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All-Star(ter)

Yesterday, Toronto Raptors guard and USC alum DeMar DeRozan was named a starter for the Eastern Conference in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game.

DeRozan becomes the first Trojan to start in an All-Star Game since Gus Williams did so in 1982.

DeRozan, who ranks fifth in the NBA with 28.2 PPG this year, will make the third All-Star appearance of his career. He's also averaging 5.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game for the Raptors, who are currently in second place in the Eastern Conference.

In his sole year at USC (2009), DeRozan averaged 13.9 PPG, which was the fifth-most of any freshman in USC history. He was drafted No. 9 overall by the Raptors in 2009, and has led the team in scoring three times in his young career (not including this season).

Catch DeRozan in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 19 on TNT.

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Down to the Wire

USC men's basketball mounted a furious comeback but fell just short of an upset over No. 14 Arizona last night.

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The Trojans mustered just 19 points in the first half, and the Wildcats established a 23-point lead early in the second. But USC dug in and started sinking shots, including five 3s from Elijah Stewart, who finished with a team-high 20 points.

Jordan McLaughlin and Chimezie Metu also got hot, racking up 14 points and 11 points, respectively.

USC cut the deficit to just three points with one minute to go, but Arizona's Lauri Markkanen banked in a shot from downtown, which McLaughlin called a "heartbreaker" after the game. In the end, USC fell by a score of 73-66.

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USC team photographer John McGillen was at the Galen Center last night to capture every second of the near-comeback:

Bring the Heat

Tomorrow night, USC men's basketball faces one of its toughest tests of the season when No. 14 Arizona comes to town.

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The Trojans (16-3, 3-3 Pac-12) are fresh off a road trip where they split games with Utah and Colorado. The Wildcats, meanwhile, are winners of 10 straight and have not yet lost a conference game (5-0). Arizona's only losses this season have come at the hands of now-No. 13 Butler and now-No. 4 (and undefeated) Gonzaga.

Arizona's Finnish freshman Lauri Markkanen (16.7 PPG) leads the five Wildcats averaging double figures this season. USC boasts four such players, with sophomore Chimezie Metu paving the way (14.1 PPG).

Metu and the Trojans will have to give their all to replicate the results of USC's last home game vs. Arizona: a 4OT, 103-101 win for the Trojans last year.



This year, the Trojans will have to find a way to beat the Pac-12's top scoring defense (61.6 PPG allowed). The Wildcats are also the third-best shooting team in the conference in terms of both field goals and three-pointers. Their three-point defense is tops in the Pac-12, as is their defensive rebounding.

Tip-off is at 6 p.m. tomorrow night at Galen Center, and the game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network.

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Trojan of the Week: Chimezie Metu

The Trojan Family voted USC sophomore Chimezie Metu the Jersey Mike's Trojan of the Week for men's basketball on the back of two strong performances against Utah and Colorado.

While Metu's 17 points paced the Trojans in the blowout loss to Utah, he put in his most impactful shift of the season in the dramatic win over Colorado. The big man made 11 of 14 from the field, including the game-winning hook shot, en route to a career-high 24 points.


Metu has been trending up for some time now. He has scored in double figures in 16 of 19 games this season, including 14 of the last 15. Last year, he reached double digits in scoring just six times.

He now leads the Trojans in scoring (14.1 ppg), rebounding (7.8 rpg) and blocks (1.7 bpg). While he has always been efficient from the field, Metu's biggest improvement has been at the foul line. He jumped from 51% last season to 75% so far this season.

Metu and the Trojans take on Arizona (Thursday at 6 p.m. PT) and Arizona State (Sunday at 5:30 p.m. PT) inside the Galen Center this week. Click here for tickets and follow USC men's basketball on Twitter and Instagram.

