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Andy Enfield is in big trouble after Long Beach loss, and he should be

Andy Enfield is in big trouble after Long Beach loss, and he should be

There is simply no other way to say it: Andy Enfield is doing an absolutely terrible job as the head coach of USC basketball this season. It was one thing when USC lost to UC Irvine without Bronny James, Boogie Ellis, and Kobe Johnson. It was still understandable that USC lost to Oklahoma and Gonzaga without Bronny and without a fully restored Vince Iwuchukwu, who has been playing catch-up in recent months after having a medical procedure on his back in the offseason.

However, on Sunday against Long Beach State, Iwuchukwu played really well and Bronny took the court for the first time as a Trojan. The full roster — the one Andy Enfield hoped to have — was on the floor. He had Iwuchukwu and Bronny alongside Isaiah Collier, Boogie, and Kobe. That’s a ton of talent. Moreover, USC took a 15-point halftime lead over Long Beach State, grabbing a 45-30 advantage at the intermission.

There’s simply no way this game should have been a loss. This game shouldn’t have been close entering the final minutes. Yet, it happened: Long Beach erased that fat halftime deficit and stunned the Trojans, 84-79. USC scored just 34 points in the last 25 minutes of the game, and the Trojans allowed 40 free throw attempts to the visitors in a brutal loss.

The pitchforks are out for Andy Enfield on social media, and frankly, they should be. Fans are right to be furious at Enfield for squandering so much talent in a season which has gone horribly wrong:

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