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.
November 29, 2008 |
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.
March 16, 2011 |
USC's thin lineup was thinned out Wednesday night here, as the Trojans lost player after player late in their first-round NCAA tournament game against Virginia Commonwealth. Making a comeback without bodies seemed impossible, and the Trojans indeed could not, falling to the Rams, 59-46. VCU (24-11) earns the No. 11 seed in the Southwest Regional and will advance to play Georgetown (21-10) at 6 p.m. PDT Friday at the United Center in Chicago. Photos: USC vs. Virginia Commonwealth USC's 2010-11 season ends with a record of 19 wins and 15 losses in the first game back for USC Coach Kevin O'Neill after he was suspended one game last week for an altercation.
December 30, 2010 |
USC's lock-down defense shut down Washington's high-powered offense Wednesday. It held the Huskies to 35.5 points below their season average by the start of overtime ? and didn't give up a fastbreak point. It forced Washington into 17 turnovers ? after the Huskies committed a total of nine in their two previous games ? and kept star guard Isaiah Thomas (10 points, six turnovers) in check. But that all went for naught in an 73-67 loss, forcing USC (8-6, 0-1 in conference play)
March 12, 2011 |
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.
March 4, 2010 |
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.
February 12, 2011 |
Every Friday, your average 9-to-5 worker is worn down and ready to punch out, thankful for a Saturday to kick back and chill. USC knows the feeling ? except for that last part. Leading up to Saturdays, the Trojans too seem tuckered out as their seven-man roster looks dead-legged, usually from playing a game two days prior. Which partly explains why more than half of USC's losses this season (seven) have come on Saturdays, with the Trojans' only wins coming in its season opener and after a six-day break between games.
February 19, 2010 |
USC walked into Bank of America Arena as if it owned the joint Thursday, made itself comfortable, then bullied and bloodied the Washington Huskies before stealing a rare road win it nearly gave away. Mike Gerrity hit a clutch jumper with 15.2 seconds left to put USC up 65-61. Following a timeout, two Washington players missed desperation shots, and Dwight Lewis grabbed a key rebound and secured the 67-64 win with two free throws. For USC (16-9 overall, 8-5 in Pacific 10 Conference)
October 23, 2010 |
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.
February 4, 2011 |
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.