Scouting Report: Southern Cal

Cal State Fullerton currently has a two-game winning streak after beating Pepperdine on the road a week ago Monday and Northern Arizona at home this past Saturday. The Titans will be facing a very quick and athletic opponent in Southern Cal at the LA Sports Arena on tomorrow evening at 7:30 PM (PST).

The Trojans boast the best pair of basketball twins on any college campus. Throw in a trigger-happy leading scorer and a center who doesn't like to go bang inside and you end up with a talented but beatable opponent in Southern Cal.

The Trojans certainly have the talent but putting all this talent together has been a problem for head coach Henry Bibby. SC is currently 2-2 with their best win against an average St. Mary's team in overtime by two points. They have losses to W. Michigan and UNLV.

SC basically starts three guards and two bigs and are led by senior guard Desmond Farmer. Farmer loves to put the ball up but the ball -- and basket -- are currently not doing him any favors as he is shooting 30% behind the arch and just 37% overall.

In fact, the entire Trojan team is shooting an abysmal 26% from three-point land. Fullerton (27%) has finally met a team they are better at in this category. Look for the Titans to play a lot of zone until SC proves it's percentage is really an anomaly.

The Craven and Stewart twins are also dangerous as the four of them combine to average around 33 points per game. And last season when the Titans faced SC, center Rory O'Neil had one of the better games of his career scoring 22 points and grabbing 7 rebounds. Pape Sow will need to do a better job defensively if the Titans are to have any chance.

The good news is the Trojans will likely go with a man-to-man. Even if SC does go into a zone, it will likely not be a very good one as they don't play this way too often. Containing Pape Sow will be their mission and this will free up Brian Pruitt and Hardy Asprilla for some easy baskets and also will leave Anthony Bolton, Yaphett King and Bobby Brown for open looks from the outside.

If the Titans have any shot at winning this game, they will need to hit from the outside.

TitanCentral.com's Pick to Click: Derick Andrew. DA just seems to love big games in big arenas but this one will be mostly empty. If DA can give us 15 points and play the defense like he always seems to do, then the Titans have a good shot to keep this game close.

 

Game 6: Southern Cal
Friday, November 21, 2003 @ Titan Gym

Rankings CollegeRPI Massey Sagarin
Cal State Fullerton (2-3, 0-0) 303 (+1) 256 (0) 191 (+4)
Southern Cal (2-2, 0-0) 152 182 127
The Line: SC by 13

Here are the projected starting lineups:

Pos Cal State Fullerton Southern Cal
PG Bobby Brown 6-1, 170 Rodrick Stewart 6-4, 200
SG Derick Andrew 6-2, 180 Errick Craven 6-2, 205
SF Anthony Bolton 6-7, 190 Desmon Farmer 6-5, 220
PF Hardy Asprilla 6-5, 225 Jeff McMillan 6-8, 260
C Pape Sow 6-10, 250 Rory O'Neil 6-11, 240
First off the Bench
  Zakee Smith 6-0, 175 Lodrick Stewart 6-4, 210
  Yaphett King 6-4, 235 Derrick Craven 6-2, 215
  Babacar Camara 6-10, 250 Nick Curtis 6-8, 225
  David Warsaw 6-4, 200    
  Brian Pruitt 6-6, 225    
         
 

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