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.