February 15, 2009 |
Another day, another difficult task. Arizona State's James Harden will thrust. USC's Daniel Hackett will parry. And you can expect a bushel of jabs. There are loud talking points leading into tonight's game between USC and Arizona State. The Trojans are trying to remain above sea level in Pacific 10 Conference play. The 18th-ranked Sun Devils will try to build on Thursday's victory over UCLA.
February 25, 2009 |
USC players held a team meeting Monday in an effort to work through problems they have had on and off the court. The Trojans have lost four of their last five games, with their frustration underscored by a heated argument between Daniel Hackett and Dwight Lewis after a 60-51 loss Saturday to Washington. Hackett and Lewis apologized to the team, but discussions in the meeting went beyond the incident. "It helped us understand how guys feel inside themselves," Hackett said.
February 24, 2009 |
A muzzle was firmly attached to USC guard Daniel Hackett. Media were banned from practice. Even team managers were throwing out "no comments." The Trojans' basketball team had seen better days. The fallout from Saturday's 61-50 loss to Washington, and the tense locker room afterward, lingered at the Galen Center on Monday. Fragile seemed the status quo, as the Trojans prepared for a pivotal weekend in the Bay Area. USC faces California on Thursday and Stanford on Saturday.
April 20, 2009 |
Lamont Jones of Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy signed a letter of intent Sunday to play for USC, making the Trojans' point guard position stronger, according to a source familiar with the program. The 6-foot Jones is expected to play a lot because junior Daniel Hackett declared for the NBA draft. Hackett averaged 37 minutes a game last season. The Trojans also have Mike Gerrity, a transfer who won't be eligible until the end of December, at point guard.
October 13, 2007 |
USC last held a "Midnight Madness" three coaches and five years ago, so the Trojans could be forgiven if their first such event since the Henry Bibby era got off to a slow start. There was a video highlight package that featured shots of the Trojans playing at the long-since-abandoned Sports Arena, including one focusing on long-since-departed forward Jeremy Barr. About 30 minutes into the event Friday night at the Galen Center, there was still no sign of freshman sensation O.J.
March 13, 2007 |
The sons of someone famous are all around the NCAA tournament, and not only on Florida's legacy-laden team. D.J. Strawberry, the son of Darryl Strawberry, is Maryland's leading scorer. Patrick Ewing Jr. wears his father's No. 33 for Georgetown, and plays for John Thompson III, the son of his dad's coach. Austin Ainge starts for Brigham Young, 26 years after his father Danny dribbled through the entire Notre Dame team for a buzzer-beating layup.
June 3, 2009 |
Marcus Johnson played only 16 games for USC's basketball team, averaging 3.6 points during one injury-marred season -- and even he is turning pro. "Kansas has two players who would have been NBA lottery picks, Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins, and they are returning to school," USC Coach Tim Floyd said late Monday night, only hours after hearing about Johnson. "Good for them. "Our guys get an offer from Islamabad and they're gone." Where the Trojans go from here is unknown.
June 10, 2009 |
Less than a month after he was accused of delivering an envelope of cash to the handler of a star player, USC basketball Coach Tim Floyd resigned Tuesday, abruptly ending a four-year tenure that saw him take a once-lackluster program to the cusp of national prominence. Floyd, 55, only two months ago had USC basketball at its pinnacle.
November 28, 2008 |
USC had five days to regroup and get better. Trojans Coach Tim Floyd would have liked more. "Two weeks," Floyd said after the team returned from last weekend's Puerto Rico Tip-Off, where second-half turnovers and poor free-throw shooting led to losses against Seton Hall and Missouri. The Trojans (3-2) resume their schedule tonight when they play host to Tennessee Martin (2-2) at the Galen Center.
February 4, 2007 |
They're not freshmen anymore. Not in the mind of their coach, who has the confidence to start two of them and bring the other off the bench in critical late-game situations. And not in the eyes of their teammates, who have become accustomed to seeing them come up big against veteran opponents. Freshmen Taj Gibson, Dwight Lewis and Daniel Hackett continued to show maturity beyond their years Saturday during USC's 71-68 victory over No. 9 Oregon at the Galen Center.