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USC (15 - 2) at UTAH (11 - 4)
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USC - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games15-2+7.88-88-879.937.745.4%39.269.932.039.8%36.5
Road Games6-1+53-43-477.137.942.8%40.473.731.339.6%38.9
Last 5 Games3-2+0.81-42-374.037.041.4%37.673.832.642.0%38.8
Conference Games2-2-0.11-31-369.033.740.3%35.769.229.742.6%35.5
USC Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)79.937.727-6045.4%8-2136.5%17-2473.1%391015167116
vs opponents surrendering71.433.625-5942.3%8-2234.0%14-2070.6%35913196133
Team Stats (Road Games)77.137.927-6242.8%6-2031.5%18-2377.8%401112187114
Stats Against (All Games)69.932.026-6439.8%8-2432.9%11-1669.3%371014206133
vs opponents averaging743526-5944.5%7-2134.7%15-2169.8%381015196144
Stats Against (Road Games)73.731.326-6539.6%8-2730.4%14-2070.0%391115197114

UTAH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games11-4-7.66-77-680.138.150.2%39.866.130.139.7%31.1
Home Games8-1-0.13-44-384.742.649.7%46.662.228.736.3%32.0
Last 5 Games4-1+23-21-472.032.050.9%31.665.229.042.6%30.0
Conference Games2-1+12-11-273.332.350.3%33.369.333.744.9%33.7
UTAH Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)80.138.129-5850.2%6-2032.9%15-2170.4%40915176144
vs opponents surrendering74.535.426-5844.9%7-2233.5%15-2170.5%37914196134
Team Stats (Home Games)84.742.631-6149.7%7-2133.0%17-2371.0%471117165145
Stats Against (All Games)66.130.124-6039.7%7-2034.5%12-1769.5%31711206132
vs opponents averaging69.832.524-5941.4%7-2233.0%14-2069.7%35913206133
Stats Against (Home Games)62.228.723-6336.3%6-2030.7%11-1664.6%32710217123
Average power rating of opponents played: USC 75.6,  UTAH 71.7
USC - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/27/2016UC-SANTA BARBARA96-72W-20W142O33-6154.1%381230-6645.5%299
11/30/2016@ SAN DIEGO76-55W-17W139U30-5950.8%44918-5731.6%2810
12/22/2016*MISSOURI ST83-75W-9L147.5O29-5354.7%361324-6437.5%3210
12/28/2016@ OREGON ST70-63W-12L134.5U19-5137.3%391023-5939.0%368
12/30/2016@ OREGON61-84L9.5L148.5U18-5831.0%381732-6946.4%396
1/12/2017@ UTAH              
1/15/2017@ COLORADO              
1/22/2017ARIZONA ST              
2/1/2017@ WASHINGTON              
2/4/2017@ WASHINGTON ST              

UTAH - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
12/1/2016MONTANA ST92-84W-17L145.5O32-6648.5%511726-6639.4%3111
12/6/2016UTAH VALLEY ST87-80W-16.5L164O31-6150.8%351132-6549.2%3412
12/10/2016@ XAVIER69-77L12W145O28-5451.9%281427-5846.6%338
12/17/2016PRAIRIE VIEW A&M92-60W-27W148O32-5459.3%521424-6338.1%256
12/22/2016*SAN FRANCISCO86-89L-11.5L146.5O29-5552.7%252131-5952.5%2923
12/23/2016@ HAWAII66-52W-10W138U24-5147.1%381615-5129.4%2514
12/25/2016*SF AUSTIN ST74-66W-14.5L141U24-4158.5%201821-4348.8%2423
1/5/2017@ ARIZONA56-66L9.5L138.5U25-5843.1%27824-5246.2%3810
1/7/2017@ ARIZONA ST88-82W-4.5W155.5O34-6254.8%401532-6747.8%3010
1/18/2017@ WASHINGTON ST              
1/21/2017@ WASHINGTON              
1/28/2017OREGON ST              
2/2/2017@ CALIFORNIA              
2/4/2017@ STANFORD              
USC: Last season: 21-13, Lost to Providence in first round of NCAA Tournament.
Nickname: Trojans.
Coach: Andy Enfield.
Conference: Pac-12.
Who's gone: F Darion Clark (transfer), G Julian Jacobs, F Nikola Jovanovic, G Katin Reinhardt (transfer), F Malik Martin (transfer), F Malik Marquetti (transfer).
Who's back: G Jordan McLaughlin. Junior who averaged a team-leading 13.4 minutes playing 32.4 minutes a game last season while sharing point guard duties. With Jacobs leaving school early only to go undrafted, McLaughlin will have to assume the responsibility of running the offense. He's healthy after enduring shoulder problems the last two years. F Bennie Boatwright. With Jovanovic also leaving early and not drafted, Boatwright will play even bigger minutes. He is long, athletic and can shoot from the perimeter. F Chimezie Metu. The 6-foot-11 sophomore has added 15 pounds and will join Boatwright in getting most of the frontcourt minutes. G Elijah Stewart. He shot 42 percent from 3-point range last season.
Who's new: G Shaqquan Aaron. Figures to start after transferring from Louisville and sitting out last season. F Charles Buggs. A graduate transfer who averaged 5.9 points last season at Minnesota. He can play right away. F Harrison Henderson. A 6-10 freshman from Dallas who needs development. G Kurt Karis. A 6-1 junior transfer from Chicago State. G Jonah Mathews. Younger brother of Gonzaga guard Jordan Mathews who can score. G De'Anthony Melton. Freshman who can rebound and defend. F Nick Rakocevic. A 6-10 freshman from Chicago who can run and rebound.
The Skinny: The Trojans lost their second- and third-leading scorers in Jovanovic and Jacobs and had four other players transfer. Three of their four freshmen could play big minutes off the bench. The athleticism on the roster should allow the team to stay close to its average of 80.5 points last season. USC will try to get back to the NCAA Tournament for just the second time since 2011.
UTAH: Last season: 27-9, lost in second round of NCAA Tournament.
Nickname: Utes.
Coach: Larry Krystkowiak.
Conference: Pac-12.
Who's gone: C Jakob Poeltl, F Jordan Loveridge, G Brandon Taylor, F Dakarai Tucker, F Brekkott Chapman, F Chris Reyes, G Isaiah Wright
Who's back: F Kyle Kuzma. Junior forward averaged 10.8 points per game last season and is the highest returning scorer; G Lorenzo Bonam. The senior guard averaged 10.2 points per game and had the most assists last season of any returner.
Who's new: F David Collette. The junior Utah State transfer is expected to log major minutes once eligible to play in December; G Sedrick Barefield. The sophomore SMU transfer is in the same boat as Collette; G Parker Van Dyke. The sophomore deep threat returns from a two-year Mormon mission in Birmingham, Alabama; F Jakub Jokl. The freshman big man from the Czech Republic is raw and still learning English; G JoJo Zamora. The junior transfer averaged 18.5 points per game last year at Yuba College; C Jayce Johnson. The redshirt freshman was one of the top centers in the country in high school.
The Skinny: The Utes have just two players on the roster that played significant minutes for Utah last season. That's why Utah was picked to finish No. 8 in the Pac-12 despite back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and an established culture built by Krystkowiak. There's talent on the roster, but little is known about the new players.
No. 25 Trojans aim to bounce back at Utah

