2. USC Trojans (12-8, 5-2 Pac-12) LW: T-7
The USC Trojans might have had the best weekend of any Pac-12 school as they picked up their fourth and fifth conference wins in a sweep of Arizona and Arizona State.
After being swept on the road against Oregon and Oregon State, it appears the Trojans are back on track as their conference win streak is up to three games.
Thanks to a monster night from junior forward Nick Rakocevic, where he posted his ninth double-double of the season with 27 points and 12 rebounds, the Trojans picked up a much needed 80-57 victory over the Wildcats.
The matchup with the Sun Devils was a much closer affair as it took a clutch 3-pointer with 14 seconds left from senior forward Bennie Boatwright and a bad possession that resulted in a missed three from Sun Devil guard Remy Martin to secure the win.
A shaky non-conference performance for the Trojans left a lot of people wondering if this team could do any damage once conference play rolled around, but their three-game win streak and 5-2 conference record has proved they are here to play.
However, the road doesn’t get much easier for USC, as they will do battle with the lone unbeaten team in the Pac-12, the Washington Huskies, on Wednesday before making the trip to Pullman to face Washington State on Saturday.
It won’t be easy, but if the Trojans can come out of their upcoming road trip to the Northwest with a 2-0 record, they should find themselves in a good spot to claim the No. 1 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament.