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Depending on how SC finishes out the season it could be a trip to the Big Easy or the Windy City. Both places are stroll down memory lane for coach Tim Floyd.  I'm sure coach Floyd is more concerned about getting there than where he is playing but like I said- memory lane...

There are several intriguing story lines involving No. 23-ranked USC and the site of what could be its first-round game in the NCAA tournament.

If the Trojans play at the United Center in Chicago, it would be a reunion of sorts for Tim Floyd, who coached the Chicago Bulls for three-plus seasons in that building.

A pair of USC victories at a place where Floyd compiled half of his 52-194 record with the Bulls could have a redeeming quality.

Like I said, I think Tim Floyd is more interested in getting in than where he is playing. Winning out the season will address the issues of seeding and where they are playing. I'm not concerned about the scenarios of what happens if we do this or that. It's simple, Just Win Baby!!

The difference between finishing second or third in the Pacific 10 Conference standings could have a significant impact on USC's fortunes in the postseason conference tournament.

If the season ended today, USC would have the No. 3 seeding and play Stanford, which handed the Trojans their worst loss in conference play.

But if USC can overtake Washington State this week to claim the No. 2 seeding, the Trojans would play the winner of a first-round game between last-place Arizona State and California or Washington -- teams that are a combined 1-4 against USC.

To finish second in the Pac-10, the Trojans (11-5 in conference) need Washington State (12-4) to lose its final two home games -- to UCLA on Thursday and USC on Saturday.

A Washington State victory over the Bruins would clinch second place for the Cougars even if they lose to USC because they would have the tiebreaker edge over the Trojans, having beaten the conference's top team.

All the speculation is nice and all but it's meaningless because all that matters is winning. Washington is still a tough school so we can't look past them to focus on WSU. I know that coach Floyd will work on preventing that. There is still a lot of basketball to be played before we can even think about the tournament.

But once we get past the rest of the season and get to the tournament then we can we worry about the who, what and when of the tournament.