3-Points: USC 69, Stanford 53

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The Trojans swept the Bay Area road trip for the first time since 1992.

  • Basketball is a lot easier when you make shots.  The previous statement is as simple as it is true.  Against Oregon last Saturday, USC could not buy a bucket despite great looks at the hoop.  Tonight, they made 53% from the field and 57% from three.  "You look bad when you don't shoot well," Kevin O'Neill compared this week to last.  "Our shotmaking was good the last two games."
  • The offensive execution and ball movement was pitch perfect against the Cardinal, which led to balanced scoring and pretty basketball.  While Alex Stepheson, Nikola Vucevic and Donte Smith cashed in for a combined 47 points, the point guards deserve credit for conducting this offensive symphony.  "You know who are really key in a lot of this are Mo and Jio," said O'Neill about Jones and Fontan, who combined for nine assists to just two turnovers.  "Jio's floor game tonight was incredible and Mo's aggressiveness to score is really helping our team."
  • Jeremy Green will be happy to see Marcus Simmons leave town.  Stanford's leading scorer dropped 27 points on the Bruins Thursday, but "The Shadow" held him to 11 on 3/13 shooting and 0/4 from three.  "Marcus is a great single-minded defender," O'Neill described his stopper.  "We give him one assignment and he's going to die trying to do it."  Hear Simmons in his own words below...
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  • Suddenly, USC sits in a fourth place tie in the Pac-10 with a huge home game against likely top 10 foe Arizona looming Thursday.  We look forward to seeing you all at Galen this week for the final homestand of the season.

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