USC defeated Tennessee Tech, 70-58, before a sparse crowd as UNLV-transfer Katin Reinhardt missed seven of his first eight shots but scored 19 points on 5 for 14 shooting to lead the Trojans while freshman guard Jordan McLaughlin added 15 points and seven assists.
“Jim’s recruited well. I think he’s brought a little bit of an edge to their football team. You can see it in the way they play. They’re probably playing their best football the last couple weeks when you look at the film.”
– USC coach Steve Sarkisian on the job UCLA coach Jim Mora‘s done
There’s no question USC will be better this season (even after losing to Portland State). But will USC play defense? That does not seem to be Andy Enfield’s strong suit and tonight’s game with Tennessee Tech will be the first chance to show if the Portland State debacle was a fluke.
UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley was the key to last year’s game when he rushed for 80 yards with two touchdowns and also passed for 208 yards. Now for the quick thought: If Clancy Pendergast could not contain Hundley, what is there to suggest Justin Wilcox will be able to stop Hundley?