The USC Trojans finished their Pac-12 schedule with just one victory out of the 18 games they played, but there's still a chance that they make the Big Dance. It's a long shot, of course, but it all starts on Wednesday afternoon at the 2012 Pac-12 Tournament.
The Trojans will play a team in a different type of turmoil -- thanks to a recent article in Sports Illustrated -- when they matchup with the UCLA Bruins at 5:30 ET in a game scheduled to be televised on the Fox Sports Network.
USC lost to the Bruins both times during the regular season, by a combined 29 points, but they call it March Madness for a reason. If sophomore guard Maurice Jones can somehow lead his team to four straight victories, culminating in Saturday's Pac-12 championship game, USC would clinch an NCAA Tournament berth.
The first step, however, is getting by the Bruins. That won't be an easy task if senior guard Lazeric Jones is feeling it from the field -- as he has been the past couple of games -- but Jones has been anything but consistent this season. Tyler Lamb, along with twins David Wear and Travis Wear, make up the rest of the Bruins offense.