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Meet De'Anthony Melton

USC_Mens_Basketball_McGillen_Hero_shoots_2016_761 2.jpgName: De'Anthony Melton

Position: PG

Class: Freshman

Size: 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds

Age: 18

High School: Crespi (Encino, CA)

Game: Melton is a combo guard who handles point guard responsibilities when Jordan McLaughlin sits or plays off the ball. He is the ultimate "glue guy" who fills up the box score without being a dominant scorer at this stage of his career. He uses his long arms to create havoc on the defensive end, ranking third in the Pac-12 in steals. Offensively, he has a knack for hitting the clutch shot, which is one of the reasons the Trojans are 5-1 in games decided by five points or less.

Prep Career: Melton led Crespi to back-to-back state titles and departed as the school's all-time leading scorer. He was named the CIF Southern Section Division III Player of the Year. The North Hollywood native averaged 20.0 points, 9.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 3.5 steals and 1.2 blocks per game as a senior.

USC head coach Andy Enfield on Melton: "I can't remember a time that our staff ever saw De'Anthony play a high school or AAU game where he didn't play well and fill up the stat sheet. We did not recruit him as a scorer, we recruited him as an all-around basketball player."

Fun Fact: He has five siblings, including four-year-old twin brothers, Damauri and Demani.

Here is Melton on the joy of representing his city and his family at USC:




Trojans Buck Buffs

Chimezie Metu scored a career-high 24 points and the Trojans pulled off an important Pac-12 road win over Colorado last night.

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After a loss at Utah, the Trojans got back to .500 in conference play with a 71-68 win in Boulder. Metu's 20 points in the first half helped the Trojans claw their way back from an 11-point deficit to head into the break down just 1.

Metu went to the bench with 3 fouls early in the second half, so his teammates stepped up. Guards Elijah Stewart and Jonah Mathews dropped 11 points each, and De'Anthony Melton pulled down 9 boards.

The Trojans earned a slight lead late in the game, and held on by hitting key free throws (in contrast to the first half) and responding to a Buffs three to take the lead with a go-ahead shot of their own. Metu came through in the clutch with a signature hook shot with 29 seconds to go to help USC win its second conference road game this season.

Next up for the Trojans is a homestand vs. Arizona and Arizona State. The Trojans host the Wildcats on Thursday at 6 p.m. and the Sun Devils on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Click here for tickets!

Trojans Go Cold in Utah

Despite a red hot start, No. 25 USC men's basketball fell prey to a sharp-shooting Utah team last night in Salt Lake City.

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The Trojans gave up their most points in regulation all season in the 86-64 loss, as the Utes shot 55.2 pct from the floor and 52.9 pct from three. USC was under 40 pct in both categories.

While the Utes had five players in double figures, Chimezie Metu was the only Trojan to accomplish that, leading the way with 17 points, plus 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. USC's bench provided a spark at times, as Jonah Mathews and Nick Rakocevic both posted 9 points. Their efforts cut the deficit to as few as 8 points in the second half, but Utah nailed shot after shot to maintain a steady lead.

Now, the Trojans take their 15-3 record into Boulder, CO, aiming to get back to .500 in conference play.

USC vs. Colorado tips at 5:30 p.m. PT on Sunday. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.

On the Road Again

USC men's basketball looks to bounce back from a narrow loss to Cal with a two-game road trip starting tonight.

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The No. 25 Trojans (15-2, 2-2 Pac-12) take on Utah (11-4, 2-1) tonight at 6 p.m. PT, aiming to end a seven-game losing streak against the Utes. Utah is led by forward David Collette (15.4 PPG) and guard Sedrick Barefield (11.9 PPG).

USC's highest scorer thus far is point guard and team captain Jordan McLaughlin (14.5 PPG). He's dished out 5.1 assists per game, most often to USC's two other highest scorers: Elijah Stewart (13.9) and Chimezie Metu (13.4).

After taking on the Utes, USC heads to Boulder to face the Colorado Buffaloes (10-6, 0-3) on Sunday. Guard Derrick White's 15.8 PPG pace the Buffs, who have lost three straight and have a tough test in UCLA tonight.

Tonight's matchup with Utah will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network at 6 p.m. Sunday's game will be broadcast on ESPNU at 5:30 p.m.

Check out the team on Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates!

