Oregon State (12-15, 6-11) vs USC (11-14, 7-10)
Saturday, March 6 - 5:00 PM (Fox Sports Net)
Gill Coliseum - Corvallis, OR
Series All-time: USC leads 55-53
Last meeting: USC 91, OSU 82
Notes from the L.A. Contest | Series Records | The Players | Numbers Don't Lie | Strengths/Concerns | Last Time... | News and Notes | Prediction | Roster
The Nitty Gritty on the Trojans
Home Court: Los Angeles Sports Arena (16,161)
All-time Record: 1,314-933 (95 years)
Joined Pac-10: 1921-22
Current Record: 10-14, 3-4 in the Pac-10
Standing in Pac-10 and rankings: Tied for sixth with the Beavers in the Pac-10, currently not receiving any votes for the top 25.
Note: USC was picked to finish sixth in the Pac-10 by the media.
Head Coach: Henry Bibby is in his eighth year as head coach at USC.
Career Record: 104-85; USC Record: 104-85; Pac-10 Record: 57-60
2001-02 Record: 22-10, 12-6 in Pac-10 play
- Pac-10 Tournament: Lost 71-81 to Arizona in the championship game
Postseason: Lost to UNC Wilminton in the first round in overtime, 89-93.
Most points (OSU): 98, Feb. 22, ‘90 (@ OSU)
Most points (USC): 94, Feb. 22, ‘90 (@ OSU)
Longest OSU streak: 7 wins (1979-82)
Longest USC streak: 6 wins (twice)
Margin of victory (OSU): 27 (84-57), Feb. 4, ‘88 (@ OSU)
Margin of victory (USC): 37 (66-25), 1939-40 season
Overtime games: 11 (OSU 8-3 -- 6 straight)
Oregon State enters Saturday's game controlling its own destiny for inclusion in the eight-team Pac-10 Conference Tournament March 11-13 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Beavers and Washington State are tied for eighth with 6-11 records heading into the final game of the season Saturday.
The Beavers would earn the tiebreaker edge since they defeated WSU twice this season. OSU would be left out of the tournament only if it loses to USC Saturday and WSU wins at home over California. The Beavers will know exactly what they have to do by tipoff, as Cal at WSU tip at 2 p.m. The Beavers could actually finish tied for sixth.
Notes from the L.A. Contest
- USC had a one point lead at halftime.
- Each team shot over 45% in the first half (OSU 46.4%, USC 46.9%)
- USC had 10 blocks, OSU had zero.
- USC's leading scorer was Lodrick Stewart (19), OSU's leading scorer was
Chris Stephens who also scored 19.
- USC's Jeff McMillian grabbed a game high 11 boards.
- Five USC players and five OSU players scored in double figures.
- Oregon State shot 91% from the free throw line while USC shot 63%.
(Full Roster | Team Stats)
Leading Scorer: Desmon Farmer, 19.8 ppg
Leading Rebounder: Jeff McMillian, 8.7 rpg
Leading Assist Man: Derrick Craven, 2.8 apg
Blocked shots leader: Rory O'Neil, 1.5 bpg
Minutes played per game: Desmon Farmer, 35.2 mpg
Most steals per game: Errick Craven, 2.4 spg
Returning starters: guard Errick Craven and center Kostas Charissis
The Starting Five
G 3 Lodrick Stewart (6-4, 210) - can both guard spots or the small forward position...tenacious defender...good finisher around the basket...competitive and has a knack for scoring...identical twin of fellow Trojan freshman Rodrick Stewart...has started six games, played in 25...shooting .413 from the field, .326 from three point range, and .579 from the stripe...averaging 8.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 20.3 minutes per game...scored a team high 19 points, grabbed two rebounds, and blocked three shots in 25 minutes versus OSU.
G 33 Desmon Farmer (6-4, 225) - big-time scorer...fiery defensive player...energizes his team and the fans with his intense play...one of USC's leaders...in 35.2 minutes is averaging 19.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game...shooting .399 from the field, .354 from three point range and a team best .779 from the free throw line...has started 25 games this season, played in all 26...scored 14 points on 4 of 9 shooting while also adding five rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes against Oregon State.
