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PREVIEW: USC welcomes Oregon & Oregon State for final home stand of season

February 19, 2019

In their final homestand of the 2019 season, USC (14-12,7-6) will welcome Oregon (15-10,6-6) and Oregon State (16-8,8-4) to the Galen Center. The Trojans will look to continue their winning ways after a strong performance against Cal last weekend as they continue to hunt for a higher seed in the Pac-12 tournament. USC will play Oregon on Thursday at 6:00 (ESPN), then Oregon State on Saturday at 3:00 (Pac-12 Network).

In the pre-season, many experts chose Oregon to win the Pac-12. Dana Altman was bringing in a top-notch recruiting class that included two consensus five-stars in Bol Bol and Louis King, along with key veterans returning for the 2019 season. However, due to injuries and inconsistencies, the Ducks have had a difficult season and find themselves towards the bottom of what is a tight Pac-12.

In their first matchup in Eugene, the Ducks routed USC 81-60, one of Trojans’ worst losses of the season. With Kevin Porter Jr. getting suspend indefinitely earlier that day, the Trojans came out lifeless. The game was one of the low points for Andy Enfield’s team as they could not get a stop defensively. USC allowed Oregon to shoot 13 of 24 from beyond-the-arc and had the same number of assists and turnovers (12). They were also out-rebounded 35-24.

As opposed to their in-state rival, Oregon State has had a promising season after coming in with little expectations. The Beavers, who were projected to finish 10th in the conference, currently stand at 2nd place in the conference with 8 wins in conference play. Wayne Tinkle’s squad has been playing especially well as of late, winning 5 of their last 7 games.

In the first meeting between the two teams in Corvallis, Bennie Boatwright set career-highs in points (37) and minutes played (43), but the Trojans lost 79-74 in overtime. With Jonah Mathews being the only other double-figure scorer that night, the Trojans simply did not execute well enough offensively to pull out the road win.

The Beavers’ main contributors include Coach Tinkle’s son, Tres, who leads the Beavers at scoring at 20 points per game but didn’t play vs. the Trojans in their first contest. The 6’8 forward also averages 7 rebounds and 4 assists a game. Oregon State’s 2nd and 3rd leading scorers are brothers Stephen and Ethan Thompson, who both graduated from nearby Bishop Montgomery high school. Stephen, a senior, averages 16 pointer per game while Ethan, a sophomore, averages 13.

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