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Tag: 夜上海论坛II Don’t hit the panic button on USC just yet
There are two positives to this outlook on the team. One, you can expect the Trojans to win most of their remaining games and a round or two in Vegas because of the poor competition. Two, they’ll have plenty of tape on and experience with the conference’s heavyweights come the later rounds of the Pac-12 Tournament. I’m not here to convince you that it’s all sunshine and rainbows for this team. The fact that two of its best three players are non-shooting bigs has caused serious spacing issues that have sunk the offense for most of the last two games. That’s been especially true in the first half, as the Trojans have forced themselves to play from behind. There have been times that they were able to recover, but I hope that ass-kicking the Buffaloes handed them taught them that’s not the best approach and kicks them into gear. Let’s start with the schedule. USC has three games left that stick out as particularly tough: two against Arizona and its talented cast of freshmen and a rematch with the Buffaloes in Boulder. If the Trojans can manage a victory in that home game against the Wildcats, they’ll be in good shape. That’s because the rest of their opponents aren’t exactly a murderer’s row. USC has a home-and-home against Arizona State, which sits at 13-8 and the picture of mediocrity with a 4-4 conference record. There’s a road matchup with Utah, which did push the Trojans at home earlier last week but don’t have the talent to consistently match up with USC. The Trojans also host Washington State, which sports a 1-5 road record on the season, and UCLA, who USC dispatched easily at Pauley Pavilion a few weeks ago. That sounds like five wins. The cool thing about this college basketball season is that there is no dominant team. That’s especially true of the Pac-12, where the schools are always beating up on each other and any squad that seems to emerge as the favorite always seems to get taken down a peg by a team everyone had written off. USC isn’t the best team in the conference, but if it can get a bye and limit its tournament matchups with the conference’s best teams, anything can happen for a few games in a diluted conference. The Trojans have flashed brilliance at times this season, from the 20-point comeback against Stanford to the effort at Oregon that nearly netted USC a top-tier victory. But they’ve been maddeningly inconsistent, as they should be. Their best player, forward Onyeka Okongwu, is a freshman, and so is starting point guard Ethan Anderson. More youngsters, sophomore guard Elijah Weaver and freshman forward Isaiah Mobley, play big roles off the bench. It was hard to agree after the performance I had just witnessed, but he made some good points. He argued that USC’s strong record — in and out of conference — as well as the fact that all the team’s losses have come against quality opponents still had it poised for its first NCAA Tournament since 2017. To those who got too excited over USC’s success and are now sounding the doomsday alarm, I have two pieces of advice: Calm down, and keep watching. I think you’ll be glad you did. That’s the thing about this USC group — it only loses to good teams. The Trojans were never going to beat Oregon or Washington on the road. The blowout losses to Colorado and Marquette were discouraging, but Colorado couldn’t seem to miss Saturday while Marquette senior guard Markus Howard unsurprisingly outclassed the Trojans en route to 51 points. That’s a big number in the college game, but Howard is one of the best players in the country, leading the NCAA with 27.9 points per game. The performance by the Trojans was bad, but did you expect them to lock Howard up or something? As my friend and I were walking home after USC men’s basketball suffered a 78-57 defeat to No. 20 Colorado Saturday night, we struck up a conversation with a fellow student who obviously knows college basketball. Even after a blowout home loss to a conference rival, this student was still upbeat about the Trojans’ chances to make something of this season. That leaves Washington, who clobbered USC 72-40 in early January in Seattle. But many things are different now from then, namely that Huskies sophomore guard Quade Green was ruled academically ineligible and suspended for the season following Washington’s bludgeoning of USC. The Huskies have gone 1-7 in Green’s absence and fallen to last place in the conference. Does that sound like a team that’s likely to come into Galen Center and take it to the Trojans? I’m still not as optimistic as this bastion of college basketball knowledge, but he somehow convinced me that a 21-point home loss wasn’t a total catastrophe. Young teams are prone to making mistakes and putting up duds, so that must be understood. But this group’s ceiling is higher than it has been in years, so I implore you to keep an open mind about it. Yes, the Trojans are much more likely to collapse as the regular season closes, get bounced in the opening round in Vegas and miss the Tournament than they are to go on a fairy tale run to the Final 4, but I promise you that’s not all that matters. Sometimes it’s just fun to watch some talented guys play basketball, mistakes and all. The Trojans are 17-5 with a 6-3 conference record, and the way he saw it, an identical 6-3 mark in the team’s final nine games is both plausible and sufficient to make March Madness. They’re still second in the Pac-12, and maintaining their current level of play would likely land them a first-round bye for the conference tournament, a helpful boost for their chances of winning the event and an automatic bid to the Big Dance. Aidan Berg is a junior writing about sports. He is also a features editor for Daily Trojan. His column, “Berg is the Word,” runs every other Monday.
