Tonight at 7 p.m. the Cougars will take on USC in Los Angeles. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.
The Trojans may seem like an easy opponent with only two conference wins to their name. But six of their 13 losses to Pac-12 teams have come by just five points or less and USC has played well lately, losing a pair of competitive games in Arizona last week and beating Oregon State the week before.
This week's press conference had a different feel as Ernie Kent spoke about a few of college basketball's current issues of the day. For one, he doesn't expect proposals to make freshmen ineligible to play to go anywhere.
Elsewhere in the Pac-12 …
-- Washington will get to work replacing its best linebackers.
-- Arizona's coach favors fines for court storming.
-- Cal's Christian Behrens is already back from knee surgery.
-- Colorado will get its voice back.
The Ducks will try to maintain their momentum after last week's big win.
-- Oregon State's Dan Gomis will play with a broken nose.
-- Stanford will try to turn the corner from a disappointing football season this spring.
-- UCLA needs Tony Parker to reward the trust the Bruins are placing in him.
-- Looking at USC's linebackers heading into spring.