USC became a fun team to watch during the NCAA Tournament. And its athleticism was again apparent even against Baylor. But the Trojans’ undoing was the final four minutes or so. As happened the past four years, Andy Enfield teams cannot play patiently.
USC is down 76-70 and Bennie Boatwright shoots a 3 from about 30 feet. The Trojans get the rebound and Jordan McLaughlin immediately shoots another 3. Enfield coaches his teams to play one speed. All the time. That hurts USC at the end of games when the clock needs to run down or you need to look for a good, high-percentage shot. That’s why USC lost today. It doesn’t take away from the first two victories but it shows why close games can be frustrating under Enfield. But overall it was a fun three-game ride.