Losses

15 Feb 19

Today on Off the Heave, Kevin Sweeney is joined by Nick Guiang and Ben Moskow to talk about the Wildcats’ two most recent losses: the heartbreaking road defeat at Iowa and a 3-point loss to Rutgers in Evanston. They discuss what went wrong late in in Iowa City and how this team should approach the […]

15 Feb 19

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15 Feb 19
Lance Erlick, Author

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15 Feb 19
Pasadena Star News
USC’s basketball season took another hit this week. When the Trojans stumbled 79-76 at Stanford on Wednesday, they suffered their third consecutive loss and fell among the logjam of .500 teams sitting in the middle of the Pac-12 Conference standings. It was only two weeks ago the Trojans, following a difficult nonconference stretch and splitting their first four conference games, had moved into second place in the Pac-12, sitting within range of first-place Washington. Amid their latest trying stretch, the Trojans (13-12 overall, 6-6 Pac-12) have been unable to manage several late-game situations, sinking their hopes for a regular-season Pac-12 title and damaging their chances of procuring an opening-round bye for the conference tournament next month in Las Vegas. Throughout the season, USC has lost four of five games decided by five points or fewer – including the two most recent stumbles against Stanford and Colorado – and twice in overtime. “Our upperclassmen have got to finish games in the last minute and they have to do a better job, point blank,” USC coach Andy Enfield told reporters following the loss to the Cardinal. Before the Trojans faltered against Stanford, they held a four-point lead entering the final minute. But with 56 seconds left, junior point guard Derryck Thornton missed a pair of free throws, allowing Stanford to corral a rebound and for Marcus Sheffield to hit a 3-pointer that cut the deficit to one point. On the following possession, the Trojans were undone by a turnover. Junior forward Nick Rakocevic held the ball atop the key and attempted to lob a pass toward Bennie Boatwright, but it was batted down and stolen by Josh Sharma. The Cardinal scored the winning basket on the next trip down the court. In similar fashion, USC was tied with Colorado with little more than a minute left in last week’s 69-65 loss when it failed to pick up guard McKinley Wright, who drove through the lane and made an uncontested layup for the go-ahead shot. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] Enfield similarly criticized his veteran players’ execution during the stretch, noting that Boatwright and Rakocevic needed to better defend the lane against the driving Wright. If the Trojans bounce back Saturday at Cal, they should not need to prevail in the closing moments. They are comfortable favorites over the Golden Bears (5-19, 0-12), who are in jeopardy of becoming only the second team to finish winless in conference play since the Pac-8 expanded to the Pac-10 four decades ago. Oregon State went 0-18 in conference in 2008. USC handled Cal 82-73 in the teams’ conference opener at Galen Center. The Golden Bears nearly upset UCLA on Wednesday, before losing 75-67 in overtime in Berkeley.
