Quick note: the game is NOT on TV. But you can stream it for free if you clicker HERE according to the gohuskies.com. Thankfully these things won't happen next year.
My story in today's paper didn't have much to do with game. It instead talked about the Pac-12 conference player of the year race. Why? Because the Huskies should win this game easily. Not to disparage USC head coach Kevin O'Neill and the job that he's done. But injuries have leveled his team. The squad he is putting on the floor right now isn't good enough to win the Big Sky. It's a face. Washignton needs to show up and play focused and it will win by 20.
- Here's the statsheet.com preview
- Here's Tim Booth's preview for the AP
- Here's Scott Johnson's game preview for the Everett Herald
... the OC Register has thisstory
and the LA Daily News has this
Probable Starters ...
WASHINGTON (20-8, 13-3 PACIFIC-12 CONFERENCE) AT SOUTHERN CAL (6-23, 1-15)
7:30 p.m., Galen Center, Los Angeles
TV: None. Radio: 950-AM, 102.9-FM.
Series: The Huskies can even the all-time series with a win as USC holds a 67-66 advantage since the rivalry began in 1925. The Huskies will be playing their sixth game in the Galen Center – USC’s new facility which opened in 2006 – where they are 2-3. Washington defeated USC, 69-41, on Feb. 4 in Seattle.
Scouting report: On paper, this doesn’t figure to be much of a matchup. On the court, it probably won’t be much of a matchup, either. USC’s injury problems are well-documented. They have lost four projected starters along with two other players who were forced into starting roles because of other injuries. The Trojans are down to six scholarship players, and can’t wait for the season to get over. To be fair, the team has little chance of competing in the conference but still has played hard for coach Kevin O’Neill. Even if the Huskies were looking past USC for Saturday’s matchup with UCLA, it wouldn’t be enough for the Trojans to pull off the upset. And the Huskies will be focused, knowing that a weekend sweep will earn them the Pac-12 regular-season title. UW coach Lorenzo Romar has made a lineup change, moving senior Darnell Gant back into the starting lineup in place of freshman Desmond Simmons. Gant, who played at Crenshaw High in Los Angeles, figures to be extra motivated getting to play the last conference games of his career in front of friends and family.