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Morning Briefing: Women of Troy No. 9 Seed, Cope-Fitzpatrick Impressing And Other Bullets

Three & Out:

  1. It Starts With St. John’s: Winners of the Pac-12 tournament, the Women of Troy learned the identity of their first round opponent in the 2014 NCAA Women’s Tournament — No. 8 St. John’s Red Storm, with the game set to be played in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. PDT. The Red Storm finished the season 22-10 and 13-5 in the Big East. They reached the women’s Big East championship game, but fell to DePaul, 65-57. For the Trojans, this is their first time dancing in the tournament in eight years. At the risk of looking too far ahead, should the Trojans win their first-round game, it would likely setup a matchup with the No. 1 seed Tennessee Volunteers on their home floor.
  2. Tough Times In Eugene: The USC Trojans baseball team began the season 7-0 and since stumbled to a 2-6 record and were 0-2 away from Dedeaux Field going into the weekend — not exactly with the most encouraging stats as the Trojans were set to open Pac-12 play at No. 12 Oregon for a three-game series. The Trojans got things off on the right foot, pulling out a 3-2 win on Friday night, but the success quickly faded. The Ducks bounced back with a pair of 7-2 wins, to drop the Trojans to 10-8 on the season and 3-8 since their undefeated start.
  3. Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick Seizing Opportunity: As the lone scholarship tight end participating in spring practice and with a new coaching staff in place, Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick was presented with an opportunity of having a fresh start. Cope-Fitzpatrick said as much to ESPN’s Johnny Curren, stating he is more focused and believes as an upperclassmen, he is in position to earn a starting role. According to Curren, Steve Sarkisian has taken notice, crediting the tight end for his focus and play-making abilities thus far. Only three spring practices in, Cope-Fitzpatrick has plenty of work ahead and he will need to continue with his development come the fall, when Bryce Dixon joins the group of tight ends.

They said it:

“I’m excited. I’m excited for the opportunity and I know my team will be ready.”

— Cynthia Cooper-Dyke on her team’s first round game in the 2014 NCAA Women’s Tournament.

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