Tag: 夜上海论坛II Shakes to use Zambia match to assess readiness
Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba believes the international friendly clash against Zambia is a very crucial match for his charges as they prepare for the CAF Orange Africa Cup of Nations Equatorial Guinea 2015 tournament which starts on 17 January to 8 February 2015.This will be the first match South Africa plays since Mashaba selected his final 23-man squad going to the tournament.A total of 22 players reported for national duty with the exception of England-based Dean Furman who is expected in South Africa on Monday.Bafana Bafana and Zambia, who have also qualified for Afcon 2015, will lock horns on Sunday, 4 January 2015 at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.Kick-off is at 3pm.“We are playing against a side that is quick going forward. They are very aggressive and need not be taken lightly. They are also building a new side and have qualified for Afcon 2015 so we are on par, the difference will be seen after the match,” said Mashaba. “We are looking at three things in this match. We are bidding our fans farewell and it is going to be very important to leave on a very good note. It is also a game where we need to maintain our winning momentum, should we not do well in this game it will disturb our rhythm, and lastly it will give us the players’ state of readiness and a chance to see where our players are in terms of fitness heading into the tournament.”Bafana Bafana will be without the midfield pair of Furman and Andile Jali, as well as left-back Patrick Phungwayo.Jali and Phungwayo have been left out of the match as a precaution as they are nursing knee injuries.“We also need to give other players a chance to see what they can do. Nelson Mandela said it looks impossible until it can be done.”Today people sit and say if we don’t have Jali or if we don’t have Furman we are in trouble, but they forget there is a player waiting for that chance to play, we need to spur them on and encourage them because we are not going to come back to you and say Dean is not here or so and so is not here. Let’s push them in and let them play so they show us what they can do,” added Mashaba. The Bafana Bafana mentor has also cautioned his players against complacency now that they have made it into the final team.“Zambia is going to be a challenge because all the players will be playing out of their skin to impress the coach before he announces the squad that will travel to Equatorial Guinea, but we ready for them. On the other hand this match could pose a problem for our boys where complacency creeps in because they are already in the final squad going to Afcon 2015, so we need to guard against that.“Zambia has been in camp for a couple of weeks, never went on a break so they could be sharper than us, but our boys are professionals and despite the two-day break they will give their best. We need to instill into our players that this is not a practice match but a very crucial clash. The only way of maintaining the momentum is by winning the match,” said Mashaba.The Bafana Bafana players also took time off their schedule to visit their fans in Soweto and encourage them to come to the match. The squad visited Jabulani Mall, Maponya Mall and Southgate Mall, handing out tickets for the match to appreciative fans.“We went to the fans today because we belong to them. This thing of isolating ourselves because we are Bafana Bafana is not a good thing. We have also encouraged our players that after training sessions we don’t jump into the bus but to go shake hands with those fans who came to watch. “While the exercise of going to meet the fans might not bring in many to the stadium but where they are today they are happy to have seen and met the players because some of them don’t even have money to go to the stadium. For us to have gone to them spiritually they will be with the team and I think that was the best thing we have done,” concluded the head coach.