USC basketball bemoans Drew Timme's dominance in Elite Eight matchup

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USC basketball had a rough start to their Elite Eight matchup with Gonzaga as handlebar-mustache-wearing forward Drew Timme took control.

USC basketball's first foray into the Elite Eight in 20 years didn't exactly start the way they will have wanted.

The Trojans quickly fell behind by seven thanks to a rash of turnovers and the dominant play of Gonzaga's Drew Timme.

In the first half, Timme was absolutely unstoppable. He had 15 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals while completely unsettling the Trojans.

He bullied Evan Mobley on the offensive end and flumoxed USC's guards on the defensive end.

Maybe it wouldn't feel so bad if Timme didn't look like...that.

He was the subject of jokes on Twitter, which took the edge off the disappointment somewhat.

USC basketball Twitter was at least able to laugh about Drew Timme

The mustache is definitely the place to start when talking about Timme, but his play was also noteworthy. He looked like the second coming of all-time greats, just with a handlebar mustache.

Unfortunately, that 8.5-point spread looked low in the first half. Every push the Trojans made was matched by the No. 1 seed.

It was definitely a disappointing half of basketball for a team that had been playing so well up to that point.

Halftime was a welcome break.

USC made it to the Elite Eight with three double-digits wins on their way. They handled Drake in the Round of 64 before blowing out Kansas in the Round of 32. That game felt a lot like what Gonzaga did to the Trojans early. They kept up the momentum in the Sweet 16 with a takedown of Oregon.

Gonzaga, meanwhile, has been the hottest team in the nation from start to finish. They're 29-0 thanks to their impressive offense. They sure looked like every bit the No. 1 overall seed on Tuesday.

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