USC Basketball

Basketball Game Day Notes & Observations: USC vs Colorado Edition

February 1, 2020

The game may have lost some of it’s luster after the Colorado Buffaloes were upset Thursday night at UCLA, however, the Trojans better be prepared for the Buffs to bounce back with a better offensive performance...the Trojans for that matter could use an offensive tune-up as well.

Eralier in the week, the Buffs opened as a 1.5 point favorite...the last time I checked the Trojans are now favored by 1 point.  The Trojans defense better be ready to extend and recover because Colorado can shoot close to 39% from three point range.

Tad and Andy have a history so the game should be fun to watch.  

Mike Bohn have some mixed emotions about tonight after being CU’s AD in the past


Southern California is an amazing place most days!  I’m walking across campus on a Saturday in February, and the temperature is in the mid 80s.   The students are in shorts and flip flops,  with hammocks being strung up all over McCarthy Quad.    As I’m type this into my notes app on the phone, Parker Lewis walks by with his family while I’m hanging out in front of the bookstore.  The only missing is the Mr Rodgers It’s a Wonderful Day in the Neighborhood song playing in the background.   Oh yeah it’s also the day USC Football hosted  their first Elite Junior Day.

Tonight they’re giving out gold USC HOOPS  rally towels. 

Humorous moment during the early warm up session…one of the head ushers near the entrance to the Trojans locker room area came over and asked Colorado Head Coach Tad Boyle to please get up from the Trojans bench.  He notices me chuckling because he knew exactly what i was thinking.

**There’s a really nice crowd inside Galen for the game tonight.  

**Daniel Utomi gets the scoring started with a  3-ball after the Buffs turn the ball over to start the game

**Trojans out of the gate quickly with Big Onyeka Okongwu getting 3 points the old fashioned way, and the Trojans lead 6-0 before there’s a minute off the clock.

**A real quick hook by Coach Enfield subbing Isaiah Mobley for Big O and Elijah Weaver for Etan Anderson

**Starting to get chippy early at the first media timeout as Mobley walks toward the team huddle I notcie him  poke.Colorado front line player, Battey, in his side...Big O comes in for Mobley out of the time out.  Both Mobley and Battey looked a little agitated

**Both teams are hot from the start.  After the Trojans last game hopefully this is a good sign

**7:59 to play and CU has 23-17 lead after Battey knocks down a 3 and then follows it up with a step back jumper in the lane over Big O...Enfield has seen enough and calls a timeout.

**USC has cooled off and is shooting just 33% while CU is shooting it at 53% clip

**USC going through a long scoring drought and trail  28-21 with Colorado at the charity stripe for the 1 and 1

**Buffs defense is causing the Trojans fits trying to get the ball inside...they’re being limited to one shot

**With1:50 to play the Trojans trail by 9...the inside game is not working and the outside shot is not dropping,

Summary: USC shot 31% from the field and CU shot 43%.  Those numbers are worse from behind the arc 44% to 25% respectively whiie the Trojans trail by 9.  Defensively the effort is there....offensively the shots aren’t dropping and frustration is is setting in.  Trojans trail 33-24.


**The Buffs are the more physical team. 

**Long delay as they review the play where Big O was tangled up with a Buff player...double flagrant on Big O and Battey.

**Just like the end around with Velus Jones was scrapped, can we get rid of the alleyoop attempts to Ethan Anderson please?!!?  I prefer my point guard delivering the pass at the rim instead of receiving the ball 3 feet from the the balance.

**There’s 15:59 to play and this Trojan team, just do not know how to handle success or the pressure associated with being considered a good team.  

**Jonah Matthews appears to have caught Nick Rakocevic’s miss the lay up disease... Matthews has missed 3 so far on the night

**With 14:20 to play Enfield calls a timeout... the Trojans are trailing by 16. 44-28 and the Buffalo players are flexing at half court as they make their way back to the bench

**JMac is in the house and this is what he's treated's embarrassing.

**11:51 to play and the Trojans trail by 20 48-28.  During the timeout Coach Jason Hart has to get the players on the bench excited and supporting the team encouraging clapping and staying in the game.

**The Trojans have scored 4 points in 8:30 minutes before Okongwu tries to complete the 3 point play...USC trails 50-31

**The “In Your Face...AND...In Your House” moment of the night  The Trojans are giving up offensiverebounds after free throws and it leads to a made 3 from the corner

**7:44 to play with the Trojans trailing 63-39 and the crowd is racing for the exits

**Less than a minute to play and the Buff fans in attendance are singing the hey hey goodbye song 78-57 final score



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