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GameDay Open Thread: USC vs. St. Mary's

USC Trojans vs. St. Mary's, December 23, 2009 2:00 PST, ESPNU

Despite all the doom and gloom stories that were printed before the season got underway, the current USC men's basketball has posted a 6-4 record thus far and is presently on a 3 game winning streak. Now, just think about that and smile for a brief moment.

But nevertheless, today's contest against a 10-1 St. Mary's team provides a significant challenge for the Trojans, as they must perform much better than they did during Tuesday's narrow 55-51 victory over Western Michigan. St. Mary's should also provide the Trojans with a far steeper challenge, as they presently have a top 20 Sagarin rating. Here's a closer look at the Gaels via the Trojans' official website:

SCOUTING THE GAELS -- Saint Mary's (10-1) defeated Northeastern 78-67 yesterday for its eighth consecutive win. SMC's only loss was a 72-70 setback vs. Vanderbilt on Nov. 20. The Gaels are led by center Omar Samhan who has averaged 21.5 points and 11.6 rebounds. Freshman Matthew Dellavedova is second on the team in scoring with a 13.9 average. Saint Mary's has averaged making 9.1 three-pointers per game, 15th in the nation. USC leads the all-time series with Saint Mary's 7-0, winning the last meeting 69-63 on Nov. 18, 2006.

Should be a competitive game. Yet, hopefully, it turns out in 'SC's favor.

Fight On! Beat the Gaels!