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Former USC forward Roschon Prince transfers to Long Beach State

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As a freshman at USC this season, 6-foot-6 forward Roschon Prince averaged 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds in just over 11 minutes of action per game. Prince didn’t receive a large amount of playing time during Pac-12 play, as he didn’t see action in five games and played single-digit minutes in seven others.

With this being the case Prince made the decision to transfer, and as reported by Mike Guardabascio of the Long Beach Press-Telegram the forward is headed to Long Beach State. Prince is a Long Beach native, and at Long Beach Poly he became the lone player in school history to surpass the 2,000-point mark.

According to the report Prince will sit out the 2014-15 season and have three years of eligibility beginning with the 2015-16 campaign. Long Beach State has nine juniors on the 2013-14 roster, so adding Prince to the fold will give them a newcomer who knows what head coach Dan Monson wants to run when 2015 rolls around.

As for why he made the decision to join the Long Beach State program, Prince stated the following in the story:

One of the things that appealed to Prince about Long Beach State, besides the zip code, is the way he said head coach Dan Monson and his staff know how to use their players. “They really don’t pigeonhole people into being a two or a three,” he said. “They play the five best players…and they’re not just going to stick me down on the block.”

With guards Mike Caffey (16.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.2 apg) and Tyler Lamb (15.4, 3.6, 2.2) leading the returnees in 2014-15, Prince will have some experienced players to learn the Long Beach State system from while sharpening his skills for a return to the court in 2015.

VIDEO: Duke’s Grayson Allen beats No. 7 Virginia at the buzzer

Duke's Grayson Allen (3) and Marshall Plumlee (40) react during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Louisville in Durham, N.C., Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Duke won 72-65. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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Notre Dame’s Steve Vasturia sparks come-from-behind win over No. 13 Louisville

Notre Dame’s Steve Vasturia (32) goes up for a shot over Boston College’s Idy Diallo (4) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)
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Demetrius Jackson scored 20 of his 25 points in the first half and Steve Vasturia scored 15 of his 20 points in the final 20 minutes as Notre Dame landed a 71-66 win over No. 13 Louisville on Saturday afternoon.

The Fighting Irish trailed by as many as 11 points early in the second half, but Vasturia’s hot shooting combined with Notre Dame holding Louisville to just 15 points in the final 15 minutes made all the difference.

The Fighting Irish are not as good as they were last season, but they are built in a similar mold. Jackson, as we expected, as become one of the nation’s most dynamic point guards, impossible to slow-down in isolation and ball-screen actions. Steve Vasturia emerging as a legitimate secondary option offensively and Zach Auguste is one of the nation’s most underrated big men and one of the most dangerous as the roll-man in ball-screens.

Combine all of that with a handful of shooters creating space and Bonzie Colson’s emergence as a force on the offensive glass, and Mike Brey once again has one of the nation’s most lethal offensive attacks.

Where they struggle is on the defensive end of the floor, which is what makes the end of Saturday’s win so meaningful. The Irish entered the day ranked 232nd in KenPom’s adjusted defensive efficiency metric, which more or less means they’re as good as a bad mid-major program at keeping their opponents from scoring.

But they don’t have to be great to be able to win games.

They have to be good enough and they have to get important stops.

That’s precisely what happened on Saturday.

Whether or not that actually becomes a trend for this group will be something to monitor — it happened for Duke during last year’s NCAA tournament — but the bottom-line is this: Notre Dame does something better than just about anyone else in college basketball, and that’s score the ball.

On the nights they are able to gets some stops, they are going to be able to win some games. In the last eight days, they’ve proven that, beating North Carolina, Clemson on the road and Louisville.

And that makes them dangerous in March.