This is great national exposure for the Frogs and an awesome experience for the players and fans.
“Playing in the Staples Center in general is like a once in a lifetime experience,” said Robinson, the Mansfield Timberview product who is chasing the school’s all-time assists record.
“Being able to do it again? I can’t wait. It’s a great atmosphere. It’s a great event. So I can’t wait. I know our players can’t wait.
Robinson believes TCU will have plenty of support, too. TCU draws plenty of students from Southern California.
TCU coach Jamie Dixon grew up in Southern California, and so did Robinson’s mom Darla (who played on the TCU women’s basketball team in the early 1980s).
This game is big for the Trojans, too.
Enfield said he didn’t want any injury to be viewed as an excuse. Without Porter, USC will need veteran wings Jonah Mathews and Shaqquan Aaron to be at their best against the Horned Frogs. Boatwright, still finding his rhythm after sitting out training camp after offseason knee surgery, is nearing full health and will have to shoot better than he did against Nevada, when he missed 10 of 13 shots.
The stakes will be high enough for the Trojans on their own, but the chance to play at Staples Center can’t help but bring extra motivation.
“If you can’t get excited to play in an NBA arena in Los Angeles,” Enfield said, “then you shouldn’t be out on the court.”
USC’s depth might be an issue, due to injuries.
Of USC’s three losses, two have come against undefeated teams, with the Trojans falling to both #6 Nevada and #13 Texas Tech. USC lacks a solid win, as all of their wins have come against mid-major teams, while TCU has one, defeating SMU in Dallas on Wednesday.
This game is going to be all about offense. Two high-octane, energetic scoring teams, both USC and TCU are expected to shoot the lights out on Friday night. The outcome of the game will come down to which team can get bigs stops late in the second half.
It’s playoff time in Texas for several Horned Frog commits.
Wyatt Harris | Aledo
Aledo (13-0) continues their march toward the Class 5A Division II championship on Saturday as they battle Frisco Reedy (13-0) at 4:00 p.m. at Justin’s Northwest ISD Stadium. Harris had four tackles in the Bearcats 28-14 win over South Oak Cliff last week in a game that was delayed several hours.
Josh Foster | Newton
Newton (12-0) will play Daingerfield (9-3) Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. at Lufkin’s Martin Stadium. Foster did a little bit of everything in the Eagles’ 69-14 win over Troup; he threw for 104 yards, rushed for 70 yards with two scores, caught a pass for 5 yards and recorded 7 tackles on defense.