USC Morning Buzz: No, 2016 Is Not 1971 When Talking Basketball

USC forward Ron Riley, an all-Pac-8 first-team pick, against Stanford in 1971 at the Sports Arena.

USC forward Ron Riley, an all-Pac-8 first-team pick, against Stanford in 1971 at the Sports Arena.

USC is 13-0, ranked No. 23 in the nation and surprising contender as Pac-12 play begins Wednesday. But that perfect start is drawing unnecessary comparisons to the 1970-71 Trojans, who started 16-0 and finished 24-2.

Let’s just look at the 1971 Trojans’ 14 non-conference games. USC beat four-ranked teams: No. 14 Houston (77-64); No. 17 Florida State (94-85); No. 18 LSU (80-76) and No. 20 BYU (101-65). This year’s Trojans have not played a ranked team, a deliberate bit of scheduling by Andy Enfield.

So just enjoy how great this season started without listening to any noise about how it compares to 1971. That classic team does not deserve to hear this comparison, unless USC goes 16-2 in Pac-12 games.

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  • RegalTrojan

    The bottom line is our guys still haven’t lost in the season, so there’s no point in dwelling on the future losses that haven’t occurred yet. I’ll enjoy the ride as much as I can especially because this perfect start is a pleasant surprise and wasn’t expected by many. Let’s keep going, boys!!!

    • gotroy22

      So you aren’t critical of UW football’s cupcake preseason schedule?

      • RegalTrojan

        I don’t think I ever was. You might have the wrong person. But should I be?

  • Alvarado

    A lot of truth in that Scott but as Regal states – let’s enjoy the ride

  • 04Trojan

    #22? Selective reporting by Flow.

  • PHIL NEIMAN

    That 70-71 was special, and a cut above this years squad, no doubt. SC may still have to claw it’s way into the tournament, as a lot of losses could be looming in conference play. But Wolf can’t accept the fact that Enfield is building the program up, and doing so despite poor decisions on early NBA entries(Jacobs) and injuries this year. Our

    • Alvarado

      Back in 1970 Sydney Wicks personally took control of that 1st game at the Sports Arena with USC in the lead. Watched him yelling at the others as to where they were to move to – Patterson, Rowe et. al. Wicks was the general that night and USC didn’t have anyone to counter him.

      • Drain the IE Swamp

        Boyd gagged the game away, both times

        • Alvarado

          Yup it sure looked that way esp. the 2nd one – bel-air tech got off to that double digit lead and never looked back

          • Drain the IE Swamp

            The game at the sports arena was a pure choke job, never should have lost that game

          • Alvarado

            Agreed I watched the team (USC) give it away.

      • PHIL NEIMAN

        It still pains me to think about that game. Maybe SC’s best team, but ucla was a little better, and they knew how to win games like that.

        • Alvarado

          Sad reality was there was not one guy on the squad that had an ‘attitude’ – they were all xlnt players but there was not a real leader as Wicks was for the Bruins.

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    • LamontRaymond

      it’s his brand.

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  • Golden Trojan

    Saw part of the Wyoming game, they hung there with a hot shooting Cowboys team. There are 3 other Pac12 teams in the top 25, UCLA, Az, and the Ducks. Wish the Trojans the best, conference play will be tough. We’ll see how great this team is. Going far in the conference tourny should be expected at this point.

  • JustOwns

    bozo u defeats Omaha. Huge!

    Andyain’twinning makes a living scheduling cupcake BB teams and defeating them by 2 points in empty, third rate casino arenas.

  • Helen

    The Blogger is in a tizzy with the football and basketball winning streaks.

  • CP2016

    Blogger doesn’t want you to compare them to the 1971 team…and then compares them to the 1971 team. SW Logic.

    • LamontRaymond

      He’s got to get his pre-slam in there…. has to justify his condemnation of Haden for hiring him (and Helton). Shrew, much?

  • Alvarado

    Today 27th December 2016 – the USC players ‘might’ not be as skilled as bel-air tech ‘but’ there’s no question USC has the better coach and in a close contest THAT’s the difference!

  • Ken Hart

    USC is number 22 Blogger. Get up to speed. I know that you have more important things to be concerned about like feeding your negative narrative about USC but try to be honest.

  • I’ve HADENough

    At least the 2016 team isn’t competing with Sam Gilbert. That 1971 Non Conference Schedule would make a great Football Non Conference Schedule today.

    • JustOwns

      What position did Sam Gilbert play on the 70-71 UCLA BB team?

      As I recall, bozo u lost only 2 games that season – both to UCLA; but, I can’t locate Sam Gilbert’s name in either games stat sheet.

