A lot of people are excited about the opening of the new Matthew Knight Arena. We are all familiar, and in the case of Duck fans, much obliged for the incomperable support by the Nike co-founder and his family. Let's not forget all involved would prefer the young man who died at the young age of 34 would instead be there with dad & mom to celebrate this amazing facility.
It's a very interesting circumstance that leads to the opening tip against USC. The Trojans won a nice game at Tennessee prior to the start of league play, then lost the Pac 10 opener in overtime against a very good Washington team. They beat Wazzou 2 nights later and took down cross town rival UCLA last week. This is a new look SC team who can do damage from downtown. They've already hit 98 threes compared to their conference low 107 all of last year. They feature some balanced scoring and keep an eye out on freshman Maurice Jones. #10 is just 5'7, but lightning quick running the point. I'll personally be looking out for #2 Jio Fontan who went to high school in the city where my mom, sister, 5 cousins and I were born, Paterson, New Jersey. He's a junior and their 2nd leading scorer. I'd anticipate their front line will give the smaller Ducks trouble with both Alex Stepheson and Nikola Vucevic go 6'10". They've outboarded their opponent by an average of about 3 a game while the Ducks have been about even-steven at 35 rebounds a game. The Duck big fellas, Joevan Catron in particular, must avoid foul trouble or risk watching his mates get pounded inside. Looking forward to another unique event involving this university. Looking forward to getting back on the air.