Men's College Basketball
Preview
Connecticut vs Southern California
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, December 3, 2020
Where: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut

USC freshman Evan Mobley has wasted little time in showing why he was placed on the top-50 preseason watch list for the Wooden Award.

With a 17-point, 11-rebound double-double, the first of his college career, the 19-year-old 7-footer helped the Trojans rout BYU by 26 points in the Mohegan Sun bubble in Uncasville, Conn. on Tuesday.

Thursday night, Mobley and USC aim for similar success when they return to "Bubbleville" for a non-conference matchup with Connecticut.

The third-rated player in this year's freshman class, Mobley hasn't experienced much trouble adjusting to the college game, averaging 16.3 points and 9.0 rebounds in the Trojans' 3-0 start. And the smooth assimilation is aided by the caliber of players around him -- which includes his brother, sophomore Isaiah Mobley, who recorded his own double-double (11 points and 11 boards).

Rice transfer Drew Peterson hit 7 of 10 shots on his way to a game-high 19 points, and Southeast Missouri State grad transfer Tahj Eaddy supplied 16 points for the Trojans.

That kind of balance and skill is one reason the Trojans are expected to contend for a Pac-12 title. A defense that limited a normally potent BYU attack to 27.5 percent from the field is another.

"When we're playing as a unit, our talent can take us to levels that can win a Pac-12 championship and we know that," Peterson told the Orange County Register after a Saturday night win over Montana.

Hopes are high for Connecticut this year, too, as the Huskies return to their natural habitat in the Big East after seven years in the American Athletic Conference. The Huskies enter 2-0 after opening with home wins over Central Connecticut State and Hartford.

Not that UConn coach Dan Hurley is waving rose petals at his team. Much like his dad, Bob, a legendary high school coach for nearly four decades in New Jersey, Dan doesn't brook excuses or sloppy play. The win over Hartford featured the Huskies nearly blowing a 19-point lead and sending the visitors to the line 27 times.

"Dumb fouls. We just weren't in a stance, we were just sloppy, immature," Hurley said to the Hartford Courant. "It was just low level, low focus."

James Bouknight (19.0 ppg, 6.0 rebounds) is UConn's top scorer through two games. Rhode Island transfer Tyrese Martin made a nice impression in his Huskies debut against Hartford with six points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes.

--Field Level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Connecticut 2-0 W2 2-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-0 0-0
Southern California 3-0 W3 2-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 2-0 0-0
Last Meeting
Connecticut Southern California
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
No previous meeting.
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Connecticut N/A
Southern California N/A
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Connecticut N/A
Southern California N/A
Assists Player  
Connecticut N/A
Southern California N/A
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Connecticut J. Bouknight 38 51.9 7
Southern California E. Mobley 49 67.7 5
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Connecticut I. Whaley 17 6 11
Southern California I. Mobley 34 14 20
Assists Player  
Connecticut R. Cole 7
Southern California T. Eaddy 10
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar Connecticut Off vs  red bar Southern California Defense
blue bar 85.5 Points For
red bar 67.3 Points Against
blue bar 50.4 FG%
red bar 35.6 FG%
blue bar 38.5 Reb
red bar 27.7 Reb
red bar Southern California Off vs  blue bar Connecticut Defense
red bar 83.3 Points For
blue bar 66.0 Points Against
red bar 53.5 FG%
blue bar 41.2 FG%
red bar 42.7 Reb
blue bar 24.0 Reb