Malik Martin Injures Knee

USC freshman forward Malik Martin, who left in the first half of today’s game against Drexel with a knee injury, had his knee examined by a physician. His injury is classified as a hyperextension of his right knee but Martin will have an MRI when the team returns to Los Angeles.

USC defeated Drexel, 72-70. The Trojans are now 2-2 while mighty Drexel is 0-4.

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Live Chat Today!

It’s the Crosstown Rivalry so we will have a live chat going from 2-4 p.m. this afternoon. Time for all those questions about the big game. Not big game, that’s Stanford-Cal.

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USC Morning Buzz: Steve Sarkisian About To Learn Importance Of Rivalry

USC v. UCLAThe UCLA game always forges the identity of a USC coach, but one could argue the game is even bigger than usual for Steve Sarkisian. The Trojans (7-3, 6-2) don’t exactly own a signature win and could possibly claim the Pacific-12 Conference South Division with a victory over UCLA.

But a loss to the crosstown rivals, to echo McKay, would unleash even more criticism than losses to Boston College and Arizona State.

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Late-Night Thought

Cal defeated No. 23-ranked Syracuse tonight, 73-59, a big win for first-year coach  Cuonzo Martin. Oh oh, looks like another Pac-12 school has a good coach. That’s not good news for USC.

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The Shot Doctor

Jackson Forsythe Jovanovic

I realize USC’s basketball team has no seniors and is considered young. But isn’t Andy Enfield considered a shot doctor who tutored NBA players? USC shot 28 percent against Akron and went 2-12 on 3-pointers. Katin Reinhardt was 0 for 5. The good news is USC faces winless Drexel tomorrow.

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Josh Shaw To Play Against UCLA

It sure sounds like cornerback Josh Shaw could have a big role in the game although Steve Sarkisian said he has not decided yet.

“It depends how he looks on game day,” Sarkisian said. “He’ll have some role in the game.”

Shaw is likely to be a cornerback/nickel back, which is something the Trojans want as finding a third corner to complement Adoree Jackson and Kevon Seymour has been a season-long issue.

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Akron 66, USC 46

Andy Enfield loses to Akron by 20 and the Zips didn’t even have their best player,  Demetrius Treadwell. Nikola Jovanovic led the Trojans with 11 points and nine rebounds.

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