By Trojan Fever on January 27, 2010 12:59 PM
A hole in the back of a basketball shoe is not something you see every day, especially considering how particular and/or superstitious basketball players are about their shoes. The styles, colors, brands, grip, and marketing claims about their air-bound ability vary among the choices of basketball shoes. If you ask any of the Women of Troy, each has a favored brand of shoe that they feel works for them.
Whether or not they believe the hype of the shoe, the Women of Troy have a serious shoe game going on. Even at the U.S. Virgin Islands for the 2009 Paradise Jam Tournament, many players couldn't resist the lure familiar shoe stores, nor could they resist the tax-free rate they paid for their weapons of war.
So, seeing a hole in the back of a basketball shoe was surprising.
The sight, however, did not suggest that the shoe was neglected, considering the piles of bright orange boxes stacked in the Women of Troy locker room to protect the shoes from dust, dirt, and unnecessary wear-and-tear. Still, the hole was an especially puzzling sight, especially considering that it was on the shoe of Ashley Corral.
The reason for this sight is even more peculiar. It seems that Corral's foot was suffering from irritation aggravated by her shoe, and a very inventive athletic trainer took a scalpel to the heel of the offending footwear. Yes, I can already hear the gasps from you shoe aficionados. Don't fear, the hole was necessary to alleviate the foot pressure causing Corral problems.
By Trojan Fever on January 23, 2010 10:02 PM
The USC Trojans pounded the Washington Huskies, 87-61, at the Galen Center this evening.
Senior forward, Marcus Johnson led the offensive attack for USC, with a career-high 22 points. Dwight Lewis poured in 19 of his own, while Mike Gerrity and Alex Stepheson each had 15.
" It was a great team effort, USC Head Coach, Kevin O'Neill said in the post-game press conference." "We know what we are capable and now the challenge is to continue to play at this level."
Today's game was about getting back to the "blue collar" mentality that has been preached day-in and day-out and the Trojans did just that. USC found themselves up 19-6 early after a big three by Dwight Lewis almost halfway through the first half. The team moved the ball very well, amassing 15 assists on the night to only 10 turnovers, a statistic that has been the Trojans Achilles heal thus far this season. Great guard play by Mike Gerrity allowed the Trojans to space the floor and find openings that turned into easy buckets. This victory moves the Trojans up to second place in the Pac-10. USC will travel to Oregon next week to take on both Oregon and Oregon State.
Take a look at tonight's action from the floor taken by Pierson Clair, USC Athletics.
Check out our behind-the-scenes slideshow of tonight's game below.
Photos and Story by Josh Moser
Stay tuned for a full-game recap and Head Coach, Kevin O'Neill's press conference.
By Trojan Fever on January 23, 2010 6:15 PM
USC arrived early to the Galen Center this afternoon to mentally prepare themselves for tonight's contest against Washington. Four hours before game time, USC sat down for their traditional pre-game meal. While watching some last minute game film, the players and coaching staff continued in conversation about tonight's match up against the Huskies. The discussion covered everything from keys to the game to specific match-ups the Trojans want to exploit out on the floor. USC is looking to bounce back from Thursday's loss to Washington State.
By Trojan Fever on January 22, 2010 3:43 PM
The Trojans returned to the Galen Center this afternoon to begin preparation for tomorrow night's contest against the University of Washington. Both teams are coming off of a loss and both are looking to get back on track.
The Trojans had a short film session this afternoon, followed by a forty-five minute lifting session. Practice commenced with a light shoot around. USC will be back on the floor tomorrow at 2:30 PM for a pre-game shoot around. Tip off against Washington is at 7:30 PM.
By Jordan Moore on January 21, 2010 9:49 PM
In the locker room after USC's 67-60 loss, Coach Kevin O'Neill delivered a terse and to-the-point postgame speech.
"That's a shame," a dejected O'Neill told his players after the Trojans surrendered a 15-point second-half lead. "For our defense to play like that after being up, 41-26, that's a joke." Coach Kevin O'Neill speaks to his team in the locker room after Thursday night's 67-60 loss to Washington State at the Galen Center.
