USC Basketball is not on the front page of the LA Times. They are not on the front page of ESPNLA.com. Frankly, any attention they have gotten since OJ Mayo left for the NBA has been negative. ESPNLA’s Pedro Moura acknowledges this yesterday
OK, seriously, I’m not gonna do USC bball play-by-play, bc I know how few people care, but that J.T. Terrell shot was just so terribly bad
— Pedro Moura (@PedroMoura) November 20, 2012
But its tough to disagree with him when USC lost to Illinois by 30 in the first round of the Maui Invitational, 94-64. But USC responded today with an overtime win against Texas in Maui 59-53. Neither team was ranked, but any win for USC Basketball after last season is an upset.
USC didn’t exactly look impressive, but Dewayne Dedmon blocked a shot, retrieved the loose ball, and hit JT Terrell leaking out for an uncontested dunk to send the game to overtime. USC had the same amount of points at half they did the game before against Illinois–only this game they were tied, not down by more than 20.
A non-conference win against a national power like Texas on a neutral court looks good on paper, but Texas doesn’t appear to be very good. USC lost by 30 yesterday, and Texas was upset by Chaminade yesterday. So by the transitive property, Texas is marginally worse than a team that lost by 30.
USC has more than 10 transfers on the roster this season. They are not a young team, or inexperienced for that matter, but they are inexperienced together. They are not expected to make a splash in the conference, but they have nothing to lose–been there done that.
Eric Wise led the team with 13 points, and 3 Trojans were in double figures, but they did not score with any ease or efficiency. They shot 34% from the field, and late in the game had plenty of motion on the offensive end, but no plan to score.
The Trojans will have their hands full with an up tempo Marquette team that could be playing for the Maui Invitational title if it weren’t for a 35 ft buzzer beater by Butler in their opening game.