Wildcats to Face Trojans in L.A.
Arizona will head west to take on USC on Thursday in the 90th meeting of the teams.

Ellen Moss
Jan. 30, 2008

Arizona (14-6, 4-3 Pac-10) hits the road to face Southern California (13-6, 4-3 Pac-10) on Thursday at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. Expect a tight game as Arizona’s last three Pac-10 road games have been decided by a total of 13 points.

Last time out, the Wildcats secured their second consecutive home victory in a 84-69 win over Washington on Jan. 26. Arizona shot 62.2 percent from the field, including 59.1 percent from 3-point range. The team posted 84 points, which is the highest total in Pac-10 play this season. Jerryd Bayless and Chase Budinger combined for 10 3-point field goals and 51 points in helping UA build as much as a 26-point lead. Jordan Hill tallied 16 points and 11 rebounds.

The Trojans enter play Thursday with a 13-6 record (4-3 Pac-10) following Saturday’s 95-86 overtime win at Oregon. Through 19 games, USC averages 69.7 points per game, shoots 48.2 percent and posts a -1.1 rebound margin per game. Opponents shoot 37.6 percent from the floor and are outscored by an average of 8.2 points per game.

Tomorrow's game is the 90th meeting of the two schools, with Arizona holding a 53-36 series advantage. UA has won 14 of the last 20 meetings in the series, which dates back to 1922, but USC captured the last contest, 80-75, in Tucson on Feb. 15, 2007. All-time, Arizona is 27-9 in series games played in Tucson, 23-27 in Los Angeles, and 3-0 in neutral-site games.

After meeting USC tomorrow night, the Wildcats will head across town for a Saturday evening game at UCLA. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. PST and can be seen nationally on ESPN. Over the second half of the Pac-10 schedule, UA will have five of nine games at home.

Extra info


Men's Basketball: Wildcats vs. USC


Los Angeles


Jan. 31, 8:30 p.m. MST

Radio: Wildcat Radio Network

TV: FSN Arizona