The USC Trojans defeated the Oregon Geese on Monday evening. What provides to the good vibes within the Trojans’ locker room is the truth that the Pac-12’s late-season schedule changes have given one in all USC’s two pursuers a assured loss.
The phrase got here down on Monday afternoon, simply earlier than the Trojans and Geese have been set to tip off contained in the Galen Heart: UCLA and Oregon will play a make-up recreation on Wednesday, March 3. This recreation was initially imagined to have been performed on Dec. 23 in Eugene. Now the Geese will lastly get their probability to host UCLA, that means that both the Geese or Bruins will lose a minimum of yet another Pac-12 recreation.
This is part of why USC’s win over Oregon was so essential: For the reason that Trojans personal head-to-head tiebreakers over Oregon and UCLA, the truth that Oregon and UCLA will play one another reduces the margin of error for the Geese and Bruins in a battle with USC for the Pac-12 title.
UCLA a minimum of will get to play USC once more within the common season. Oregon doesn’t. Had the Geese received, they’d have held the head-to-head tiebreaker over USC. Now, the shoe is on the opposite foot, and Oregon has to beat UCLA subsequent Wednesday if it needs any practical probability of profitable the Pac-12.
Oregon’s added recreation towards UCLA subsequent Wednesday wasn’t the one added recreation on the Geese’ schedule. Oregon will host Arizona on Monday, March 1, that means that UO has 5 regular-season video games left.
After USC’s win over Oregon, the Geese’ solely path to the Pac-12 title is to win all 5 remaining video games and have USC lose twice. The Trojans do have some robust street journeys remaining in their very own proper, however Oregon has to run the desk towards good opponents: Stanford, UCLA and Arizona.
Oregon’s two added video games — that means that the Geese should play 4 occasions in a seven-day stretch starting Thursday at Stanford — additionally determine to go away UO exhausted and overextended heading into the Pac-12 Match.
USC received towards Oregon, however it additionally scored victories within the launch of the most recent spherical of Pac-12 schedule changes.
Mondays have not often been this good in USC basketball historical past.