By Jordan Moore on January 21, 2010 7:56 PM
Guard Marcus Johnson just came out of the game with a bloody nose, the result of which has stained his shorts and jersey. Fortunately the equipment staff has an extra of everything, so Johnson ran back into the tunnel to change into a clean uniform while assistant athletic trainer David Borchardt works to stop the bleeding.
By Jordan Moore on January 21, 2010 7:53 PM
We're sitting next to Coach Kevin O'Neill tonight, and one thing is already incredibly apparent.
O'Neill's going to need some hot tea after the game.
While constantly pacing the sideline, the head coach is breathlessly yelling out instructions to his players, endlessly chatting up his assistants on the bench and passionately debating with the referees. Hoarse might be an understatement already.
By Jordan Moore on January 21, 2010 6:50 PM
Initial pre-game warm-ups are well underway, and the Trojans, noticeably loose, are just a few minutes from returning to the locker room and making final preparations for the game against Washington State. Check out some images from the primary set of warm-ups: The Trojans and Cougars conduct warm-ups at the Galen Center on Thursday night.
Players shoot around in a near-empty Galen Center.
Forward Alex Stepheson shoots a free throw during warm-ups.
By Jordan Moore on January 21, 2010 6:35 PM
With the Lakers-Cavaliers game airing on the locker room flat-screen, Dwight Lewis, James Dunleavy, Nikola Vucevic and Marcus Johnson lace up their shoes and get ready to hit the court for initial warm-ups. Less than 55 minutes remain until tipoff.
By Jordan Moore on January 21, 2010 6:10 PM
Tonight's USC-Washington State game at the Galen Center will tip off at 7:30 p.m. The game will be streamed live on USCTrojans.com for All-Access members and broadcast on 1260-AM radio.
And -- it's not too late -- you can even jet on over to the Galen Center and get tickets at the gate to watch the Trojans, 11-6 and 3-2 in the Pac-10, try and pull into a tie for first place in the conference with a win tonight.
By Jordan Moore on January 21, 2010 6:05 PM
A janitorial staffer goes through his last-minute cleaning regimen in an empty Galen Center with about 90 minutes until tipoff of tonight's USC-Washington State game, which is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.
By Jordan Moore on January 21, 2010 5:58 PM
It's a few minutes before 6 p.m. and freshman center Davis Rozitis, wearing baggy shorts and a tight sleeveless shirt, has taken the Galen Center floor to begin light warm-ups. His teammates will join him shortly.
"First one on the court and last one off," Rozitis joked before alternating between short jumpers and half-court shots.
By Jordan Moore on January 21, 2010 11:29 AM
Tune in tonight for a special blog exchange program!
We'll be showcasing the hoops team in unprecedented ways when USCRipsIt takes what it does for the football program -- behind-the-scenes photos and info from places no outsiders have gone
previously -- and doing it for the Trojan hoops team before, during
and after its 7:30 p.m. matchup against Washington State tonight at the Galen Center.
So follow along tonight on this blog for special insider coverage that'll allow you to experience Trojan basketball in ways you've never seen before.
By Trojan Fever on January 19, 2010 7:33 PM
The men's basketball team had some special guests at practice today as they continued preparation for this weekend's games vs. Washington State and Washington. Some lucky Lanterman High School students enjoyed practice and a little friendly competition on the court at Galen Center after practice concluded. Lanterman is a special education magnet for 6th-12th graders in Los Angeles, just down the street from USC.
By Trojan Fever on January 18, 2010 9:00 AM
It was a great weekend for the Trojans as both the men's and women's basketball teams beat UCLA.
On Saturday, the men's basketball team started off the weekend by beating UCLA at Pauley Pavilion 67-46, the largest win at Pauley since it opened in 1965. Click here for the complete release.
On Sunday at Galen Center, the women's basketball team took on UCLA in a game that went down to the wire. The Trojans came out on top with clutch free throw shooting down the stretch and won 70-63. Click here for the complete release.