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Meet Jonah Mathews

Jonah.jpgName: Jonah Mathews

Position: SG

Class: Freshman

Size: 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds

Age: 18

High School: Santa Monica (CA)

Game: Mathews came to USC with the reputation as a sharpshooter, and while he is tied for third on the team with 20 made three-pointers, he has shown himself to be a complete player. Mathews has 20 steals on the season, including six against Wyoming and four against Stanford. The combo guard will continue to play a pivotal role off the bench for the Trojans, averaging 20+ minutes per game.

Prep Career: Mathews led the Santa Monica Vikings to a 30-3 record his senior year while averaging 24.1 points, 8.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game. He was named the 2016 CIF Southern Section Division 1A Player of the Year and also made the L.A. Times All-Area Team and honorable mention on the MaxPreps All-State team.

USC head coach Andy Enfield on Mathews: "He's earned his minutes defensively. He's our best on-the-ball defender, and he's very active."

Fun Fact: Mathews loves to dance.

Here is Mathews on the team's energy, his father's influence on him and more:

Trojan of the Week: De'Anthony Melton

The Trojan Family voted freshman guard De'Anthony Melton the Jersey Mike's USC Player the Week for his performances against Stanford and Cal.

Melton, who has started the last six games of the season after starting the year coming off the bench, averaged 12.5 points, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game in USC's two games last week.

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McGillen Galleries: USC vs. Cal

No. 25 USC men's basketball suffered a one-point loss at the hands of the Cal Bears last night. Trojans team photographer John McGillen caught every moment of USC's fight until the end in the Sunday night showdown.

McGillen Galleries: USC vs. Stanford

USC men's basketball took down conference foe Stanford last night to move to 15-1 on the season. Trojan team photographer John McGillen was at the Galen Center to capture all the action!

Trojans Stifle Stanford

Trojans Stifle Stanford

Undefeated No More

No. 22 USC men's basketball suffered its first loss of the season at the hands of the No. 21 Oregon Ducks last night.

The Ducks, fresh off taking down previously undefeated UCLA, topped USC, 84-61, at Matthew Knight Arena. The loss stopped the Trojans from matching their 16-0 start in 1971, as they now stand at 14-1 on the season and 1-1 in conference play.

Oregon's Dillon Brooks and Dylan Ennis contributed 48 of Oregon's 84 points, while freshman De'Anthony Melton led USC with 13. Fellow freshman Jonah Mathews followed that up with 11 points.

Oregon was hot from the floor all night, but USC kept it close early by making 11 of 11 free throw attempts in the first half. In the end, the Trojans couldn't hang with Oregon's 46.4 clip from the field. USC made a season-low 31.0 percent of its shots.

Next up for the Trojans is a home stand against the Bay Area teams. USC faces Stanford on Thursday at 8 p.m. and Cal on Sunday at 7 p.m. Click here for tickets!

Champs of Corvallis

USC men's basketball notched a win in its Pac-12 opener last night to stay undefeated this season.

The Trojans earned their first win in Corvallis in eight tries with a 70-63 takedown of Oregon State.

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After a number of slow starts this season, the Trojans stormed out of the gate in this one, leading 24-9 at one point in the first half. USC's 17-point lead at the half tied its second largest scoring margin at the break this season.

A balanced scoring attack helped USC maintain the lead the entire game. Chimezie Metu posted a team-high 19 points and added 8 rebounds. Captain Jordan McLaughlin mustered 10 points and also notched 8 boards, and freshman Jonah Mathews continued his recent success with a 10-point outing. Through 14 games, USC has five players averaging double digit points (including F Bennie Boatwright, who hasn't played since the USD game).

Oregon State started to chip away at the big SC lead in the second half, but the Trojans got it done at the free throw line (27-of-33, 81.8 pct) to earn their nation-leading 14th win of the season.

Tomorrow, No. 22 USC takes on the No. 21 Oregon Ducks, who knocked off previously unbeaten UCLA last night. The game will be broadcast on FS1 at 7 p.m. PT.

Lucky 13

Lucky 13

USC-UCLA Sold Out

The USC vs. UCLA men's basketball game on January 25 at the Galen Center is officially SOLD OUT. However, tickets remain for all other home games this season, including No. 18 Arizona and No. 21 Oregon.

