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What to watch, TV schedule, radio: USC basketball vs. Utah

What to watch Sunday afternoon when the USC men's basketball team (19-7, 8-5) takes on Utah (20-7, 9-5) in the Galen Center at 3:00 p.m.

Here's what else to watch, where you can see the game, a flashback to the last time these teams played and the projected starting lineups.

What to Watch:

Home Cooking - It was an improbable comeback, but the Trojans went on a 30-5 run, roaring back from 15 down with nine minutes remaining to beat Colorado, 79-72. The win improved USC to 15-0 at the Galen Center, but to improve to 16-0, the Trojans have to take on one of their tougher matchups this season in Utah. The win on Wednesday set a school record for most wins at home to start a season.

What Could Have Been - In high school in Las Vegas, Julian Jacobs initially had an idea of where he wanted to attend college. He committed to Utah and coach Larry Krystkowiak before ultimately changing his mind and becoming a Trojan. It was a program-changing move for both teams. USC got the explosive playmaker that Jacobs has become while Utah also got an explosive player as a result. Krystkowiak took the scholarship that Jacobs would have taken and went out and got a relatively unknown junior college guard named Delon Wright. 

Wright became an All-Pac-12 player and helped propel the Utes to a Sweet 16 appearance last year. Jacobs could end up being an All-Pac-12 member this year and has become the West Coast's most exciting player with his hammer dunks both in the open court or halfcourt sets. He's already posterized a handful of players and everyone in the Pac-12 knows by now that he just needs a little bit of space. But just imagine what would have been if Jacobs hadn't changed his mind...

Get to the Glass - With Darion Clark still out, the Trojans have to make a concerted effort to defend the backboard against Utah. The Utes as a whole don't get a lot of offensive rebounds (currently No. 259 in the nation in offensive boards per game), but frontline starters Jakob Poeltl and Kyle Kuzma have combined for 128 offensive rebounds. They are sure to be attacking with the struggles USC has had on the defensive glass since Clark was injured. It could prove to be the difference in the game.

Know Thy Enemy - Utah comes in with a 20-7 record after pulling away from UCLA in the second half. The Utes aren't going to wow you with athleticism, but they are so fundamentally sound that you have to beat them. They aren't going to beat themselves. They take quality shots, which is why they rank eighth in the nation in field goal percentage. A big part of that is Jakob Poeltl and his 65.9 percent -- sixth best in the nation. Poeltl also gets to the free throw line a lot, averaging 6.7 attempts per game.

Jordan Loveridge often gives teams trouble with his ability to go inside and out at the small forward position, but USC is one of the teams that is equipped to match up with his skill set. Brandon Taylor has continued to improve his game throughout the year and he actually may hold the key to Utah's potential in the NCAA tournament. When he knocks down outside shots, the entire dynamic of the team changes.


Last Matchup: Utah won 67-39 on Feb. 1, 2015.

The Utes throughly dominated USC from the start to the finish, holding the Trojans to a woeful 26.5 percent shooting. Malik Martin was the only USC player in double figures with 11 points. The Trojans were just 1-for-12 on 3-pointers and had just four assists to 15 turnovers.

Where to Watch:

Game Time, TV channel: 3:00 p.m. PST, Pac-12 Networks (Spero Dedes, Steve Lavin)

Radio: AM 690, TuneIn Radio (Chris Fisher, Jordan Moore)

Follow Along: Game Tracker. USC Twitter - @USC_Hoops; Utah Twitter - @Runnin_Utes

Projected Starting Lineups:

G - Brandon Taylor (5-10 senior)
G - Lorenzo Bonam (6-4 junior)
G - Jordan Loveridge (6-6 senior)
F - Kyle Kuzma (6-9 sophomore)
C - Jakob Poeltl (6-9 sophomore)

G - Julian Jacobs (6-4 junior)
G - Jordan McLaughlin (6-1 sophomore)
G - Katin Reinhardt (6-6 junior)
F - Bennie Boatwright (6-10 freshman)
F - Nikola Jovanovic (6-11 junior) Top Stories