15 Feb 19
Orange County Register
USC’s basketball season took another hit this week. When the Trojans stumbled 79-76 at Stanford on Wednesday, they suffered their third consecutive loss and fell among the logjam of .500 teams sitting in the middle of the Pac-12 Conference standings. It was only two weeks ago the Trojans, following a difficult nonconference stretch and splitting their first four conference games, had moved into second place in the Pac-12, sitting within range of first-place Washington. Amid their latest trying stretch, the Trojans (13-12 overall, 6-6 Pac-12) have been unable to manage several late-game situations, sinking their hopes for a regular-season Pac-12 title and damaging their chances of procuring an opening-round bye for the conference tournament next month in Las Vegas. Throughout the season, USC has lost four of five games decided by five points or fewer – including the two most recent stumbles against Stanford and Colorado – and twice in overtime. “Our upperclassmen have got to finish games in the last minute and they have to do a better job, point blank,” USC coach Andy Enfield told reporters following the loss to the Cardinal. Before the Trojans faltered against Stanford, they held a four-point lead entering the final minute. But with 56 seconds left, junior point guard Derryck Thornton missed a pair of free throws, allowing Stanford to corral a rebound and for Marcus Sheffield to hit a 3-pointer that cut the deficit to one point. On the following possession, the Trojans were undone by a turnover. Junior forward Nick Rakocevic held the ball atop the key and attempted to lob a pass toward Bennie Boatwright, but it was batted down and stolen by Josh Sharma. The Cardinal scored the winning basket on the next trip down the court. In similar fashion, USC was tied with Colorado with little more than a minute left in last week’s 69-65 loss when it failed to pick up guard McKinley Wright, who drove through the lane and made an uncontested layup for the go-ahead shot. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] Enfield similarly criticized his veteran players’ execution during the stretch, noting that Boatwright and Rakocevic needed to better defend the lane against the driving Wright. If the Trojans bounce back Saturday at Cal, they should not need to prevail in the closing moments. They are comfortable favorites over the Golden Bears (5-19, 0-12), who are in jeopardy of becoming only the second team to finish winless in conference play since the Pac-8 expanded to the Pac-10 four decades ago. Oregon State went 0-18 in conference in 2008. USC handled Cal 82-73 in the teams’ conference opener at Galen Center. The Golden Bears nearly upset UCLA on Wednesday, before losing 75-67 in overtime in Berkeley.
15 Feb 19
SCNG
USC’s basketball season took another hit this week. When the Trojans stumbled 79-76 at Stanford on Wednesday, they suffered their third consecutive loss and fell among the logjam of .500 teams sitting in the middle of the Pac-12 Conference standings. It was only two weeks ago the Trojans, following a difficult nonconference stretch and splitting their first four conference games, had moved into second place in the Pac-12, sitting within range of first-place Washington. Amid their latest trying stretch, the Trojans (13-12 overall, 6-6 Pac-12) have been unable to manage several late-game situations, sinking their hopes for a regular-season Pac-12 title and damaging their chances of procuring an opening-round bye for the conference tournament next month in Las Vegas. Throughout the season, USC has lost four of five games decided by five points or fewer – including the two most recent stumbles against Stanford and Colorado – and twice in overtime. “Our upperclassmen have got to finish games in the last minute and they have to do a better job, point blank,” USC coach Andy Enfield told reporters following the loss to the Cardinal. Before the Trojans faltered against Stanford, they held a four-point lead entering the final minute. But with 56 seconds left, junior point guard Derryck Thornton missed a pair of free throws, allowing Stanford to corral a rebound and for Marcus Sheffield to hit a 3-pointer that cut the deficit to one point. On the following possession, the Trojans were undone by a turnover. Junior forward Nick Rakocevic held the ball atop the key and attempted to lob a pass toward Bennie Boatwright, but it was batted down and stolen by Josh Sharma. The Cardinal scored the winning basket on the next trip down the court. In similar fashion, USC was tied with Colorado with little more than a minute left in last week’s 69-65 loss when it failed to pick up guard McKinley Wright, who drove through the lane and made an uncontested layup for the go-ahead shot. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] Enfield similarly criticized his veteran players’ execution during the stretch, noting that Boatwright and Rakocevic needed to better defend the lane against the driving Wright. If the Trojans bounce back Saturday at Cal, they should not need to prevail in the closing moments. They are comfortable favorites over the Golden Bears (5-19, 0-12), who are in jeopardy of becoming only the second team to finish winless in conference play since the Pac-8 expanded to the Pac-10 four decades ago. Oregon State went 0-18 in conference in 2008. USC handled Cal 82-73 in the teams’ conference opener at Galen Center. The Golden Bears nearly upset UCLA on Wednesday, before losing 75-67 in overtime in Berkeley.