F 22 Errick Craven (6-2, 190) - active on the
offensive and defensive end of the court...decent outside shooter...has a
quick first step and quick hands...hustles the entire game...good rebounder...was
suspended against Oregon and did not play on Thursday...averaging 10.8 points,
2.8 rebounds, a team leading 2.4 steals and 2.9 assists in 28.0 minutes per
game...shooting .397 from the field, .256 from downtown, and .616 from the
charity stripe...has the most fouls on the team with 83, also has the most
turnovers with 71...has fouled out of six games this year...in 26 minutes
scored nine points and dished out three assists versus the Beavers in California.
C 21 Rory O'Neil (6-11, 240) - heady player with a good feel for the game...solid scoring touch from the inside and outside...has good court vision...quick for his size...has started 19 games, played in all 26...shooting .457 from the field, a team best .373 from the three point line, and .684 from the line...averaging 8.6 points and 3.7 rebounds...scored 18 points on 7 of 10 shooting, including 3 of 4 from downtown, in 25 minutes against Oregon State.
F 5 Jeff McMillian (6-8, 260) - strong rebounder...gets
most of his points in the paint...likes to mix it up down low...recently named
Pac-10's Newcomer of the Year...has started all 26 games this season...in
29.3 minutes is shooting a team best .638 from the field and .676 from the
free throw line...averaging 11.3 points and 8.7 rebounds...scored 10 points
and added a game high 11 boards in 33 minutes...also added five assists and
three blocks against OSU in L.A.
G 23 Rodrick Stewart (6-4, 200) - just like his brother can play either guard spots or the small forward position...good open court player...sees the floor well...good defender...identical twin of fellow Trojan freshman Lodrick Stewart...in 21.8 minutes is shooting .347 from the field, .111 from downtown, and .659 from the free throw line...averaging 4.6 points and 2.2 rebounds...in 25 minutes scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds against the Beavers at USC.
F 4 Gregg Guenther Jr. (6-8, 245) - also plays for the football team as a tight end...physical, strong post player...started three contests, played in 14...averaging 6.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in 18.1 minutes per game...shooting .448 from the field and .727 from the line...in 16 minutes scored seven points and dished out two assists against OSU in California.
F 2 Nick Curtis (6-8, 220) - strong rebounder...decent
shot blocker...has battled injuries for the majority of his college career...in
13.6 minutes in averaging 3.3 points and 2.8 rebounds...started three games,
played in 20...shooting .511 from the field, .250 from three point land, and
.567 from the free throw line...was injured and did not play against the Beavers
C 10 Jonathan Oliver (7-0, 230) - runs the floor well...superb shot blocker...nice touch around the basket...started three games, played in 16...shooting .500 from the field and .750 from the charity stripe...in 6.1 minutes is averaging 3.1 points and 1.3 rebounds...played just two minutes versus Oregon State at USC.
G 24 Derrick Craven (6-2, 200) - serving a one-game suspension and will not play against OSU.
Numbers Don't Lie
TEAM STATISTICS USC OPP -------------------------------------------------------- SCORING....................... 1972 2067 Points per game............. 75.8 79.5 Scoring margin.............. -3.7 - FIELD GOALS-ATT............... 689-1587 698-1503 Field goal pct.............. .434 .464 3 POINT FG-ATT................ 180-569 200-543 3-point FG pct.............. .316 .368 3-pt FG made per game....... 6.9 7.7 FREE THROWS-ATT............... 414-620 471-657 Free throw pct.............. .668 .717 REBOUNDS...................... 934 947 Rebounds per game........... 35.9 36.4 Rebounding margin........... -0.5 - ASSISTS....................... 360 417 Assists per game............ 13.8 16.0 TURNOVERS..................... 402 431 Turnovers per game.......... 15.5 16.6 Turnover margin............. +1.1 - Assist/turnover ratio....... 0.9 1.0 STEALS........................ 232 171 Steals per game............. 8.9 6.6 BLOCKS........................ 86 57 Blocks per game............. 3.3 2.2 WINNING STREAK................ 0 - Home win streak............. 2 - ATTENDANCE.................... 66879 111551 Home games-Avg/Game......... 14-4777 12-9296 Neutral site-Avg/Game....... - 0-0
BY PERIOD 1st 2nd OT Total ------------ ---- ---- ---- ---- Team........ 970 937 65 - 1972 Opponents... 921 1089 57 - 2067
Defending the key - Third in the conference in blocked shots swatting away an averaging of 3.3 per game.
