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SPORTS
January 12, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
At tipoff Thursday night in Eugene, Ore., USC and Oregon players can gaze down at the most unusual and iconic court in all of college basketball. And if they gaze up, they'll find the largest and most advanced center-hung scoreboard in all of college athletics. And all around them, whether from the end lines, sidelines, or the steeply-tiered seats sitting practically on top of the court, more than 12,000 Oregon fans will be at fever pitch as the referees toss the ball up, commencing the opening of the Ducks' gleaming $200-million Matthew Knight Arena.
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SPORTS
January 11, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
USC has played 76 men's basketball home games at the Galen Center since it opened in 2006, and only four have been sellouts at the 10,258-seat arena. But Sunday's game was the first home sellout that USC won, as the Trojans (10-6, 2-1 in Pacific 10 Conference play) beat crosstown rival UCLA, 63-52. USC players and coaches said the crowd keyed the win, and even UCLA freshman center Joshua Smith was impressed. "The Galen Center, they have it pretty sweet," Smith said Tuesday.
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