Last Updated: March 12, 2007, 3:22 PM ET

Tourney Guide: USC résumé



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TEAM DATA
Points per game: 71
Points allowed: 70.9
Scoring margin: +.1

FG percentage: .477
FG allowed: .463
3PT percentage: .403
3PT allowed: .383
3PT-to-FG attempts: .262
FT percentage: .707
FT totals: 500/707

Rebound margin: +1.1
Turnover margin: +1.1
Assist-to-turnover ratio: 0.87:1
Assist-to-FG ratio: 0.5:1

Player statistics are for the regular season only.

The Players
Starters
Pos. Player Min. Basics Good Bad
1 Gabe Pruitt
(6-4, 170, JR)
32.5 12.1 ppg, 4.0 apg .770 FT .333 3PT
Comment: Explosive scorer missed first semester due to academics, then returned and was shifted from the wing to the point.
Pos. Player Min. Basics Good Bad
2 Lodrick Stewart
(6-4, 210, SR)
31.0 14.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg .447 3PT 1.3 apg
Comment:  1,000-point scorer whose twin brother, Rodrick, transferred to Kansas and rides the bench.
Pos. Player Min. Basics Good Bad
3 Nick Young
(6-6, 200, JR)
33.1 17.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg .438 3PT 1.5 apg
Comment: Difficult matchup with polished offensive game, including mid-range arsenal; may be headed to NBA when Trojans' NCAA run is finished.
Pos. Player Min. Basics Good Bad
4 Keith Wilkinson
(6-10, 220, SO)
11.5 1.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg .750 FT .421 FG
Comment: Sporadic starter scored nine points in late-season defeat at Washington. Tim Floyd just as likely to start any of several others here.
Pos. Player Min. Basics Good Bad
5 Taj Gibson
(6-9, 210, FR)
32.5 11.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg 56 blocks 94 TO
Comment: Remarkably consistent freshman logged eight double-doubles and is Pac-10's top shotblocker outside Stanford's Lopez twins.
Rotation
Pos. Player Min. Basics Good Bad
G Daniel Hackett
(6-5, 205, FR)
21.0 4.9 ppg, 2.8apg .818 FT .280 3PT
Comment: After completing early HS graduation, arrived to competently fill PG spot until Pruitt became available.
G Dwight Lewis
(6-5, 200, FR)
20.5 5.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg 1.2 apg .314 3PT
Comment: Had seven double-digit scoring-games; playing time gradually increased as season unfolded.
F RouSean Cromwell
(6-11, 217, SO)
13.4 2.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg .434 FG .600 FT
Comment: Soph has potential but shot just 38% from field in Pac-10 games.
F/C Abdoulaye N'Diaye
(6-11, 220, SR)
13.1 3.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg .609 FG 4 assists
Comment: 16-point outburst versus Oregon State was only double-digit-scoring game since early December.
Complete roster | Team statistics

Season notes
High point All five starters scored in double figures and Trojans shot 55 percent in January 4 road win over previously undefeated Oregon.
Lowlight With a chance to move into second place on season's final weekend, Trojans lost defensive focus in lopsided loss at Washington.
Most Revealing Moment Trojans showed their grit by twice rebounding from tough losses to rival UCLA with victories over Arizona, logging their first season sweep of Wildcats in 24 years.
Did You Know? Lodrick Stewart, Nick Young and Gabe Pruitt are all 1,000-point career scorers, just the second time the Trojans have had three on their roster at the same time.

Scouting report
Offensive Preference The Trojans can run in transition and operate out of the halfcourt with equal effectiveness. There are plenty of slashers and shooters here, and freshman Taj Gibson has provided the inside scoring punch missing a year ago.
Defensive Philosophy Tim Floyd has transformed a once-disinterested USC squad into one of the Pac-10's tougher defensive clubs. The Trojans operate out of a man-to-man base, play aggressively and physically, and have the quickness to wreak havoc.
Secret Strength With very little size in their starting lineup, the Trojans nonetheless block more than four shots per game.
Achilles' Heel USC is prone to turnovers. The Trojans gave the ball away 28 times in a loss to Washington State and had 26 TOs in a win over the Citadel.
Will Lose When ... USC has plenty of offensive weaponry, but cannot match up physically with bigger teams and will falter if its defensive intensity disappears.
Famous Last Words When the Trojans are dialed in defensively, they can hang with most teams, and Nick Young should use the NCAAs as a showcase for the NBA. But USC will be hard-pressed to get past the second round.

Tournament History
64-team era Overall
NCAA appearances: 6 (of 22)
Seed average: 6.83
Highest seed: No. 2 (1992)
Lowest seed: No. 11 (1997)
Biggest upset: None
Most upsetting: 2002 vs. No. 13 UNC Wilmington
NCAA appearances: 12
All-time record: 9-14 (.391)
Best finish: 2001, Elite Eight
Coach's NCAA record: Jim Calhoun (4-5, .444)


 

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