Bob Cantu Reaction To Loss

Here’s USC coach Bob Cantu after the UCLA game:

“It was a big hole and we couldn’t get out of it (in the first half). We were just too far down to get back.”

“It was just their day today.”

“(Omar Oraby) did play really well. We went smaller in the second half. We could have definitely used his offense.”

“They were changing coverages (on Jio Fontan). His perimeter shots just didn’t drop.”

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UCLA 75, USC 59

It’s all over from the Galen Center where the Trojans shot only 35 percent with guard Jio Fontan going 2 for 11 and guard Byron Wesley 3 for 11 while forward Eric Wise was 4 for 12.

This is just the start of a tough three-game homestand that has Arizona coming here Wednesday night. J.T. Terrell led USC wih 17 points.

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Halftime From Galen

UCLa is shooting 61 percent while the Trojans are mired at 33 percent and that’s why the Bruins lead 47-26 at the half. Jio Fontan, Renaldo Woolridge, J.T. Terrell and Byron Wesley are 3 for 17 on FGs.

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USC Saturday Buzz

The USC coaching staff is nearly completed. Running backs coach Tommie Robinson is expected to favor USC although he is weighing another job offer. This means the new hires have about two weeks to get ready for spring practice.

And it sure looks like Clay Helton will become offensive coordinator. That sort of ruins the theory some had that firing Kennedy Pola was necessary to bring in a top-notch coordinator.

Meanwhile, center Khaled Holmes is not expected to perform in any more workouts at the NFL combine after straining a chest muscle on the benchpress.

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