No. 17 USC Men's Basketball Hosts Washington Thursday
The No. 17 USC Trojans (21-4, 10-4) will host the Washington Huskies (13-10, 8-5) at the Galen Center on Feb. 17 at 8:30 p.m. The game will air on the Pac-12 Network with J.B. Long and Don MacLean calling the action. USC has won 20 games for the third consecutive season, equaling the school record for most consecutive 20 win seasons set from 2016-18. USC's 21-4 start is its best since also starting 21-4 during the 2017 season. The last time USC had a better 25-game start was the 1974 season (22-3). That team was 22-4 after 26 games.
FACING WASHINGTON -- Washington (13-10, 8-5) is coming off a 92-68 home loss to Arizona on Feb. 12. The Huskies have won 7 of their last 10 games. Washington's and the Pac-12's leading scorer is guard Terrell Brown Jr. who averages 22.1 points per game. The all-time series is tied at 75-all (2 USC wins in 2008 vacated due to NCAA penalty, original record 77-75). USC has won its last three games against Washington and has won six of its last seven games against Washington at the Galen Center.
IT STARTS WITH DEFENSE -- USC held UCLA to 29.7 percent shooting on Feb. 12 and has held 17 of its 25 opponents to under 40 percent shooting this season. USC is holding the opposition to a 37.7 shooting percentage, 7th 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.
PETERSON LEADS USC TO 5TH CONSECUTIVE WIN OVER UCLA -- Drew Peterson scored a career-high 27 points, with 12 rebounds, four assists and five blocks as No. 21 USC defeated rival No. 12 UCLA, 67-74, in front of a sold-out crowd Feb. 12. Peterson was 4-of-5 from the 3-point line and willed a 18-6 run late in the second half that helped the Trojans seal the win. Chevez Goodwin had 10 points and nine rebounds and Reese Dixon-Waters added a career-best 10 points, going 2-of-3 from the 3-point line.The Trojans were without and leading scorer and rebounder Isaiah Mobley, who missed his second-straight game due to concussion like symptoms as a result of a non-displaced nasal fracture suffered on Feb. 5. The victory extended the Trojans' win streak over the Bruins to five games. USC has won five straight against the Bruins for the first time since winning 42 consecutive games against UCLA from 1932-43. It was the first time the Trojans and Bruins faced off against each other both as ranked teams since Feb. 7, 2007. USC went 5-of-10 from the 3-point line in a tight first half to help give the Trojans a 33-31 edge at halftime. UCLA opened the 2nd half on a 14-8 run to match its biggest lead at 45-41, but USC responded with a 20-8 run to match its biggest lead at 61-53 with 4 minutes left. USC went 1-for-8 in FGs with 3 turnovers.the rest of the way, but secured the win.
CLANCY IS COURTSIDE -- USC basketball great Sam Clancy (1999-02) will join the voice of Trojan basketball Jordan Moore as the analyst for the game on Feb. 17 vs. Washington. Clancy is USC's third-leading scorer all-time with 1,657 career points and fourth-leading rebounder with 839 career rebounds. Clancy spearheaded USC's run to the 2001 Elite Eight. As always the USC radio broadcast can be heard on KABC 790 AM.
THE TOASTS OF THE COASTS AND NCAA - When USC defeated Pacific 74-68 on Feb. 8 it completed an undefeated nonconference slate of 11-0. USC was also undefeated during the 2016-17 nonconference schedule. Only USC and Villanova (2016-17 and 2017-18) have posted two perfect nonconference seasons of 10 or more wins in the last six years.
USC'S ELITE EIGHT RUN UP FOR AN LA SPORTS AWARD - The USC men's basketball run to the Elite Eight is up for Greatest Sports Moment of 2021 by the LA Sports Council. Fans can vote for their favorite moment and the winners will be announced at the 17th Annual LA Sports Awards Show which will be simulcast on Tuesday, March 8 on Spectrum's Sportsnet and SportsnetLA. Fans can vote through Thursday, March 3rd on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
WASHINGTON STATE ON DECK -- USC's next game will be at home vs. Washington State (14-10, 7-6) on Feb. 20 at 4:30 p.m. The Cougars will play at UCLA on Feb. 17 before taking on the Trojans. WSU has lost its last three games by a total of 14 points. Guard Michael Flowers leads WSU in scoring with a 13.9 ppg average. USC defeated WSU, 63-61, in Pullman, Wash. on Dec. 4. USC has won its last 11 games against the Cougars and leads the all-time series 80-48.
LEADERS OF THE PAC -- USC is second in conference wins among Pac-12 teams for the past five seasons (since the 2017-18 season). USC is 56-32 in conference games during that stretch, while Oregon is 57-29, Arizona is 55-32, UCLA is 54-30 and Colorado is 49-35.
GOODWIN'S IMPROVEMENT STANDS OUT - Chevez Goodwin has started all 25 games and is averaging 11.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and ranks 16th in the country in shooting percentage (58.4). 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. Goodwin has recorded seven rebounds or more in 14 games this season and has scored nine or more points in 20 games.
THE WINNING WAYS -- Since the beginning of the 2016 season, USC has picked up 155 victories, are the 14th-most by any team in the six Power basketball conferences over that period (ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12 & SEC). The last three seasons, USC's 68 total wins are the third most among all six basketball power conference teams through games of Feb. 15.