Go Trojans!

Ready for game time

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About 90 minutes before tipoff of tonight's USC-Oregon game, Galen Center sits almost entirely empty.

Fun facts

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Here are some interesting stats to know as the Trojans approach tipoff of tonight's game against Oregon at the Galen Center:

  • USC has allowed just 56.4 points per game this season, good for fourth in the country and first in the Pac-10.
  • The Trojans have allowed more than 67 points just twice this season (69 at Texas and 79 at Georgia Tech).
  • USC is the only Pac-10 team with all conference losses by 10 points or less.
  • The Trojans have led or been tied in the second half in all 14 Pac-10 games.
  • USC is 10-1 when it scores 60 or more points.

Game info

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USC (16-10, 8-6) host Oregon (12-14, 4-10) tonight at 7:30 at the Galen Center. The game will be broadcast on 710-AM. Follow along on the Blog for inside info before, during and after the key game for the Trojans, who are just 1.5 games out of first place in the Pac-10.

The Playmakers: Mike Gerrity

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After starting the year 4-4, the Trojans have gone 12-6 with Mike Gerrity in the line-up. He leads the team in minutes per game, and his clutch shots are one of the reasons USC is still in the hunt for the Pac-10 title.

Gerrity took quite the path to becoming a Trojan. He has transferred schools twice, leaving him with less than one full season at USC.

In this week's episode of 'The Playmakers,' Gerrity explains how a desire to compete and help a team be successful drove him to make those tough decisions.

Watch "The Playmakers: Mike Gerrity."

Special coverage tonight

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Be sure to follow the Trojan Fever Basketball Blog tonight for unique all-access coverage leading up to, during and after USC's game against Oregon at the Galen Center (tipoff set for 7:30 p.m.). We'll be taking the same insider coverage you've seen on the RipsIt Blog and bringing it to the this blog for tonight's game, so don't miss out on this special view into the hoops program.

The Playmakers: Jacki Gemelos

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Her USC debut was almost four years in the making. After suffering four knee injuries, Jacki Gemelos is finally wearing Cardinal and Gold. The former high school All-American has played in five games for the Women of Troy, averaging 10 points and 5 rebounds.

In this week's edition of "The Playmakers: Jack Gemelos," hear what it has been like for Jacki to finally be playing college basketball.

Click Here To Watch

Gearing Up for the Final Homestand


The Trojans competed in a light work out this afternoon in preparation for this weekend's home stand against the Oregon Schools. The team walked through offensive and defensive sets, before sitting down for a short film session. Tip off is tomorrow night at 7:30 against the ducks.

Here are a few pictures from practice:

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By: Josh Moser

Trojan Voices: Marcus Johnson

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Want to see what happens when we hand a microphone to a Trojan player? Check out this week's edition of Trojan Voices with senior forward, Marcus Johnson.

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Trojan Basketball Camp

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The Trojans are heading down the homestretch, but Trojan fans there is always more to come. Head Coach Kevin O'Neill and the rest of the USC Trojans will be hosting a series of basketball camps throughout June and August. Click here for more information on the Trojans summer hoops camps.


Focusing In

USC returned to the practice floor today after splitting two games in Washington.  USC currently sits a game and a half back of first-place Cal, with four games remaining on the Pac-10 calendar.

Today in practice, Head Coach Kevin O'Neill stressed the importance of taking care of business at home this week against the Oregon schools. The Trojans lost to both Oregon and Oregon St. during their road trip to the Beaver State; Oregon State and Oregon sit at eighth and tenth in the Pac-10, respectively.

Looking at the big picture, USC is still in the hunt for a Pac-10 season championship. First-place Cal has a tough schedule remaining to close out the season. The Bears will travel  to Arizona this weekend to take on the Wildcats on Thursday and second-place Arizona State on Saturday. The will then close out the season in the Bay Area rivalry game against Stanford, a game that is always up for grabs.

Assuming Cal loses one game, USC will have a chance to play for the regular-season conference championship if they take care of the Oregon schools this week and close out the season strong in Arizona.

Most importantly, the Trojans have something to strive for as this season comes to a close.  There is no ominous feeling in the gym, as would be expected with a team that has a post-season ban looming overhead. Instead, the Trojans are building for next season, and continue to turn heads this season, having lost three players to the first round of the NBA draft, and being selected to finish ninth in the league before the season began.

Here are a few sights from today's lifting session.

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By: Josh Moser