By Trojan Fever on January 14, 2010 4:39 PM
After a disappointing weekend in Northern California, the Trojans look to get back on track this Saturday against cross-town rival UCLA.
Both teams are part of a group of five Pac-10 schools that are 2-2, trailing three schools that are 2-1. It's still very early in the conference season, but it is shaping up to be a very competitive Pac-10 race. Add in the fact that it's the Bruins, and there is plenty on the line for the Trojans this weekend.
By Trojan Fever on January 14, 2010 1:45 PM
USC sophomore Ashley Corral is off to a great start for the Women of Troy, leading the team in points, assists, steals and minutes played. Coach Cooper says her competitive spirit and work ethic remind him of himself as a player.
In this week's episode of "The Playmakers," learn more about the Trojan's point guard
By Trojan Fever on January 8, 2010 1:34 PM
USC beat ASU 47-37 last Saturday, in what turned out to be play-by-play announcer Rory Markas' last game with the Trojans. See the highlights and hear Rory's final call in the latest free episode of "The Melt."
By Trojan Fever on January 7, 2010 9:44 AM
In the Trojans first game after the disappointing news that they won't be able to play in the postseason, they took Stanford to the wire in Palo Alto, but ended up losing 54-53.
USC was down 53-46 with less than 2 minutes left when the Trojans signature defense ramped up their intensity allowing them to tie the game on two big jumpers by Dwight Lewis and a 3-pointer by Leonard Washington.
With 30 seconds left, Stanford had the ball with a chance to take the lead, and were able to get to the free throw line with 10 seconds left. Jarrett Mann made the second of two free throws giving the Trojans a chance to win the game on the other end.
With no timeouts left, Mike Gerrity drove the ball up the floor, drew three defenders and shot a running lay-up from the baseline that rattled around the rim and came out. Leonard Washington and Nikola Vucevic both had chances at point blank range for a tip in but neither could convert with all of the action around the basket.
The Trojans are now 2-1 in conference play and head to Berkeley to take on California, 1-1 in conference play. Cal lost to UCLA on Wednesday night 76-75 in the final seconds of their game. USC tips off at Cal at 7:30pm on Saturday night. The game will be aired on Fox Sports Net.
By Trojan Fever on January 6, 2010 5:02 PM
The Women of Troy have added a new decoration to their locker room at the Galen Center.
Sitting on the counter of marble, surrounded by Gatorade bottles numbered with each player's number, is the Women of Troy Classic Championship Trophy. The Women of Troy pass it everyday, and know that it is the first of many to come this season.
Instead of sitting in a magnanimous trophy case where only recruits and the occasional fan would briefly glance at during halftime of a USC women's basketball game while in search of popcorn and candy, the trophy sits in the one place where it would be a constant reminder to the players about what they have achieved this season, and what they can do in the future.
And the future is what the Women of Troy are focused on.
By Trojan Fever on January 5, 2010 4:58 PM
Steve Physioc and Pete Arbogast will fill in as the USC men's basketball radio play-by-play announcer for the remainder of the 2010 season.
Physioc, who worked with Markas through 2009 on the Angels' television and radio broadcasts, will announce USC's 7 p.m. game at Stanford on Wednesday (Jan. 6). Because of a conflict with the Lakers' game, that Trojan-Cardinal contest will air on KLAA 830 and KGIL 1260 instead of USC flagship 710 ESPN Radio (KSPN-AM).
Arbogast, who is USC's football radio play-by-play announcer, then will handle the final 15 games of the 2010 season, beginning with Saturday's (Jan. 9) broadcast at California at 7:30 p.m. That game will air on 710 ESPN.
The pair previously filled in for Markas during part of last season when he was recovering from November 2008 surgery to remove a blood clot from the side of his head.
USC will decide on a permanent replacement for Markas after the season.
Hefner will continue in his role as the Trojans' longtime radio analyst.
By Jordan Moore on January 3, 2010 11:01 AM
USC announced self-imposed sanctions on its men's basketball team this morning. Read the story and also see athletic director Mike Garrett's video announcement here.
