Huge basketball game tonight against just SC. Sounds like the campus is all ginned up. Springer (from LA Times) has a report on students camping out for this game since Monday night. Nice. It just sounds like they are hungry for a win over those bastards in a major sport knowing full well that they are probably not getting it any time soon in football. lol Ok .. back to the game. As usual let's go to our friends over at BBR for sneak peak into Tim Floyd's just SC basketball program:
However after holding non-conference opponents to 38% FG shooting, Pac-10 conference play has been a different story for the Trojans. USC's offense and defense has regressed and is giving up almost 47% FG shooting, in addition, it is not defending the three well, allowing 40% from behind the 3-point arc.
In addition, USC is a poor rebounding team. The Trojans are being out rebounded by almost 5 rebounds per game. They really miss an injured RouSean Cromwell underneath the boards.
On the offensive end, most of their scoring is done on the perimeter. The Trojans take a lot outside jumper and lead the league in 3-point field goal attempts.
Without any consistent interior scoring threat, the Trojan offense is vulnerable if an opponent can shut down its perimeter scoring. However, the Trojans have some impressive perimeter players for defenses to deal with.
The Bruins need to shut down the perimeter game of the Trojans by controlling Pruitt, Young, and Stewart. No easy task but the Bruins have the athleticism, length, and coaching to get it done.
Second, the Bruins must take advantage of the Trojan's weak rebounding and not allow second chance shots. In addition, controlling the boards will help the Bruins ignite their transition game.