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Scouting Report

USC (22-9) vs. Boston College (27-4); East Regional at Uniondale, N.Y., Today, 2:30, Ch.2

March 17, 2001|MIKE TERRY

STARTING LINEUPS

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USC Pos. BOSTON COLLEGE 34 David Bluthenthal Forward 21 Kenny Walls 50 Sam Clancy Forward 23 Xavier Singletary 24 Brian Scalabrine Center 00 Uka Agbai 5 Brandon Granville Guard 13 Kenny Harley 12 Jeff Trepagnier Guard 2 Troy Bell

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KEY RESERVES

USC

33 Desmon Farmer: G

25 Tyler Murphy: G

2 Jarvis Turner: F

BOSTON COLLEGE

5 Ryan Sidney: G

4 Jonathan Beerbohm: F

45 Brian Ross: F

KEYS TO THE GAME

* STYLE OF PLAY: Boston College has a smallish lineup that depends on quickness and hustle. The Eagles will use a full-court press on occasion but would rather frustrate teams by playing man-to-man. The Trojans again will go more to a halfcourt game offensively and see if their zone defenses bother Boston College as much as Southern Utah's did.

* MATCHUP TO WATCH: Jeff Trepagnier vs. Troy Bell. Expect USC Coach Henry Bibby to have Trepagnier smother Bell the same way he did Oklahoma State's Maurice Baker, but Bell also has a better chance of staying with Trepagnier's above-the-rim game than Baker did.

* INTANGIBLES: David Bluthenthal rebounded from a scoreless game against Oregon State with a career-high 29 points against Oregon. USC would welcome a repeat performance.

* MAGIC NUMBERS: Boston College is small, but the Trojans have to respect the fact that the Eagles averaged the same number of rebounds per game (36) in the regular season that the Trojans did. USC must also remember the Eagles average almost 20 three-point shots a game, with 36% accuracy.

* FINAL ANALYSIS: Boston College is the Big East champion, but the conference was down this season. The Pacific 10 was not. The Trojans should move on to the Sweet 16.

STATISTICS

USC (Regular Season, 30 Games)

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No. Player FGA-FGM .Pct FTA-FTM .Pct Reb. Ast. Pts Avg. 50 Clancy 193-380 .508 129-189 .683 7.1 1.1 516 17.2 24 Scalabrine 157-324 .485 128-161 .795 5.9 2.8 458 15.3 34 Bluthenthal 141-300 .470 58-73 .795 6.9 1.5 396 13.2 5 Granville 105-239 .439 122-154 .792 2.7 6.0 392 13.1 12 Trepagnier 49-118 .415 38-51 .549 4.9 1.3 129 7.6 33 Farmer 71-166 .428 38-68 .559 3.0 1.1 203 7.0 2 Turner 32-62 .516 19-33 .576 2.4 0.5 86 3.6 25 Murphy 21-50 .420 11-16 .688 1.4 0.7 65 2.3 1 Hair 7-35 .200 5-10 .500 1.4 0.3 25 1.9 14 Charissis 8-18 .444 5-8 .625 1.2 0.0 21 1.2 4 Hutchinson 11-33 .333 4-7 .571 0.6 0.7 32 1.1 30 Minor 2-5 .400 1-4 .250 0.5 0.0 5 0.5 14 Busterna 0-7 .000 0-0 .000 0.3 0.1 0 0.0 11 Hooper 0-0 .000 0-0 .000 0.0 0.4 3 0.4 44 Elmagbari 0-0 .000 0-1 .000 0.0 0.0 0 0.0 USC 797-1737 .459 548-775 .707 36.6 15.1 2328 77.6 OPPONENTS 765-1772 .432 398-573 .695 34.2 13.7 2140 71.3

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THREE-POINT SHOOTING: Clancy, 1-1, 100.0%; Turner, 3-7, 42.9%; Bluthenthal, 57-143, 39.2%; Granville, 60-159, 37.7%; Farmer, 23-66, 34.8%; Murphy, 12-35, 34.3%; Hutchinson, 6-21, 28.6%; Scalabrine, 16-58, 27.6%; Hair, 6-27, 22.2%; Trepagnier, 3-22, 13.6%; Busterna, 0-6, .000%). USC 186-545, 34.1%; OPPONENTS: 212-577, 36.7%.