Active hands - Errick Craven leads the conference in steals and so do the Trojans grabbing 8.9 a game.
Crashing the boards - USC grabs an average of 12.6 offensive rebounds a game giving them many second chance opportunities.
- Defense - Last in the conference in scoring defense giving up 79.5
points per game, also last in field goal percentage defense letting their
opponents shoot .464 from the field.. The Trojans are also last in
scoring margin with a -3.7 mark.
- Free throws - As a team they shoot just .668 from the line, eighth
in the conference. Only four players on the roster shoot over .700 from
- The long ball - Despite having talented, athletic guards who can score, the majority of USC's roster can't shoot from three-point range.
Last Time the Trojans Played Oregon State...
Sam Clancy had 17 points and 10 rebounds as No. 23 Southern California beat Oregon State 64-51 on Thursday night. Brandon Granville also scored 17 points and David Bluthenthal added 11 as the Trojans opened a big first-half lead and coasted the rest of the way. The Trojans (16-4, 8-2 Pac-10) share first place in the conference with Oregon, and the teams meet Saturday in Eugene. Recap | Box Score
in Los Angeles...
Freshman Lodrick Stewart scored 19 points and Rory O'Neil had 18 points as USC rallied from an early 13-point deficit to earn a 91-82 victory over Oregon State in Pacific-10 Conference play Sunday.
Desmon Farmer added 14 points and Jeff McMillan had 10 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and three blocks for the Trojans (6-5, 1-1)...USC rallies past Oregon State
News from the Latest Trojan Game
Oregon's Luke Jackson
scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half as the Ducks rallied to defeat USC
75-70 on Thursday.
Jackson made 6-of-11 shots in the seconds half and also grabbed 13 rebounds. The senior became the first player in school history with three 500-point seasons. James Davis added 19 points off the bench for Oregon, while Andre Joseph scored 17...Trojans Turned Away at Oregon
News and Notes
- The Trojans and Beavers have split the last six contests.
- Under Henry Bibby the Trojans are 4-3 in Corvallis.
- If Errick Craven remains in first in the Pac-10 in steals average, he will
become the first player in the league to lead the conference in the category
in three consecutive seasons since Gary Payton did it at Oregon State from
- USC has two sets of identical twins on the 2004 roster.
- USC has played more overtime games against Oregon State than against any
- The last time the Trojans did make postseason play was in 2000 after going
- The Trojans have made the post season four of the past five years, including
three trips to the tournament and one trip to the NIT.
- The last time USC won less than 10 games was during the 1997-98 season when they went 9-19.
Norz's Humble Prediction
|1||Roydell Smiley||G||6-4||195||SR||Seattle, WA|
|2||Nick Curtis||F||6-8||225||JR||Oxnard, CA|
|3||Lodrick Stewart||G||6-4||210||FR||Seattle, WA|
|4||Gregg Guenther Jr.||F||6-8||245||JR||Van Nuys, CA|
|5||Jeff McMillian||F||6-8||260||JR||Staten Island, N.Y.|
|10||Jonathan Oliver||C||7-0||230||SR||New York, N.Y.|
|13/00||Andrew Moore||G||6-1||190||SO||Calabasas, CA|
|15||Chris Penrose||G||6-0||175||FR||San Diego, CA|
|20||Reed Doucette||F||6-6||215||FR||Acamp, CA|
|21||Rory O'Neil||C||6-11||240||JR||Ridgecrest, CA|
|22||Errick Craven||G||6-2||205||JR||Carson, CA|
|23||Rodrick Stewart||G||6-4||200||FR||Seattle, WA|
|24||Derrick Craven||G||6-2||215||JR||Carson, CA|
|32||Edward Chang||F||6-7||225||SO||Dallas, TX|
|33||Desmon Farmer||G||6-4||225||JR||Flint, MI|
|34||Joe Buck||F||6-7||210||SR||Redondo Beach, CA|
|40||Greg Gaudino||F||6-6||185||SO||La Canada, Canada|