USC fired coach Kevin O'Neill, who was 7-10 this season and 48-65 overall with the Trojans. Longtime USC assistant Bob Cantu will serve as interim coach.
LOS ANGELES — USC coach Kevin O’Neill, who was in his fourth season at the school, was fired Monday by athletic director Pat Haden.
The Trojans were 7-10 this season and 48-65 since O’Neill was hired in June 2009 by Haden’s predecessor, Mike Garrett.
“We just didn’t win enough last year and this year. That’s what this business is,” said O’Neill, 55. “We tried to do as well as we could, tried to get the program to the highest level.”
Haden said, “As the season progressed, it became evident to me that we needed new leadership in our men’s basketball program.”
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Bob Cantu, a USC assistant coach for 12 seasons, is the interim coach.
PORTLAND — Taelor Karr scored a game-high 20 points on 7-for-10 shooting as the Gonzaga women’s team overwhelmed Portland 82-51.
Haiden Palmer scored 13 for the Zags (13-5 overall, 3-1 West Coast Conference).
Seattle Prep graduate Kari Luttinen led Portland (5-12, 0-4) with 15 points.
Top 10 men’s games
No. 1 Louisville 73,
at Connecticut 58
Russ Smith scored 23 points and the Cardinals (16-1, 4-0 Big East), playing hours after they moved from third to No. 1 in the AP media poll, beat the Huskies (12-4, 2-2).
The only other time Louisville was ranked No. 1 in the AP poll was the final poll of the 2008-09 season; AP does not conduct a post-NCAA tournament poll.
Louisville’s Peyton Siva, a graduate of Franklin High in Seattle, was limited to 22 minutes because of foul trouble. He had 11 points on 5-for-7 shooting.
Duke and Michigan, ranked 1-2 in last week’s poll, both lost for the first time last weekend.
At No. 4 Kansas 61,
Ben McLemore scored 17 points before spraining his right ankle and the Jayhawks (15-1, 3-0 Big 12) beat the Bears (11-5, 3-1). Coach Bill Self said he hoped McLemore wouldn’t miss more than two or three days.