Washington (13-10) at USC (10-13)
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DATE & TIME: Sunday, February 10, 10 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Galen Center (10,258) -- Los Angeles, California.
Television: FSN. Home Record: Washington 8-5, USC 7-5. Away Record: Washington
4-4, USC 2-6. Neutral Record: Washington 1-1, USC 1-2. Conference Record:
Washington 5-5, USC 5-5. Series Record: Tied, 68-68.
GAMES NOTES: Looking for a third straight win for the first time this season
the USC Trojans will play host to the Washington Huskies in a Pac-12
Conference tussle at the Galen Center.
Washington has been headed in the opposite direction in terms of wins and
losses with defeats in five of its last six contests. Each of those losses was
decided by single digits, including a tough 59-57 setback against UCLA last
time out. The Huskies are now 13-10 overall on the campaign and an even 5-5 in
conference play which has them tied with USC, California and Colorado for
sixth in the league standings.
As for USC, a 72-68 win over Washington State on Thursday gave it back-to-back
wins for just the third time this season. The Trojans are 10-13 overall and
among several teams knotted up in the middle of the crowded Pac-12 standings.
The Trojans haven't had a huge advantage on their home floor with a record of
just 7-5 at the Galen Center
Last year Washington eased its way to a season sweep of USC as the Huskies won
both meetings by an average of 25 points. The all-time series has been more
even with the teams knotted at 68-68.
Larry Drew II drilled a jumper as time expired to edge out Washington on
Thursday. C.J. Wilcox had tied the game at 57-57 just 10 seconds earlier with
a clutch layup, but the Huskies overtime hopes were dashed. The Huskies held
the Bruins to 33.3 percent shooting but turned the ball over 19 times.
Wilcox (18.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg) is definitely who the Huskies want with the ball in
his hands in crucial spots. The 6-foot-5 guard is fourth in the Pac-12 in
scoring and has been in double figures in all 10 games against conference
foes. Abdul Gaddy (11.2 ppg, 4.0 apg) is more vital for his ability to pass
the ball, but has stepped up and been a decent scorer, while Scott Suggs
(11.8 ppg) gives the Huskies a deep threat. Aziz N'Diaye (10.7 ppg, 9.7 rpg)
is nearly averaging a double-double for the season and is an imposing force in
It was the play of its backcourt that carried USC over Washington State.
Starting guards Byron Wesley, J.T. Terrell and Jio Fontan accounted for 42
points in the contest with each scoring in double figures. Fontan also handed
out 11 assists and hit all eight of his shots from the free-throw line.
Normally Eric Wise (12.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg) is the top scoring threat for the
Trojans. However recently the 6-foot-6 guard has struggled, failing to reach
double figures in two of the last three games. Wesley (10.6 ppg), Terrell
(10.3 ppg) and Fontan (9.5 ppg, 5.0 apg) have really shared the ball well in
the backcourt for the Trojans, particularly Fontan, who is handing out the
third most assists per game in the Pac-12. Scoring options are limited from
there though with only two other players putting in more than 4.5 points per
USC has really been able to compete since league play began. The battle in the
backcourt will be interesting to watch and whichever unit is able to control
the tempo will have the advantage.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: USC 68, Washington 66
02/10 10:30:43 ET
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