men’s basketball | November 24, 2022
The USC Trojans (4-2) will take on the Wisconsin Badgers (4-1) in a third-place game in Battle 4 Atlantis at the Imperial Arena at Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas on November 25 at 10:00 AM ET. Pacific time. The game will air on ESPN2 featuring John “Bug” Sciambi and Jimmy Dykes.
USC STAR PROGRAM – USC has won a school-record 73 games over the past three seasons (22 in 2020, 25 in 2021, and 26 in 2022). The previous school record for wins in three consecutive seasons was 71 (2016-18). Three consecutive 20+ win seasons also equal the school record for most consecutive 20-win seasons set in 2016–2018.
ON WISCONSIN — Wisconsin (4-1) is out after a 69-68 overtime loss to No. 3 Kansas in another Battle 4 Atlantis semi-final on November 24. Wisconsin started the fight here, defeating Dayton 43-42 on November 23rd. The Badgers also have victories over South Dakota (85-59), Stanford (60-50) and Green Bay (56-45). Senior forward Tyler Wahl leads Wisconsin with 14.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. USC leads Wisconsin 2-1 all-time, winning the last meeting 86-76 on December 29, 1982.
USC OPENS PAC-12 PLAY ON CAL — USC’s next game will be in California on November 30 at 7:00 pm, which will be the first Pac-12 game. California (0-5) plays at the Emerald Coast Classic in Niceville, Florida before facing USC, will play TCU on Nov. 25 and either Clemson or Iowa on Nov. 26. Junior guard Devin Askew leads the Bears with an average of 17.4. . USC won both games against Cal last season, winning 77-63 in Berkeley, California and winning 79-72 in Los Angeles. USC has won the last eight meetings with California but is trailing the all-time series 130–136 (1 USC win overturned due to NCAA fine, original record 131–136).
IT BEGINS WITH PROTECTION — USC has held 5 out of 6 opponents this season with 37.5% or less. In the 2021–2022 season, USC held 22 of their 34 opponents with less than 40 percent accuracy. USC held off the opposition with a 39.0 shooting percentage during the season, finishing 14th in the nation. In the 2021–22 season, USC held onto its first 12 opponents with a shooting rate under 40 percent in every game and an overall shooting percentage of 35.2, second in the nation. The Trojans became the first team in 15 seasons to keep their first 12 opponents at less than 40 percent shooting in every game.
PETERSON AND ELLIS RECEIVE PRESEASON RECOGNITION — USC Fifth Year Security Guard Drew Peterson was named to The Sporting News 2022-23 Third Preseason All-American Team. He was also named to the Naismith Trophy Player of the Year Watchlist. Both Peterson and the senior guard Boogie Ellis named to the 2022-23 Pac-12 Pre-Season All-Conference First Team.
ELLIS IS BUILDING LAST SEASON – watchdog Boogie Ellis averaged 12.5 points last season, second among Trojans and most among returning players. Ellis also led USC with 56 3-pointers and 27 steals. Ellis had a .789 free throw percentage (71 of 89), which ranked 10th in the Pac-12. Ellis is averaging 18.5 points in his first six games this season and leads the Trojans with 14 threes. He is the only Trojan to hit double figures in all six games this season. He also leads the team in 29 free throws and is second on the team with 10 interceptions. This season, Ellis has shot 48.3% of three-pointers (14 of 29).
PETERSON COMPLETES THE STATISTICAL SHEET — USC 2022 All-Pac-12 Protection Drew Peterson averaged 12.4 points and 6.2 rebounds last season, both ranked third among the Trojans. He also led the team with 113 assists and was second in free throws (76) and 3-pointers (49) made, as well as third in blocks (27) and steals (23). He has 88 points, 47 rebounds and 43 assists in six USC games this season. He leads USC in both rebounding and assists and is second with a 14.7 average.
BLOCK PARTY 2023 — USC hit 39 blocks in the first six games of the 2022-23 season. Joshua Morgan 21 block. USC averages 6.5 blocks per game. Morgan’s 17 blocks this season are in the top 10 by the NCAA. On November 7, Morgan had 7 bans against the FGCU, placing him fifth on the single game ban list in USC history.