USC Basketball

Basketball Game Day: Notes & Observations USC vs FAMU Edition

November 5, 2019

**I could have sworn Robert Tractor Trailor used up all of his college eligibility back in the day because FAMU has his doppleganger in center Evins Desir who they have listed at 6-8 300lbs who is defintely closer to 350 lbs.

**Slow arriving crowd even for an 8:00PM tip.

**Strong man to man defense to start the game.  This team looks well coached on the defensive side of the ball...they played man to man all night and tested the fullcourt press a few times successfully.

**Obvious from the jump the Trojans are the more athletic group..

**Is it just me or do all three officials look like Barney Rubbles with their square heads?

**The next two possessions following three straight missed outside shots the Trojans go to the hole for an easy basket the next time they draw the foul.

**Poor FT shooting by the entire team.

**Big O making his defensive presence felt with three quick blocks and a slam dunk  putback

**Matthews and Utomi off the bench...I like this duo together.  Now just make shots.

***The guys are playing hard on defense moving their feet and switching

****Nick Rakocevic with two quicki fouls...some things never change.  

**Poor shooting killing the team right now...with 11:34 to go in the half the Trojans are trailing 10-6...shooting 23% (3-13)  OUCH!!

**Following the timeout the received the message...take the ball to the rim...and Jonah Matthews completes the old fashioned 3-point play...Elijah Weaver got the message as well and does the same as Jonah, however, missed the FT... some things never change.

**Full court press looks good....3-pt shooting looks bad (0-7)

**Rakocevic picks up his 3rd foul. *sigh*

**2:00 minutes to go in the half all tied at 21...correction down by 2...poor shooting.  The team’s three best 3-pt shooters were a combined 1-11 from behind the arc for the game.  OUCH!!!

**Trojans are now 1-7 from 3 after the Utomi three in the first half

**Trojans 1st half FT 1-9 11.1%. and 11-33 from the field.  This is what drives coaches crazy...these were open looks for the most part.  Lots of missed lay ups and double the amount of missed outside shots is the only reason this game was close at the half.

**Halftime TUSK performance...if you can’t hear it at the football games at least we get to hear it inside Galen.  Great acoustics too!!  Seriously Trojan fans...get out there and check out this team...and Galen!

Summary of the 1ST half

The Trojans came out with great energy and effort on both offense and especially on defense.  Good man to man defense with quick feet and switching on their defensive rotations.  Offensively they could not buy a basket from outside the lane.  Poor FT shooting and equally poor outside shooting.  This game would be over already if the Trojans made just half of their shots.  FAMU doesn’t belong on the same floor as the Trojan team.  No disrespect to the Rattlers, however, the talent level disparity was as wide as the A&M center, Desir.  That guy is a load!

***Coach Enfield must have had a quick message for the team at halftime because the team was back out on the court shooting their outside shot drill for the entire warm ups.  A few were at the FT line.

**Trojans first two possessions they go inside successfully to Big O and just like that they are attacking the basket 

**Much more assertive on the offensive side of the ball to start the half

**Mobley (3-4) FT

**Trojan guards are giving the ball up too soon on the fast will come with experience and timing.  The team had 16 turnovers on the night.  Clean it up by half please!  8 turnovers per game is more than manageable.

**11:30 to go in the game and Big O is going for a triple double...he has 13 points 11 rebounds and 7 blocks

**The 2nd half Trojan team came out and played much closer to their potential and took the game over with their size and athletism

**With 7 minutes left it looks like Big O is done for the night...he punctuated his night with a back to the basket alley-oop...really beautiful play.

**There will be no Mercer replay tonight...the Trojans ran the Rattlers off the court in the 2nd half,  Credit  to the squad from Tallahassee, they played hard even though they were completely outclassed

47 rebounds 15 assists 16 turnovers with less than 2:00 minutes to go for the Trojans

**We ARE...SC!! chant barely above a murmur.  Do Better Trojan Fans!!!

After the game Onyeka Okongwu and Isaiah Mobley talked their first real college game experiences.


Coach Enfield shared his post game thoughts.

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