3-Points: Oregon St. 80, USC 76

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Just like Thursday at Oregon, the Trojans rally fell just short...

  • Kevin O'Neill has magic numbers.  He needs his team to hold the opponent to 60 points or less and 40% shooting or less.  After eight straight games of great FG% defense, the Trojans missed the defensive mark in both games against the Oregon schools.  Tonight, the Beavers shot 55.8% from the field.  "Both games up here, we haven't been quite right defensively," head coach Kevin O'Neill said.  "We have to do a better job defensively, a better job protecting the paint."
  • While the defense provided little solace to O'Neill, the zone offense was far more aggressive than at any other point this season.  "I thought we did a great job," said O'Neill, who noticed that USC made seven more field goals than Oregon State.  "We were much more aggressive.  Offensively, I don't have any complaints at all."
  • Oregon State shot an absurd 39 free throw attempts to USC's 13.  The wide margin overshadowed every other stat in the box score and raised O'Neill's eyebrows.  "I was really surprised the discrepancy was so large," O'Neill said.  However, with adversity facing his team, he's ready to turn the page.  "When you're going good, you never know how close you are to going bad and vice versa.  We have to turn it back around and do a better job."
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  • For the first time this season, the Trojans were able to run their offense through Nikola Vucevic against the zone, which led to a 26 point, 14 rebound performance from USC's man in the middle.  Here's Vucevic on the game and the lost weekend in Oregon...

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