The Trojans regular season ends with a loss despite a valiant comeback effort.
- Saturday was fan appreciation day and the Galen Center fans showed exactly why they are deserving of our appreciation. Despite a brutal season in terms of win-loss record, the USC faithful roared down the stretch as the Trojans trimmed a 17-point deficit to three while holding the Cougars without a bucket for the final 9:09. "We cannot ask for greater support than we have had from the Trojan Family," said head coach Kevin O'Neill, who expressed his heartfelt gratitude.
- Eric Strangis was USC's lone senior. The walk-on played 14 minutes and grabbed a rebound in his home farewell. In many ways, he is the embodiment of this team. In another year, he would likely be relegated to bench support and garbage time minutes, but pressed into duty, he played his tail off.
- Despite a great team defensive effort for long stretches and only six turnovers, the Trojans could not make shots again (29% from the field), which is the story of the season. "We have to live with this [season] until our opener against Coppin St. next season," said O'Neill, who is motivated by the injection of talent into the program from injured players returning and a slew of newcomers. "We now have enough depth and talent in my mind that we need to be a more pro type team offensively and defensively."
- 12-seed USC will play 5-seed UCLA in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. in Staples Center.