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:
Andy Enfield has been criticized a lot for not making the most of USC basketball.
This was the year he had Cadillac talent and a roster with true high-end potential.
All the criticisms are valid right now.
Just horrid stuff from this team. No excuse.
— USC Trojans Wire (@TrojansWire) December 10, 2023
Andy Enfield is glad that Kadarius Toney will take some of the focus off USC men’s basketball’s disastrous season…
— Matt Zemek (@MattZemek) December 11, 2023
USC is such a deeply unserious basketball program. Andy Enfield is an unserious basketball coach. this team has enough talent, experience, & continuity to be a juggernaut. and here they are, going to overtime with an overmatched Long Beach State squad.
— carlos: a pac-12 mourner 🍉 (@equitybruin) December 10, 2023
Andy Enfield on this + Boogie Ellis postgame: “I don’t know why he passed it. That wasn’t designed, it was for him –…