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BOSTON COLLEGE (Regular Season, 30 Games)

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No. Player FGA-FGM .Pct FTA-FTM .Pct Reb. Ast. Pts Avg. 2 Bell 173-369 .469 193-225 .858 4.1 4.2 602 20.1 23 Singletary 131-314 .417 41-63 .651 5.3 1.8 353 11.8 13 Harley 114-249 .458 64-103 .621 5.7 2.5 329 11.0 5 Sidney 116-227 .511 49-86 .570 4.6 1.7 291 9.7 00 Agbai 99-186 .532 74-110 .673 3.8 0.7 272 9.1 21 Walls 81-205 .395 27-33 .818 3.4 1.8 222 7.4 4 Beerbohm 72-138 .522 46-74 .622 3.7 1.1 193 6.4 45 Ross 31-57 .544 5-12 .417 1.6 0.2 81 3.0 3 Hadjisotirov 13-33 .394 14-19 .737 0.5 0.7 44 2.3 40 DeMong 0-5 .000 7-10 .700 0.4 0.0 7 0.6 10 Dunn 3-7 .429 0-2 .000 0.2 2 8 0.6 Dudley 1-3 .333 0-4 .000 2.0 0.2 2 0.4 41 Ekweozor 2-4 .500 0-0 .000 0.1 0.1 4 0.4 BOSTON COLL. 836-1797 .465 520-741 .702 36.2 13.3 2408 80.3 Opponents 699-1604 .436 430-687 .626 34.4 19.2 1990 66.3

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THREE-POINT SHOOTING: Bell 63-157, .401; Singletary 50-154, .325; Harley 37-84, .440; Walls 33-107, .308; Ross 14-24, .583; Sidney 10-33, .303; Hadjisotirov 4-12, .333; Beerbohm 3-18, .167; Dunn 2-3, .667; DeMong 0-2, .000. BOSTON COLLEGE: 216-594, .364; OPPONENTS: 162-483, .335.

LOGS

USC

Bradley: W 107-92

San Diego: W 78-67

Loyola Marymount: W 91-68

Utah: W 65-60

CS Northridge: W 99-90

at Santa Barbara: W 75-73

Pepperdine: W 76-73

*at BYU Hawaii: W 86-74

*Mississippi: L 84-83 (OT)

*BYU: W 70-67

at Northwestern: L 63-61

Long Beach St: W 95-73

Washington St: W 82-59

Washington: W 87-61

at UCLA: L 80-75

at Arizona: L 71-58

at Arizona St: W 77-58

Oregon: W 78-74

Oregon St: W 73-47

at Stanford: L 77-71

at California: W 80-66

UCLA: L 85-76

Arizona St: W 80-68

Arizona: L 105-61

at Oregon St: L 67-52

at Oregon: W 87-80 (OT)

Stanford: L 70-68

California: W 74-69

at Washington: W 85-56

at Washington St: W 78-63

NCAA TOURNAMENT

Oklahoma St.: W 69-54

* Invitational in Hawaii

BOSTON COLLEGE

St. Peter's: W 100-75

Brown: W 81-52

Marist: W 74-65

Wofford: W 71-57

Holy Cross: W 77-48

Youngstown St.: W 93-65

at Massachusetts: W 74-65

Quinnipiac: W 88-55

Vanderbilt: W 97-74

Connecticut: W 85-68

at Miami: W 73-72

at St. John's: L 73-71

Miami: W 82-73

at Duke: L 97-75

Rutgers: W 77-51

at Villanova: W 90-80

Virginia Tech: W 83-61

Villanova: W 89-74

Syracuse: W 65-63

at Virginia Tech: W 83-59

at Connecticut: L 82-71

Providence: W 81-73

at Notre Dame: L 76-75

at Providence: W 59-58

Morris Brown: W 84-63

St. John's: W 67-62

at West Virginia: W 96-65

*Villanova: W 93-79

*Seton Hall: W 75-48

*Pittsburgh: W 79-57

NCAA TOURNAMENT

Southern Utah: W 68-65

* Big East tournament

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