15 Feb 19
Daily Breeze
USC’s basketball season took another hit this week. When the Trojans stumbled 79-76 at Stanford on Wednesday, they suffered their third consecutive loss and fell among the logjam of .500 teams sitting in the middle of the Pac-12 Conference standings. It was only two weeks ago the Trojans, following a difficult nonconference stretch and splitting their first four conference games, had moved into second place in the Pac-12, sitting within range of first-place Washington. Amid their latest trying stretch, the Trojans (13-12 overall, 6-6 Pac-12) have been unable to manage several late-game situations, sinking their hopes for a regular-season Pac-12 title and damaging their chances of procuring an opening-round bye for the conference tournament next month in Las Vegas. Throughout the season, USC has lost four of five games decided by five points or fewer – including the two most recent stumbles against Stanford and Colorado – and twice in overtime. “Our upperclassmen have got to finish games in the last minute and they have to do a better job, point blank,” USC coach Andy Enfield told reporters following the loss to the Cardinal. Before the Trojans faltered against Stanford, they held a four-point lead entering the final minute. But with 56 seconds left, junior point guard Derryck Thornton missed a pair of free throws, allowing Stanford to corral a rebound and for Marcus Sheffield to hit a 3-pointer that cut the deficit to one point. On the following possession, the Trojans were undone by a turnover. Junior forward Nick Rakocevic held the ball atop the key and attempted to lob a pass toward Bennie Boatwright, but it was batted down and stolen by Josh Sharma. The Cardinal scored the winning basket on the next trip down the court. In similar fashion, USC was tied with Colorado with little more than a minute left in last week’s 69-65 loss when it failed to pick up guard McKinley Wright, who drove through the lane and made an uncontested layup for the go-ahead shot. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] Enfield similarly criticized his veteran players’ execution during the stretch, noting that Boatwright and Rakocevic needed to better defend the lane against the driving Wright. If the Trojans bounce back Saturday at Cal, they should not need to prevail in the closing moments. They are comfortable favorites over the Golden Bears (5-19, 0-12), who are in jeopardy of becoming only the second team to finish winless in conference play since the Pac-8 expanded to the Pac-10 four decades ago. Oregon State went 0-18 in conference in 2008. USC handled Cal 82-73 in the teams’ conference opener at Galen Center. The Golden Bears nearly upset UCLA on Wednesday, before losing 75-67 in overtime in Berkeley.
15 Feb 19
Whittier Daily News
USC’s basketball season took another hit this week. When the Trojans stumbled 79-76 at Stanford on Wednesday, they suffered their third consecutive loss and fell among the logjam of .500 teams sitting in the middle of the Pac-12 Conference standings. It was only two weeks ago the Trojans, following a difficult nonconference stretch and splitting their first four conference games, had moved into second place in the Pac-12, sitting within range of first-place Washington. Amid their latest trying stretch, the Trojans (13-12 overall, 6-6 Pac-12) have been unable to manage several late-game situations, sinking their hopes for a regular-season Pac-12 title and damaging their chances of procuring an opening-round bye for the conference tournament next month in Las Vegas. Throughout the season, USC has lost four of five games decided by five points or fewer – including the two most recent stumbles against Stanford and Colorado – and twice in overtime. “Our upperclassmen have got to finish games in the last minute and they have to do a better job, point blank,” USC coach Andy Enfield told reporters following the loss to the Cardinal. Before the Trojans faltered against Stanford, they held a four-point lead entering the final minute. But with 56 seconds left, junior point guard Derryck Thornton missed a pair of free throws, allowing Stanford to corral a rebound and for Marcus Sheffield to hit a 3-pointer that cut the deficit to one point. On the following possession, the Trojans were undone by a turnover. Junior forward Nick Rakocevic held the ball atop the key and attempted to lob a pass toward Bennie Boatwright, but it was batted down and stolen by Josh Sharma. The Cardinal scored the winning basket on the next trip down the court. In similar fashion, USC was tied with Colorado with little more than a minute left in last week’s 69-65 loss when it failed to pick up guard McKinley Wright, who drove through the lane and made an uncontested layup for the go-ahead shot. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] Enfield similarly criticized his veteran players’ execution during the stretch, noting that Boatwright and Rakocevic needed to better defend the lane against the driving Wright. If the Trojans bounce back Saturday at Cal, they should not need to prevail in the closing moments. They are comfortable favorites over the Golden Bears (5-19, 0-12), who are in jeopardy of becoming only the second team to finish winless in conference play since the Pac-8 expanded to the Pac-10 four decades ago. Oregon State went 0-18 in conference in 2008. USC handled Cal 82-73 in the teams’ conference opener at Galen Center. The Golden Bears nearly upset UCLA on Wednesday, before losing 75-67 in overtime in Berkeley.
