After finishing last in the Pac-12, the Trojans (12-2) are on top of the Pac-12 at 1-0 and riding a seven-game winning streak. Third-year coach Andy Enfield has fully installed his high-octane 'Dunk City' offense and USC scores 83.6 points per game.
Scouting report: USC.
Game info: 12 p.m. Sunday at Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000).
TV: Pac-12 Networks (Kevin Calabro and Dan Belluomini).
Radio: KOMO 1000 AM and FM 97.7 (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).
Coach: Andy Enfield, 46, is 35-43 (.449) in his third season with the Trojans. He was a popular hire in 2013, but managed an 11-21 record during his first year and 12-20 last season. Enfield has a 6-31 (.162) Pac-12 record. Before joining the Trojans, he rose to notoriety during a brief two-year stint at Florida Gulf Coast. In 2013, Enfield guided the Eagles to a Sweet Sixteeen appearance in the NCAA tournament. They finished 26-11.
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Prediction: Picked to finish 10th in the Pac-12 preseason media poll.
Series: Washington leads 70-68 (reflects two wins by USC that were vacated from the 2008 season due to NCAA penalties) in a series that began Feb. 26, 1925. The Huskies have won five of the past eight meetings, including the last three at Alaska Airlines Arena. Lorenzo Romar is 15-9 against the Trojans. Enfield is 1-1 versus UW.
The short-handed Huskies, who played without injured starters Nigel Williams-Goss and Shawn Kemp Jr., were no match against USC during a 70-55 defeat on Feb. 28, 2015 at the Galen Center. USC had more points in the paint (44 to 14) and dominated the second-chance points (18 to 4). The Trojans held the Huskies to a season-low 29.7 percent (19 of 64) shooting. Andrew Andrews scored a game-high 19 points and Quevyn Winters, who had a career-high 16, combined for 35 points while the rest of the team had 20.
Previous game: USC won 90-77 at Washington State in Friday’s Pac-12 opener.
Point spread: The Trojans are favored by 1.5 points.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Katin Reinhardt, a 6-6 junior guard, transferred from UNLV and he had a productive season last season during his first year with the Trojans when he averaged 12.5 points. His scoring is up slightly this season to 13.6 points per game. However, Reinhardt has made a big improvement as a shooter. He’s converting 46.1 percent of his field goals, up from 38 percent last season. Reinhardt scored 11 points against UW last year.
— Jordan McLaughlin, a 6-1 sophomore point guard, set the school single-game assist record with 16 during a 100-64 win over Lafayette on Dec. 23. Last season he made the Pac-12 All-Freshman team despite missing the final eight games due a shoulder injury. This season he broke his nose on Nov. 27 and needed to wear a mask for five games when he averaged 7.2 points. In the past three games without the mask, McLaughlin is averaging 15.7 points. He tallied 19 points on Friday against Washington State.
— Nikoka Jovanovic, a 6-11 junior center, crushed the Huskies last year with 16 points and seven rebounds.
— One year after finishing last in the Pac-12, USC is on top of the conference at 1-0. Granted it’s just one game, but the Trojans could be for real this season. They’re riding a seven-game winning streak that began with a 75-63 at UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 3.
— It seems as if Enfield has finally installed his infamous ‘Dunk City’ offensive attack after recruiting the players to run the high-octane attack. The Trojans averaged 67 points last season. This season they average 83.6, which ranks 29th nationally. They’ve scored at least 90 points in six games and topped 100 in three contests.
— In many ways, USC and Washington haven taken a similar rebuilding path. Both teams have missed the NCAA tournament the past four years and both teams have just one senior on the roster. Last year, the Trojans hit the reset button. They were the youngest Power 5 conference team and they took their lumps. This year USC appears to have benefited from those hard lessons and its had a fantastic start.
— USC’s top six scorers – and all five starters – average at least 10 points.