The words escaped Andy Enfield's mouth last week, almost by accident.
The USC coach was trying to explain how his team was approaching its game against UCLA, when something else slipped out.
"Of course our NCAA tournament chances —" he stopped himself. "We don't want to even talk about that yet because it's so early."
It marked the first time in a long time those two words, "NCAA tournament," have been uttered publicly by a USC player or coach.
Enfield is typically measured, downplaying the importance of individual wins and losses alike. Later he explained that he ended his tangent because he feels it is too...