LOS ANGELES – J.T. Terrell was one of five USC players to hit double figures when the Trojans last faced Arizona, beating the Wildcats 89-78 on Feb. 27, 2013, but a lot has changed since then.
Interim coach Bob Cantu was replaced by Andy Enfield of “Dunk City” fame, and the Trojans began rebuilding under a more uptempo pace.
“I love it,” Terrell said.
Only it hasn’t been easy so far. Terrell was declared academically ineligible for the fall semester and, even with him back, the Trojans were blown out of their first two Pac-12 games.
In fact, Terrell was 3 for 13 from the field, and 0 for 5 from three-point range, when ASU beat USC 79-60 on Thursday. He had 14 points, but needed 16 shots, to get there against UCLA four days earlier.
Against ASU, “I had a terrible game so I took it kind of hard,” Terrell said. “I could have played better than what I did. That would have given us a chance to win the game.”
Maybe he can tonight. UA assistant coach Book Richardson, who scouted the Trojans, said Terrell has the ability to change the game offensively.
The full scouting report for today’s game is attached to our main preview story about whether UA can set a new school record with a 17-0 start.
We also have a full story on Top 10 guard Tyler Dorsey’s low-key “announcement” that he will play for the Wildcats in 2015-16.
Should have taken the option to prepay the entire gas tank for my rental car.
After swinging over to Orange on Friday, to catch Stanley Johnson and M.J. Cage play for Mater Dei, then back to Manhattan Beach for Sean Miller’s brief interview on Saturday, I hurriedly wrote today’s stories in the Hawthorne Starbucks and then crawled up the 405 to see Dorsey play in a nonleague game against Modesto Christian in the San Fernando Valley on Saturday evening.
Dorsey appeared surprised and thankful that both the goazcats.com guys and I were there to watch, when a lot of Top 10 talents take that sort of attention for granted.
Anyway, Dorsey had held off JSerra on Friday night, in a game Sean Miller watched, but had to turn around again on Saturday evening to play again in Chatsworth. Dorsey responded with 26 points, seven assists and six rebounds in St. John Bosco’s 63-48 win.
“It was kind of fatigue at the end, but we pulled out a victory,” Dorsey said.
He’s used to that sort of thing. Dorsey lives in Pasadena, but wakes up at 5 a.m. each weekday to drive with his dad to work, then catch a carpool to St. John Bosco in Bellflower. He typically doesn’t get back until 7 or 8 p.m.
While UA and USC will tipoff at 7 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks (with JB Long and Don MacLean) the Pac-12 and its television partners have curiously crammed many other league games into today's schedule.
The other games:
Colorado at Washington, 1 p.m., Fox Sports 1
Stanford at Oregon, 3 p.m. Fox Sports 1
Utah at WSU, 5 p.m., Pac-12 Networks
ASU at UCLA, 8 p.m., ESPNU
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Oregon's Jason Calliste is quietly serious about his game.
Colorado is getting lots of help from its freshmen.