Crosstown Splashdown

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

No. 4 USC men's water polo heads to enemy territory on Sunday to try and knock off the No. 1 ranked Bruins to end the regular season. The UCLA's men's water polo team has yet to lose a game this season, and it defeated USC 10-9 in the championship of the 2015 Kap7 SoCal Invitational last month in their only face-off this season. 

Right now, USC and UCLA are tied in the Crosstown Cup with 15 points apiece, so Sunday's rivalry showdown will give one school the lead and bragging rights in the water. 


The Future is Now

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

Andy Enfield enters his third year as a head coach with just one senior on the roster, but he is returning eight players who have started at least 15 games, while also adding two top 50 recruits to the mix causing people around 'SC to be thrilled about this season's potential. 

The Trojans have plenty of depth at the guard position with sophomore point guard Jordan McLaughlin returning from season-ending shoulder surgery last year to captain the USC offense. McLaughlin, who was still named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team despite the injury, will have plenty of experienced shooters to dish to including the team leader in scoring (12.5 ppg) from last year in redshirt junior Katin Reinhardt. Alongside Reinhardt will be junior Julian Jacobs, who led the team in assists last season (113) and sophomore Elijah Stewart, who tied a school record for makes without a miss last season when he went 10-for-10 from the floor against Boston College.  Malik Marquetti, a versatile 6-foot-6 wing, who finished the last five games of the season with an impressive 45 percent from three-point range, rounds out the Trojan guard rotation as another viable shooting threat.

The guards are anchored by a group of post players who bring height, strength and a little bit of raw athletic ability to complete this USC roster. Veteran Nikola Jovanovic returns after playing for the Serbian National Team at the World University Games this summer. The junior forward led the Trojans in rebounding, averaging 7.0 boards a game, and was one of only eight players in the Pac-12 to rank in the top 21 in scoring and rebounding. He also was one of only two players from that group of 21 to shoot over 50 percent from the field. Joining Jovanovic is sophomore Malik Martin who started 15 games as a freshman. The forward led the Trojans in shooting percentage (52.4 percent) and was second on the team in dunks (16) providing a little flash to this USC offense. The Trojans also return redshirt junior Darion Clark and the lone senior, Strahinja Gavrilovic, to add experience, leadership and depth to USC's big-man rotation. 

However, all eyes are on the Trojan newcomers in Chimezie Metu and Bennie Boatwright. Metu brings pure, raw talent to this team with his ability to block just about anything as he averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks a game in high school. Boatwright is similar in the sense that he's a player Trojan fans aren't used to seeing don the Cardinal & Gold. The 6-foot-10 forward can hit a shot from anywhere as he averaged 27.8 points per game in high school and 13 rebounds leading his team to the Southern Section 1AA title and Player of the Year recognition for his division. 

Be sure to come see the fresh, new talent as they take the floor for the first time alongside veterans like Jacobs and Jovanavic for the Trojans' season opener against San Diego at the Galen Center on Friday at 5:00p.m. Click here to purchase tickets for Friday's game or any of the exciting match-ups for this upcoming season.


2015 Game 10: USC vs. Colorado

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USC Trojans (6-3, 4-2) at Colorado Buffaloes (4-6, 1-5)

Folsom Field in Boulder, CO, at 6 p.m. PT/7 p.m. MT on ESPN2 and WatchESPN (also in Spanish)

NelsonSpruce.jpgBuffalo to Watch: Senior WR Nelson Spruce

Colorado has a talented passing attack, keyed by QB Sefo Liufau and aided by sophomore WR Shay Fields, but Spruce is the pick of the bunch. He is second in the Pac-12 in catches (67) and fifth in receiving yards (728). He has led the Buffaloes in receiving three of his four years in Colorado. Like many teams in the conference, the Buffs try to recruit Southern California, and Spruce (Westlake Village) is one that got away.

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3 Keys

Heat Up Fast

The Trojans have been prone to slow starts under interim head coach Clay Helton, outscored 49-17 in the first quarter. USC has come back to win the last three games, but Colorado is 1-5 in conference, so the Trojans will not want to give the Buffaloes belief early in the game. High altitude, low temperatures and a short week, all the signs of a "trap game" are there, but USC's coaches have said the right things this week, and the Trojans are in playoff mode. If they come out hot, USC could burn through the cold Boulder night.

Run Ronald Run

Ralphie is the star attraction at every Colorado home football game. The majestic buffalo will precede the contest with her thrilling charge around Folsom Field. However, once the game starts, USC freshman RB Ronald Jones II is the one to make you gasp at his gallop. He is 148 yards shy of USC's freshman record for a season (Charles White in 1976), which is certainly attainable after his 177-yard performance last time out. Colorado's run defense ranks last in the Pac-12, yielding 208.9 yards per game.

Sack Sefo

The USC defense has made a commitment to be more aggressive under Helton's watch and increased play-making has been the result. The Trojans have recorded 13 sacks in the last four games after just 10 in the first five. Last week, the defense posted a season-high 10 tackles-for-loss. All the pressure up front has yielded returns in the back end, racking up seven interceptions in the last three contests. The Buffaloes are prone to putting Liufau under duress, 10th in the Pac-12 in sacks allowed, so the formula is there to be followed once again.


