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No. 16 USC Men's Basketball Hosts No. 2 Arizona At At Sold Out Galen Tuesday

Feb 28, 2022

 The No. 16 USC Trojans (25-4, 14-4) will host the Arizona Wildcats (25-3, 15-2) at the Galen Center on March 1 at 8:00 p.m.  The game will air on ESPN with Rece Davis and Jay Bilas calling the action. USC's 25 wins are a regular season school record.  The most wins in school history (including postseason) is 26 set in the 2016-17 season (26-10).  USC's 82.6 winning percentage currently is the Trojans' best since going 24-2 (92.3 winning percentage) in the 1970-71 season.  USC has won its last six games since falling 72-63 at Arizona on Feb. 5.

WINNING WAYS -- USC has won a school-record 72 games over the last three seasons (22 in 2020, 25 in 2021 and 25 in 2022).  The previous school record for wins in three consecutive seasons was 71 (2016-18). The three consecutive seasons of 20+ wins also equals the school record for most consecutive 20-win seasons set from 2016-18.  

FACING No. 2 ARIZONA --   Arizona (25-3, 15-2) is coming off a 79-63 loss at Colorado on Feb. 26 which snapped a nine-game winning streak.  USC lost 72-63 at Arizona on Feb. 5, a game it led by 6 points with 6:30 to go, but finished 1-for-14 from the field.  USC trails in the all-time series 45-70 (with a win for both teams vacated due to NCAA penalty, original record 46-71).  USC is 4-3 in its last 7 games against Arizona and is 7-4 in its last 11 home games against the Wildcats.

IT HAS BEEN SOME TIME-- Tonight's game is the first time USC has hosted a team ranked as high as No. 2 since 2014, when the Trojans welcomed No. 1 Arizona to the Galen Center.  The last time USC defeated a team ranked in the top two was when it beat No. 2 Arizona in the Sports Arena in 2000, 80-72.

IT STARTS WITH DEFENSE -- USC held Oregon to 38.7 percent shooting on Feb. 26 and has held 20 of its 29 opponents to under 40 percent shooting this season.  USC is holding the opposition to a 38.1 shooting percentage, 6th 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'S 3-POINTER DOWNS THE DUCKS -- Drew Peterson scored 20 points, including the game winning 3-pointer with 11.5 seconds remaining, and USC came away with a hard-fought 70-69 victory at Oregon on Feb. 26.  Isaiah Mobley scored all 17 of his points in the second half.  The game featured seven ties and 19 lead changes.  Oregon took its biggest lead of the game at 64-61 with 3:04 remaining when Jacob Young drained a long 3-pointer at the end of the shot clock.  Mobley answered with a pair of free throws to cut it to one, but Davion Harmon it a driving layup to up the lead to 3 again at 66-63. Baskets by Max Agbonkpolo and Mobley around a missed Oregon shot gave USC a 67-66 lead with 42 seconds remaining.  Quincy Guerrier hit a 3-pointer with 22 seconds remaining for an Oregon 69-67 lead and setting up Peterson's heroics.  

MAN OF STEAL - Freshman Kobe Johnson has made 7 steals in the last two games, playing a total of 25 minutes.  Johnson has 15 steals and five blocks in limited time off the bench this season. 

GOODWIN EYES THE TOP OF THE HILL -- USC forward Chevez Goodwin has played in 167 career games, second all-time among NCAA Division I players behind Jordan Bohanon of Iowa who has played in 170 through Feb. 27.  The NCAA record for games played entering this season was 157 by David Lighty of Ohio State (2007-11).  Goodwin has played in 62 games as a member of the Trojans' program.

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.

No. 17 UCLA ON DECK -- USC's next game will be at No. 17 UCLA on March 5 at 7 p.m.  The Bruins will play at Washington on Feb. 28 before hosting USC. The Trojans defeated the Bruins 67-64 at the Galen Center on Feb. 12 to run its winning streak to five against UCLA, its longest such streak since winning 42 straight from 1932-43.  UCLA is led in scoring by Johnny Juzang at 17.0 points per game.  USC trails 114-143 in the all-time series (1 win in 2008 vacated due to NCAA penalty, original record 115-143). 

LEADERS OF THE PAC -- USC is the conference leader in wins among Pac-12 teams for the past five seasons (since the 2017-18 season) through games of Feb. 27.  USC is 60-32 in conference games during that stretch, while Oregon is 58-32, Arizona is 58-33, UCLA is 58-33 and Colorado is 53-40.

TROJAN TIDBITS:
   • USC is 9-1 in games decided by 5 points or less
   • Only 4 teams have less losses than USC (Murray State, Gonzaga, Providence, Arizona)
  • USC is 20-1 in games this season when Chevez Goodwin scores 9 or more points
   •USC has comeback from 5 deficits of 10 points or more and has trailed by as many as 5 
     points in 16 of its wins.