No. 5 USC Men's Basketball To Play At Stanford Tuesday
The No. 5 USC Trojans (13-0, 3-0) will play at the Stanford Cardinal (8-4, 1-1) at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto, Calif. on Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. The game will air on ESPN2 with Roxy Bernstein and Bill Walton calling the action. USC is 13-0 to start the season for the first time since 2017, when USC opened the campaign 14-0. The Trojans are one of two (Baylor) undefeated teams still remaining in college basketball. USC is seeking its first 3-0 road start in Pac-12 games since beginning conference play 6-0 in the 1985 season.
HIGHEST RANKING SINCE 1974 -- USC is ranked No. 5 in the AP Poll this week, its highest regular season ranking since also being ranked No. 5 on Dec. 30, 1974.
FAST STARTS -- USC's 13-0 start to the 2021-22 season is tied for the fourth-best start by the Trojans in school history (also in 1940). USC's best start of a season was 17-0 in 1910, followed by 16-0 in 1971 and the 14-0 start to the 2017 season.
FAST STARTS II -- USC is 3-0 to begin Pac-12 play for the first time since beginning the 2002 conference season at 5-0.
STREAKS - USC's 13-game winning streak is tied for the 6th longest in school history. If USC were to win and go to 14-0, it would be tied for the 4th-longest winning streak in school history.
FACING STANFORD -- Today's game against Stanford (8-4, 1-1) was originally scheduled for Jan. 8, but was postponed due to health and safety protocols in the Stanford program.Stanford's last game was a 79-76 win over Liberty on Dec. 23 to reach the Diamond Head Classic final against Vanderbilt, but that game was canceled due to Covid-19 protocols within the Cardinal program. Stanford's game against UCLA on Jan. 6 was postponed. Forwards Jaiden Delaire (12.3 ppg) and Harrison Ingram (12.2 ppg) lead the Cardinal is scoring. USC leads the all-time series 128-127 and has won the last three meetings. USC won 72-66 at Stanford last season.
USC'S DEFENSIVE EDGE -- When California made 40.7 percent of its shots against USC on Jan. 6, they became the first team this season to make 40 percent or more of its shots against the Trojans. USC held its first 12 opponents to under 40 percent shooting, the first team in 15 seasons to accomplish the feat. For the season, USC has held the opposition to 35.6 percent shooting which ranks third in the country. Despite allowing WSU to make an opponent-high 40.0 percent from three-point range on Dec. 4, USC has held the opposition to a 27.5 shooting percentage from beyond the arc, 17th in the country.
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS -- USC has won 10 of its 13 games by 10 or more points and its 15.2 scoring margin ranks 21st in the country.
CHEVEZ THE CERTIFIED BUCKET GETTER -- USC forward Chevez Goodwin scored 12 points at Cal on Jan. 8 to give him 1,000 career points scored. Goodwin has scored 355 of those points as a Trojan, with 566 coming while playing for Wofford and 79 at Charleston.
EFFICIENT FROM BEYOND THE ARC -- ...USC has made 35.4 percent of its three-point attempts while holding its opponents to 27.5 percent. USC has made 30 percent or more in 10 of 13 games, while the opposition has reached 30 percent three times in 13 contests.
USC SHOWS NO RUST IN WIN AT CAL -- Isaiah Mobley scored 19 and Drew Peterson 17 as USC extended its season-opening winning streak to 13 and ended California's 9-game home winning streak with a 77-64 win at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif on Jan.6. USC had not played since Dec. 18 due to Covid-19 protocols, but showed no rust as it made 53.4 percent of its shots, outrebounded California 39-24 and outscored the Bears 50-14 on points in the paint. There were 10 lead changes and 6 ties in the first half, but USC took a 36-31 lead to the break and never looked back. USC made 64.3 percent of its shots in the second half, made 3 of 4 three-pointers and both free throws after the break. The Trojans also had just 3 turnovers in the second half and 9 for the game. Boogie Ellis scored 14 points and Chevez Goodwin added 12 as USC pushed its winning streak against Cal to seven games. The Trojans matched their season-best free throw result by making 11 of 13 for a 84.6 shooting percentage from the charity stripe.
ON DECK: OREGON STATE -- USC's next game will be at home vs. Oregon State (3-10, 1-2) on Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. OSU will host Oregon on Monday before traveling to USC to face the Trojans. Guard Jarod Lucas (13.8 ppg) and forward Warith Alatishe (11.8 ppg) are the only Beavers to start all 13 games. USC owns a 75-66 all-time record against Oregon State (2 wins vacated due to NCAA penalty, originally record 77-66). USC has won 8 of its last 11 games against OSU.
BIG MEN, BIG NUMBERS -- Big men Isaiah Mobley and Chevez Goodwin have been at the forefront of USC's success so far this season and currently are the top two scorers and rebounders on the team. Mobley is averaging a near double-double with a team-leading 15.3 points per game and a team-high 9.5 rebounds per contest. He currently ranks 23rd in the country in rebounds per game. Goodwin is the Trojans' second-leading scorer at 13.1 points per game and is second on the team with 6.8 rebounds per game. Goodwin's 64.3 shooting percentage is best among USC's players with at least five shots attempted and ranks seventh in the country. Mobley ranks first and Goodwin ninth among Pac-12 players in rebounds per game.
LOCKING DOWN CALIFORNIA -- With the 77-63 win at California on Jan. 6, USC has now not lost to a California school in 1047 days (through Jan. 10). USC's last lost to a team from California was a 93-88 overtime setback vs. UCLA on Feb. 28, 2019. USC is 20-0 vs. such teams in that time frame.
MOBLEY DIALING LONG DISTANCE -- Isaiah Mobley has made a team-leading 22 three-pointers this season and has a 44.0 shooting percentage from beyond the arc (22-for-50). For his career, he has made 40.1 percent from three-point range (47-for-117). Mobley found his long-distance stroke late last season, making 10 of 15 three-points in USC's final six games. In his first 57 college games, Mobley made a total of 15 three-pointers (15-for-52, 28.8 percent), while he has made 32 in his last 19 games (32-for-65, 49.2 percent).
ROAD WARRIORS - USC has started 4-0 on the road with wins at Temple, FGCU, WSU and California. USC's has played and won four true road games which are the most by any power conference team. USC was 7-3 in road games last season.
LEADERS OF THE PAC -- USC has the most wins in Pac-12 conference games for the past five seasons (since the 2017-18 season). USC is 49-28 in conference games during that stretch, while Oregon is 48-27, UCLA is third at 47-28, Arizona is fourth at 45-31 and Colorado is fifth at 44-33.