15 Feb 19
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
USC’s basketball season took another hit this week. When the Trojans stumbled 79-76 at Stanford on Wednesday, they suffered their third consecutive loss and fell among the logjam of .500 teams sitting in the middle of the Pac-12 Conference standings. It was only two weeks ago the Trojans, following a difficult nonconference stretch and splitting their first four conference games, had moved into second place in the Pac-12, sitting within range of first-place Washington. Amid their latest trying stretch, the Trojans (13-12 overall, 6-6 Pac-12) have been unable to manage several late-game situations, sinking their hopes for a regular-season Pac-12 title and damaging their chances of procuring an opening-round bye for the conference tournament next month in Las Vegas. Throughout the season, USC has lost four of five games decided by five points or fewer – including the two most recent stumbles against Stanford and Colorado – and twice in overtime. “Our upperclassmen have got to finish games in the last minute and they have to do a better job, point blank,” USC coach Andy Enfield told reporters following the loss to the Cardinal. Before the Trojans faltered against Stanford, they held a four-point lead entering the final minute. But with 56 seconds left, junior point guard Derryck Thornton missed a pair of free throws, allowing Stanford to corral a rebound and for Marcus Sheffield to hit a 3-pointer that cut the deficit to one point. On the following possession, the Trojans were undone by a turnover. Junior forward Nick Rakocevic held the ball atop the key and attempted to lob a pass toward Bennie Boatwright, but it was batted down and stolen by Josh Sharma. The Cardinal scored the winning basket on the next trip down the court. In similar fashion, USC was tied with Colorado with little more than a minute left in last week’s 69-65 loss when it failed to pick up guard McKinley Wright, who drove through the lane and made an uncontested layup for the go-ahead shot. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] Enfield similarly criticized his veteran players’ execution during the stretch, noting that Boatwright and Rakocevic needed to better defend the lane against the driving Wright. If the Trojans bounce back Saturday at Cal, they should not need to prevail in the closing moments. They are comfortable favorites over the Golden Bears (5-19, 0-12), who are in jeopardy of becoming only the second team to finish winless in conference play since the Pac-8 expanded to the Pac-10 four decades ago. Oregon State went 0-18 in conference in 2008. USC handled Cal 82-73 in the teams’ conference opener at Galen Center. The Golden Bears nearly upset UCLA on Wednesday, before losing 75-67 in overtime in Berkeley.
