USC Basketball: Does the Whole Season Come Down to Today's Game Against UDub?

Doug BrodessCorrespondent IMarch 5, 2011

EUGENE, OR - JANUARY 13: Donte Smith (14) and Nikola Vucevic (5) of the USC Trojans pressure Johnathan Loyd (10) of the Oregon Ducks during the second half of the game at Matthew Knight Arena on January 13, 2011 in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon won the game 68-62. The arena is named for Matthew Knight, the son of Phil Knight who is the co-founder and Chairman of Nike, Inc. Matthew died at the age of 34 in a scuba diving accident. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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USC has made it difficult for themselves.

After losing to Washington State in Pullman on Thursday, the Trojans have placed their own backs against the proverbial wall.

Instead of building momentum moving towards next week's Pac-10 tournament in Los Angeles, the Trojans are now facing a must-win situation today when they battle Washington in Seattle.

USC (17-13, 9-8 Pac-10) has solid non-conference wins against Texas and Tennessee.

They have beaten Arizona and UCLA in-conference so they have some quality wins on their side of the ledger.

Adding a road win against the Huskies might be enough to put them back into the discussion, especially if they can pick up a win or two in the Pac-10 tourney.

Nikola Vucevic, the Trojans 6'10" forward who leads the team in both scoring (17.6 PPG) and rebounding (10.3 RPG), needs to come up huge if USC can come out on top in this evening's all-important contest.