Andy Enfield discusses what went wrong in USC's NCAA Tournament loss to Michigan State
Andy Enfield watched as USC’s season came to a screeching halt in an NCAA Tournament loss to Michigan State Friday afternoon.
After being tied with the Spartans at 34 heading into halftime, the Trojans fell apart in the second half. At one point, Michigan State was up by as much as 15 points with 4 minutes left to play before finishing off a 72-62 win.
Enfield went to the podium after the game to discuss how things went sideways quickly for the Trojans. According to the head coach, it all came down to timely shooting for the Spartans and some unforced turnovers for USC.
“Our players had a very successful season, tied for second in the Pac-12, 22 wins. Unfortunately, this game did not go as planned in the second half. A lot of timely shot-making by Michigan State and some timely misses on our part, I thought was the difference in the game, in the second half,” said Enfield. “We also had 8 turnovers (in the second half), only 3 at halftime.
“A few of those turnovers were self-inflicted, meaning we just turned the ball over ourselves, about 3 or 4 of them. But our guys competed and played very hard the whole game. Michigan State made some timely shots. Give them credit. They’re a very good team.”
What’s next for USC?
USC is coming off its 4th straight season of at least 22 wins under Enfield and 3rd straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Unfortunately, sustained success in March has eluded the Trojans of late.
The Trojans lost in the first round on the past two trips to the NCAA Tournament and have just one appearance past the first weekend of the tournament in their past eight tournament appearances.
Getting into the tournament is good news for Enfield, but he’ll want to put together a run to keep his status at USC solidified.