Purdue coach Matt Painter said he's never seen so much away support, while Terrance Williams II said Crisler Center "felt like Mackey Arena."
This hasn't been the basketball season the USC men's team envisioned after returning leading scorer Boogie Ellis, adding the top recruit in the country in point guard Isaiah Collier, a top-50 prospect in shooting guard Bronny James and more. Despite blowing a 14-point first-half lead when the Bruins (14-13, 9-7 Pac-12) cruised into halftime on a 15-1 run, USC (11-16, 5-11) reasserted control after the break and kept a comfortable margin down the stretch. Boogie Ellis spurred the Trojans with a game-high 24 points -- his second straight big game in his return from a nagging hamstring injury.
It’s hard to win basketball games on the road in the Big 12 Conference. Yes, some of the credit goes to Iowa State considering they are one of the more challenging defenses in the country but at the same time it takes toughness to win on the road and West Virginia didn’t show that according to their head coach Josh Eilert.