Three random USC basketball notes...
- After practice yesterday, the Trojan players continued to talk about what a difference the raucous Galen sellout crowd made in turning the tide last Sunday. Apparently, they noticed across town as well. UCLA big man Josh Smith has been a quote machine since the Trojans beat the Bruins Sunday, including this compliment to USC's arena in today's LA Times, "The Galen Center, they have it pretty sweet. It felt like an NBA game with their [scoreboard] and the lights and how they have the [picture window] that looks over downtown L.A.."
- Nick Young watched his Kobe tapes last night. After many of his big games at USC, Young would credit "Black Mamba" footage as his inspiration. Last night, he inspired by pouring in a career-high 43 points, including 18 straight during one stretch, in a win over the Kings.
- Finally, we showed you the video of DeMar DeRozan's dunk of the year entry against the Bobcats, but check out this cool photo as he "posterized" Tyrus Thomas.