Men’s Basketball | November 23, 2022
The USC Trojans (4-1) are the No. 22/No. 21 Tennessee Volunteers (3-1) in a semi-final match at the Battle 4 Atlantis held on November 24 at 10:30am PT at the Imperial Arena at Atlantis Paradise Island Resort, Bahamas. The game will air on ESPN2, with Jon “Boog” Sciambi and Jimmy Dykes calling out the storyline. The winner of that semifinal will play the winner of the other semifinal featuring Kansas and Wisconsin on November 25 at 4:30 p.m. PT on ESPN. The other two teams will face off in the third-place match on November 25 at 10:00 am PT on ESPN2. USC has now won at least four of its first five games in seven of the last eight seasons.
OVERLOOKING TENNESSEE — The No. 22/No. 21 Tennessee Volunteers (3-1) earned a 71-45 win over Butler on Nov. 23. Tennessee also has wins against Tennessee Tech (75-43) and FGCU (81-50) and one loss against Colorado (78-). 66). Senior guard Josiah-Jordan James leads four volunteers who are scoring in double digits with an average of 13.7 points per game. USC is 3-4 all-time against Tennessee and won the last meeting on December 21, 2010 in then-No. 19 Tennessee 65-64.
ON THE DECK OF THE BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS – USC’s final game in Battle 4 Atlantis will be on November 25 against either Kansas or Wisconsin. No. 3 Kansas (5-0) defeated North Carolina State 80-74 in their first round game, while Wisconsin (4-0) defeated Dayton 43-42 in their first game at Battle 4 Atlantis. USC is 6-11 all-time against Kansas and wins the last meeting 85-51 in the second round of the 2021 NCAA tournament on March 22, 2021. USC is 2-1 all-time against Wisconsin and wins the last meeting 86-76 on December 29, 1982.
IT STARTS WITH DEFENSE – USC allowed BYU to make 42.4 percent of their shots on Nov. 23, the first opponent this season to shoot over 37.5 percent. USC kept 22 of its 34 opponents on under 40 percent shooting in the 2021-22 season. USC held the resistance to a 39.0 shot percentage throughout the season, 14th in the country. USC kept its first 12 opponents in the 2021-22 season under 40 percent shooting in each game and at a combined shooting percentage of 35.2, which was the second-highest in the country. The Trojans became the first team in the last 15 seasons to keep their first 12 opponents under 40 percent shooting in each game.
PETERSON & ELLIS RECEIVE PRE-SEASON RECOGNITION — Fifth year USC guard Drew Peterson was named to the third team of The Sporting News 2022-23 Preseason All-America. He was also included in the Naismith Trophy Player of the Year Watch List. Both Peterson and the Senior Guard Boogie Ellis were named to the first team of the 2022-23 Pac-12 Preseason All-Conference.
ELLIS BUILDING FROM LAST SEASON – Guard Boogie Ellis averaging 12.5 points last season, second among Trojans and most among returns. Ellis also led USC with 56 three-pointers and 27 steals. Ellis had a .789 free throw percentage (71 to 89), which ranked 10th in the Pac-12. Ellis is averaging 18.0 points in his first five games and leads the Trojans with 11 three-pointers. He is the only Trojan to have double digits in all five games this season. He also has 25 free throws as a team leader and 10 steals as a team leader.
PETERSON FILLS IN THE STATISTICS SHEET — USC 2022 All-Pac-12 Guard Drew Peterson averaged 12.4 points and 6.2 rebounds last season, both of which ranked third among the Trojans. He also led the team with 113 assists and finished second in free throws (76) and threes (49), while third in blocks (27) and steals (23). He has 79 points, 41 rebounds and 38 assists in five USC games this season. He leads USC in both rebounds and assists and is second with a 15.8 scoring average.