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.