      The 70 -71 bozo’s were no doubt a good BB team, just not good enough to win Pac-8 conf. or receive an invitation to the NCAA tournament.

      • 2DubNetShredder

        You may want to leave off that “or”. Back in that day, you had to win your conference to go to the tourney.

      • Saul Goodman

        I was a HUGE UNLV fan back in the Tark hey day. You wouldn’t have found a bigger fan than me. However, you would never have heard me argue that the program was clean or the players were choir boys. Just own it. It doesn’t diminish what UCLA accomplished IMO (and most others outside the homers on this board). But, pretending your program was “clean” when it’s well documented it wasn’t, is just dumb.

        • gotroy22

          True, USC ended up on probation in 1982 for football and the ruins ended up on probation for football and basketball.

      • I’ve HADENough

        I believe Gilbert was the team’s Chief Financial Officer

        • Drain the IE Swamp

          He also got players girlfriends abortions

          • I’ve HADENough

            Chief Medical Officer as well….impressive

      • Traveler

        JustHowls, you certainly are a great spokesdweeb for Chucko State. Keep at it kid!

    • Jack B

      The Trolls still think ucla never cheated. True story. That’s how stupid they are.

  • JustOwns

    Well as usual microbe brain, you’re WRONG!

    On Sunday Nov. 13, 2016, the bozo u BB team defeated the Omaha Cupcakes 82 – 72 in the empty Galen Barn – a signature bozo u creampuff victory so obscure even loser bandwagoners like yourself missed it.

    Andyain’twinning sort of panhandles his way up AP BB ranking on cupcakes and cream puff wins in empty 3rd rate arenas.

    #where’stheshuckster?

    • ANDYISWINNNNNING!!!!

      Omaha was an insignificant blip on the radar!
      Flunk on Btech!

      • JustOwns

        So now the bozo u Omaha win that you claimed never happened, has been upgraded to “an insignificant blip” bozo u victory?

        Well your rampant ignorance is understandable, nobody attended the game except maybe Leinart and his posse.

        Appreciate the nothing reply.

        • ANDYISWINNNNNING!!!!

          Yes! Don’t forget—you also watched it on tv!
          F L U N K
          O N
          B T E C H!!!

          • JustOwns

            Wrong again!

            You need to cut your early morning sugar consumption.

  • LAfan

    Instead of talks by about basketball, perhaps the Blogger can report on it.

  • Jack B

    Who’s comparing this bunch with the ’71 Trojans? Really. Nobody, that’s who. Just another false SW narrative.

    That ’71 team was our best team ever, probably by far (at least in modern times), ended up ranked #5 by the AP, and we lost to ucla both games that year, so we couldn’t make it to the tourney. In fact, USC has only won the conference twice since 1960 if you can believe that.

    With the way #2 ucla is playing this year, and ORE and ARIZ, we probably won’t win the conference again. At least we’ll get to the tourney, pretty sure of that. If not, that’s USC basketball for you, very much like ucla football – can’t get over the monster across town.

  • Yale O. Leftwich

    YES that year may never be equaled,I remember it well…but the Bibby 2000 team,and this one strike a chord…we can dream…hope, and consider what might be,or have been if some had stuck around 1 more year…

  • Drain the IE Swamp

    What’s 2015 got to do with 2016 ?

    • ANDYISWINNNNNING!!!!

      History repeats itself!

    • gotroy22

      And KY is not a soft opponent.

  • Ken Hart

    It’s funny, if I see negative stuff posted on other websites about USC, such as 6 players disqualified because of academics, I quickly go to this bog to verify. I know that if there is anything negative about USC then the blogger will have it up. He spins a lot of stuff but if it is negative and about USC it will be here for sure.

  • Drain the IE Swamp

    I was at the LSU game. SC was down most of the game and came back at the end to win it. We sat right behind LSU’s bench. My dad heckled Maravich’s dad, LSU’s coach, so bad he turned around and told him to go to he!!, which got everyone in the section heckling him then.

    Here’s some info about that team, no one was a 50% shooter from the field ( Ron Riley was 48%, Westphal was 47%) and only 1 player was above 80% from the free throw line ( a bench player was 2 for 2 ). As a team they shot 68% from the line.

    They beat USF by 3, UTEP by 2, UDUB by 1 and Utah by 9.

    And the attendance was awful, AWFUL.

  • Traveler

    My gosh Scooter…you ARE a tedious, cranky little thing. Why? Is it a ploy to get people to respond to you? Desperate times, ‘eh?