Long Beach State (1-0) at USC (1-0)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 13, 9:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Galen Center (10,258) -- Los Angeles, California.
Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: LBSU 1-0, USC 1-0. Away Record: LBSU
0-0, USC 0-0. Neutral Record: LBSU 0-0, USC 0-0. Conference Record: LBSU 0-0,
USC 0-0. Series Record: USC leads, 7-5.
GAME NOTES: The USC Trojans continue a three-game homestand to begin the
2012-13 season, as they welcome the Long Beach State 49ers to the Galen
The Trojans are seeking a 2-0 start for just the third time in the last 12
seasons, following an 87-73 victory over Coppin State in the season-opener on
Friday. USC brings an experienced core back this year, with 12 upperclassmen
with a combined 326 career Division I starts, including four starters from a
The 49ers also opened the 2012-13 season with a win, topping North Alabama
75-65 at the Walter Pyramid on Saturday. Long Beach State returns just one
starter, but has been fixture atop the Big West for the last couple of
seasons. The 49ers were picked to win their third straight league crown this
The Trojans hold a 7-5 advantage in the series, thanks to three straight wins
by USC. LBSU's last victory in this series took place in 1999.
The 49ers may lack a heavy veteran presence, but lone returning starter James
Ennis did enough in the season-opener to lead the team to victory, hitting 6-
of-10 shots from the floor and 7-of-9 from the free-throw line to finish with
19 points. Deng Deng and Kris Gulley netted double figures as well, with 11
points apiece. Long Beach State shot a decent .450 from the floor, while
limiting North Alabama to a mere .349 effort. The 49ers won the battle on the
boards, 36-24. LBSU was able to force 23 turnovers in the game, almost erasing
an eye-popping 26 miscues of its own.
Byron Wesley and J.T. Terrell led the Trojans with 17 points each and Dewayne
Dedmon hauled in a career-high 12 rebounds, as USC won its season-opener
against Coppin State. With the win, USC is now 43-9 in the last 52 home
openers. The Trojans will look a little different in 2012-13, with the return
of injured players like Jio Fontan and talented transfers like J.T. Terrell
(formerly at Wake Forest), Eric Wise (UC Irvine) and Ari Stewart (Wake
Forest). Wesley is the only player returning that started all 32 games last
Long Beach State is a solid mid-major program with the ability to win on the
road, as evidenced by their big win last season at Pittsburgh. However, the
Trojans are set to make a move up the Pac-12 ladder this year. USC may not be
ready to win the conference crown, but should be much more competitive.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: USC 73, Long Beach State 70
11/13 10:37:46 ET