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January 22, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Keys to tonight’s game

First, before we get to the keys, I am told this game tonight WILL BE on HDTV.
How it apparently works is that all the games that are FSN national games (simply slugged FSN and not FSN-Northwest or any of the regional FSN networks) is on HDTV. So that apparently means Saturday’s game against UCLA will also be on HDTV (which I know is channel 627 on Comcast in this area). The later Stanford, Oregon and at UCLA games are also listed as HDTV games, as is the entire Pac-10 tournament.
On to some keys:
1, Dwight Lewis — USC’s leading scorer sprained his ankle in practice Monday and it figures to be a game-time decision whether he can play. Either way, hard to figure he’s anywhere close to 100 percent. That should be a break for the Huskies, though there’s always the prospect that the Trojans compensate in a way that catches UW off-guard.
2, Rebounding — These are the two best rebounding teams in the conference — UW is at plus-11.6 and the Trojans at plus-7.8 — so this is one time the Huskies may not have a huge advantage in that area. UW has been outrebounded just twice all year, losing once, against Cal. Junior center Taj Gibson is a big reason for USC’s rebounding prowess, averaging 10.2 per game (UW’s Jon Brockman is at 10.7).
3, Turnovers — Despite playing a fairly deliberate style most of the time, USC is second in the Pac-10 in turnovers at 15.2 per game (Oregon, which plays at a much more breakneck pace, is first at 15.4). So expect some pressure from UW, especially with the potential loss of Lewis. USC PG Daniel Hackett is a prime culprit in USC’s turnover problems with 65 in 17 games, but he also leads the Pac-10 in assists at 5.6 per game.
4, DeMar DeRozan — USC’s true freshman maybe hasn’t had quite the Mayo-like impact many expected. But he’s still been pretty good, and getting better all the time, averaging 12.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. He could be called on for even more production if Lewis is out.
5, Emotion —With the retirement of Brandon Roy’s number, there figures to be a lot of emotion in the arena tonight. Some of the UW players said this week they think they have almost been better on the road than at home the last few weeks. But with Roy watching, you’d figure they will be ready to go.

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