What Does The USC Loss Mean Big Picture?

Posted on February 25, 2011 by


I have said it before, I’ll say it again, USC is a good team. Vucevic is a phenomenal inside player that has a sweet touch and good footwork. Those floater hook shots he flew on us are virtually impossibly to guard, as the defender uses their body to create separation. Stephenson has himself looking the The Admiral out there with those guns. Having two big guys inside makes it extremely difficult to execute on the interior. Not to mention Fontan had the game of his career. It is not easy when you do not capitalize on opportunities that present themselves and when your defensive efforts leave one sixth man of the other team looking like an All-American.

It does not help the matter that Arizona seemed to be drinking the Kool-Aid quite a bit. Their play seemed lackadaisical and unmotivated. That, combined with Derrick Williams having the worst game of the season, maybe his career, was a recipe for disaster.

Arizona has gotten the benefit of the bounce coming down the stretch of some close games more than its fair share this season and it was only a matter of time before it came back to bite us.

With that said, it is good to have this loss now. Hopefully it grounds our guys and gets them buying back into their team concept. They are a very good team themselves, one that is capable of beating virtually any team in the country when they work within their own gameplan and take care of business. Losing now sets us up to run a three game winning streak into the Pac-10 tournament with a new and humbled mindset ready to earn what we want to accomplish.

Additionally, the lose last night might have been Derrick Williams’ best notice alert that returning for a third season might be in his best interest. Everyone is entitled bad days, however, as a potential lottery pick, those players do not have bad days one this level, well, they don’t have them anywhere near the under-achieving spectacle Williams put on for us on Thursday. Read all about this Commissioners sentiments and thoughts on Williams’ big decision here.