The University of Arizona

Cats to Open Final Homestand

By Arizona Athletics, February 22, 2012

Game 29: Arizona (19-9, 10-5) vs. USC (6-21, 1-13)

Junior forward Solomon Hill (Photo by Paul Dye)
Junior forward Solomon Hill (Photo by Paul Dye)

Arizona men's basketball (19-9, 10-5 Pac-12) will close out the home portion of the regular-season schedule with a pair of games beginning Feb. 23 vs. USC (6-21, 1-13 Pac-12) at 6:30 p.m. MST on FOX Sports Arizona.

Through 15 home games, Arizona has averaged 71.3 points per game and limited opponents to just 59.8 points. The UA has shot better than 40 percent from the three-point range (.401/118-of-294) in McKale Memorial Center.

A victory over USC would give Arizona 20 wins for the second straight season and the 33rd time in school history.

The Trojans will enter the game with a 6-21 record (1-13 Pac-12) following the Feb. 15 64-54 loss at UCLA. On the year, USC has averaged 53.4 points, shot 39.1 percent from the floor (550-of-1,405), 27.6 percent (105-of-381) from three-point range and 61.0 percent (236-of-387) from the line.

Opponents have averaged 59.5 points, outrebounding USC by 8.3 boards per game and shooting 43.6 percent from the floor (574-of-1,318). Individually, one active USC player averages in double figures: Maurice Jones and his 13.7 ppg average. Byron Wesley leads all active Trojans with a 4.9 rebounds per game average.

The game will be the 100th meeting of the two schools, with Arizona holding a 59-40 series advantage. The UA has won 20 of the last 30 meetings in the series, which dates back to 1922, including the last, 57-46, in Los Angeles on Jan. 8.

All-time, Arizona is 30-10 in series games played in Tucson, 25-30 in Los Angeles, and 4-0 in neutral-site games.

Last week, Washington's backcourt duo of Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten proved nearly insurmountable and C.J. Wilcox hit two key treys in the second half to fully swing momentum as the Huskies pulled away to a 79-70 win on Feb. 18 in Seattle.

UW got 42 points in the paint and held a 14-5 advantage in turnover points as the UA saw its five-game win streak end. Nick Johnson led four Arizona players in double figures with 20 points, while Solomon Hill and Kyle Fogg combined for 19 rebounds.

Up Next

The Wildcats will host their final home game of the regular season on Feb. 25 against UCLA. Tip-off is scheduled for Noon MST and can be seen nationally on CBS-TV.