Scouting report: USC
Game info: 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Alaska Airlines Arena (10, 000 capacity)
TV: Pac-12 Networks (Brian Webber and Ernie Kent)
Radio: KJR 950 AM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton)
Coach: Andy Enfield is 10-19 in his first year with USC. He replaced Bob Cantu who compiled a 7-7 record as an interim coach last season when the Trojans fired Kevin O’Neill. Last year, Enfield guided No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast to the NCAA tournament Sweet 16 after wins over No. 2 Georgetown and No. 7 San Diego State. Enfield and FGCU became an overnight sensation due in part to their flamboyant, high-scoring offense dubbed ‘Dunk City.” After a two-year stint and a 41-28 record, Enfield left FGCU and signed a six-year contract worth $1.55 million annually with USC. Prior to FGCU, Enfield spent five seasons (2007-11) as an assistant at Florida State. He began his coaching career 1995 in the NBA as a shooting coach in Milwaukee. He also spent two seasons (1999-00) with Boston. Enfield then left coaching and helped launch a healthcare software company that grew into a $100 million business. He left the corporate world and returned to coaching at Florida Gulf Coast.
Prediction: Picked to finish 11th in a preseason poll in the Pac-12 by media who cover the conference.
Series: The series, which began Feb. 26, 1925, is tied 69-69. The Huskies are 39-30 against the Trojans in Seattle. UW coach Lorenzo Romar is 14-8 versus USC and 6-5 against the Trojans at home.
Last meeting: Scott Suggs scored 18 points and Jernard Jarreau added a career-high 12 to lead Washington to a 65-57 win over USC at Alaska Airlines Arena on March 6, 2013. The Huskies were down 41-39 with 11:51 remaining and scored nine unanswered points. They never trailed again. After missing its first five free throws, UW converted its final 17 at the line.
Previous game: USC snapped its 10-game losing streak with a 79-68 win at Washington State on Thursday at Beasley Coliseum.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— In Thursday’s win over WSU, Byron Wesley scored a career-high tying 31 points. The 6-5 junior guard has averaged 20.0 points in the past nine games. He surpassed the 1,000 career points plateau on Feb. 1 at Oregon and now has 1,125 career points, 26th on USC’s all-time scoring list.
He has run afoul of team rules a few times this season. He didn’t start Dec. 22 against Dayton. He was also suspended for USC’s games at Stanford and California on Jan. 22 and 26.
Enfield said: “Byron has another whole year here and he needs to understand, he needs to be a leader. We’re doing our part as a coaching staff to help him understand that. If we’re going to be successful next year, Byron will be a huge part of that. We have confidence in him and support him. He made a mistake and we’ve moved on.”
Wesley is the only scholarship player remaining from the 2011-12 team. As a freshman he ranked among the top Pac-12 freshmen in six different category averages: scoring (9.6), rebounds (5.1), defensive rebounds (4.2), assists (1.8), steals (0.8) and minutes (34.6). Last season as a sophomore, he ranked third on the team in scoring (10.2) and rebounding (4.3), second in minutes (31.9) and assists (61 total).
This season Wesley averages 17.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
— J.T. Terrell’s two-year career at USC has been a wild ride. Many expected him to make an immediate big impact with USC, but he said he had a rocky relationship with O’Neill that hindered his production. Under Cantu, Terrell was more consistent scoring last season.
Terrell was the leading returning scorer, averaging 11.7 points. He started the season opener, but was pulled from the starting lineup in the next two games due to academic issues. He missed the next seven games because of an academic suspension and returned to action Dec. 22.
He’s averaged 10.1 points in 22 games, including 12 starts. He’s also a volume shooter, who isn’t very accurate. He’s shooting 26.2 percent on three-pointers, 37.1 percent from the field and 73.1 percent at the free throw line.
The 6-3 junior guard starred at Peninsula JC last season and averaged 24.4 points. He began his college career at Wake Forest and averaged 11.1 points as a freshman.
— Senior guard Pe’Shon Howard, who played three seasons at Maryland, was granted a waiver to play this season. He’s averaging 10.8 points, which is second on the team. He has a team-high 114 assists. Howard missed the Feb. 16 game against Colorado due to a violation of a team policy.
— It’s nearly impossible to win consistently when your top three players serve suspensions over the course of the season.
— Freshmen Julian Jacobs and Nikola Jovanovic offer some hope for the future. Jacobs, a 6-3 guard, is a top reserve averaging 6.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.1 steals. Jovanovic is T-8th in free throw percentage (.750) and has the 10th-best field goal percentage (.508) by a Trojan freshman.
— USC is a team in transition. Only two starters (Wesley and Terrell) remain since Washington played the Trojans last year.
— Ten of the 17 players on the roster did not play at USC last season.
— Despite USC’s offensive woes, Enfield has tried to bring Dunk City to LA. The Trojans had four dunks at WSU on Thursday. It was the ninth game they’ve had at least four dunks. USC has out-slammed opponents 73-45 this season.
— USC averages 70.6 points, which ranks 11th in the conference. The Trojans are also 11th in the league with a 43.9 field goal percentage.
C – Omar Oraby, 7-2, 270, Sr., 8.3 ppg., 6.1 rpg., 2.3 bpg., 58.6 FG%, 65.1 FT%
F – Nikola Janovic, 6-10, 220, Fr., 7.8, 4.3, 50.8 FG%
G – Byron Wesley, 6-5, 210, Jr., 17.5, 6.8, 2.3 apg., 1.0 spg., 46.3 FG%
G – J.T. Terrell, 6-3, 185, Sr., 10.1, 2.9, 1.0 apg., 1.9 tpg., 26.2 3FG%
G – Pe’Shon Howard, 6-3, 190, Sr., 10.8, 2.9, 3.9 apg., 1.4 spg., 2.9 tpg.