No. 5 USC Men's Basketball Returns Home To Face Oregon State Thursday
The No. 5 USC Trojans (13-1, 3-1) will host the Oregon State Beavers (3-11, 1-3) at the Galen Center on Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. The game will air on ESPNU with Roxy Bernstein and Adrian Branch calling the action. USC's 13-1 start to the season is its best since 2017, when USC opened the campaign 14-0. USC and Baylor both lost hours apart on Tuesday becoming the last two schools to pick up a loss in the 2021-22 men's basketball 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 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. USC's 3-0 start in Pac-12 play before Tuesday's loss was its best since beginning the 2002 conference season at 5-0.
STREAKS - USC's 13-game winning streak before losing on Jan. 11 at Stanford tied for the 6th longest in school history.
FACING OREGON STATE -- Oregon State (3-11, 1-3) is coming off a 78-76 home loss against Oregon on Jan. 10. Guard Jarod Lucas (13.4 ppg) and forward Warith Alatishe (12.1 ppg) are the only Beavers to start all 14 games. USC owns a 75-66 all-time record against Oregon State (2 wins vacated due to NCAA penalty, original record 77-66). USC has won 8 of its last 11 games against OSU.
USC'S DEFENSIVE EDGE -- Stanford made an opponent high 43.9 percent of its shots against USC on Jan. 11 after California made 40.7 percent of its shots on Jan. 6. 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 36.1 percent shooting which ranks third in the country. Despite allowing Stanford to make an opponent-high 41.7 percent from three-point range on Jan. 11, USC has held the opposition to a 28.6 shooting percentage from beyond the arc, tied for 27th 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. He added 11 at Stanford to give him 1,011. Goodwin has scored 366 of those points as a Trojan, with 566 coming while playing for Wofford and 79 at Charleston.
PETERSON NEARS 1,000 POINTS SCORED PLATEAU -- USC guard Drew Peterson has scored 990 career points, 474 as a Trojan and 516 at Rice during the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
USC SUFFERS FIRST LOSS, FALLS AT STANFORD -- In its first game being ranked No. 5 since Dec. 30, 1974, the Trojans fell 75-69 at Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif. with a limited crowed of 100 due to Covid-19 restrictions and a 2 p.m. start on a Tuesday. The game was originally scheduled for Jan. 8, but was postponed due to health and safety protocols within the Stanford program. The game was tight throughout with neither team holding more than a 7-point lead and the game featuring 10 lead changes and 5 ties. USC held a 7-point lead with 1:56 remaining in the first half, but Stanford's Spencer Jones went on a personal 6-0 run in 36 seconds at the 1:28 mark to cut USC's lead to 33-32 at the break. The game went back and forth throughout the second half. With USC up 4 and just under 5 minutes remaining, Stanford went on a 9-1 run to take control of the game. USC was 1-for-6 from the floor and 4-for-8 from the free throw line in the final 5 minutes, while Stanford was 4-for-6 from the floor and 7-for-8 from the line. Stanford posted opponent highs to date of 75 points, 43.9 field goal percentage and a 41.7 percentage from three-point range, making 10 of 24 attempts. USC made 6 of 21 three-point attempts and shot 42.9 percent from the floor. Isaiah Mobley led USC with 16 points on 5 field goal attempts. Jones and Harrison Ingram led Stanford with 21 points each.
OREGON ON DECK -- USC's next game will be vs. Oregon (9-6, 2-2) on Jan. 15 at 8:00 p.m. Oregon has won its last three games and will play at UCLA on Jan. 13 before facing USC. The Ducks have three players averaging double figures in scoring, led by guard Will Richardson at 13.4 points per game. USC has a 66-58 all-time record against Oregon (2 wins were vacated due to NCAA penalty, original record 68-58). Last season USC defeated Oregon 72-58 at home and 82-68 in the NCAA Sweet 16. USC has won six of its last eight games against Oregon.
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 15.4 points per game and a team-high 9.4 rebounds per contest. He currently ranks 24th in the country in rebounds per game. Goodwin is the Trojans' second-leading scorer at 12.9 points per game and is second on the team with 6.7 rebounds per game. Goodwin's 64.2 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 10th among Pac-12 players in rebounds per game.
MOBLEY DIALING LONG DISTANCE -- Isaiah Mobley has made a team-leading 25 three-pointers this season and has a 46.3 shooting percentage from beyond the arc (25-for-54). For his career, he has made 41.3 percent from three-point range (50-for-121). 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 35 in his last 20 games (36-for-69, 50.7 percent).
ROAD WARRIORS - USC has started 4-1 on the road with wins at Temple, FGCU, WSU and California. USC's four true road wins are tied for the most by any power conference team (Auburn 4-0, Villanova 4-3). USC was 7-3 in road games last season.
LEADERS OF THE PAC -- USC is tied for the most wins in Pac-12 conference games for the past five seasons (since the 2017-18 season). USC is 49-29 in conference games during that stretch, while Oregon is 49-27, UCLA is third at 47-28, Arizona is fourth at 45-31 and Colorado is fifth at 44-33.