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Women of Troy face off against their crosstown rival

first_imgIn preparation for its final dual meet of the season, the No. 6 USC women’s swimming and diving team is gearing to face off against crosstown rival No. 21 UCLA on Saturday at 1 p.m at McDonalds Swim Stadium.After frustrating losses at California and Stanford two weeks ago, the Women of Troy (8-2, 3-2) hope that this meet, also their senior meet, turns out to be a victory.USC coach Dave Salo knows that hanging in the balance is not just one win against UCLA, but a long tradition of beating the Bruins.“They are our traditional crosstown rivals and at stake is the gauntlet,” Salo said. “We’ve beat them three times in a row now and we are hoping to make it four times in a row.”The winner of tomorrow’s dual meet is awarded five points that go towards the Crosstown Guantlet, which is a trophy awarded annually to the school that has the most successful athletic year compared to the other. Points awarded are based on the winner of each Trojan-Bruin head-to-head contest, and currently the Trojans are ahead 37.5-20.Senior and co-captain Presley Bard is confident in USC’s chances of beating its biggest rival.“There’s gonna be a couple of close races but we should be able to win almost every event,” Bard said. “It’s all in good fun but you always wanna beat your crosstown rivalry school.”Looking back at the women’s swim team’s previous two dual meets, however, raises some questions about how confident the Women of Troy are feeling about tomorrow’s meet. After they fell to Cal 182-118, and at Stanford, 161.5-136.5, the team had a disappointing last couple of competitions.Despite the losses, Bard is confident that team can move on and use the lessons learned from the Cal and Stanford meets this weekend.“We definitely don’t want what happened at Cal and Stanford to happen again. Every day Dave has been reminding us about our losses as motivation, not because he is upset with us,” Bard said. “Sometimes we have to learn how to lose to learn how to win. He is hoping that we take the value of the lesson and take that energy and use it to move forward.”With those inspirational thoughts in their mind, the Women of Troy are hoping for a successful, well-attended dual meet tomorrow not only for the sake of the Gauntlet, but for their seniors.“I am hoping that a lot of people come out and support us,” Bard said. “We are not gonna be taking UCLA lightly. It’s gonna be a memorable and exciting day, and it’s always a really special meet because it’s the senior meet too.”last_img read more


What we learned from Syracuse’s 96-81 loss to Boston College

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Tyler Lydon ‘has to’ play the 4Syracuse began the season with sophomore Tyler Lydon playing at the 3, or small forward, and graduate transfer Andrew White playing the 2, or shooting guard. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim has shuffled up his lineups and two months into the year, he said Lydon is “not effective” at the 3.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange rolled out another new starting lineup on Sunday, with Frank Howard running the point, Tyus Battle at shooting guard, White at the 3, Lydon at the 4 and Taurean Thompson at center. Boeheim said Lydon “has to” play the 4. With Thompson being the Orange’s best low-post offensive player, that squeezes senior center Dajuan Coleman, who didn’t play at all on Sunday, out of the lineup.Against Boston College, Tyler Roberson played 22 minutes, even occasionally with Thompson and Lydon. When Lydon temporarily bumped to the 3, the Orange wasn’t functional, Boeheim said.“Tyler Lydon has to play the 4. He’s not effective at the 3,” Boeheim said. “And I thought Tyler Roberson gave us some good play and Taurean as well.”“If Tyler (Lydon) doesn’t play the 3, Dajuan isn’t going to play. Or one of those guys (Roberson and Thompson) is not going to play. And Andrew (White) also is more effective at the 3 than he is at the 2. That’s really it.”Even against one of the worst offensive teams in the ACC, the Orange’s guards struggled to defendBoston College entered the game with the 219th worst adjusted offensive efficiency in the country, per Kenpom.com, and the Eagles still wreaked havoc against Syracuse.“Our problem is our guards defensively,” Boeheim said. “They’re just not finding players. They’re not finding the shooters.”Boeheim has pointed out the guards’ ability to track down shooters throughout the season, and the issue crept up again against Boston College. Guard John Gillon said that once the ball got into the high post, they moved too close to that location. It’s something players are taught not to do and that’s how shooters were open on the outside, he said.“We’re not rotating right when they pass the ball in the high post,” Gillon said. “When they turn a certain way, we’re supposed to be over here (on the wings) on the shooters and then when they turn back the other way, we’re supposed to rotate up and take the next shooter and we weren’t doing that.”The ACC is going to be a gauntlet, for better or worseBoston College went 0-18 in conference play last season and entered this year projected as the worst team in the conference. The Orange gave up 96 points to BC and it’ll likely get only tougher the rest of the season. The ACC is arguably the top conference in college basketball this season, leaving SU at a crossroads. It’ll have chances to win games against top competition and play its way back into NCAA Tournament contention or it’ll buckle as bad as it did on Sunday and crumble over the next two months.The challenge of playing in the ACC has been the elephant in the room as Syracuse stumbled before league competition. On Sunday, it stared the Orange in the face and delivered a tough blow. In the next 10 days alone, SU will face Miami, Pittsburgh (which lost to No. 24 Notre Dame in overtime) and Virginia Tech (which beat No. 5 Duke by 14). By the same token, Georgia Tech upset No. 9 North Carolina on Saturday, an example of a lesser team picking up a good win over a superior opponent, something SU will have to do going forward.“It’s a great conference. We know that,” Boeheim said last week. “We know that. We’ll have to get better.” Comments Published on January 1, 2017 at 6:00 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedscenter_img CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Syracuse suffered a 96-81 loss to Boston College (8-6, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) on Sunday at Conte Forum. The Orange (8-6, 0-1) lost to the Eagles by more than two possessions for the first time since 1997. SU also allowed a season-high 96 points just 11 days after giving up 93 to St. John’s. The loss leaves Syracuse still searching for answers about halfway through the year.Here’s what we learned from the game.MORE COVERAGE Afterthoughts: Dajuan Coleman’s spot in the rotation is unclearSyracuse defense fails in 96-81 loss to Boston CollegeSyracuse fans react to SU’s massive loss to Boston Collegelast_img read more