USC (14-15) at Washington (16-13)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, March 6, 11:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000) -- Seattle, Washington. Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: USC 10-6, Washington 10-6. Away Record: USC 3-7, Washington 5-6. Neutral Record: USC 1-2, Washington 1-1. Conference Record: USC 9-7, Washington 8-8. Series Record: USC leads, 69-68.
GAMES NOTES: A pair of teams will try to earn their third straight win when the USC Trojans and the Washington Huskies meet up for a Pac-12 Conference bout at Alaska Airlines Arena on Wednesday night.
USC stunned Arizona State, 57-56, on Saturday on the heels of earning an impressive win over nationally-ranked Arizona. The Trojans now have back-to- back wins as they aim for their second three-game winning streak of the season. USC is still a game under .500 overall (14-15) but at 9-7 in league action is tied with Colorado for fifth in the Pac-12 standings. USC is ending the season on a two-game road swing that ends against Washington State this Saturday.
Washington has also won its last two games, including a 72-68 victory over Washington State to begin the three-game homestand it is currently on. The Huskies are now 16-13 overall, while splitting its 16 league bouts. At Alaska Airlines Arena the Huskies have picked up 10 wins in 16 attempts and will wrap up the season on Saturday against No. 23 UCLA.
When these teams met up earlier this season USC captured a 71-60 victory at the Galen Center. The win broke a tie in the all-time series which the Trojans now lead, 49-48.
The Trojans led by as many as 19 points against the Sun Devils but had that lead cut to just a single point with five seconds remaining, 57-56. Eric Wise then missed a free-throw attempt but Jahii Carson missed a buzzer-beater attempt as the Trojans survived.
Wise finished with 12 points and six rebounds to lead Wise. The 6-foot-6 forward (12.3 ppg) is the leading scorer on the roster for the Trojans and has now scored in double figures in the last three games after failing to do so in three of the previous four tilts. The backcourt trio of J.T. Terrell (11.2 ppg), Byron Wesley (10.6 ppg) and Jio Fontan (9.6 ppg, 5.1 apg) really run the show. Wesley is the most efficient scorer of the three as he finishes on 46.1 percent of his shots from the floor while Fontan and Terrell are both below 37 percent. As a team USC is in the bottom three teams in the league in points (66.4 pg) and field goal percentage (.431).
A 17-4 run late in the second half carried the Huskies past the in-state rival Cougars on Sunday. Washington shot 53.3 percent from the field as a team and got 23 points from both C.J. Wilcox and Scott Suggs. Washington also had a 25-7 edge in points off turnovers in the victory.
The Huskies also have quite a backcourt trio on their side. Leading the way is Wilcox (17.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg) who at 6-foot-5 has the size to get inside and create his own shot. Wilcox has struggled a bit down the stretch scoring in double figures in just half of the last six games after doing so in 22 of the first 23 games this season. Suggs (11.7 ppg) isn't a versatile scorer but can really heat up from beyond the arc. Abdul Gaddy (11.2 ppg, 4.3 apg) is the primary distributor and can score when called upon. Aziz N'Diaye (9.6 ppg, 9.2 rpg) is one of the leading rebounders in the conference and finishes on 59.7 percent of his shots from the field.
Both of these teams have been right around the middle of the conference this season but match up rather well with their strong backcourt play. N'Diaye may be the key for Washington if he can clean the glass well and give the Huskies a scorer on the interior.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Washington 68, USC 64
03/06 10:35:15 ET