What to Watch:
What a Home Debut - It only took Andy Enfield one game at the Galen Center for his team to set a new all-time USC scoring mark at the seventh-year arena. The Trojans used a 26-7 second half run to run past the Cal State Northridge Matadors, 95-79. Omar Oraby had 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting while Byron Wesley recorded his first career double-double with 16 points and a career-high 11 rebounds.
Another New Lineup - Enfield said after practice on Wednesday that he expected to play a third different starting lineup in three games. It is likely that senior J.T. Terrell returns to the lineup after he was benched due to academic issues on Tuesday.
Feed the Beast - After Oraby's 17-point, six-rebound effort Tuesday night, Enfield said he expected his big man to do more. Enfield thinks there is more in the tank that Oraby has yet to fully tap. Enfield also said Oraby should never shoot as high of a percentage as he did. Why would a coach not want a player to shoot 88 percent? Because Enfield believes that if a player is that hot, you have to keep feeding the beast. With the ball in his hands more, it's likely Oraby gets more shots and his shooting percentage dips due to the law of averages. While his shooting percentage is likely to take a bit of a dip, the Trojans offense will be more efficient -- Oraby's 60 or 70 percent shooting is still better than the 53 percent the rest of the team shot against Northridge, even though that is a really good team shooting percentage.
Pushing Forth - Against Northridge, USC found success with the uptempo style Enfield employs. Two of the guys pushing the ball the most were freshman Julian Jacobs and sophomore Chass Bryan, who started together. The 5-9 Bryan stays low to the ground and his speed with the ball in his hand is unmatched by another Trojan. Enfield said after Tuesday's game that Jacobs is probably the second fastest in that regard, but he likes his craftiness and creativity in the open floor. The frosh displayed that with seven assists and only one turnover on Tuesday.
All-Around Game - On Tuesday, Byron Wesley put together a game he said was "in the discussion" for his best all-around performance as a Trojan. Though he only shot 5-for-14, Wesley scored 16 points while grabbing a career-high 11 rebounds and dishing out six assists -- one shy of his career high. Once Wesley finds his outside shot, which has looked rough at times this season, he's going to be one of the most dynamic players in the Pac-12 because he can do a little bit of everything.
Know Thy Enemy - Right before the season, Northern Arizona (1-1) lost its leading returner when DeWayne Russell decided to transfer. Russell averaged 14.4 points per game last season on a team that went 11-21. Senior Max Jacobsen has stepped up to fill the void. He is averaging 16 points and five rebounds after the first two games. Juniors Aaseem Dixon and Quinton Upshur are both averaging 14+ points and freshman Kris Yanku has scored 22 points off the bench, but the Lumberjacks are allowing 75.5 points per game. Eleven of the 15 players on the Northern Arizona roster had never played for the Lumberjacks before, so in coach Jack Murphy's second season, the team is definitely in a transition period. They beat UT-San Antonio on the road in their opener, but Texas Tech dropped them by 20 points.
Where to Watch:
Game Time, TV channel: 8:00 p.m. PST, Pac-12 Network
Radio: USC - 690 AM; Northern Arizona - KBTK 105.1 FM, MoneyRadio 1510 AM, 99.3 FM, www.BigTalkerRadio.com
Follow Along: USC Twitter - @USC_Hoops; Northern Arizona Twitter - @NAUBasketball
Odds & More:
Odds and Wagers: Latest Odds from Bovada: Northern Arizona +15.5/USC -15.5, Over/Under N/A
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Projected Starting Lineups:
G - Julian Jacobs (6-1 freshman)
G - J.T. Terrell (6-3 senior)
G - Byron Wesley (6-5 junior)
F - Roschon Prince (6-7 freshman)
C - Omar Oraby (7-2 senior)
G - Aaseem Dixon (6-0 junior)
G - Quinton Upshur (6-5 junior)
F - Gaellan Bewemick (6-6 junior)
F - Max Jacobsen (6-8 senior)
F - Jordyn Martin (6-7 sophomore)