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January 24, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
USC's Mike Gerrity cocked and fired the ball from half court, knowing his guy would fetch it. Marcus Johnson did: soaring, catching, two-hand slam, two points, and the crowd goes wild. "If Mike throws it up, I'll go get it," Johnson said. Call the highlight-worthy alley-oop an exclamation point of USC's offensive clinic Saturday night in an 87-61 blowout of Washington. New USC football Coach Lane Kiffin was among the 5,876 at the Galen Center, but he saw what most Trojans fans usually don't see: USC playing well on offense.
January 23, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Defense is USC's bread and butter, its faithful standby. If shots aren't falling, if calls go against them, if the hardwood cracks in two and a chasm appears, suspending play indefinitely -- it's cool, no worries, don't sweat it. The Trojans can still rely on their rock-solid defense, which is built on players being aggressive, knowing if they get beat, a teammate has their back. But against Washington State on Thursday, that defense, which was ranked first nationally in scoring defense (54.7)
January 23, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
Kevin O'Neill has either the best sports job in America or the worst. He coaches USC men's basketball. He stood in a hallway Thursday night, minutes after his team had blown a game it had under control by frittering away a 15-point lead, and lost to Washington State. He was frustrated, angry, disappointed in his players' efforts, probably disappointed in himself. And he said the same thing his predecessor, Tim Floyd, had said three years earlier, early in his second season, standing in the same spot in the same hallway at the Galen Center, which had just opened.
January 21, 2010 | By Carol J. Williams
Would a reasonable person confuse a USC logo on a garnet-and-black ball cap in Columbia, S.C., with the same letters on cardinal-and-gold sportswear worn by a Trojans fan at the Coliseum? Apparently so, a federal appeals court has decided in rejecting a petition from the Palmetto State to use the letters on baseball team clothing for the University of South Carolina Fighting Gamecocks. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Tuesday upheld a decision last year by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office review board to recognize the University of Southern California's century-old claim to the logo letters.
January 10, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
Missing the NCAA tournament is suddenly the least of USC's worries. Among the more pressing concerns: When will the Trojans win another game? USC arrived in the Bay Area as the hottest team in the Pacific 10 Conference and departed with a middle-of-the-pack feel after a 67-59 loss to California on Saturday night at Haas Pavilion. The Trojans have lost two consecutive games since they announced a self-imposed postseason ban in the wake of alleged rules violations involving former guard O.J. Mayo.
January 6, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Aside from jerseys, sneakers and toothbrushes, the Trojans are bringing something extra along on their two-game trip to the Bay Area, where they open tonight at Stanford. USC Coach Kevin O'Neill calls it a "playoff style of basketball" and he says it's the only style that travels well. The ingredients: Great defense, good rebounding, no turnovers and good shots. The outcome: "You can play well and win on the road as well as at home," O'Neill said. On its first trip, USC lost by a combined 45 points to then-No.
January 3, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
USC's defense handcuffs opponents and chucks the key into the ocean. Shooters can't find daylight. Post players can't budge without finding a double-team waiting. Think solitary confinement, minus the cell. Now, if only they had a formidable offense, the Trojans wouldn't post football-like scores, such as Saturday's 47-37 thriller against Arizona State in front of 5,917 at the Galen Center. "It just came down to who could stop who," said forward Leonard Washington.
December 30, 2009 | By Baxter Holmes
Donte Smith used to be USC's starting point guard. Then Mike Gerrity came along, took the spot, stole everyone's hearts, and now, with four straight wins, the team has gone from bottom dweller to possible contender in the Pacific 10 Conference. For Smith, who started USC's first eight games, Gerrity's ascension means a new role: seldom-used reserve. In the first eight games, Smith averaged 32.3 minutes, but in USC's last four he's averaged 7.3. He didn't play at all in the Trojans' last game, against Nevada Las Vegas in the championship game of the Diamond Head Classic, because of a wrist injury.
December 26, 2009
Neither team opened the season expecting to wind up in this game, though for different reasons. Times staff writer Gary Klein looks at some of the key issues for the game between the Trojans and Eagles. Young and old Both teams feature freshmen at quarterback, but the similarities end with their statistics. USC's Matt Barkley, 19, is looking to finish on a high note after a difficult second half of the season. In 11 starts, he has completed 58% of his passes, with 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
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