15 Feb 19
Redlands Daily Facts
USC’s basketball season took another hit this week. When the Trojans stumbled 79-76 at Stanford on Wednesday, they suffered their third consecutive loss and fell among the logjam of .500 teams sitting in the middle of the Pac-12 Conference standings. It was only two weeks ago the Trojans, following a difficult nonconference stretch and splitting their first four conference games, had moved into second place in the Pac-12, sitting within range of first-place Washington. Amid their latest trying stretch, the Trojans (13-12 overall, 6-6 Pac-12) have been unable to manage several late-game situations, sinking their hopes for a regular-season Pac-12 title and damaging their chances of procuring an opening-round bye for the conference tournament next month in Las Vegas. Throughout the season, USC has lost four of five games decided by five points or fewer – including the two most recent stumbles against Stanford and Colorado – and twice in overtime. “Our upperclassmen have got to finish games in the last minute and they have to do a better job, point blank,” USC coach Andy Enfield told reporters following the loss to the Cardinal. Before the Trojans faltered against Stanford, they held a four-point lead entering the final minute. But with 56 seconds left, junior point guard Derryck Thornton missed a pair of free throws, allowing Stanford to corral a rebound and for Marcus Sheffield to hit a 3-pointer that cut the deficit to one point. On the following possession, the Trojans were undone by a turnover. Junior forward Nick Rakocevic held the ball atop the key and attempted to lob a pass toward Bennie Boatwright, but it was batted down and stolen by Josh Sharma. The Cardinal scored the winning basket on the next trip down the court. In similar fashion, USC was tied with Colorado with little more than a minute left in last week’s 69-65 loss when it failed to pick up guard McKinley Wright, who drove through the lane and made an uncontested layup for the go-ahead shot. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] Enfield similarly criticized his veteran players’ execution during the stretch, noting that Boatwright and Rakocevic needed to better defend the lane against the driving Wright. If the Trojans bounce back Saturday at Cal, they should not need to prevail in the closing moments. They are comfortable favorites over the Golden Bears (5-19, 0-12), who are in jeopardy of becoming only the second team to finish winless in conference play since the Pac-8 expanded to the Pac-10 four decades ago. Oregon State went 0-18 in conference in 2008. USC handled Cal 82-73 in the teams’ conference opener at Galen Center. The Golden Bears nearly upset UCLA on Wednesday, before losing 75-67 in overtime in Berkeley.
15 Feb 19
Daily News
USC’s basketball season took another hit this week. When the Trojans stumbled 79-76 at Stanford on Wednesday, they suffered their third consecutive loss and fell among the logjam of .500 teams sitting in the middle of the Pac-12 Conference standings. It was only two weeks ago the Trojans, following a difficult nonconference stretch and splitting their first four conference games, had moved into second place in the Pac-12, sitting within range of first-place Washington. Amid their latest trying stretch, the Trojans (13-12 overall, 6-6 Pac-12) have been unable to manage several late-game situations, sinking their hopes for a regular-season Pac-12 title and damaging their chances of procuring an opening-round bye for the conference tournament next month in Las Vegas. Throughout the season, USC has lost four of five games decided by five points or fewer – including the two most recent stumbles against Stanford and Colorado – and twice in overtime. “Our upperclassmen have got to finish games in the last minute and they have to do a better job, point blank,” USC coach Andy Enfield told reporters following the loss to the Cardinal. Before the Trojans faltered against Stanford, they held a four-point lead entering the final minute. But with 56 seconds left, junior point guard Derryck Thornton missed a pair of free throws, allowing Stanford to corral a rebound and for Marcus Sheffield to hit a 3-pointer that cut the deficit to one point. On the following possession, the Trojans were undone by a turnover. Junior forward Nick Rakocevic held the ball atop the key and attempted to lob a pass toward Bennie Boatwright, but it was batted down and stolen by Josh Sharma. The Cardinal scored the winning basket on the next trip down the court. In similar fashion, USC was tied with Colorado with little more than a minute left in last week’s 69-65 loss when it failed to pick up guard McKinley Wright, who drove through the lane and made an uncontested layup for the go-ahead shot. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] Enfield similarly criticized his veteran players’ execution during the stretch, noting that Boatwright and Rakocevic needed to better defend the lane against the driving Wright. If the Trojans bounce back Saturday at Cal, they should not need to prevail in the closing moments. They are comfortable favorites over the Golden Bears (5-19, 0-12), who are in jeopardy of becoming only the second team to finish winless in conference play since the Pac-8 expanded to the Pac-10 four decades ago. Oregon State went 0-18 in conference in 2008. USC handled Cal 82-73 in the teams’ conference opener at Galen Center. The Golden Bears nearly upset UCLA on Wednesday, before losing 75-67 in overtime in Berkeley.
