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 7 1 0 0.875 19 2 0 0.905
Utah 6 2 0 0.750 16 4 0 0.800
Stanford 6 2 0 0.750 15 5 0 0.750
Oregon State 5 3 0 0.625 13 6 0 0.684
Oregon 4 4 0 0.500 14 7 0 0.667
UCLA 4 4 0 0.500 12 9 0 0.571
Colorado 3 4 0 0.429 10 8 0 0.556
Washington State 3 4 0 0.429 9 10 0 0.474
Washington 3 5 0 0.375 14 6 0 0.700
Arizona State 3 5 0 0.375 12 10 0 0.545
California 1 6 0 0.143 11 9 0 0.550
USC 1 6 0 0.143 9 10 0 0.474

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Oregon State at
Arizona State
1/28 55-73
Oregon at
Arizona
1/28 56-90
Stanford at
Washington
1/28 84-74
Colorado at
USC
1/29 84-74
Utah at
UCLA
1/29 59-69
California at
Washington State
1/29 59-69
Oregon at
Arizona State
1/30 6:00 pm
Oregon State at
Arizona
1/30 8:00 pm
Stanford at
Washington State
1/31 6:00 pm
Colorado at
UCLA
1/31 8:30 pm
Utah at
USC
2/1 12:30 pm
California at
Washington
2/1 1:00 pm
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