USC lost to Arizona, 75-61, in the Pac-12 championship game. USC was outrebounded 42-19. Arizona’s Deandre Ayton had 32 points and 18 rebounds for the Wildcats. Nick Rakocevic led USC with 13 points and made 6-7 shots.
But . . . he did not attempt a shot or free throw in the second half.
So USC will return to Los Angeles and await its fate in the NCAA Tournament. The Trojans have to be in the tournament after finishing second in the conference and reaching the conference championship game. Right?
Andy Enfield after the game made the case for making the NCAA Tournament: ” We have 23 wins. We’re second place in the regular season of the Pac-12, and we’re second place now inthe championship game. We have 12 Top 100 wins. We have an RPI that was 33 going into today. We have 11 wins away from home. We have all the quadrant wins, we have a lot of those too.”