Nick Rakocevic

Second half surge lifts USC over rival UCLA, 74-63

“I really wanted this bad. This game, being a rivalry game, and me not being from here, so I didn’t know how big it is. I’m from Chicago, but it was really important to me to get this win,” said USC senior Nick Rakocevic on the importance of beating crosstown rival UCLA. 

Trojans roll to 5-0 behind Okongwu’s career-high 33 points

USC are 5-0 for the first time since the 2017 season when the Trojans got off to a 14-0. 6’9 Freshman Onyeka Okongwu powered to the Trojans to a 91-84 victory over the Pepperdine Waves with a career-high 33 point performance, scoring more than 20 points for the third time in five games.  Okongwu lived at the free-throw line all night converting 17-of-21 at the line, which got him settled into his groove for the night. Avoiding foul trouble has been an issue for the Freshman early in the season, but he played more disciplined and showed growth against Pepperdine. 

USC Defeats Arizona for the First Time since 2016

Many positive implications surround the USC Trojans mens basketball team’s 80-57 defeat of Arizona. It shows how the program improved over the years. The Wildcats had defeated the Trojans for their last five consecutive matchups.