to-back losses of the season for the Trojans, the first loss when leading at halftime (16-1), the first when the opponent scores first (6-1) and first while wearing the Cardinal uniforms (6-1).
LOOKING FOR A BLOCK PARTY -- USC has had a total of six blocks in its last three games after averaging near six blocks per game all season. Still, USC has had 131 blocks in its first 25 games for an average of 5.2 blocks per game, fifth in the country in total blocks. Freshman Evan Mobley is averaging 2.88 blocks per game, 7th in the country and first among freshmen. Mobley already ranks second on USC's all-time freshman blocks list (72), four behind Oneyka Okongwu (76), and tied for 5th on the school's all-time top 10 list for a single season.