February 5, 2011 |
The UCLA and USC women's basketball teams have arrived at the second half of the Pacific 10 Conference schedule, which also happens to be a fork in each of their seasons. But they got there heading in entirely different directions. UCLA, 18-2, 8-1 in conference play and ranked No. 10 in the nation, is off to its best start in 30 seasons and hopeful of riding that momentum to a high seeding next month when the NCAA tournament field is announced. "We don't want to just settle for having our names called," UCLA Coach Nikki Caldwell said.
August 17, 2005 |
Bare concrete and jagged rebar -- the vague outline of a long-awaited arena -- now rise from the corner of Jefferson Boulevard and Figueroa Street. By this time next year, USC hopes to open the Galen Center as a home for its basketball and volleyball teams. In the meantime, the construction site is abuzz with activity, and not just because of the work crews. Coaches already have started bringing recruits to walk through the dust and heavy equipment.
November 22, 2013 |
More notable than USC's 73-57 beating of West Alabama on Thursday night at the Galen Center was an announcement before the game. J.T. Terrell, who had led the Trojans with 20 points in their opening loss to Utah State and who led USC last year in Pac-12 Conference scoring, is ineligible for the rest of the fall semester because of academic reasons. USC Coach Andy Enfield said it's possible Terrell, a senior guard, could regain his eligibility as soon as the Long Beach State game Dec. 19, depending on when first-semester grades are posted.
February 6, 2011 |
A strong contingent of UCLA fans turned the Galen Center into Pauley Pavilion East on Sunday afternoon, filling the Trojans' home arena with thick blotches of Bruins blue. UCLA women's basketball Coach Nikki Caldwell, for one, was impressed. "Especially with it being Super Bowl Sunday," she said after her team's 74-67 win against USC, the No. 10 Bruins' fourth straight victory against their crosstown rival. UCLA (19-2, 9-1 in Pacific 10 Conference) fought off the pesky Trojans (13-8, 5-5)
February 14, 2010 |
Nikola Dragovic was too much to handle. He was older, and already competing with the best Serbia and Montenegro had to offer. So Nikola Vucevic, 12 years old and three years younger than his "godbrother," battled as best he could. His uncle's Belgium professional team was practicing for a Euro League game in Serbia, but the real competition was on the side court. This was the first time the two had met, even though their families were bound by basketball and friendship, and the outcome was predictable.
January 22, 2010 |
Klay Thompson came in with the hype, the hoopla and the bravado of being the league's leading scorer. And on a night when Kobe Bryant was dueling with LeBron James in Cleveland, the Los Angeles spotlight seemed his for the taking. But a sidekick freshman guard stole the show, and the Cougars topped the Trojans, 67-60, Thursday night at the Galen Center in front of 4,422. It was freshman guard Reggie Moore -- not Thompson, who came into the game as the Pacific 10 Conference's leading scorer (22.9)
December 18, 2011 |
When: 7:30. Where: Galen Center On the air: Radio: 690. Records: USC 4-7, TCU 7-3. Update: USC played TCU for the first time last season in Fort Worth and lost, 81-69. The Horned Frogs return three starters and eight lettermen from that team, which finished 11-22. Five TCU players are averaging 9.0 points or more, led by senior guard Hank Thorns, who averages 13.5 points per game. TCU has won four straight games. This is USC's next-to-last nonconference game this season.
January 13, 2012 |
As USC's basketball practice finished Friday, an unfamiliar face joined the players in a huddle. Trojans Coach Kevin O'Neill introduced the man as the greatest player in the program's history. "I want you all to meet Harold Miner," he said. Miner's No. 23 jersey will be retired at Sunday's USC-UCLA game at the Galen Center. A large photo of him already hangs in the corner of the practice arena. "I really miss being around the game," Miner said later. "I've been away for a long time.
July 26, 2012 |
USC will open its men's basketball season Nov. 9 at the Galen Center against Coppin State - but the going gets considerably tougher from there. The Trojans, coming off an injury-plagued 6-26 season, play 18 games against teams that won 20 or more games last season. USC's home schedule includes nonconference games against Long Beach State (Nov. 13), San Diego State (Nov. 25), Minnesota (Dec. 8), UC Riverside (Dec. 15), UC Irvine (Dec. 20) and Dayton (Dec. 30). The Trojans will participate in the Maui Invitational and also have nonconference games at Nebraska (Dec.