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MINNESOTA (9 - 1) at USC (3 - 5)
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MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games9-1+3.46-22-177.139.647.9%40.461.027.636.1%31.8
Road Games3-1+2.42-22-074.537.545.4%34.773.734.743.0%33.2
Last 5 Games5-0+3.43-12-080.440.448.9%38.065.830.038.4%32.4
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)77.139.627-5647.9%5-1532.0%19-2672.1%4014171810158
vs opponents surrendering66.23123-5641.6%6-1833.1%14-1971.7%341012197153
Team Stats (Road Games)74.537.523-5245.4%4-1332.1%23-3076.9%351314196155
Stats Against (All Games)61.027.621-5736.1%5-1731.4%14-2071.2%321211219163
vs opponents averaging70.133.124-5544.3%6-1934.5%15-2173.6%34913187144
Stats Against (Road Games)73.734.725-5943.0%6-1442.9%17-2375.0%331311238144

USC - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games3-5-3.62-44-264.228.741.5%33.267.535.943.1%34.0
Home Games2-101-11-069.730.741.5%40.761.029.735.6%31.7
Last 5 Games1-4-3.21-33-
USC Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)64.228.723-5741.5%5-1433.6%12-1870.2%33913186134
vs opponents surrendering64.128.823-5640.1%6-2032.7%12-1867.1%361012196153
Team Stats (Home Games)69.730.725-6141.5%6-1833.3%13-2065.0%411315225125
Stats Against (All Games)67.535.923-5243.1%8-1942.1%14-1974.5%34711177153
vs opponents averaging68.732.624-5642.2%7-2033.2%14-2168.0%371012177144
Stats Against (Home Games)61.029.718-5035.6%8-2037.7%18-2571.1%3266187151
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 77.5,  USC 77.5
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/9/2012AMERICAN72-36W - -27-6243.5%4189-3823.7%3022
11/12/2012TOLEDO82-56W-20.5W -28-5749.1%511919-6131.1%2713
11/15/2012TENNESSEE ST72-43W-17W -26-5448.1%461714-5923.7%3720
11/22/2012*DUKE71-89L4L -24-6040.0%351530-5554.5%3215
11/24/2012*STANFORD66-63W-6L -19-4344.2%361821-5935.6%3013
11/27/2012@ FLORIDA ST77-68W3W139.5O26-5547.3%341222-5837.9%3514
12/1/2012N FLORIDA87-59W - -33-7345.2%481320-5735.1%3522
12/4/2012S DAKOTA ST88-64W-17W -33-5856.9%381322-5738.6%2618
12/8/2012@ USC              
12/11/2012N DAKOTA ST              
12/31/2012MICHIGAN ST              

USC - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/9/2012COPPIN ST87-73W - -29-6147.5%441720-5735.1%2714
11/13/2012LONG BEACH ST62-44W-9.5W -25-5644.6%351112-4228.6%3218
11/25/2012SAN DIEGO ST60-66L2L123O22-6633.3%43821-5042.0%3612
12/3/2012@ NEBRASKA51-63L-2L120.5U18-4738.3%271522-5044.0%3115
12/5/2012@ NEW MEXICO67-75L8T124O27-5152.9%231428-5451.9%3113
12/22/2012@ GEORGIA              
MINNESOTA: Ralph Sampson III's big body in the paint will be sorely missed, but Tubby Smith got a big break when Trevor Mbakwe (14.0 PPG, 9.1 RPG in seven games) was granted another year of eligibility after tearing his ACL before midseason last year. Without him, the Golden Gophers struggled to compete in the conference, going 6-12. But Mbakwe, Rodney Williams (12.2 PPG, 5.6 RPG) in the frontcourt and guards Julian Welch (9.5 PPG, 2.9 APG), Austin Hollins (9.2 PPG) and Andre Hollins (8.7 PPG) form a solid veteran core that will help this team compete despite the lack of any elite talent joining the fold.
USC: If this team stays healthy, there is no doubt that it should improve on last year's embarrassing 6-26 finish that included a dreadful 1-17 record in the Pac-12. Leading scorer Maurice Jones transferred to Iowa State, but Aaron Fuller (10.6 PPG, 5.9 RPG) should take a big step up after missing half of last year with a shoulder injury. Seven-footer Dewayne Dedmon (7.6 PPG, 5.5 RPG) will also be back after tearing his ACL. Shooting guard Byron Wesley (9.6 PPG, 5.1 RPG) should benefit from more surrounding talent after being forced to play a grueling 34.6 MPG in his freshman campaign. Although no impact freshmen are coming in, four important transfers could be key elements: Renaldo Woolridge (Tennessee), Eric Wise (UC Irvine), J.T. Terrell (Wake Forest/JUCO) and Ari Stewart (Wake Forest).
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*Minnesota-Southern Cal Preview* ================================


