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Seth Davis
January 21, 2002
Trojan Hosses USC has ridden a stronger, deeper lineup to the top of the Pac-10 standings
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January 21, 2002

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Regardless of whether the Bulldogs can finish as strong as they started, it's apparent that Harrick is building a foundation for success, though that's one development that's neither mysterious nor surprising. Says Harrick, "You didn't think I'd just come in here and lay down like a dog, did you?"

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Michigan State's Streak Snapped

Four-time defending Big Ten champion Michigan State is reeling after losing four straight and dropping to 0-3 in the conference for the first time since 1987 Last Saturday's 64-63 loss to Wisconsin at the Breslin Center ended the nation's longest home winning streak at 53 games. The Spartans (9-7 overall) thought they had won the game when freshman Kelvin Torbert scored on an inbounds lob with .2 of a second remaining, but officials reviewed television replays and waved off the basket, citing the rule that a ball can only be tapped and not possessed if .3 or less is on the clock....

Kentucky finally did the right thing and cleared the way for reserve center Marvin Stone to transfer to Louisville, but it seems coach Tubby Smith and athletic director Larry Ivy still can't agree on who made the original decision not to grant Stone a release (SI, Jan. 14). In announcing the reversal last Friday, Ivy, who earlier contended he was following school policy in refusing the release, said, " Coach Smith has had a change of heart." The day before, however, Smith had said the decision had been made by Ivy and compliance officer Sandy Bell. After meeting with Cardinals coach Rick Pitino last Saturday morning, Stone was on the bench in street clothes during Louisville's 93-85 win over TCU later that day....

Is there any doubt that Tennessee (6-8) is the most snakebitten team in the country? The Vols' 73-70 loss to Georgia last Saturday marked the third time this season they've been beaten by a three-pointer with less than five seconds to play....

Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins last week ripped into the Bearcats' fans for their lack of support at home games. When he was told that Shoemaker Center was still short of a sellout by 1,000 to 1,200 tickets the day before the Jan. 8 game against Charlotte, Hug-gins blew up, telling The Cincinnati Post, "There's never been a coach here who's been more visible in the community, who's done more things in the community. If they don't want to come, [bleep] 'em. Really. [Bleep] 'em."

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