No. 25 USC will try to get back on track when it faces Utah in a Pac-12 Conference game Thursday at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City.

The Trojans (15-2, 2-2 Pac-12) suddenly find themselves on shaky ground after losing two of their last three games, including a disappointing home loss to Cal.

The Utes (11-4, 2-1) won four of their past five games. They are 8-1 at home this season.

After winning 14 in a row to start the season, USC lost twice in 10 days. The Trojans first tasted defeat on Dec. 30, taking an 84-61 loss to then-No. 21 Oregon. They rebounded with a 72-56 victory over Stanford last week, but then they fell 74-73 to Cal on Sunday.

The Trojans shot 50.9 percent from the field and made 7 of 12 from 3-point range against the Golden Bears, but they were just 10 of 21 at the free-throw line. Jordan McLaughlin, a 78.9 percent free-throw shooter, was 3 of 8 at the stripe.

"It was one of those nights at the line," McLaughlin said. "That's basically where we lost the game."

USC coach Andy Enfield struggled to come up with an explanation for his team's free-throw woes.

"When you have a guy shooting 80 percent from the line and he goes 3-for-8, you can't explain it," Enfield said.

USC will visit Utah and Colorado before returning to Los Angeles to begin a daunting three-game homestand. The Trojans will play host to No. 16 Arizona on Jan. 19, Arizona State on Jan. 22 and No. 4 UCLA on Jan. 25.

"We'll prepare for (the road trip) like we prepared this week," McLaughlin said following the loss to Cal. "We have to go win a couple games on the road. It'll be tough, but it should be fun."

McLaughlin averages 14.5 points and 5.1 assists for USC. Elijah Stewart contributes 13.9 points and 5.3 rebounds, Chimezie Metu averages 13.4 points and 8.1 rebounds.

Utah is led by David Collette, who is averaging 15.4 points and six rebounds per game, and Kyle Kuzma, who produces 14.8 points and 9.4 rebounds.

Utah is coming off an 88-82 victory over Arizona State. Kuzma scored a career-high 26 points against the Sun Devils. He had 19 points in the second half.

Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak hurt his back late in the game against the Sun Devils. He was helped into the team's locker room, where he was evaluated by Arizona State's team doctor. Krystkowiak is expected to be back on the bench when the Utes play host to the Trojans.

Picking up a win against Utah won't be a simple task for the Trojans. The Utes have won seven straight games against USC -- most recently defeating the Trojans 80-72 in the Pac-12 Tournament last season -- and own a 21-17 lead in the all-time series.

Krystkowiak said that streak will have little significance Thursday night.

"It's a little like flipping a coin," Krystkowiak told the Salt Lake Tribune. "You do it seven straight times and it comes up heads. It has no effect whatsoever on the next outcome."

Thursday's game matches two teams with balanced offenses. Eight USC players have scored at least 13 points in a game this season, and six are averaging at least 9.5 points per game. Utah has six players averaging at least 10.6 points per game.

It has helped Utah and USC both rank high in several offensive categories in the Pac-12. The Utes are third in assists per game (15.4), and the Trojans are fourth (14.5). Utah is fourth in scoring (80.1), and USC is tied for fifth (79.9). The Utes also rank second in field-goal percentage (.502).

For its part, Utah believes having offensive balance gives it an edge against opponents who typically game-planned against a single star such as Jakob Poeltl or Delon Wright in prior seasons.

"That's good really because now you got to scout six people," Utah guard Lorenzo Bonam said. "Somebody is going to go off on you."

To thrive against teams such as USC, Utah needs that ability attack from everywhere.

"One of the things that I've heard recently in sports that kind of latched onto me is, 'Whether it's me or whether it's you, it's always we,' and I like that concept with our team," Krystkowiak said. "Sometimes, guys are going to have an opportunity to step up and make plays, and it's not like any of us have to wear that weight on our shoulders to be responsible (alone)."

Last Updated: 6/19/2018 5:05:00 PM EST

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