Sunday, March 9, 2008

Trojans Risen To The Top Of The Bubble

Barring any east coast bias, the Men of Troy may have assured themselves a ticket to the NCAA tournament. The weekend sweep is complete, and our hated neighbors to the north can head home with the common bond of both losing in Los Angeles. After the overtime win against California, the Trojans made it look easy against Stanford, and should now have a resume solid enough to get them into the dance, regardless of the performance in the upcoming Pac 10 tournament.

The Trojans grabbed a lead and never looked back. 4 points marked the slimmest gap in points between the two teams for the entire game, and the much smaller Trojans outrebounded the Cardinal by a margin of 47-31, and went on to secure a 77-64 victory. Taj Gibson went for 20 points, 11 boards, and 5 blocks against the Lopez Giants, giving a different look than he displayed in their earlier meeting, when he was thoroughly dominated.

O.J Mayo Scored 25 points, but scored even bigger with the fans at Galen Center. Mayo says, as for now, he will be returning to USC for his sophmore season. Many believed this to be his last game on the Galen floor. He claims to enjoy the college atmosphere and the opportunity to fulfill one of his dreams of playing in March Madness. But of course, just last year, Texas star Kevin Durant also promised a sophmore return. The last I saw of Durant, he was wearing a Sonics jersey and collecting fat checks.

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