USC Takes On B.C. In NCAA 2nd Rd.
March 16, 2001
LOS ANGELES -- The USC men's basketball team (22-9 overall, 11-7 in the Pacific-10Conference, tied for fourth place), in its first NCAA Tournament since 1997, will play a second-roundgame for the first time since 1992 when it was takes on No. 3 seed Boston College (27-4, 13-3 in the Big East, first place, and Big East Tournament champ) on Saturday (March 17)at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Long Island, N.Y. Tip-off is set for approximately5:30 p.m. (EST). The Trojans advanced to the round of 32 after defeating Oklahoma State, 69-54, on Thursday. USC is now 7-12 in 11 trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a third-placefinish in 1940 and a fourth in 1954.
GAME #32 -- USC (22-9 overall, 11-7 in the Pacific-10 Conference, tied for fourth place) vs.No. 3 seed Boston College (27-4, 13-3 in the Big East, first place, and Big East Tournamentchamp) on Saturday (March 17). The game will be televised live on CBS and will be broadcastlive on XTRA 690-AM. The Eagles, under fourth-year coach Al Skinner, are coming off of adown-to-the-wire 68-65 win over No. 14 seed Southern Utah on Thursday. In the win, Eaglesophomore guard Troy Bell had a team-high 18 points, including two free throws with 13seconds left that gave Boston College its final margin of victory. The Thunderbirds had a shotto tie at the buzzer, but could not knock a shot down. Bell entered the tournament averaginga team-high 20.1 points per game while senior guard Xavier Singletary was next with 11.8 ppg.Fellow senior guard Kenny Harley is the team's leading rebounder (5.7).
SWEET 16 -- If USC advances past the second round, it will play the winner of Saturday'ssecond game between No. 2 seed Kentucky and No. 7 seed Iowa in Philadelphia on March 22.
USC VS. 2001 NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAMS -- Including the first-round OklahomaState game, USC has played eight teams that made it to the 2001 NCAA Tournament and isa combined 5-7 against the bunch. In addition to the Cowboy victory, USC sports wins againstMountain West Tournament champion BYU (70-67), Big Sky Tournament winner Cal StateNorthridge (99-90) and a pair of victories over Pac-10 rival California (80-66 and 74-69).Among the seven losses, the Trojans dropped two games to top-ranked Stanford (77-71, 70-68), two to Top 10 Arizona (71-58, 105-61), two to Top 20 UCLA (80-75, 86-75) and one to Top15 Mississippi (85-83 in OT).
VS. OKLAHOMA STATE -- No. 6 seed USC won its first NCAATournament game since 1992 with a convincing 69-54 win over No. 11seed Oklahoma State on Thursday at the Nassau Coliseum. Juniorforward Sam Clancy posted a double-double with 22 points and 13rebounds while senior guard Jeff Trepagnier scored 17 points, includ-inga couple of highlight-reel dunks. The Trojans outscored theCowboys, 48-19, in the first half and staved off a late rally to advancein the tournament. USC never trailed in the game. The Trojans wereup 10-9 only 3:15 into the game when they went on a 14-0 run to goahead 24-9 with 10:53 left in the first half. After an OSU basket, USCcharged forward again, stringing together an 11-0 run, taking acommanding 35-11 lead with 4:38 remaining before the break. WhenClancy scored the first basket of the second half, USC had a game-high31-point lead at 50-19. Oklahoma State battled back, however,getting as close as 58-44 with 8:03 to play. But USC rebuilt its lead to20 points at 67-47 with 2:53 left, sealing the win. The Cowboys wereled by Fredrik Jonzen's 17 points and Andre Williams' 13 rebounds.
LAST GAME NOTES -- With his first basket of the game, USCjunior guard Brandon Granville became the 25th player in USC history(and the third this season) to eclipse the 1,000-point barrier. Seniorforward/center Brian Scalabrine and senior guard Jeff Trepagnierwere the first two Trojans to reach 1,000 points this year. Entering thegame with 999 points, Granville finished with 14 points and is now 24thon the Trojans' all-time scoring list with 1,013. Junior forward SamClancy entered the game with 974 points and finished with 996. He is26th on USC's career scoring list and is looking to join his threeteammates as the fourth player to go for a grand this year. USC hasnever had four players on the same team with 1,000 career points ...Sam Clancy's double-double was his team-best seventh this year ...With his five assists, Brandon Granville, USC's all-time leader in thecategory, now has 574 for his career, good for 10th best all-time in thePacific-10 Conference ... Clancy's four blocks marked the 13th timethis year he has had at least three rejections in a game. He now has69 for the season, three short of the school record of 72 (AvondreJones) ... USC's 48-19 halftime lead was its largest of the season andbiggest since leading Loyola Marymount, 56-23, at the half last year... However, the Trojans' 21 second-half points was a low by far thisyear. The previous low was 32 (three times) ... Clancy now has 538points this season, eighth-most in school history.
THAT 20-WIN BARRIER -- USC is enjoying its first 20-win seasonsince the Harold Miner-led Trojans went 24-6 in 1992. That teamfinished the regular season ranked No. 8 and earned a No. 2 seed inthe NCAA Tournament's Midwest Region before being upset byGeorgia Tech in the second-round. USC's 22 wins this season are themost since 1992 and are the most wins under any Henry Bibby-ledUSC team. His previous best was his 1997 team that went 17-11 andmade an appearance in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (aloss to Illinois).
NABC DISTRICT PICKS -- The National Association of Basket-ballCoaches announced its All-District picks and two Trojans wereselected. Junior forward Sam Clancy earned District 15 first teamhonors while senior forward/center Brian Scalabrine earned a second-teamnod.
USC ON THE ALL-PAC-10 TEAM -- Junior forward Sam Clancywas the only Trojan on the 2001 All-Pacific-10 Conference first teamhonors. Senior forward/center Brian Scalabrine earned All-Pac-10honorable mention honors while guard Desmon Farmer earned All-Pac-10 Freshman honorable mention honors.