Greatest Ending In USC History?

USC’s dramatic victory over Stanford on Saturday at the Galen Center, which the Trojans trailed by 5 points with 15.2 seconds left and forced OT, was hailed by some as the greatest ending of a USC basketball game.

But it wasn’t. A better ending came at McArthur Court in 1999, where USC trailed Oregon, 84-79, with 2.8 seconds left. Adam Spanich hit two 3-pointers including a half-court heave at the buzzer for the win.

The cameras didn’t catch Spanich taunting the crowd after the game.

“Honestly, I thought it was going to be short,” Spanich said. “But it wasn’t. It went right through.”

Spanich had 26 points and six 3-pointers. He beat Arizona on a shot at the buzzer the previous season.

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47 thoughts on “Greatest Ending In USC History?

    1. I remember watching that Oregon game, it was a miracle, but how do you rank comebacks ? The greatest comeback I ever saw was 1974 versus ND, nothing will top that.

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      1. One of the nice moment in that comeback is listening to Tom Kelly involuntarily start laughing as he announces the final score “55-24, U(ha, ha, ha) SC!”
        I also like watching Ara yell at his assistants on the sidelines and trip after he shakes hands with McKay. Watching him stand there like a limp dick and endure the “USC” chants is fun too. He set it all up with that 51-0 score at the coliseum and it came back to bite him in the ass again and again.

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      2. Pudly —Todd has definitely had his moments. And he’s a much better motivator than Pendergast. It’s really concerning to me, though, that his last Texas defense (which was loaded even after all the injuries) was such a fricking disaster. We have to pray that was just a blip on the Orlando radar.

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    2. Vindictive and petty if you ask me, MG. Why not celebrate instead?

      Great video, SW. This could have been introduced, “ This victory is right up there with the this 1999 comeback at Oregon shown below. “ Great comebacks.

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      1. Yes. But you gotta say this —it took Scott a long time to arrive at this way of downplaying USC’s success…..
        #HeGaveTheMatterALotOfThought
        #NothingKneeJerkAboutThisEditionOfVindictiveness…
        #That’sSomeKindOfProgress,Right?

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      2. Pudly –Yes. Our new DC…
        #IBelieveIt’sWhat’sCalledA”MixedBlessing”…
        #…NiceToActuallyHaveSomeone…
        #…NotSureIfIt’sNiceToHaveTodd….
        #[Let’sJustSayAlabamaWouldn’tHireHim]….
        #GoodLuckOnSeptember5th,Todd

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      3. Todd Orlando’s SP+ defensive rankings:

        #24 Conn 05
        #55 Conn 06
        #25 Conn 07
        #24 Conn 08
        #53 Conn 09
        #42 Conn 10
        #61 FIU 11
        #93 FIU 12
        #18 USU 13
        #16 USU 14
        #69 UH 15
        #27 UH 16
        #14 Texas 17
        #44 Texas 18
        #68 Texas 19

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  1. “Greatest ending in ‘bozo’ bb history vs Stanford @ home,” I don’t think so.

    SUCCX is so hard up for any smell of success that any cheap O/T win @ home in a storm triggers the Andyain’twinning Rah-Rah’s into stampede delirium.

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    1. Hey the Bruins finally won a game! Now they are back to 500, temporarily. My how the mighty Teddy Bears have fallin! Pretty sad over at Westwood. If they keep it up they might have an outside shot at the NIT.

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      1. The NIT, GT? Maybe. No, not really, I guess. Well, maybe, who knows? No, come to think of it, that’s a bridge too far.
        It’s a wonderful goal for the bruins, though…
        #ButProbablyOutOfReach….
        #Still –ABeautifulDreamToLatchOnTo….

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  2. Breaking News per Bruce Feldman
    Graham is coming back and Tony Orlando without Dawn interviewing for DC!!

    Had to break the news since Wolf, Owns and Bucket have basement cleaning chores today.

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    1. Why fire Pendergast, whose defense gives up 29 points per game, and 450 yards, and hire Graham, who was fired by Texas, which gave up 29 points and 450 yards per game.

      The best Bohn could do was Pendergast 2.0?

      #WhatIsWrongWithThesePeople?

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      1. 67 —What’s wrong? Bohn believed Helton when Helton told him he could put together a top flight staff with a couple of phone calls. Now Bohn is —once again—holding the short end of the stick….
        #….HoldingItBetweenHisLegs

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      2. karma —USC fans are so beaten up at this point that they’re happy we have a DC…any DC. But, if you had told them in December that we we’re going after Todd Orlando, they would have puked.
        I just can’t wait to hear Helton and Bohn strain their asses off trying to spin this hire….
        #..It’sGonnaBeSoFun

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      3. What a lazy search. They go out and hire somebody who just got fired .

        Hey, here is an idea. Why not hire the Iowa D coordinator? He is SUCCESSFUL. And just dominated us.

        Or go look at the top 30 defenses in D1. They are SUCCESSFUL.

        We’ve had enough FAILURES and RETREADS.

        #SorryForTheCaps
        #BloodPressureSpikedMomentarily
        #BetterNow

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      4. 67 & karma — No matter how USC spins this, Orlando was not Plan “A” or Plan “B”…or Plan “F”. He’s the guy who met the one, big qualification for Helton these days: He answered the phone.
        Welcome Aboard Todd! Your first assignment will be stopping …..Alabama.

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    2. Orlando was fired —FIRED —by Coach Herman at Texas for incompetence. His defense was rated last in college football in pass defense. What a complete joke the Bohn/Helton team is…….

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      1. I should add –in fairness —that Todd Orlando IS a motivator —something Pendergast was not. He knows how to pump players up. But he had plenty to work with at Texas….and they under performed BIG TIME…

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      2. Re “Some things Never change at USC”—
        I hope this doesn’t sound like too ironic of an answer: not anymore….

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  3. So it did happen. Negative Nelly with the backhanded acknowledgement. You are a beaut Wolf. I get that there is major pain going around in Trojanland but we finally get something good and you dont even talk about it. Lame and pathetic reporting.

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    1. Truman,
      I kinda thought all along that Philly wouldn’t want Harrell. He’s staying for one reason — because Philly wouldn’t hire him. Now Helton is back to where he was the day after the fricking Holiday Bowl —-with an OC and without a DC or Special Teams coach —what progress, huh?

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      1. karma,
        That’s obviously what they thought, too. It took them less than ONE day after Harrell’s interview to look elsewhere.
        #WelcomeToTheTalentPoolAtUSC

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  4. I think part of the come back statements incl how poorly they played in first 1/2 compared to 2nd ,being down 21 pts, and it was vs the 1st place team in Pac 12. As people mentioned Oregon trip will be a bigger test.

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