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Men's College Basketball
Preview
Southern California at Arizona State
When: 8:00 PM ET, Friday, February 12, 2016
Where: Wells-Fargo Arena, Tempe, Arizona

USC, which won three Pac-12 games a year ago, will try for its eighth conference win in 11 outings when its visits Arizona State on Friday. The 23rd-ranked Trojans, who completed a regular season sweep of crosstown rival UCLA last week, are one of the top turnaround stories in college basketball this year and will be trying to win for only the second time in their last nine trips to Tempe.

USC enters the weekend trip to the Arizona schools in second place in the Pac-12 standings a half-game ahead of Arizona - Sunday's opponent. Third-year coach Andy Enfield, who guided Florida Gulf Coast's "Dunk City" squad to a surprising Sweet Sixteen run in 2013 before leaving for USC a few weeks later, wants to see how his team handles success after entering the Top 25 rankings for the second time in just seven years. The first time was last month before the Trojans went on the road and were swept by Oregon and Oregon State. "Now we're ranked again and we're on the road again, so we will see if we have learned anything from last time," Enfield told reporters. "You can easily lose on the road in this conference whether you're ranked or not, whether you're overconfident or not, because the road is so hard in this league."

TV: 8 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network

ABOUT USC (18-5, 7-3 Pac-12): The Trojans bring a three-game win streak into this one after sweeping the Washington schools and UCLA at the Galen Center, where they are 14-0. USC ranked 12th nationally in scoring (84.0) through Wednesday's games and remarkably has five players averaging between 12.2 and 12.6 points per game led by sophomore guard Jordan McLaughlin (12.6). Junior guard Katin Reinhardt (12.4), junior guard Julian Jacobs (12.3), 6-11 junior forward Nikola Jovanovic (12.3), 6-10 freshman forward Bennie Boatwright (12.2) and sophomore guard Elijah Stewart (11.0) also average in double figures with Jovanovic grabbing a team best 7.1 rebounds.

ABOUT ARIZONA STATE (13-11, 3-8): The Sun Devils return home after picking up their first conference road win in almost a year 67-55 at Josh Hawkinson-less Washington State on Saturday. "You have to win on the road, and we're at the point in the season now where every win matters," coach Bobby Hurley told the Arizona Republic. "It was nice to get it." Sophomore point guard Tra Holder leads the team in scoring (15.5) and assists (3.6) while senior guard Gerry Blakes (10.9) and senior forward Willie Atwood (10.0) also are averaging in double figures.

TIP-INS

1. Jacobs leads the Pac-12 in assists (5.9) while McLaughlin ranks fourth (5.1).

2. USC leads the Pac-12 with an average of 8.3 3-point field goals per game.

3. Arizona State ranks last in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage defense (45.0).

PREDICTION: USC 84, Arizona State 77
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Southern California 18-5 W3 14-0 3-3 1-2 5-4 13-1 7-3
Arizona State 13-11 W1 9-4 3-6 1-1 4-5 9-6 3-8
Last Meeting
Southern California Arizona State
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/7/16 ASU 65 USC 75 75 39 49.1 65 31 38.2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Southern California J. Jacobs 15 66.7 6
Arizona State T. Holder 21 50.0 1
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Southern California D. Clark 10 2 8
Arizona State E. Jacobsen 6 2 4
Assists Player  
Southern California J. McLaughlin 8
Arizona State T. Holder 3
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Southern California J. McLaughlin 290 45.4 52
Arizona State T. Holder 372 40.9 100
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Southern California N. Jovanovic 163 51 112
Arizona State S. Goodman 138 43 95
Assists Player  
Southern California J. McLaughlin 118
Arizona State T. Holder 87
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar Southern California Off vs  red bar Arizona State Defense
blue bar 84.0 Points For
red bar 73.2 Points Against
blue bar 46.2 FG%
red bar 45.0 FG%
blue bar 38.1 Reb
red bar 31.8 Reb
red bar Arizona State Off vs  blue bar Southern California Defense
red bar 76.0 Points For
blue bar 73.3 Points Against
red bar 42.7 FG%
blue bar 39.8 FG%
red bar 31.8 Reb
blue bar 35.1 Reb