15 Feb 19
Press Telegram
USC’s basketball season took another hit this week. When the Trojans stumbled 79-76 at Stanford on Wednesday, they suffered their third consecutive loss and fell among the logjam of .500 teams sitting in the middle of the Pac-12 Conference standings. It was only two weeks ago the Trojans, following a difficult nonconference stretch and splitting their first four conference games, had moved into second place in the Pac-12, sitting within range of first-place Washington. Amid their latest trying stretch, the Trojans (13-12 overall, 6-6 Pac-12) have been unable to manage several late-game situations, sinking their hopes for a regular-season Pac-12 title and damaging their chances of procuring an opening-round bye for the conference tournament next month in Las Vegas. Throughout the season, USC has lost four of five games decided by five points or fewer – including the two most recent stumbles against Stanford and Colorado – and twice in overtime. “Our upperclassmen have got to finish games in the last minute and they have to do a better job, point blank,” USC coach Andy Enfield told reporters following the loss to the Cardinal. Before the Trojans faltered against Stanford, they held a four-point lead entering the final minute. But with 56 seconds left, junior point guard Derryck Thornton missed a pair of free throws, allowing Stanford to corral a rebound and for Marcus Sheffield to hit a 3-pointer that cut the deficit to one point. On the following possession, the Trojans were undone by a turnover. Junior forward Nick Rakocevic held the ball atop the key and attempted to lob a pass toward Bennie Boatwright, but it was batted down and stolen by Josh Sharma. The Cardinal scored the winning basket on the next trip down the court. In similar fashion, USC was tied with Colorado with little more than a minute left in last week’s 69-65 loss when it failed to pick up guard McKinley Wright, who drove through the lane and made an uncontested layup for the go-ahead shot. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] Enfield similarly criticized his veteran players’ execution during the stretch, noting that Boatwright and Rakocevic needed to better defend the lane against the driving Wright. If the Trojans bounce back Saturday at Cal, they should not need to prevail in the closing moments. They are comfortable favorites over the Golden Bears (5-19, 0-12), who are in jeopardy of becoming only the second team to finish winless in conference play since the Pac-8 expanded to the Pac-10 four decades ago. Oregon State went 0-18 in conference in 2008. USC handled Cal 82-73 in the teams’ conference opener at Galen Center. The Golden Bears nearly upset UCLA on Wednesday, before losing 75-67 in overtime in Berkeley.
15 Feb 19
Press Enterprise
USC’s basketball season took another hit this week. When the Trojans stumbled 79-76 at Stanford on Wednesday, they suffered their third consecutive loss and fell among the logjam of .500 teams sitting in the middle of the Pac-12 Conference standings. It was only two weeks ago the Trojans, following a difficult nonconference stretch and splitting their first four conference games, had moved into second place in the Pac-12, sitting within range of first-place Washington. Amid their latest trying stretch, the Trojans (13-12 overall, 6-6 Pac-12) have been unable to manage several late-game situations, sinking their hopes for a regular-season Pac-12 title and damaging their chances of procuring an opening-round bye for the conference tournament next month in Las Vegas. Throughout the season, USC has lost four of five games decided by five points or fewer – including the two most recent stumbles against Stanford and Colorado – and twice in overtime. “Our upperclassmen have got to finish games in the last minute and they have to do a better job, point blank,” USC coach Andy Enfield told reporters following the loss to the Cardinal. Before the Trojans faltered against Stanford, they held a four-point lead entering the final minute. But with 56 seconds left, junior point guard Derryck Thornton missed a pair of free throws, allowing Stanford to corral a rebound and for Marcus Sheffield to hit a 3-pointer that cut the deficit to one point. On the following possession, the Trojans were undone by a turnover. Junior forward Nick Rakocevic held the ball atop the key and attempted to lob a pass toward Bennie Boatwright, but it was batted down and stolen by Josh Sharma. The Cardinal scored the winning basket on the next trip down the court. In similar fashion, USC was tied with Colorado with little more than a minute left in last week’s 69-65 loss when it failed to pick up guard McKinley Wright, who drove through the lane and made an uncontested layup for the go-ahead shot. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] Enfield similarly criticized his veteran players’ execution during the stretch, noting that Boatwright and Rakocevic needed to better defend the lane against the driving Wright. If the Trojans bounce back Saturday at Cal, they should not need to prevail in the closing moments. They are comfortable favorites over the Golden Bears (5-19, 0-12), who are in jeopardy of becoming only the second team to finish winless in conference play since the Pac-8 expanded to the Pac-10 four decades ago. Oregon State went 0-18 in conference in 2008. USC handled Cal 82-73 in the teams’ conference opener at Galen Center. The Golden Bears nearly upset UCLA on Wednesday, before losing 75-67 in overtime in Berkeley.
