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Username Post: Southern Cal        (Topic#20853)
Eric Von Zipper 
Freshman
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Age: 65
Reg: 11-11-17
12-18-17 08:28 PM - Post#240482    

Opens Princeton +14

 
bradley 
Masters Student
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Age: 69
Reg: 01-15-16
Re: Southern Cal
12-19-17 09:06 AM - Post#240497    
    In response to Eric Von Zipper

USC has two extremely good players: 6'11" Metu, recruited by Harvard, who can shoot 3s', drive to the basket and slam dunk along with 6'1" senior PG who just tied Pac 12 record with 19 assists. Metu is probably the most talented player that they have faced this year. 2nd leading scorer, 6'10", missed last game and Tigers only slim hope is that he misses this game as they simply cannot handle height. Another top flight player is out -- FBI investigation. Other players are very talented although the sum of the parts is less than individual components.

Who guards Metu? -- Stephens with help or Much/Brennan -- depends on if 6'10" Boatwright plays. Bell will take on PG in all likelihood. Not a good match up as Tigers always have trouble with height/power as Henderson plays small. Middle Tennessee will be a much better test as they are more representative of IL teams.

One of these days, maybe tonight, the Tigers can lightening in a bottle against a very talented team but it will be very challenging to put it mildly. Tigers need to shoot very well to stay in the game.

 
JadwinGeorge 
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Reg: 12-04-15
12-19-17 10:30 AM - Post#240507    
    In response to bradley

If Tigers keep the deficit under 14 it will be a successful night. Three games in 4 days over the weekend is scary...fatigue, injury factor. Nice trip for the kids. Hope they relax and have fun. Palestra right around the corner.

 
SRP 
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12-19-17 11:48 AM - Post#240522    
    In response to JadwinGeorge

Metu is also a shot blocker. USC is big, mixes man with zone. Saw them get beat pretty badly by SMU in Dallas, but they're good. Tigers will have to protect the ball, shoot well from three, and finish hard at the rim. When USC is in man, Metu should be drawn away from the basket.

Defensively, the Trojans will not pick you apart with slick passing and ball movement, so Princeton needs to be aggressive doubling and helping on drives and post-ups. Get some deflections, box out like crazy.

In a Saturday where-is-USC-now article, the L.A. Times mentioned Princeton only in passing as a "tune-up." Let's hope the Trojans are in the same mindset and that the Tigers come out loose and aggressive.

 
bradley 
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12-19-17 04:02 PM - Post#240564    
    In response to SRP

As Rodney Dangerfield said "NO RESPECT".

Besides being past my bed time, I do not have PAC 12 on my Comcast Infinity package and it does not look like the game is on ESPN 3. Hope that some Tiger fans watch a competitive game or at the very least, Tigers play very tough defense and move the ball versus one on one to build on the last two games.



 
TigerFan 
PhD Student
Posts: 1131

Reg: 11-21-04
12-19-17 11:28 PM - Post#240625    
    In response to bradley

Tigers start hot, go up 10-3 then hit a cold spell. 12-12 at the under 12 break.

 
TigerFan 
PhD Student
Posts: 1131

Reg: 11-21-04
12-19-17 11:31 PM - Post#240626    
    In response to TigerFan

Two 3s by Much and a back door. Up 6 with 9 to play in 1st half.


 
TigerFan 
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Reg: 11-21-04
12-19-17 11:35 PM - Post#240627    
    In response to TigerFan

Lead as high as 7. Young throws it away. Lead at 5 with 7:30 to play.

 
TigerFan 
PhD Student
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Reg: 11-21-04
12-19-17 11:41 PM - Post#240628    
    In response to TigerFan

Too many unforced turnovers and lead evaporates. Down 2 with 5:30 to play.

 
TigerFan 
PhD Student
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Reg: 11-21-04
Southern Cal
12-19-17 11:47 PM - Post#240629    
    In response to TigerFan

More turnovers. More close in points by USC. And the Princeton freeze is on. 15-2 run by USC and suddenly down 9. Ugghh.

Edited by TigerFan on 12-19-17 11:49 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
TigerFan 
PhD Student
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Reg: 11-21-04
12-19-17 11:53 PM - Post#240630    
    In response to TigerFan

Great finish by Tigers and they close to 36-33 at half. Just when I was ready to go to bed, they pull me back in!

 
gokinsmen 
Postdoc
Posts: 2602

Reg: 02-05-10
Southern Cal
12-19-17 11:55 PM - Post#240631    
    In response to TigerFan

36-33 at the half. Proud of the guys and their effort. Even if they get blown out in the 2nd half, they didn't give up when USC made a big run.

Post defense was quite good and aggressive (carrying over form Cal Poly) but USC started scoring at will on drives to the rim. Got roasted on 1-on-1 layups/bankers. Conversely, we're rolling every contested layup off the rim.

USC is just better, so I'll be happy if the guys keep shooting confidently and bring the defensive energy. Don't make weak TOs. Get a shot off, make or miss. Don't let USC shoot over your passive hands. Get up in their grille and make them take contact and make FTs.

 
TigerFan 
PhD Student
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Reg: 11-21-04
12-20-17 12:12 AM - Post#240632    
    In response to TigerFan

Tigers back up - 37-36

 
TigerFan 
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12-20-17 12:22 AM - Post#240634    
    In response to TigerFan

Much tosses a bomb and Tigers up 50-45 under 14 to play!

 
TigerFan 
PhD Student
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Reg: 11-21-04
12-20-17 12:24 AM - Post#240635    
    In response to TigerFan

55-48 Tigers with 13 to play. Much is on fire!

 
TigerFan 
PhD Student
Posts: 1131

Reg: 11-21-04
12-20-17 12:29 AM - Post#240637    
    In response to TigerFan

Tigers rolling. Up 59-48 with 10:30 to play. Shooting the lights out. D sounds solid.

 
gokinsmen 
Postdoc
Posts: 2602

Reg: 02-05-10
12-20-17 12:31 AM - Post#240638    
    In response to TigerFan

How impressive is this? Guys are playing aggressive, not scared. Don't know if they can hang on, but this isn't luck. Freshmen bigs are finally starting to grow. Not just Much but Desrosiers.

 
Vonsid 
Freshman
Posts: 58

Age: 50
Reg: 03-12-16
12-20-17 12:39 AM - Post#240639    
    In response to gokinsmen

  • gokinsmen Said:
How impressive is this? Guys are playing aggressive, not scared. Don't know if they can hang on, but this isn't luck. Freshmen bigs are finally starting to grow. Not just Much but Desrosiers.



gokinsmen....

You are always so negati....wait what? Yea man! Look at this! Exciting, even if they collapse, I think we are finally seeing the unknown potential!!


 
TigerFan 
PhD Student
Posts: 1131

Reg: 11-21-04
12-20-17 12:44 AM - Post#240641    
    In response to TigerFan

Tigers lead down to 5. 6:00 to play. Lots of Tiger fouls.

 
Vonsid 
Freshman
Posts: 58

Age: 50
Reg: 03-12-16
12-20-17 12:45 AM - Post#240642    
    In response to TigerFan

  • TigerFan Said:
Tigers lead down to 5. 6:00 to play. Lots of Tiger fouls.



Bell and Much both have 4 fouls with 6 mins to go. Not good. Young needs to hit some shots.


 
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