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No. 19 USC Men's Basketball Begins 2-Game Desert Trip At Arizona State On Feb. 3

Feb 1, 2022

The No. 19 USC Trojans (18-3, 8-3) will play at the Arizona State Sun Devils (6-12, 2-6) at Desert Financial Arena on Feb. 3 at 8:00 p.m. PT. The game will air on the the Pac-12 Network with Roxy Bernstein and Eldridge Recasner calling the action.  If USC were to win tonight and improve to 19-3, it would be the Trojans' best start since the 1974 team began 19-3. Tonight's 9 p.m. MT start is USC's latest game start of the season and the fifth game in the last eight to begin at 8 p.m. or later.

FACING ARIZONA STATE -- Arizona State (6-12, 2-6) is coming off a 67-56 loss at Arizona.  USC defeated ASU 78-56 in Los Angeles on Jan. 24. Guard D.J. Horne leads ASU in scoring with a 13.8 average.  USC leads the all-time series 58-42 (2 wins by USC vacated due to NCAA penalty, original record 60-42).  USC won 74-63 at ASU last season, snapping a 7-game losing streak in Tempe. 

THE DEFENSE RESTS -- California became the second team to make 50 percent of its shots against USC this season, but USC has held its opponents to under 40 percent shooting in 15 of its 21 games.  USC is holding the opposition to a 37.7 shooting percentage, ninth in the country.  USC held its first 12 opponents 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.   

USC STORMS BACK TO DEFEAT CALIFORNIA -- Isaiah Mobley scored a career-high 24 points and Boogie Ellis had a season-best 21 to power USC to a 79-72 win over California at the Galen Center on Jan. 29.  Ellis made 8 of 10 shots, including both from 3-point range. Despite Cal posting its second-best shooting day of the season of 50 percent and being just the second USC opponent make half of its shots, the Trojans stormed back from an early 11-point deficit.  California jumped out to a 20-9 lead 8 minutes into the game, but USC outscored the Golden Bears 32-15 the rest of the half to lead 41-35 at the break. USC had just four turnovers, its fewest in a game since having 3 at UCLA on Feb. 28, 2019. USC tied a season high in makes from the FT line, going 21-for-28.  Chevez Goodwin added 10 points for the Trojans and Ethan Anderson had four points and a team-best 5 assists without a turnover. 

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 18 games, USC has held the opposition to 61.6 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.  

ARIZONA ON DECK -- USC's next game will be at No. 5 Arizona (17-2, 7-1) at the McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz. on Feb. 5 at 2:00 p.m PT.  Arizona will host UCLA on Feb. 3 before facing USC.  Sophomore Bennedict Mathurin averages 17.2 points per game, leading four Wildcats averaging double figures in points. USC trails in the all-time series with Arizona, 45-69 (1 USC win and 1 Arizona win vacated due to NCAA penalty, original record 46-70).  USC and Arizona split the 2021 seasons series.  USC won 87-73 at Arizona last season to snap a 10-game losing streak at the McKale Center for the Trojans.

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 54-31 in conference games during that stretch, while Oregon is 53-28 and UCLA is 53-29, Arizona is fourth at 50-32 and Colorado is fifth at 46-34.

SLOW OUT OF THE GATES -- USC has trailed five minutes into each of the last seven games, but has gone 5-2 in that stretch.  USC has trailed by at least nine points in five of the games and trailed at the 10-minute mark of the first half in five of those games.  Despite the slow starts, USC has comeback to lead or be tied in each of its last five games.

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 14.9 points per game and a team-high 8.5 rebounds per contest. Goodwin is the Trojans' third-leading scorer at 12.2 points per game and is second on the team with 7.0 rebounds per game.  Mobley is tied for first and Goodwin seventh among Pac-12 players in rebounds per game. 

YOU CAN'T DO IT ALL...OR CAN YOU? -- Isaiah Mobley leads USC in scoring average (14.9) rebounds per game (8.5) and in assists per game 3.3.  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 21 games and is averaging 12.2 points, 7.0 rebounds and ranks 11th in the country in shooting percentage (60.8). 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.