A QUICK LOOK AT SOUTHERN CAL

Providence College will take on Southern Cal in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday. Here's a quick look at the numbers that make up the Trojan basketball team.

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Providence College will don their black away uniforms as they take on the University of Southern California Trojans in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday evening at 9:45 p.m. in Raleigh, North Carolina. PC enters the game 23-10 and as the 9th seed while USC comes in with a 21-12 record and the 8th seed. The winner faces a probable matchup against top-seeded North Carolina on Saturday.

Southern Cal is an interesting team – a fairly young team that prefers a fast pace, a tall team that doesn’t defend or rebound exceptionally well, and a balanced offensive team that shoots well from the perimeter and likes to slash to the basket.

The Trojans really had no bad losses this year and beat crosstown rival UCLA (102 RPI) three times, but also didn’t close the season well and struggled away from home down the stretch. Andy Enfield likes his teams to play fast and shoot well, and the Trojans go 7 or 8 deep, with 5 players averaging double figures in scoring. The backcourt of Jordan McLaughlin and Julian Jacobs is strong and quick, while highly-regarded freshmen Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu team with Nikola Jovanovic to give SC decent size up front. As a team, USC doesn’t foul a lot or put opponents on the free throw line, but also don’t rack up lots of steals or blocks.

SOUTHERN CAL PROFILE:
Overall: 21-12
Home: 16-2
Away: 4-7
Neutral: 1-3
RPI: 51
SOS: 31
Conf: 9-9
Top 50: 5-8
Top 100: 9-12
Vs. 100+: 12-0
Last 10 games:  3-7

Best wins: Arizona 26, Oregon State 33, Colorado 35, Yale 44, Wichita State 47, Monmouth 52, Washington 85, UC-Santa Barbara 98, Arizona State 99
Worst losses:  Arizona State 99, Stanford 87, Washington 85

Coach: Andy Enfield, 44-53 (third season)

Players (10 mpg or more):
Jordan McLaughlin (SO, 6-1, 170 G) – 13.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.5 spg, .465/.423/.745 (32.3 mpg)
Nikola Jovanovic (JR, 6-11, 235 F) – 12.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 0.4 apg, 0.8 bpg, .523/.538/.653 (25.5 mpg)
Julian Jacobs (JR, 6-4, 180 G) – 11.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.3 spg, .465/.326/.710 (31.0 mpg)
Bennie Boatwright (FR, 6-10, 220 F) – 11.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg. 1.0 apg, 0.8 bpg, .391/.354/.743 (24.4 mpg)
Katin Reinhardt (JR, 6-6, 220 G) – 11.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.1 spg, .442/.376/.773 (26.9 mpg)
Elijah Stewart (SO, 6-5 180 G) – 9.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.1 apg, 0.7 bpg, .435/.426/.746 (26.2 mpg)
Chimezie Metu (FR,  6-11 215 F) – 6.6 ppg. 3.7 rpg, 0.5 apg, 1.6 bpg, .524/.000/.513 (18.7 mpg)
Darion Clark (JR, 6-7, 220 F) – 2.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 0.3 apg, .448/.000/.469 (11.1 mpg)

Team averages (national rank):
.457 FG (88), .492 2-PT. FG (166), .385 3-PT. FG (28), .678 FT (259), 1302 REB (35), 80.8 ppg (20)
Opponents:
.418 FG (90), .467 2-PT. FG (102), .323 3-PT. FG (61), .701 FT (197), 1248 REB (310), 74.8 ppg (252)


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