Tapingo at Galen!

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

You can now order food directly from your seat at any Galen Center sporting event using Tapingo! Simply download the app, search for Galen Center Concessions under USC shops and instantly access the items offered that day. The app will notify you when your order is ready to be picked up.

Click here to download Tapingo on the App Store:

And click here to download on Google Play:

Be sure to come out and support both men's and women's basketball this season at the Galen Center. To view the Women of Troy's schedule, click here. For the men's schedule, click here.

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Top Talent for Top Team

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

The No. 1 USC women's golf team inked a pair of top golfers for the Class of 2016 on Wednesday, welcoming the world's No. 2 amateur golfer, Hannah O'Sullivan, and the nation's No. 24-ranked amateur, Allisen Corpuz to the Trojan Family.

Click here for complete bios on both O'Sullivan and Corpuz.

"We are very excited to have signed two incredible players to our top-ranked women's golf program," said head coach Andrea Gaston, who has led top-ranked USC to three NCAA titles, four NCAA runner-up finishes and 10 Top 4 results in the past 19 seasons. "Both Hannah and Allisen bring years of competitive experience at the national and international level and will add even more depth to our already extremely talented team."

The 2015 Rolex Junior Player of the Year and winner of the 2015 U.S. Women's Amateur, O'Sullivan (pictured below) will join the Trojans after finishing her senior year at Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona. In February, she became the youngest player to ever win a Symetra Tournament event when she, at age 16, finished first at the Gateway Classic. Corpuz, a Honolulu, Hawaii native, is a three-time AJGA All-American and was the youngest ever competitor in a USGA Championship when she played at the 2008 Women's Amateur Public Links at the age of 10 years, 3 months.

Trojan Trio

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

On Wednesday, USC men's basketball welcomed three additions to the Trojan Family on National Signing Day. The Class of 2016 includes outstanding shooter Jonah Mathews, defensive specialist De'Anthony Melton and athletic forward Harrison Henderson.

Click here for a complete recap of men's basketball signing day.

A 6-foot-3 guard from Santa Monica High School, Mathews is considered one of the best shooters in the country as ESPN's No. 70 recruit.

mathews-bb-signing-day(1).jpgMelton, who is finishing his senior year at Encino Crespi High School, is a 4-star recruit regarded as one of the best defenders in the country who also possesses a versatile offensive game. As a junior he set his high school's single-season steals record with 103 while averaging 15.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.

melton-bb-signing-day(1).jpgHailing from South Prairie, Texas, Henderson is a 6-foot-10, 205 pound face-up forward with excellent skill, length and athleticism.

henderson-bb-signing-day(1).jpgThe trio will join an already young and talented Trojan team next fall including Class of 2015 standouts Chimezie Metu and Bennie Boatwright who play their first games in Cardinal & Gold on Friday at 5 p.m. in USC's season opener at the Galen Center.

Photo Gallery: WVB Sweeps Oregon

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Senior Samantha Bricio inched closer to the all-time kills record, but freshman Alyse Ford provided the most offensive firepower for No. 2 USC women's volleyball as the Women of Troy swept away Oregon on Wednesday night in Galen Center. The Trojans are now 26-1 on the season, 14-1 in Pac-12 play and riding a four-match winning streak since taking their only loss of the campaign.

Click here for the recap and video highlights.

While Ford paced the attack with 11 kills, Bricio added nine more to her career total, leaving her 12 shy of Alex Jupiter's career mark. She could potentially take that down tonight against Oregon State (7:30 p.m. at Galen Center).
Here are John McGillen's photos from the convincing win over the Ducks:

Nik with the Knack

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Avert your eyes Lakers fans, but LA's favorite NBA team was undone by a Trojan last night. USC men's basketball alum Nikola Vucevic drained the game-winning buzzer-beater for the Orlando Magic to sink the purple and gold.

Vucevic, who missed the previous three games with a bruised knee, came off the bench for the first time in his Magic career, scoring 18 points and adding 5 rebounds. On the young season, he is averaging 16.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game.

Pac-12 Preview: USC vs. Colorado

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The Trojans travel to Boulder today. Here's how Yogi Roth, Curtis Conway and the rest of the Pac-12 Network crew think it will play out:

Back In Rhythm

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

kills-leaderboard4.jpgThe USC women's volleyball team returned home after a four-match away stretch and earned two victories at the Galen Center this weekend over Colorado and Utah. According to head coach Mick Haley, the Trojans are back in rhythm now that they're home, and the team is focused on finishing the final two weeks of the regular season in dominant fashion.

On Wednesday night, USC hosts Oregon at 7:30 p.m. PT in a match that could see senior Samantha Bricio become USC's all-time career kills leader. The outside hitter is just 22 kills away from Alex Jupiter's record of 1,918 and is averaging 5.16 kills per set. On Thursday, the Trojans face Oregon State at 7:30 p.m. PT at the Galen Center.

Here's Haley in his weekly women's volleyball update discussing the strengths of his team across the court...