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USC Basketball: Washington State Preview, Game Time and Lineups

USC Trojans vs. Washington State Cougars

Wallis Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum | Pullman, Wash.

8:00 pm | ESPNU

All-Time Series: USC leads 68-47

Last meeting: Washington State 76, USC 51 on March 9, 2013

The USC Trojans will play one of their final two games of the regular season on Thursday when they face the Washington State Cougars. Following a loss to Oregon on March 1, the Trojans’ losing streak now sits at 10 games. The Trojans began the season 4-1 but are just 6-18 since that point.

With their home schedule concluded, the Trojans will look to improve their 1-9 road record first in Pullman, Wash., and then in Seattle, Wash. on Saturday. On top of looking to solve their road woes, the Trojans will be facing a starting five that is loaded with upperclassmen.

The Cougars have lost seven games, which is their longest losing streak this season. DaVonte Lacy powers the Cougars offense with an average of 19.6 points per game. That would place the junior guard second in the conference in scoring, but Lacy hasn’t played in the required 75 percent of the Cougars’ games to qualify for the list.

Cougars forward D.J. Shelton is second in the Pac-12 with 9.3 rebounds per game. Shelton is nearly averaging a double-double, with 9.9 points per game scored.

Although Thursday’s game pits the No. 11 and No. 12 teams in the Pac-12 against each other, it does have implications for the conference tournament, which is set to begin on March 12.

With a win, the Trojans would move up to No. 11 in the conference by virtue of owning the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Probable starters

Washington State Cougars:
G #10 Dexter Kernich-Drew, 6-7, 190, Jr.*
G #22 Royce Woolridge, 6-3, 180, Jr.*
G #25 DaVonte Lacy, 6-4, 215, Jr.
F #23 D.J. Shelton, 6-10, 250, Sr.*
C #20 Jordan Railey, 7-0, 245, Jr.*

USC Trojans:
G #10 Pe’Shon Howard, 6-3, 190, Sr.
G #20 J.T. Terrell, 6-3, 185, Sr.
G #22 Byron Wesley, 6-5, 201, Jr.
F #32 Nikola Jovanovic, 6-10, 220, Fr.
C #55 Omar Oraby, 7-2, 270, Sr.

*utilized redshirt season

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