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December 17, 2013
Josh Smith scored 30 points, Greg Monroe had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons handed Indiana its first home loss of the season Monday night, stunning the Pacers, 101-96. The Pistons won for the second time in six games, ended a six-game skid in the series and ended a nine-game losing streak in Indianapolis. Lance Stephenson had a season-high 23 points, and Luis Scola scored 13 of his season-best 18 in the fourth quarter for Indiana (20-4), whose 11-0 start at home was the best in franchise history.
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November 21, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Maurice Jones, generously listed at 5 feet 7, overshadows his fellow freshman teammates as the predetermined prize of USC's 2010 basketball recruiting class. But Bryce Jones and Garrett Jackson are proving to be more advanced than once thought, and have each carved early roles as much-needed playmakers for the Trojans this season. Bryce Jones, a guard from Woodland Hills Taft High, scored 21 points Sunday in USC's 80-61 drubbing of New Mexico State at the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament in Springfield, Mass.
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November 2, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
During a closed scrimmage against Air Force last weekend, the USC men's basketball team proved three things to Coach Kevin O'Neill : That freshman point guard Maurice Jones was ready to lead the Trojans, that overall the team is in very good physical shape and that the Trojans are, as a group, unselfish. The unofficial score of the USC victory was 75-46, and the Trojans got balanced scoring highlighted by a 10-point, 10-assist, five-turnover performance in 38 minutes from Jones.
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November 13, 2010
Baxter Holmes' comments on USC's roster for 2010-11 (statistics are from last season): No./NAME/YR/HT/PPG/RPG/APG/COMMENT Starters 5/Nikola Vucevic/Jr./6-10/10.7/9.4/1.2/Pac-10's top returning rebounder is key to USC's success. 1/Alex Stepheson/Sr./6-10/8.4/7.2/0.3/Powerful and athletic but foul-prone and limited offensively. 43/Marcus Simmons/Sr./6-6/3.0/2.0/0.8/A shut-down defender with a decent mid-range jumper. 15/Bryce Jones/Fr./6-5/--/--/--/Long and fast with ability to soar and score from long range.
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March 12, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
The picture in his office shows a fruit stand advertising strawberries. The stand's sign reads "K.O'Neill. " USC Coach Kevin O'Neill has kept it since an anonymous "fan" sent it to him in the early 1990s when he coached at Marquette, telling O'Neill he should quit and sell fruit. "It kind of symbolizes to me that this business is pretty fickle; here today, gone tomorrow," O'Neill said Saturday in his office. O'Neill knows what he's talking about, because after an altercation he was involved in Thursday night in a hotel lobby with an Arizona booster, the second-year coach's job is on the line.
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November 29, 2008 | Lisa Dillman
Suspense, in an almost ghoulish way, did linger until late in the second half of USC's blowout against Tennessee Martin on Friday night at the Galen Center. You wondered whether the Skyhawks would manage to score more than 30 points. And if that sounds slightly unfair, well, Tennessee Martin did only score 17 points in the first half, shooting a mere 27% from the field.
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October 13, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
In a city and region known for clear blue skies, the USC men's basketball program had a dark cloud hanging low over its 2009-10 season. First came self-imposed sanctions in January that banned the Trojans from postseason play for allegations of scandal surrounding former star O.J. Mayo . Then came the wait for the NCAA's final decision after a four-year investigation, which arrived in June. But now that the ban has lifted and the NCAA decided not to further penalize the Trojans basketball team, Coach Kevin O'Neill can breathe easier entering this season, which starts Nov. 13. "I'm glad we self-imposed," O'Neill said Wednesday at a coaches luncheon at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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March 4, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes, Times Staff Writer
Motivational speakers, send material to the USC men's basketball team, care of Coach Kevin O'Neill . He's in need of ideas that will keep his tattered team pushing forward — because it's going nowhere, except to the desert and back. Win or lose, tonight's game at Arizona State and Saturday's at Arizona are USC's final games of the season because a postseason ban imposed by the university relating to NCAA violations involving former Trojans star O.J. Mayo . Up until this point, they had something to play for — a shot on the Pacific 10 Conference regular-season championship — but that was 86'd last week.
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October 23, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Soon after last season's first intrasquad scrimmage, USC men's basketball Coach Kevin O'Neill wanted a stiff drink. "I remember thinking, I'm going straight to a barroom someplace because this isn't going to be any fun this year," O'Neill said. But after Saturday's Cardinal and Gold scrimmage, he felt more relieved than thirsty. His team looked sharp and executed plays well, and many of his young players showed promise. Part of that, O'Neill said, is that it's his second season coaching the Trojans, so key returning players understand his system.
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February 4, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
A UCLA fan longing for the good old days in Westwood saw a glimpse of them Wednesday night at Pauley Pavilion. The seconds were ticking off the Bruins' 64-50 win against their crosstown rival USC, and the fan, standing in the bleachers behind the Bruins' basket, knew the way UCLA did it looked awfully familiar. "That's how the Final Four teams played defense," he said. UCLA (15-7, 7-3 in Pacific 10 Conference play) turned its one-point halftime lead into a double-digit win with a suffocating defense.
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