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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

Pictures from the Women's Weekend at Home

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The Women's Basketball Team split their home games this weekend and ended a 5 game losing streak in the process. Check out some great photos of the games vs. Washington State and Washingotn at the Galen Center. All photos are courtesy of Pierson Clair and Jon Kondrath of PC4Photo.

The Pullman Push

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USC tips off against Washington State at 2:30 PM PST. The Trojans are looking for their first sweep on the road this season after taking care of Washington 67-64 on the Thursday.

Watch "The Melt" to relive the Trojans win over Washington


Click here to relive USC's exciting road win over Washington last night where USC earned their first Pac-10 road win outside of California to move within half a game of conference leader Cal.

Taking Flight

The USC Trojans competed in a light shoot around today before jumping on a plane to take on the Washington schools this weekend. In just under 30 minutes, the Trojans ran quickly through some offensive sets, before participating in game-simulated shooting drills. The Trojans are coming off of their big win on Valentine's Day against UCLA and are looking to two steal two more wins on the road this weekend.

Here are a few shots from today's practice.

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Washington Preview

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Click here for a full preview of tomorrow nights game in the Apple State.

Vucevic Controlling the Glass

Sophomore standout forward Nikola Vucevic leads the Pac-10 in rebounds per game, averaging 9.8 boards per contest. Vucevic will be battle tested this weekend, as the Trojans depart for Washington to take on the Huskies tomorrow night and Washington State this Saturday. The super-soph posted a double-double the last time USC faced off against the huskies, pulling down 13 rebounds to go along with 11 points, helping the Trojans to an 87-61 win.

Pac-10 Standings

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Here are the Pac-10 Standings entering into this week's games:

Team                                                                                      Conf.             Pct.                 Overall 

California 9-4 .692 17-8
Arizona State 8-5 .615 18-8
USC 7-5 .583 15-9
Washington 7-6 .538 17-8
Arizona 7-6 .538 13-12
UCLA 6-6 .500 11-13
Oregon State 5-7 .417 11-13
Washington State 5-8 .385 15-10
Stanford 5-8 .385 11-14
Oregon 4-8 .333 12-12

Action Photos From This Weekend vs. UCLA

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Check out these great action photos of the men's and women's games vs. UCLA courtesy of Pierson Clair and Jon Kondrath from PC4Photo.

AP Report

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Click here to read tonight's AP report of USC's 68-64 victory over UCLA.