Third-seeded USC advances to face fourth-seeded Oregon today at 3 p.m. in the conference final. No player currently on the team had won a game in the Pac-10 Tournament before this week. The Trojans have never won the tournament, once before advancing to the final in 2002. Beating Stanford likely put to rest any lingering doubts that the Trojans will make the NCAA Tournament. Now they are working on improving their seeding. This victory gives USC its seventh win over a top-25 team this season. The Trojans are 7-4 against ranked opponents, a statistic that should impress the NCAA selection committee on Sunday. USC (23-10) is now one victory away from equaling the highest total in its 101-year history. The Trojans had 24 wins in 2001, 1992, 1974 and 1971. Oregon 81, Cal 63: The Oregon Ducks ran out to a big lead, then survived a big scare from Cal but ultimately held on to win at Staples Center. Oregon (25-7) flourished, as it usually does, with its speedy backcourt. Freshman Tajuan Porter and junior Malik Hairston combined for 46 points on 18 of 25 shots. The Ducks shot 62.5 percent from the field, outrebounded Cal by four and ran up a 21-point halftime lead. – Jill Painter 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – Gabe Pruitt, Nick Young and Lodrick Stewart suffered through USC basketball pre-Tim Floyd. They experienced the lowest depths in Trojans basketball history, and it shows. With every 3-pointer that left their hands Friday and the fist pumps that followed, they looked like players who have come a long way to get this opportunity and success and weren’t going to let it pass them by. The original three combined to score 33 of USC’s first 34 points to spark the Trojans to a 70-61 victory over No. 11 Washington State in the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals at Staples Center.
Boss Guardiola still believes that City can reach the final four of the competition, but knows that they need to be at their best if they are to pull off a thrilling fightback at the Etihad Stadium.“To go through you have to make the perfect game, create chances and concede few chances. The chances we receive, we have to defend well,” said Guardiola, who saw his side suffer another defeat in last weekend’s Manchester derby.“We have 90 minutes and anything can happen. All we are going to do is try.“We have 90 minutes plus extra time and what we have shown this year – even in the last game – is we can create a lot of chances in the last few minutes.“It is a test. Football, like life, is a challenge.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A 3-0 first leg defeat leaves City manager Pep Guardiola praying for a historic second leg comeback.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 10 – Manchester City need the “perfect game” if they are to overcome Liverpool’s three-goal advantage and reach the Champions League semi-final, says Pep Guardiola.City’s chances of adding the Champions League to their imminent Premier League title win took a huge hit after the first leg of their quarter-final tie, when Guardiola’s side were blown away 3-0 at Anfield.