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MBB-FBS: Washington Huskies (13-11) at USC Trojans (16-6)

The USC Trojans (16-6, 8-3) will host the Washington Huskies (13-11, 5-8) at the Galen Center on Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m.  The game will air on FS1 with Alex Faust and Casey Jacobsen calling the action. USC great Sam Clancy will join Jordan Moore on the call of tonight’s game on flagship station KABC Radio 790 AM. Clancy still ranks in USC’s all-time top 5 in scoring, rebounding and blocks and was a second-team All-America selection in 2002.

USC’S STELLAR STRETCH — USC won a school-record 73 games over the last three seasons (22 in 2020, 25 in 2021 and 26 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.  

WINNING WAYS — USC’s 73 total wins the previous three seasons tied for the third most among all Power 6 basketball programs, trailing only the last two NCAA champions Kansas (83) and Baylor (81).  Also, USC’s 160 wins the previous seven seasons ranked 13th among all Power 6 conference teams.

ENFIELD LEADING THE WAY — USC head coach Andy Enfield is in his 10th season at USC and has compiled an 199-124 record. His wins total ranks fourth on USC’s all-time wins list, trailing only Sam Barry (260), Forrest Twogood (251) and Bob Boyd (216).  Including his two seasons as the head coach at FGCU (2012-13), Enfield has compiled a 240-152 record.

FACING WASHINGTON — The Washington Huskies (13-11, 5-8) are coming off a 70-61 loss at UCLA on Feb. 2.  Forward Keion Brooks Jr. leads Washington in scoring with an 18.1 points per game average. USC won 80-67 at Washington on Dec. 30 and has won the last six meetings with the Huskies.  USC leads the all-time series 78-75* (2 wins vacated due to NCAA penalty, original record 79-75).

OREGON ON DECK —  USC’s next game will be at the Oregon Ducks (13-10, 7-5) on Feb. 9 at 8:00 p.m. Oregon will play at Arizona State on Feb. 4 before returing home, where they are 10-4. Oregon is coming of a 91-76 loss at Arizona on Feb. 2.  Senior guard Will Richardson leads the Ducks in scoring with a 14.0 average. USC and Oregon split the season series last year with both teams winning on the other’s court, USC winning 70-69 at Oregon and Oregon winning 79-70 at USC.  The Trojans have won 7 of the last 10 meetings with Oregon. USC lead the all-time series with Oregon 67-59* (2 wins later vacated due to NCAA penalty, original record 69-59).

CAN WE SLIDE THE START TIME? — USC is 11-0 this season when the tip is set for 7 p.m. PT or later. 

IT STARTS WITH DEFENSE — USC held California to 27.7 shooting on Nov. 30, the lowest by an opponent since holding Stanford to a 25.4 shooting percentage on March 3, 2021.  USC allowed Washington State to make a 2022-23 opponent high 49.1 percent of its shots on Jan. 1, 
but has held 6 of its last 10 opponents to under 40 percent shooting.  USC has held 13 of its 22 opponents this season to under 40 percent shooting.  USC is holding its opponents to a 38.7 shooting percentage this season, 7th in the country.  Over the last four seasons, USC’s defense has held the opposition to 38.7 FG percentage, 3rd in the country.

THE TOP STACK IN THE PAC — USC is third in conference regular season wins among Pac-12 teams for the past six seasons (since the 2017-18 season).  USC is 68-37, Arizona is 70-36, while UCLA is 69-35 in that stretch, through games of Feb. 2.  Next up would be Oregon at 65-39 and Colorado at 59-48.

ENJOYING THE HOME COOKING — USC is 11-1 at the Galen Center this season, losing the opener to FGCU on Nov. 7, then winning the next 11 games.  The 11-game home winning streak is USC’s longest single-season home winning streak since the Trojans won the first 15 games at the Galen Center in the 2015-16 season.

USC HOSTING A BLOCK PARTY — USC has 123 blocks this season, led by Joshua Morgan’s 52 blocks.  USC is averaging 5.6 blocks per game, 10th in the country.  Morgan’s 52 blocks this season lead the conference and rank tied for 11th in the country.  Morgan had 7 blocks vs. FGCU on Nov. 7 which tied him for fifth on USC’s all-time single game blocks list. He matched that total with 7 blocks at Cal on Nov. 30.   USC as a team has registered 594 blocks over the last four seasons which ranks 7th nationally.

PETERSON PROVIDING THE ASSIST — Guard Drew Peterson leads USC and is sixth among Pac-12 players with 101 assists.  Peterson is one of two players in a Power 6 conference (Jalen Pickett of Penn State) averaging at least 13.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game this season.  Peterson is averaging 14.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.   

JEKYLL & HYDE FROM WAY OUTSIDE — USC made 47.4 percent of its 3-pointers vs. Washington State on Feb. 2, its eighth game this season making at least 38 percent from 3-point range.  In those eight games USC has made 45.5 percent of its 3-pointers (75-for-165), while it has averaged 24.6 percent from beyond the arc in the other 14 games (56-for-228).

THE MEN OF STEAL — Kobe Johnson (46), Boggie Ellis (36) and Drew Peterson (26) have combined for 108 steals this season, the second most by a Pac-12 trio.  Johnson ranks second among Pac-12 players, Ellis is fifth and Peterson ranks 13th.

ELLIS COOKING AGAIN – Senior guard Boogie Ellis has averaged 19.1 points the last 11 games, including scoring a career-high 31 points vs. UCLA on Jan. 26.  He began his streak by scoring a then career-best 28 points vs. Auburn on Dec. 18.  He scored in double figures in USC’s first 7 games, then totaled 29 points in the next four games, before his current onslaught.  Ellis leads USC with a 16.6 scoring average and leads the team with 50 three-pointers made and 71 free throws made.  He is also second among Trojans with 36 steals.

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