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February 16, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Quick Q&A with USC coach Kevin O’Neill

USC coach Kevin O’Neill touched on few topics this morning during the Pac-10 coaches teleconference.
I asked him about Thursday’s game at Washington, specifically what the Trojans did so well in their previous meeting – an 87-61 victory – in which they held Quincy Pondexter to a season-low two points on 1-for-10 shooting.
(How did Marcus Johnson slow down Pondexter) “I think he did a good job of fronting him in the post. And we did a good job of shrinking the court on some other guys and making it look crowded around him.
“There are no secrets. We’re going to play the same way. We always play the same way. We play man to man. We’ll play the same way we did the last game. He’s not going to be able to hold him like he did the last game. That’s impossible to do, but we want to make every catch, every touch and every possession hard for him because if you’re not at your best that guy will rack up some numbers on you.”
(Why is Washington so much better at home than on the road?) “I think everybody is. If you look at the league, everybody has been different. We’ve only won one road game over at UCLA. We got four left to go. We’ve had chances in road games, but haven’t been able to close them out. So I think Washington is like everybody else. Everybody is a little bit better on their own court then they on the road.”
(What’s been the biggest improvement this season?) “The biggest improvement probably would be the play of Leonard Washington off the bench. He’s played much better in the conference season than he did going into the conference. I’ve been pleased with what he’s done. Donte Smith has given us a lift in the last game. Our biggest improvement would be our bench play.”
USC LINKS:
— Husky fans may want to familiarize themselves with USC reserve Smith. He was scoreless in 12 minutes during the Trojans’ big win last month in Los Angeles, however, he matched his career high with 12 points in Sunday’s win over UCLA.
— The Orange County Register believes O’Neill should be the run-away choice for Coach of the Year and thinks the best case scenario is USC finishing the season 4-2.
— Earlier this week, the LA Daily News noted the Trojans are on the right track because of senior guard Mike Gerrity and O’Neill.

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