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USC winning on love for the game

Updated: February 15, 2010, 2:48 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

They teach it to you pretty early in your journalism career. Somewhere, up high in the game story, there should be a sentence or two putting the win or loss into context.

How many games out of first place are they now? How many games left are there? What is the team playing for? That kind of thing.

It's usually an easy thing to do. Just check the conference stats, add a win or loss and artfully (hopefully) sneak the sentence in there.

But the USC men's basketball team ...

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