What does USC need to do to make the NCAA Tournament?
Sweep the Washington schools and then make at least the finals of the Pac-10 Tournament. Or can the Trojans afford a split this weekend if they make the finals of the Pac-10?
Arizona State coach Herb Sendek endorsed USC’s NCAA Tournament hopes Saturday night.
“They are certainly good enough to be an NCAA team,” Sendek said. “The Pac-10 doesn’t get enough credit and they aren’t getting enough credit.”
It’s an easy victory for the Trojans, who remain in sole possession of fourth place in the Pac-10. Arizona State shot 31 percent. Nikola Vucevic led USC with 20 points and 10 rebounds in what might be his final home ame. Alex Stepheson added 15 points and 10 rebounds.
I immediately grew suspicious when I saw Lane Kiffin at today’s basketball game. Kiffin cares about USC basketball about as much as doing televised press conferences.
But then I walked into a hallway outside Galen Center and knew what was going on. The Nike football clinic is today and former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti, former USC coach John Robinson and Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino are all wandering about. Monte Kiffin is here too. So naturally Lane would be on campus.
The USC student section chanted, “one more year,” before Nikola Vucevic shot a free throw Saturday against Arizona State. The chant appeared to distract because he missed the free throw before hitting the second one.
USC center Kris O’Dowd did 31 reps on the benchpress at the NFL Combine, which was the fifth-best mark among all linemen. USC offensive tackle Tyron Smith is skipping workouts today to recover from offseason knee surgery and will work out at USC’s Pro Day on March 30.