USC Falls To High-Powered Arizona In Tucson

USC is 10-30 all-time against Arizona in Tucson.

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Williams, Arizona Top USC, 82-73

Tucson, AZ (Sports Network) - Derrick Williams scored a game-high 20 points as the Arizona Wildcats captured an 82-73 win over the USC Trojans in Pac-10 Conference play at the McKale Center. Williams, who made all six of his field goal attempts, including a perfect 3- of-3 behind the three-point line, was on the floor for just 18 minutes as the Wildcats (18-4, 7-2 Pac-10) won their third straight and the sixth in the last seven outings. Lamont Jones also shot a perfect 6-of-6 from the floor as he finished with 17 points, followed by Kevin Parrom with 10 off the bench.

The Trojans (12-10, 4-5) were paced by Nikola Vucevic with 18 points, followed by Donte Smith and Jio Fontan with 14 and 12 points, respectively, as the squad bowed for the second time in the last three games. Shooting 60 percent from the floor in the first half, Arizona moved out to a 40-31 lead at the break. USC converted a mere 1-of-7 beyond the arc and 2-of-8 at the free-throw line in the period.

The Wildcats shot a sizzling 62.5 percent from the field in the second half, including 6-of-10 out on the perimeter, as they claimed the nine-point decision at home. The Trojans shot just 6-of-19 beyond the arc and also hurt themselves with a mere 13-of-25 accuracy at the charity stripe.

For more information on today's game, be sure to read Conquest Chronicles.

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USC Faces Tall Order Battling Arizona In Tucson

The USC Trojans look to accomplish something they haven't done in 26 seasons today as they face the Arizona Wildcats at McKale Center in Tucson. The Trojans, who beat Arizona State 63-61 on Thursday night, need a win today over the Wildcats for their first road sweep of the Arizona school since 1985. USC is just 9-17 in their last 26 games against Arizona, and are 10-29 all-time in Tucson. The Wildcats, who are second place in the Pac-10, are 12-0 at home this season.

Nikola Vucevic helped USC dominate the middle against ASU on Thursday, hitting 10 of 17 shots on his way to 26 points and 12 rebounds. USC outrebounded ASU 36-24. Vucevic leads the Trojans in scoring (16.5 points per game) and rebounding (10.1 boards per contest) this season, and also leads USC with 12 double-doubles.

La Mirada native Derrick Williams leads the Wildcats, averaging 19.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. Williams scored 22 points and grabbed five boards in Thursday's win over UCLA. Arizona has bombed away from three-point range this season, attempting 19.4 shots per game and making 40.2% from distance, which would be tied for the third best mark in school history.

Here are today's probable starting lineups:

USC (12-9, 4-4)

  • Guard: Jio Fontan
  • Guard: Maurice Jones
  • Guard: Marcus Simmons
  • Forward: Alex Stephenson
  • Forward: Nikola Vucevic

Arizona St (17-4, 6-2)

Today's 4:30 p.m. PST game will be televised regionally by Fox Sports, airing in Los Angeles on Prime Ticket. Dave Sitton and Corey Williams are on the call.

For more information on today's game, be sure to read Conquest Chronicles.

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