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Stanford Try To Avoid A Trojans Sweep This Year
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 03/07/2002

March 7, 2002

Los Angeles, Calif. - Southern Cal looks to post its third straight win over Stanford this season as the two Pac-10 rivals face each other Thursday in the first round of the Pac-10 tournament at Staples Center.

The 22nd-ranked Trojans (20-8) swept No. 16 Stanford this season, including a 19-point victory that was the Cardinal's worst at home since 1993. USC won 90-82 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

"We know they'll be gunning for us," said USC's Sam Clancy, who has had 17 games with double-figure scoring and rebounding this season.

Stanford features the Pac-10's leading scorer, rebounder and shot blocker. Casey Jacobsen averages 22.2 points, while 7-footer Curtis Borchardt averages 11.3 rebounds and 2.88 blocks.

The Trojans enter the first conference tournament since the 1989-90 season as the fourth seed, Stanford as the fifth seed.

USC posted its first win over Stanford on Jan. 26 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, as five Trojan players scored in double figures. Clancy scored 24 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and collected four steals in the win.

Then on Feb. 21, the Trojans handed the Cardinal a 77-58 loss at Maples Pavilion as Clancy collected another double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

In each contest, Stanford coach Mike Montgomery cited USC's use of the full-court press as a key factor.

"We need to attack their press better," Montgomery said. "They manage to disrupt our offense. They are big and strong ... we can't do anything about that. USC does a good job of adjusting their press."

Clancy paces the Trojans attack, averaging team-best totals of 19.2 points and 9.8 rebounds.

The backcourt of Errick Craven (12.1 ppg) and Brandon Granville (12.0 ppg) are also major scoring threats USC.

Ironically, USC coach Henry Bibby, who lists Jacobsen as his No. 1 focus, is changing his once-positive stance on the Pac-10 tournament.

"Up until now, I thought it was a great idea," Bibby said. "But now, it can help our chances or it can take away from our chances."



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