Photo credit: AP PHOTO – Dean Hare
About the last thing the USC Trojans basketball team needs before it plays tonight at Washington is more distractions.
But then, it’s probably a good thing they’re in Seattle today and somewhat insulated from the proceedings in Tempe, Ariz. where school officials are meeting with the NCAA’s infractions committee to answer questions about college rules violations committed by former coach Tim Floyd (above, middle) and former player O.J. Mayo (above, middle).
It’s unknown if Floyd will appear at the hearing, however, according to the Los Angeles Times he “has told those close to him that he welcomes the opportunity to talk about “the truth” of his USC experience in the right setting.”
AROUND THE PAC-10:
— Here’s our advance on tonight’s game, detailing USC’s dominant front line.
— Washington is 16-1 at home and USC is 1-6 on the road. Logic says UW wins tonight, right? Trojans coach Kevin O’Neill tells the Los Angeles Times: “If we try to play their tempo, we’ll lose, but we still have to make sure we attack their pressure to get easy baskets.”
— UCLA’s Malcolm Lee has adjusted nicely since moving from shooting guard and taking over the point guard duties because Jrue Holiday left early for the NBA and Jerime Anderson has been slowed by injury.
— It looks like Washington State is nearing a deal with Bill Moos to fill the school’s vacant athletic director position.
— The Spokesman-Review examines the Cougars chances of landing in a postseason tournament.
— Believe it or not, Oregon State players sound overconfident before tonight’s big game against California.
— It’s a bad time for Oregon Tajuan Porter to have a slump, but he’s reached double figures twice in the past nine games. Coach Ernie Kent told the Register-Guard there’s not much he can do.
“It is what it is right now,” Kent said. “He’s going through a little bit of a slump, and he needs to kind of play his way out of it. We need for him to make buckets, and that’s not putting too much pressure on him, that’s just the fact of the matter. …It’s not about putting pressure on TP, it’s about seeing him through this little slump that he’s in right now.”
— In the latest Sports Illustrated, the magazine takes a look at basketball talent the Seattle area has produced the past few years. Kelli Anderson writes: “The Seattle area has 13 players in the NBA, tied for fifth among the country’s metro areas even though it’s only 15th in population. Instead of wearing letter sweaters, brothers display their affiliation on their skin, on their walls, even around their ankles.
“Membership in the club is ecumenical: It includes players and coaches, pros and amateurs, inner-city blacks and white suburbanites, and even a few residents of area codes that neighbor the 206. There are public school kids and private school kids, towering bangers and fleet sharpshooters. Their mission? To give back to their community and to keep the city’s promising young players on track to a college education and perhaps a pro career.”
— Former Husky star Nate Robinson appears headed to Boston in a trade between the Celtics and the New York Knicks.
February 18, 2010 at 9:16 AM
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