Breaking down the 3 largest takeaways from No. 6 Southern California’s 82-68 win towards No. 7 Oregon to advance into the lads’s Elite 8:
1. This used to be a revenge recreation of varieties for USC, which beat Oregon within the lone regular-season assembly between the groups however misplaced the %-12 regular-season championship by means of distinctive feature of the league’s choice to make use of successful proportion to resolve the general standings. (USC went 15-Five and Oregon completed 14-Four in convention play.) The Geese were probably the most a success staff within the %-12 all over trainer Dana Altman’s tenure, a long way out-performing USC all over trainer Andy Enfeld’s asymmetric tenure, so the Candy 16 win additionally alerts a possible converting of the league’s pecking order with the Trojans and rival UCLA taking keep watch over.
And whilst a %-12 staff used to be advancing from Sunday evening’s recreation regardless, the general makes it legitimate: With USC, UCLA and Oregon State within the Elite 8, this 12 months’s match belongs to the convention. In all, handiest probably the most 8 groups performs within the Japanese Time Zone.
2. USC has the skill, famous person energy and momentum to win the entire thing. It’s nonetheless an extended shot: Gonzaga is taking part in for a spot in school basketball immortality and Baylor has ruled its trail to the Elite 8. However in a one-game match, USC has the items to knock off the Bulldogs on Tuesday evening within the East Area ultimate after which disappointed some other appreciated opponent within the Ultimate 4.
Maximum of that optimism stems from the play of true freshman ahead Evan Mobley, who together with his efficiency previously month has secured a spot a few of the most sensible two choices on this 12 months’s NBA draft. Mobley went for 10 issues with 8 rebounds and 6 assists towards the Geese, punctuated by means of a booming dunk past due in the second one part, whilst the Trojans have been boosted by means of the play of guards Isaiah White and Tahj Eaddy, who blended for 42 issues.
three. That is what USC has been looking forward to from Enfeld. As soon as one in every of the freshest up-and-coming coaches within the game, Enfeld had failed to copy his Florida Gulf Coast magic with the Trojans. Till now. This run may just spark a brand new generation for USC basketball and simply serves because the shining second for Enfeld’s tenure. The win additionally stands as a reminder that no longer each and every training generation blossoms from the beginning — even the ones led by means of the trainer accountable for one of the vital memorable runs in males’s NCAA Match historical past. As a substitute, USC used to be affected person and gave Enfeld time, with the payoff this 12 months’s Elite 8 run.
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