How USC basketball can still win the Pac-12 and more updates

USC basketball star Evan Mobley.
USC basketball star Evan Mobley. / John McCoy/Getty Images

USC basketball kept their Pac-12 title hopes alive with an emphatic victory over Stanford on Wednesday night, but the Trojans still need things to play out just right.

Tahj Eaddy, Drew Peterson, and company took out their frustration on the Cardinal after two devastating losses to the Mountain schools. USC won 79-42 in their home finale, led by 16 points from the former and 15 points from the latter.

Now comes the hard part. USC will go to Pauley Pavilion on Saturday with the Pac-12 title potentially on the line. The Trojans have to hand UCLA their first home loss of the season to put pressure on Oregon, who leads the Pac-12 going into the final weekend.

The Ducks must lose to Oregon State on Sunday in order for USC to win the Pac-12 title. Oregon is on a hot streak since losing to USC last week, so it'll be a tough ask for the 14-11 Beavers.

Want something to get your hopes up? Oregon State has beaten Oregon in four of their last five meetings.

Evan Mobley is a Naismith Trophy Semifinalist

Evan Mobley continues to pick up national award attention. This time it's the Naismith Trophy's list of semifinalists.

Mobley is undoubtedly one of the nation's top freshmen, but this goes further to prove it. The only other freshmen to make the cut are Cade Cunningham from Oklahoma State and Hunter Dickinson from Michigan.

De'Anthony Melton's incredible six possessions

Find yourself wondering what De'Anthony Melton is up to in the NBA? He's balling out. That's what he's doing.

Melton is having one of the best three-game stretches of his career. Against the Clippers, he had 16 points in 24 minutes of action. He followed that up with 14 points, five assists, and four steals in a victory over Houston. That particularly outing included an outstanding six-possession stretch.

Then on Tuesday, he hit a career-high six three-pointers while contributing 20 points, five assists, four rebounds, and two steals against the Wizards.

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