Less Is More

USC coach Kevin O’Neill decided not to practice today, repeating what he did last week during victories over in the Bay Area. O’Neill is trying to rest his team, which barely goes seven deep.

Morning Buzz

Timing is everything. A former USC athletic dept. employee speculated this week what would happen a year ago if a respected athletic director conducted the football coaching search.
USC probably would have hired someone like Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh. That in turn would have left Lane Kiffin at Tennessee and more importantly, probably secured USC’s coaching position for at least 10 years. And Tennessee would have a different version of events regarding the recent NCAA allegations. It also would mean the San Francisco 49ers would have a different coach today. Oh, and USC would have won more games last season.

Williams’ Post-Game

Arizona forward Derrick Williams with some interesting post-game comments:
“I think it was good that we lost,” he said. “We were getting big-headed and we needed to come back to earth. It was good for us.”
On USC forward Nikola Vucevic:
“He’s top five in the league and a definite NBA guy. He averages 19 (points) and 10 (rebounds), that’s better than me. He should get more credit.”

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Great Moment in USC-Arizona Game

USC coach Kevin O’Neill complained this week that Arizona forward Derrick Williams was “protected,” by referees. He also said Williams gets awarded free throws for, “walking across the court.”
So when Williams shot his first free throw Thursday night, he told O’Neill, “that’s one, with more to come.”
But Williams shot only two free throws all night.
“Wow,” O’Neill said. “Amazing how that happens.”

Who Won?

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If you were a student, you received a Kevin O’Neill bobblehead if you wore a Trojan fever T-shirt. But if you were a fan, you needed a raffle ticket with the No. 4 on it. Who won?

Vucevic Reaction

Nikola Vucevic played in front of his father for the first time since he was 16.
“I hope he’s happy,” Vucevic said.
Vucevic finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds.