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USC tries to replicate earlier success against Washington State

USC tries to replicate earlier success against Washington State
USC guard Jordan McLaughlin (11) shoots over Oregon State guard Malcolm Duvivier (11) in the second half. (Timothy J. Gonzalez / Associated Press)

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USC VS. WASHINGTON STATE

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When: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. PST.

Where: Galen Center.

On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks. Radio: 830.

Update: USC (15-5 overall, 4-3 in the Pac-12 Conference) opened league play with a 90-77 victory at Washington State (9-10, 1-6) on Jan. 1.

Despite consecutive losses at Oregon and Oregon State in which they shot poorly — 28.6% and 25% — last week, the Trojans rank 13th in the nation with an average of 83.7 points per game and are fifth in blocks (6.3) and rebounds (42.5).

The Cougars have lost five straight games; their lone conference win came against UCLA. Washington State is paced by junior forward Josh Hawkinson, who averages 16.4 points and leads the Pac-12 in rebounding with an average of 10.9 per game.

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