Redshirt senior guard Shaqquan Aaron and redshirt freshman guard Shalexxus Aaron play one-on-one at the Galen Center practice courts. (Tucker Judkins/Daily Trojan) After an Oregon trip filled with distractions and tough defeats, the Trojans are looking to steer their season back in the right direction with a home win over crosstown rival UCLA. Even though both players are currently top-five scorers in the conference, their methods couldn’t be more different. Look for Boatwright to play an efficient game both near the basket and out on the perimeter, while Wilkes will operate with an unchallenged green light, as his 247 field goal attempts suggest. He leads the Pac-12 in shot attempts. “He has not been cleared to compete in games,” Enfield said. “He’s working on some things off the court and he has very clear expectations that he has to meet. As he progresses, we will re-evaluate his status to participate in competition.” “He’s kind of a bruiser and a big guy, so it’s going to be fun to go up against somebody like that,” Rakocevic said. “As good as he is, that matchup should be a lot of fun to see.” Enfield attributed the team’s debacle in Eugene to “distractions.” Chief among them was the abrupt indefinite suspension of projected lottery pick and freshman guard Kevin Porter Jr. Porter’s status was set to be re-evaluated upon the team’s return to campus, but it remains as much of a mystery today as it was in Oregon. However, those upperclassmen have tough matchups awaiting them on Saturday afternoon. No matchup will be more anticipated than the duel between two of the Pac-12’s best scorers — UCLA sophomore forward Kris Wilkes and USC senior forward Bennie Boatwright. The other marquee matchup to look forward to is the interior battle between Rakocevic and UCLA freshman center Moses Brown. At 7-foot-1, Brown will be one of the toughest matchups for Rakocevic in conference play. “Coming off a two-game losing streak, we’re kind of hoping this is a game we can bounce back from,” junior forward Nick Rakocevic said. “We want to be put in a good position for the rest of the Pac-12. This is going to be a big win for us.” However, the Trojans should be able to combat this newfound Bruin offense, seeing as they’ve given up over 80 points just once over their last six games. That one game, a blowout road loss to an undermanned Oregon Ducks squad, is an outlier in the recent strides USC has made over the last month and is a game the Trojans can’t wait to put behind them. Not knowing whether his star freshman will be in uniform or in street clothes, Enfield will have to rely on the steady hands of upperclassmen, as he has been doing for much of the season. “For five games, we’ve played very good defense,” head coach Andy Enfield said. “We played well on offense, our turnovers are way down, and our assist totals are up. The only game we played poorly in the last six games has been the Oregon game.” The Bruins are 3-1 in conference play, with their only loss to Oregon State. Since moving on from head coach Steve Alford, UCLA’s offensive game has noticeably improved; they are averaging over 85 points per game under interim head coach Murry Bartow. The Bruins will walk into the Galen Center as the leading scorers of the Pac-12. That matchup and more will be on display Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Galen Center as USC looks to improve to 3-2 in Pac-12 play with a win over UCLA.
Dewan Hernandez leaving Miami, turning pro after NCAA ruling The loss to Texas dropped the Jayhawks to 5-3 in conference play. They are still in contention to finish on top of the standings but are now tied for third with No. 16 Texas Tech. Kansas State and Baylor are tied for first with a 5-2 record.Kansas will face Texas Tech on Saturday before playing Kansas State on the road next Tuesday. Forward Dylan Osetkowski led the way for Texas with 16 points while Jaxson Hayes chipped in 13 points and nine rebounds. Freshman Ochai Agbaji tallied a career-high 24 points for Kansas in the losing effort.Jay Bilas just left the set, Shaka Smart about to join.You can join us on LHN for Texas GameDay Final. pic.twitter.com/HvhMZyox9b— Longhorn Network (@LonghornNetwork) January 30, 2019Here’s what we learned from the Jayhawks’ latest loss: Related News Memphis’ Penny Hardaway says his NBA background is creating ‘jealousy’ among other college coaches No. 11 Kansas continues to struggleThe Jayhawks fell to Texas 73-63 at the Frank C. Erwin Jr. Center on Tuesday. Kansas opened the season 15-2 but has since lost three of its last four games. Kansas can’t overcome off game from Dedric LawsonKansas star Dedric Lawson struggled against Texas.The Memphis transfer, in his first season with Kansas, could be an All-American and is in the conversation for the Naismith Player of the Year award. But, he had a rare off game Tuesday, shooting just 4-of-15 from the field and finishing with 13 points, along with seven rebounds.If the Jayhawks want to get back on track, they’ll need Lawson to rebound and carry their offense. He entered the matchup averaging 19.5 points and 11.1 rebounds per game.Udoka Azubuike’s loss continues to hurt KansasThe Jayhawks have not looked the same since starting center Udoka Azubuike suffered a season-ending hand injury earlier this month.Azubuike is a solid rebounder and secondary scorer in the paint, which Kansas has not been able to replace. He also provided protection around the rim.Kansas is just 4-4 since Azubuike — who will finish 2018-19 averaging 13.4 points and 6.8 rebounds in nine appearances — was lost for the season.Jayhawks’ Big 12 streak in jeopardyKansas has won at least a share of the Big 12 regular-season title for 14 straight years. But, that streak is in jeopardy this season.
DES MOINES — The latest crop report shows the corn is planted across the state and beans are not far behind.Just two percent of the corn planting remained going into last week and farmers are now looking for some good warm growing days. Ninety-six percent of the crop has emerged. That’s two weeks behind where we were last year at this time and 15 days behind the five-year average.The report shows still about five percent of the soybeans still remain to be planted. Eighty-one percent of the beans that have been planted have emerged. That’s also two weeks behind last year.The corn condition improved slightly this week — with 62 percent rated good to excellent. Sixty-three percent of the beans rate in good to excellent condition — up from 61 percent last week.