He hasn't touched the court since mop-up duty on February 4th against UCLA, but Percy Miller Jr. is still a prominent member of the USC Trojans basketball team. I wish my father created a No Limit Record-like company so I could steal a spot on a Division I basketball team.
But as Lil Romeo is to hopeful USC walk-ons the Trojans are to the field of 65, stealing an at-large bid from a team in bubble trouble today by capturing the Pac-10 crown. And steal did they ever. Down 15 at halftime to Arizona State, the Trojans won the second session 42-24.
Despite all this, we might want to take this So Cal team serious. They underachieved for most of the season, but their length and athleticism makes
Jay Bilas horny them a threat.
More on them after the jump.
Location: The Melting Pot of America
Record: 20-12 (9-9)
Leading scorers: Taj Gibson (14.6 ppg); Dwight Lewis (14.1 ppg); DeMar DeRozan (13.3 ppg)
What to know:
- Even at 9-9, they're conference record is a bit deceptive as they did not beat a Washington or UCLA, suffered two three game losing streaks, and was 2-7 on the road.
- Forward Taj Gibson is eighth in the country in blocks. He doesn't want to give you any soup.
- They're come from behind victory in the Pac-10 finals may have been an aberration. SC ranks 337 in three pointers attempted and 335 in three pointers made. Falling behind isn't something they want to do.
Projected seed: 11; and they won't be intimidated.