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USC, Boston College facts not found on the note sheet

March 19, 2009 |  6:09 pm

No one asked, but ...

*Los Angeles and Boston have a long postseason history on the basketball court heading into tonight's NCAA tournament game between USC and Boston College.

The Lakers and Boston Celtics have played 67 games in the NBA finals. The Celtics have won 40.

USC and Boston College have met once in the tournament, with USC winning, 74-71, in the second round of the 2001 tournament.

No need to bring up the Angels' record against the Boston Red Sox here.

*This is the second consecutive game that USC has played a program with a "colorful" past.

Arizona State, which the Trojans beat to win the Pacific 10 Conference tournament, was left red-faced by a point shaving scandal in 1994.

Boston College had its own point-shaving incident in 1978-79, that was partly organized by Henry Hill, a mobster made famous in "Goodfellas."

Of course, USC has never played City College of New York, the original point shavers in 1951.

*When USC defeated Boston College in the 2001 tournament, it was the only time in the Trojans' history that they went deeper into the NCAA tourney than UCLA since more than one team in a conference advanced. UCLA lost to Duke in the East Regional semifinals. USC lost to the Blue Devils in the East Regional final.

--Chris Foster