15 Feb 19
Daily Bulletin
USC’s basketball season took another hit this week. When the Trojans stumbled 79-76 at Stanford on Wednesday, they suffered their third consecutive loss and fell among the logjam of .500 teams sitting in the middle of the Pac-12 Conference standings. It was only two weeks ago the Trojans, following a difficult nonconference stretch and splitting their first four conference games, had moved into second place in the Pac-12, sitting within range of first-place Washington. Amid their latest trying stretch, the Trojans (13-12 overall, 6-6 Pac-12) have been unable to manage several late-game situations, sinking their hopes for a regular-season Pac-12 title and damaging their chances of procuring an opening-round bye for the conference tournament next month in Las Vegas. Throughout the season, USC has lost four of five games decided by five points or fewer – including the two most recent stumbles against Stanford and Colorado – and twice in overtime. “Our upperclassmen have got to finish games in the last minute and they have to do a better job, point blank,” USC coach Andy Enfield told reporters following the loss to the Cardinal. Before the Trojans faltered against Stanford, they held a four-point lead entering the final minute. But with 56 seconds left, junior point guard Derryck Thornton missed a pair of free throws, allowing Stanford to corral a rebound and for Marcus Sheffield to hit a 3-pointer that cut the deficit to one point. On the following possession, the Trojans were undone by a turnover. Junior forward Nick Rakocevic held the ball atop the key and attempted to lob a pass toward Bennie Boatwright, but it was batted down and stolen by Josh Sharma. The Cardinal scored the winning basket on the next trip down the court. In similar fashion, USC was tied with Colorado with little more than a minute left in last week’s 69-65 loss when it failed to pick up guard McKinley Wright, who drove through the lane and made an uncontested layup for the go-ahead shot. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] Enfield similarly criticized his veteran players’ execution during the stretch, noting that Boatwright and Rakocevic needed to better defend the lane against the driving Wright. If the Trojans bounce back Saturday at Cal, they should not need to prevail in the closing moments. They are comfortable favorites over the Golden Bears (5-19, 0-12), who are in jeopardy of becoming only the second team to finish winless in conference play since the Pac-8 expanded to the Pac-10 four decades ago. Oregon State went 0-18 in conference in 2008. USC handled Cal 82-73 in the teams’ conference opener at Galen Center. The Golden Bears nearly upset UCLA on Wednesday, before losing 75-67 in overtime in Berkeley.
15 Feb 19
Cryptocurrency & Blockchain News

The crypto markets have continued to gradually drift lower following last Friday’s market surge. Most cryptocurrencies have dropped today, with Ethereum trading down marginally, and XRP dropping nearly 2% due to concerns regarding the newly announced JP Morgan crypto (JPM Coin) possibly being a competitor. Many analysts now expect major cryptocurrencies, including Litecoin and Ethereum, […]

15 Feb 19
NATION AND STATE

Authored by Luigi Zingales via ProMarket.org, As soon as Amazon announced the location of its new headquarters, an intense media battle started on the rationality of the fiscal subsidies offered by the two chosen states to attract the new headquarters. Was it a good idea for New York and Virginia to offer $1.5 billion and $573 […]