Dec. 30, 2011
Stanford Cardinal (11-2, 1-0 Pac-12)
USC Trojans (5-9, 0-1 Pac-12)
Date: Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 3:30 p.m.
Site: Maples Pavilion (7,329) Stanford, CA
Series History: USC leads 121-118
Last Meeting: USC 69, Stanford 53 (Feb. 19, 2011)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Kyle Palmer, Analyst: Jack Wang)
TV: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (PBP: Barry Tompkins, Analyst: Dan Belluomini)
Fox Sports West (PBP: Paul Sunderland, Analyst: Brandon Granville, Sideline: Amy Bender)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (11-2, 1-0 Pac-12) battles USC (5-9, 0-1 Pac-12) on Saturday, closing the book on a lengthy six-game homestand while hoping to enter 2012 with some momentum.
Saturday's game can be heard live on KNBR 1050 AM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com, featuring the chemistry-rich tandem of John Platz (play-by-play) and Drew Shiller (analyst). KZSU 90.1 FM also provides coverage with Kyle Palmer (play-by-play) and Jack Wang (analyst). There is dual television coverage, with the game being shown on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and Fox Sports West.
USC (5-9, 0-1 Pac-12) lost a hard-fought 53-49 contest at California on Thursday, nearly erasing a 16-point deficit. Maurice Jones led the way with 17 points on 7-18 shooting ... Picked to finish seventh in the Pac-12 preseason media poll, USC has won back-to-back games just once this year and is 2-4 away from the Galen Center ... USC has recorded only one victory since Nov. 30, routing TCU 83-59 on Dec. 19 ... USC has scored more than 66 points in a game only once this year ... Defense has been key, with USC sporting the Pac-12's best mark at 55.8 points per game while foes shoot only 39.8 percent. But USC averages only 55.4 points and 29.9 rebounds ... Be sure to watch: Maurice Jones (15.1 ppg, team-best 29 three-pointers, 54 assists), Aaron Fuller (11.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 51.8 percent FG) and Dewayne Dedmon (7.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg).
Stanford All-Time vs. USC
USC leads the all-time series at 121-118. USC has won three in a row and seven of the last 10 meetings overall. The Trojans won both of last year's meetings by double-digit margins, after the series had been split for the previous five seasons. USC's 69-53 victory at Maples Pavilion last year was its first on The Farm since Feb. 21, 2002.
Who To Watch Against USC
In five career games, Josh Owens has averaged 5.2 points and 5.8 rebounds. Josh Huestis averaged 8.5 points in two games last year, including a career-high 11 points in the second meeting. Andrew Zimmermann's 12 points are his most against any league opponent. Meanwhile, Jarrett Mann is just 1-18 from the field with seven points in six career matchups.
New Year's Eve: The Last Three Matchups
Stanford last played on Dec. 31 six years ago, dropping an 82-71 decision to USC behind Lodrick Stewart's 18 points and eight rebounds. The Cardinal cut an 18-point deficit in the second half down to four and was led by Lawrence Hill's 20 points. The game was moved to Staples Center from the L.A. Sports Arena because of a scheduling conflict with an ice show.
Knee Injury Sidelines Harris For Season
Head coach Johnny Dawkins announced Thursday that junior guard Gabriel Harris will miss the remainder of this year after undergoing surgery Monday for an injury to his right knee. In 12 games off the bench, Harris averaged 3.6 points and 2.0 rebounds in 13.5 minutes.
Upcoming Schedule Notes
Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (CSNBA) will not televise the Jan. 7 game at Oregon State due to a scheduling conflict. Instead, the game will be shown live on ROOT Sports. Meanwhile, CSNBA has finalized the addition of two other games (Jan. 12 vs. Utah and Feb. 25 at Utah).
Takeaways From The UCLA Game
Josh Huestis blocked a potential go-ahead jumper by Lazeric Jones with three seconds left, preserving Stanford's 60-59 victory over Pac-12 preseason favorite UCLA ... Aaron Bright scored 16 points and Chasson Randle added 10 points for Stanford, which led by 11 in the first half before UCLA closed to 24-23 at intermission ... Stanford shot a season-low 34.5 percent from the field, but connected on 9-24 tries (37.5 percent) from three-point territory. Aaron Bright led the way with four triples ... Head coach Johnny Dawkins picked up his 60th career win ... Stanford outrebounded UCLA 38-34, with Josh Owens pacing the attack with eight boards ... Stanford won its conference opener for the second straight season, following up an 82-66 victory over California in last year's Pac-10 lid-lifter ... Lazeric Jones' 26 points were the most for an opposing player since Butler's Matt Howard poured in 27 points against the Cardinal last December.
Thursday's 60-59 win over UCLA represented only the second one-point victory in four seasons under head coach Johnny Dawkins. The only other one-point triumph since the start of the 2008-09 campaign came back on Jan. 6, 2010, when Stanford defeated USC 54-53 at home.