USC trying to stay confident entering game with Wildcats

2014-01-11T00:00:00Z USC trying to stay confident entering game with WildcatsBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

LOS ANGELES -- Already 0-2 in Pac-12 play after shooting 36 percent against ASU in a 19-point loss on Thursday, USC will host top-ranked Arizona on Sunday and then head out to Utah and Colorado.

The Trojans could be 0-5 before they blink again.

But USC guard Pe’Shon Howard, the senior transfer from Maryland, said the Trojans are staying confident.

“Just because you’re 0-2 doesn’t mean you’re going to finish badly,” Howard said today, after USC practiced at the Galen Center. “That’s the reason you come here, to a high-division program. You look forward to the challenges. We had a good out of conference record and we competed well, so we’re not discouraged.”

USC coach Andy Enfield, while not wild about the Trojans’ shot selection against the Sun Devils, said he also is encouraged overall. USC was 9-4 in nonconference play, having beaten Xavier, Dayton and Boston College.

“We had a very good out-of-conference,” Enfield said. “We are off to a slow start in our first two games, which is a little surprising - not necessarily in the wins and losses, but just that we’ve been playing better."

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