Notebook: Buffs beat the Trojans

USC fell to 1-11 in the Pac-12 on Sunday after losing 83-74 to Colorado. The Trojans will now head north to the Bay Area to take on Stanford and California.

USC falls…again
USC hosted Colorado on Sunday evening in the Galen Center, falling to the Buffaloes 83-74.

The Trojans are now 10-15 overall and 1-11 in Pac-12 Conference play. Colorado improves to 18-8 and 8-5 in the Pac-12.

USC has lost 11 of its last 12 contests.

The Trojans scored first Sunday night on a Kahlil Dukes three-point basket, but Colorado's Xavier Johnson answered with a three of his own. The two teams traded a couple baskets before Colorado took the lead 7-5 and the Trojans trailed the rest of the game.

USC allowed Colorado to shoot just under 50 percent beyond the three-point line, the Buffs making 8-for-17 three-point attempts.

Byron Wesley led the Trojans with 21 points and eight rebounds.

Lineup Shuffle
Enfield shook up his starting lineup for the second straight game, electing to start Chass Bryan and Kahlil Dukes against Colorado. They joined Byron Wesley, D.J. Haley, and Luis Gavrilovic in Enfield's starting lineup.

Point guard Pe'Shon Howard did not play Sunday due to a violation of team rules.

Senior guard J.T. Terrell once again came off the bench for the Trojans.

Turnover trouble persists
USC turned the ball over 12 times against Colorado…in the first half alone.

Turnovers have been a glaring issue for the Trojans, one that hasn't seemed to improve throughout the season. They're averaging 14.4 a game, the highest average in the Pac-12.

Without starting point guard Pe'Shon Howard on Sunday, the on-going problem became an issue early and persisted throughout the game.

Center Omar Oraby committed five turnovers; guard Byron Wesley gave up four.

USC finished the night committing 17 turnovers in the losing effort.

Colorado also turned the ball over 17 times.

What about the future
Only two home games remain for the Trojans when they host Oregon State and Oregon at the end of the month.

So when is a good time to start looking into the distant future? Well, for a team who is 2-10 in Pac-12 Conference play, that's now.

Okay, so USC could still make an improbable run to the NCAA tournament if they win the Pac-12 tournament. That's a long shot. At best.

So the 2014 roster?

Scout four-star Etiwanda (Calif.) point guard Jordan McLaughlin should have no trouble starting for the Trojans on day one. At the two? Most likely will be shooting guard Katin Reinhardt, who will be eligible since transferring from UNLV. Put current guard Byron Wesley at the three. Then you get another freshman, Malik Price-Martin at the four and get will-be sophomore Nikola Jovanovic in the weight room and he'll be the five. Not to mention, the Trojans will also have strong-man Darion Clark able to go as well as Scout's 2014 sleeper Malik Marquetti who will be a freshman and the return of Julian Jacobs who has shown flashes this season to make you believe he'll be a role player in the future.

So if you're down on USC basketball and its current record, know that at least next years team will look different. And you can hope their record will look different, too.

Next up
USC will now travel to the Bay Area to take on Stanford Thursday and California Sunday.

USC's only conference win came against the Bears at the Galen Center, 77-69, Jan. 22.

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