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No. 15 USC Men's Basketball Seeks Revenge Against Stanford Thursday

Jan 26, 2022

The No. 15 USC Trojans (17-2, 7-2) will host the Stanford Cardinal (11-6, 4-3) at the Galen Center on Jan. 27 at 8:00 p.m.  The game will air on the FS1 with Alex Faust and Casey Jacobsen calling the action. USC's 17-2 start to the season is its best since the 1970-71 team began 18-1 en route to a 24-2 record.  That team began 24-1. 

FACING STANFORD -- Stanford is coming off a 79-76 home win vs. ASU on Jan. 22.  Freshman forward Harrison Ingram leads three Cardinal scoring in double figures with an 11.5 average. Stanford handed USC its first loss this season, a 75-69 defeat in Palo Alto on Jan. 11 in a rescheduled game from Jan. 8, when the Cardinal had health and safety issues do to Covid-19. The all-time series is tied 128-128 (1 USC win vacated due to NCAA penalty, original record 129-128).  USC has won its last five home games against Stanford.   

PRESENTING A STRONG DEFENSE -- USC has held its last three opponents to a 34.1 shooting percentage (60-for-176) and for the season has held the opposition to a 36.9 shooting percentage, fourth in the country.  In the four previous games played following a pause due to Covid-19 (following the game on Dec. 18 vs. GT), the Trojans allowed the opposition to shoot 44.6 percent (103-for-231)  from the floor.  USC held all 12 of its opponents prior to that under 40 percent shooting in each game and to a combined 35.2 shooting percentage, which was second in the country.  The Trojans were the first team in the last 15 seasons to hold its first 12 opponents to under 40 percent shooting in each game.   When USC held Colorado to 31.4 percent shooting on Jan. 20 it snapped the four-game defensive skid.

USC MAKES QUICK COMEBACK AGAINST ASU -- Drew Peterson led USC with 16 points and Max Agbonkpolo, Chevez Goodwin and Isaiah Mobley each scored 12 as USC rallied to beat Arizona State, 78-56, at the Galen Center on Jan. 24.  USC was also boosted off the bench by Reese Dixon-Waters' 8 points and Kobe Johnson's 5 assists. USC started 3-for-16 from the floor and trailed 22-10 14 minutes into the game, but went on a 16-0 run at the point, beginning with back-to-back 3-pointers by Dixon-Waters and Mobley twice. As the second Mobley 3-pointer swished through it was tied at 22-all with 4:25 remaining in the half.  USC still scored the next 4 points before a jumper by Jalen Graham stopped the run.  USC scored the final five, including a 3-pointer just before the buzzer by Johnson to give USC a 31-24 lead at the break.  USC built the lead to as many as 25 points in the second half.  USC more than doubled ASU on the boards (49-24) and outscored them 36-6 off the bench.  Despite its slow start, USC made 45.8 percent of its shots and held ASU to 34.4 percent shooting.  

GOOD TO SEE AND HEAR YOU --In its three games without fans in attendance (at Stanford and home vs. OSU and Oregon), USC allowed an average of 75.0 points per game.  In the other 16 games, USC has held the opposition to 60.8 points per game. In the three games without crowds, USC led one of those games by a point and trailed in the other two at the half. USC only trailed at the break in 2 other games all season.

CALIFORNIA ON DECK -- USC's next game will be vs. California (9-10, 2-6) at the Galen Center on Jan. 29 at 4 p.m.  Cal will play at UCLA on Jan. 27 before facing USC. The Trojans won 77-63 at California on Jan. 6, which began its current five-game losing streak.  Guard Jordan Shepherd leads the Golden Bears with a 14.7 scoring average.  California leads 136-129 in the all-time series (1 USC win vacated due to NCAA penalty, original record Cal leads 136-130).  USC has won its last seven games against California.

LEADERS OF THE PAC -- USC leads in conference in wins among Pac-12 teams for the past five seasons (since the 2017-18 season).  USC is 53-30 in conference games during that stretch, while Oregon is 52-28, UCLA is third at 51-29, Arizona is fourth at 49-32 and Colorado is fifth at 46-33.

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 team-leading 14.7 points per game and a team-high 8.7 rebounds per contest. Goodwin is the Trojans' second-leading scorer at 12.8 points per game and is second on the team with 7.5 rebounds per game.  Mobley ranks first and Goodwin fourth among Pac-12 players in rebounds per game. 

YOU CAN'T DO IT ALL...OR CAN YOU? -- Isaiah Mobley leads USC in scoring average (14.7) rebounds per game (8.7) and in assists per game 3.1.  He is one of four power conference players  (Others: Johnny Davis of Wisconsin, Dereon Seabron of NC State and Alondes Williams of Wake Forest) to lead his team in those categories and one of 16 overall.

GOODWIN'S IMPROVEMENT STANDS OUT - Chevez Goodwin has started all 19 games and is averaging 12.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and ranks 10th in the country in shooting percentage (60.9). Last season, Goodwin averaged 5.6 points and 3.5 rebounds and made one start. Goodwin had 18 rebounds at Colorado on Jan. 20, the most by a Trojan since Nick Rakocevic also had 18 vs. Vanderbilt on Nov. 11, 2018.  Also, his 9 offensive rebounds on Jan. 13 were the most by a Trojan since Taj Gibson had 10 on Nov. 20, 2008 vs. Seton Hall.