Whenever you're trailing 40-9 in a conference game, that's not a good sign.
With 3:51 remaining in the first half against USC on Saturday, the Beavers were in fact trailing 40-9. For a team that's now 0-15 in the Pac-10, 6-21 overall, and on a 17 game losing streak, it's what we've come to expect. The Trojans eventually won the game 81-53.
Sure, Marcel Jones can assure that the Beavers will not go 0-18 and that the Beavers "are not going to go down in history."
Dude, you're running out of time.
The Beavers have three games remaining on their Pac-10 schedule: The Ducks on March 2, and the Arizona schools the following week. Frankly, all three of those teams could be conference contenders if it wasn't for the overall strength of the Pac-10. Both Arizona State and Arizona are currently .500 and the Ducks are under (.400), but with the Beavers at .000, we already know who the underdog will be.
So, Marcel Jones, how do you plan on beating one of these three teams?
The Beavers only scored 16 points in the first half against the Trojans, a season low by far. Oregon State played right with USC's second stringers in the second half, scoring 37 points to USC's 38.
Marcel Jones, back from a one game suspension, led the Beavers with 15 points. Maybe the fact that he only has four guaranteed games left in his college career (the fourth one coming in the Pac-10 tournament) has motivated him to put forth extra effort down the stretch. He was 6 of 15 shooting, and was 3-for-7 from behind the arc.
Calvin Haynes had ten points, followed by Omari Johnson with eight. Four of five starters (Omari is the exception) had under four points in the contest.
Freshman O.J. Mayo led the Trojans with 21 points. Dwight Lewis had 14, Angelo Johson had 13, and Taj Gibson scored 12. USC, at 8-6 in the Pac-10, have four games left on their schedule. Next week they travel to play the Arizona schools, and the week after they're back at home against Cal and Stanford.
Fellas, you're running out of time to turn 0-18 into 1-17.