Minnesota (9-1) at USC (3-5), 10:30 p.m. EDT

Tubby Smith isn't quite ready to admit this Minnesota team is playing the best early season basketball of the six he's coached. His squad, however, is making it increasingly difficult to say otherwise.

It's also on the verge of helping Smith achieve a significant milestone.

Smith looks to become the 19th active Division I coach to reach 500 victories Saturday night in Los Angeles, where the 14th-ranked Golden Gophers face struggling USC looking to extend their winning streak to six.

Minnesota (9-1) has gotten off to some fast starts since Smith's arrival in 2007 - winning at least 10 of its first 11 games in all but one of his first five seasons - but there's reason to believe this one may carry a bit more long-term promise.

The Gophers have four players averaging double figures in points, led by sophomore guard Andre Hollins with 13.7, and they're balanced all over the floor. Minnesota is shooting 11.8 percent better than its opponents, averaging 8.6 more rebounds and 4.5 more blocks while outscoring them by 16.1 points per game - all among the top 20 marks in the nation.

Smith's team has bounced back from its loss to then-No. 5 Duke in the Bahamas with impressive victories over Memphis and Florida State, part of a streak it stretched to five with an 88-64 thrashing of 2011 Summit League champion South Dakota State on Wednesday.

The Gophers are starting to look like a serious contender in the loaded Big Ten. Smith, though, isn't sure if this is the best that one of his teams has played early since he landed in Minneapolis.

"It's hard to determine," Smith said. "We have a lot of depth right now and that's the key. We don't have much of a dropoff because you're bringing in a guy like Trevor Mbakwe and bringing in another talented player, Julian Welch. You're bringing in Andre Ingram. So it's the most depth that we've had."

There may not be a more significant player than Hollins, who on Tuesday gave Minnesota a boost in one area it had seriously been lacking. The Gophers came into the game connecting on 29.7 percent of their 3-point attempts - 274th in the nation - but Hollins went 6 of 7 and Minnesota 10 of 22 overall against the Jackrabbits.

"We're all capable of driving. We're all capable of shooting the shots. So I think that's what makes it difficult (for opponents)," said guard Joe Coleman, who finished with 15 points.

USC (3-5) hasn't looked capable of much offensively, shooting 41.5 percent overall while leading scorer J.T. Terrell (12.5 ppg) is connecting on 32.6 percent.

The Trojans shot a season-high 52.9 percent at No. 18 New Mexico on Wednesday, but couldn't hold a 10-point lead in the first half. The Lobos went on a 25-6 run to close the half, the key stretch in handing USC a 75-67 loss.

"That killed us," coach Kevin O'Neill said. "We didn't guard anybody. We couldn't guard a lunch in a kindergarten class."

The primary issue for O'Neill's team when it visited Minneapolis last season was on the other end of the floor. USC shot 32.7 percent in a 55-40 loss as Welch paced the Gophers with 16 points and six assists.

This is Minnesota's first trip to Los Angeles to face USC since a 74-67 win in December 1980.

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