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The Trojans enter Pac-12 play at 13-0, one of six remaining unbeaten teams in the country. USC will travel north this week to play Oregon State (Wednesday at 8 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Network) and No. 21 Oregon (Friday at 7 p.m. on FS1).

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Hoops Earning Recognition

USC_Basketball_Omaha_mcgillen_2016_3020 (1).jpgUSC men's basketball, which finished its 2016 nonconference slate undefeated and moved up to No. 22 in the nation, is starting to earn national recognition for its accomplishments.

PG Jordan McLaughlin was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week today --- the first Trojan to win the award this season. In USC's three wins last week, McLaughlin averaged 19.0 points, 6.3 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game. In the Las Vegas Classic, McLaughlin dropped 19 and 22 points, respectively, including the game-winning layup in OT in the championship game against Wyoming. In that game, McLaughlin played a whopping 43 minutes without a single turnover. For his efforts, he was named the Las Vegas Classic MVP and earned the praise of those watching around the country.

Freshman Jonah Mathews was also rewarded for his career-high 26 points in the title game of the Las Vegas Classic. Dick Vitale named Mathews his "Diaper Dandy of the Week." Vitale kept the praise coming for the Trojans, naming Andy Enfield his Coach of the Week.

Next up for Enfield and the Trojans is a trip up north to take on Oregon State and Oregon. USC's game vs. Oregon State tips at 8 p.m. PT and will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network. USC vs. Oregon tips at 7 p.m. PT and will be broadcast on FS1.

Trojans Finish Nonconference Undefeated

IMG_7643.JPGUSC men's basketball captain Jordan McLaughlin is making a habit of hitting game-winning shots.

Last night, the point guard's late bucket in overtime lifted the No. 23 Trojans over Wyoming, 94-92, in the championship of the Las Vegas Classic, helping USC finish its nonconference slate undefeated.

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The Trojans and the Cowboys went on competing runs throughout the game, as momentum swung wildly back and forth. McLaughlin, who played 43 minutes without a single turnover, was the steadying force for USC. He posted 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, and was named the MVP of the tournament.

USC's next two biggest contributors were freshmen Jonah Mathews and De'Anthony Melton. Mathews dropped a career-high 26 points, including a three-pointer to tie the game up with less than three minutes to go in OT. He also notched 6 steals.

Melton added 16 points and 8 rebounds. In his second career start, he had a chance to ice the game at the free throw line, but missed the front end of a one-and-one just before the end of regulation, allowing Wyoming to send the game to overtime with a three.

Wyoming used the three-ball to keep the game close all night, connecting on 13 when all was said and done. The Trojans shot 50 pct from the field, including their 8 made threes.

USC now enters conference play as one of six remaining undefeated teams in the nation. That unblemished record will be put to the test on Wednesday at Oregon State.

Trojans Win No. 12

With a win over Missouri State in last night's opener of the Las Vegas Classic, USC moved to 12-0 on the season.

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After a number of sluggish starts this season, USC head coach Andy Enfield went with a new lineup against the Bears --- inserting freshman guard De'Anthony Melton in place of freshman forward Nick Rakocevic, who has been filling in for the injured Bennie Boatwright. The Trojans came out firing, opening the night on a 6-0 run, and never trailed in the game.

The Trojans' leading scorer this season, Elijah Stewart, led the way again with 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting. He hit half of USC's 8 threes in the game. The Bears, meanwhile, sunk 14 threes, including one at the final buzzer, to cut it close.

USC led by as many as 17, but won by a final score of 83-75 after Missouri State did their best to make a comeback. The Trojans secured the win by hitting 17-of-19 FTs.

Jordan McLaughlin was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line to contribute to his 19 points. He also added 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Chimezie Metu followed that up with 13 points and 9 boards. Melton scored 12.

The Trojans, one of six remaining undefeated squads in the nation, now face Wyoming in the title match of the Las Vegas Classic tonight at 8 p.m. The game will air on FS1.

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