#9 Oregon at USC
Saturday, February 3, 2007 - 12:30 PM PT
USC takes on Oregon today at the Galen Center at 12:30. SC is coming off a win against Oregon St. while the Ducks are coming off a loss to UCLA. SC needs this win to stay in 2ndd place in the Pac 10. Oregon will not want to lose 2 straight as it hurts them in the Pac 10 so I expect them to come out firing. SC struggled a bit against the Beavers so SC needs to take of business quickly and not let the Ducks get the momentum.
With the Ducks currently tied for 2nd place in the Pac 10, along with SC and Wazzu, they need a win just to keep pace. This is one of those games for SC where they know they can beat the Ducks as they did earlier in the season but if they are sluggish on defense they open the door for Oregon to win this game and keep pace with UCLA.
SC needs big production from everyone and they need to play the Ducks tight and keep Aaron Brooks in check and deal with Malik Hairston who did not play against the Trojans in their last meeting. Oregon will also have C Ray Schafer who could also provide the same sort of problems that the Trojans faced against Stanford last week.
So let's hope they play focused and fall into a general sense of malaise and put this one away. This could be a nail biter or it could get ugly but I don't SC pulling away but I am confident that they will prevail.