Southern California snapped out of its recent funk and secured a necessary win on Thursday over Oregon, 72-70.
The Trojans snapped their three-game losing streak by winning out in a back-and-forth battle with the Ducks thanks to an incredible cross-court pass and alley-oop from Jordan McLaughlin to Chimezie Metu in the final second of the game.
The game winner! #ItTakesATeam pic.twitter.com/vspyRKzaE6— USC Men's Basketball (@USC_Hoops) February 16, 2018
USC entered Thursday as one of the last four teams in Jerry Palm's Bracketology, so it absolutely needed this one to avoid falling down a slippery slope. While this doesn't guarantee the Trojans will hear their name called on Selection Sunday, it does give them an important win and gets them out of a potentially devastating four-game losing streak going into the weekend.
The Trojans host Oregon State on Saturday before a daunting two-game road trip to Colorado and Utah next week. They look to finish Pac-12 play on a high note and leave no doubt about their standing come Selection Sunday.