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January 22, 2010 at 11:25 PM

Video: Scouting USC

Scouting report: USC
Game info: 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Galen Center.
TV/Radio: FSN NW/KJR-950 AM
Record: 11-7, 3-3. RPI rank: 70.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Coach: Kevin O’Neill has an 11-7 record in his first year with the Trojans, 182-187 in 13 years.
Last season: 22-13 overall, 9-9 Pac-10 (T-5th)
Last NCAA tournament appearance: 2009 (Lost 74-69 to Michigan State in the first round.)
Prediction: Picked to finish ninth in the Pac-10 in a media poll.
Series: The series is tied 65-65. Washington swept last season’s series. Since 2002-03, the year coach Lorenzo Romar took over for the Huskies, UW is 10-4 against USC and is 5-2 in Los Angeles.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Senior Dwight Lewis has scored 1,295 career points, 17th all-time at USC and 12 points behind Taj Gibson (2007-09) who is 16th with 1,307. Lewis entered the season fifth among returning Pac-10 players in career points. He also ranks 11th on USC’s all-time three-point baskets list with 129.
— Sophomore forward Nikola Vucevic has five double-doubles in his first 18 games this season, third in the Pac-10. He’s averaging 11.7 points and 9.3 rebounds, after averaging 2.6 points and 2.7 rebounds as a freshman last season. His 9.3 rebounds per game leads all Pac-10 players.
— Senior Mike Gerrity has played 10 games after sitting out the first semester due to tranfer rules. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week Dec. 27. Gerrity has 35 assists and 19 turnovers, the only Trojan with a positive assist to turnover ratio. He has had six games of one turnover or less and has 16 assists and four turnovers in the last five games.
OVERVIEW:
— USC senior G/F Marcus Johnson, who played the second semester last season after transferring to USC from UConn, was granted another year of eligibility by the NCAA following the season, but penalized two games for playing in an exhibition game
in the 2007-08 season. USC is 23-10 in games he has been available to play in the two seasons.
— USC enters the game having allowed 997 points in its first 18 games (55.4 ppg), its fewest through 18 games since allowing 899 points in the first 18 games of the 1950-51 season.
— The Trojans are third in the nation in points allowed per game at 55.4.
— USC held nine consecutive opponents to 56 points or less from Dec. 8-Jan. 6 (longest streak since 12 in the 1947-48 season). USC has held 12 opponents to 56 points or less this season and only twice has allowed more than 67 points (69 at Texas and 79 at Georgia Tech).
— USC and Washington rank 9th and 10th respectively among conference teams in three-point shooting. USC has hit 31.1 percent and Washington 30.9 percent from beyond the arc. USC is last in both attempts (190) and makes (59).
— The Trojans are 47-13 all-time at the Galen Center, including winning 26 of the last 31 games.
STARTING LINEUP:
G – Lewis, 6-5, 215, Sr., 13.8 ppg. 2.4 rpg.
G – Mike Gerrity, 6-1, 180, Sr., 9.2, 3.2
G/F – Johnson, 6-6, 210, Sr., 9.9, 4.9
F – Alex Stepheson, 6-9, 235, Jr., 10.1, 8.0
F – Vucevic, 6-10, 240, So., 11.7, 9.3
KEY MATCHUP:
— The Trojans have one of the best front lines in the Pac-10 and its imperative Washington keeps Stepheson and Vucevic off the glass. C Matthew Bryan-Amaning played a season low four minutes on Thursday, but should see plenty of action Saturday along with F Tyreese Breshers and F Darnell Gant. The trio didn’t play much of a role in the 62-61 defeat at UCLA combining for two points and six rebounds. UW will need a larger contribution against USC it hopes to salvage a split on this Los Angeles road trip.

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