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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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 12 1 0 0.923
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 11 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 10 2 0 0.833
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 9 3 0 0.750
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 9 2 0 0.818
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 4 0 0.667
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 8 5 0 0.615
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 7 4 0 0.636
USC 0 0 0 0.000 7 4 0 0.636
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 5 6 0 0.455

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Harvard at
Arizona State
12/28 12:00 pm
Cal State-Bakersfield at
California
12/28 1:30 pm
Cal-Davis at
Washington State
12/28 4:00 pm
UCLA at
Alabama
12/28 4:30 pm
Stony Brook at
Washington
12/28 6:00 pm
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at
Stanford
12/29 9:00 pm
Cal-Irvine at
Oregon
12/29 9:00 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Oregon State
12/30 7:30 pm
Carroll (Mont.) at
Utah
12/30 7:30 pm
Vermont at
USC
12/30 9:30 pm
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