The self-imposed sanctions for the men's basketball program include a one-year ban on post-season competition following the 2009-2010 regular season, including the Pac-10 Conference basketball tournament; a reduction of one scholarship for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 academic years; a reduction by one of the number of coaches permitted to engage in off-campus recruiting activities during the summer of 2010, and a reduction in the total number of recruiting days by twenty days (from 130 to 110) for the 2010-2011 academic year. Also, USC will vacate all wins during the 2007-2008 regular season, which was when O.J. Mayo competed while ineligible. USC will also return to the NCAA the money it received through the Pac-10 Conference for its participation in the 2008 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Tournament.
These self-imposed sanctions impact only the men's basketball program, and do not affect any other program.
By Trojan Fever on January 2, 2010 9:55 PM
The USC Trojans knock off Arizona State, 47-37, after holding the Sun Devils to under 25 percent shooting from the field.
This defensive stronghold for USC was anchored by Alex Stepheson. The former Harvard-Westlake standout had seven rebounds on the night, to go along with six points. While his numbers might not reflect a great game, Stepheson's presence daunted the Sun Devil driving attack, and forced ASU to take bad shot, upon bad shot. Marcus Simmons championed the perimeter defense for the Trojans,forcing All-Conference guard, Derek Glasser out of the middle, much like he did in last year's Pac-10 championship game. Simmons defensive performance allowed the Trojans to dictate the game's momentum and keep the ball in the sure hands of Mike Gerrity.
Gerrity finished the game with a game-high 12 points, while holding Glasser to a lowly two. Marcus Johnson also finished the game with 12 points, including a monstrous dunk over Eric Boateng in the middle of the second half.
This win makes it eight in a row for the Trojans. USC will travel to the Bay Area to take on Stanford and Cal next week.
Check below for a behind-the-scenes slideshow of tonight's game.
Stay tuned to watch Kevin O'Neill's post-game press conference and for a full recap of tonight's game.
By Trojan Fever on January 2, 2010 6:11 PM
Tonight's key match-up pits USC's Mike Gerrity against Derek Glasser of ASU. Both are senior guards that stand 6-foot-one inch in height and both are former prep standouts in southern California. The two have almost identical statistics entering tonight's contest, each averaging around 12 points per game, 2 rebounds, and both shooting near 90 percent from the foul line.
Gerrity is coming fresh off of a week in which he was named the Pac-10 Player from the period between December 21st- December 27th. While he struggled in the Pac-10 opener against Arizona, tonight's game gives the Yorba Linda native the first look at a zone defense during conference play. Look for Gerrity to use his great vision and ball handling to penetrate and break down the middle of the zone in order to find Johnson and Lewis on the outside or Vucevic and Stepheson down low for an easy two.
By Trojan Fever on January 2, 2010 4:46 PM
The Trojans come into tonight's contest hosting the Arizona St. Sun Devils after taking care of Arizona, 56-50, in their conference opener at the Galen Center on New Year's Eve.
SCOUTING THE SUN DEVILS -- Arizona State is 10-4 following its 72-70 loss at UCLA on Dec. 31. It has been a complete team effort by ASU as no one player ranks among the top 15 in the Pac-10 in scoring and only one player in the top 20 in rebounds. They have, however, shot the lights out, shooting at a 48.1 clip while holding opponents to 39.3 percent. ASU also stretches defenses with their outside shooting, having connected on a conference-leading 121 three-pointers in 14 games, as compared to the Trojans' 38 in their first 13 games. USC took two out of three games from ASU last season, including winning 66-63 in the Pac-10 Tournament title game. USC leads the all-time series with ASU, 48-32, and has won nine of the last 13 games against the Sun Devils.
Look for USC to establish a post-game early, using the great size of Vucevic and Stepheson down low. On the defensive end, the Trojans have held team to 56 points or less in each of their last 7 games and are looking to keep their seven-game winning streak alive. Tip off is at 7:30 PM PST.
Stay tuned for a complete wrap-up of tonight's game, including a behind-the-scenes phot gallery following the contest.