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LOS ANGELES -- Elijah Stewart isnt sure why USC isnt gaining much national recognition, but the Trojans guard had plenty of highlight-reel worthy shots, blocks and crowd-pleasing plays on Sunday night. Tie Domi Jersey .Stewart scored 26 points and added seven 3-pointers and a career-tying four blocks in USCs 93-67 win over Pepperdine. The Trojans set a school single-game record with 14 blocks and improved to 9-0.Its Trojans best start since they went 16-0 in 1971.USC still is unranked in the polls, despite five teams in the rankings owning two losses. Asked if he feels the Trojans get enough recognition, Stewart said: No. Not at all. We were supposed to be last last year in the Pac-(12), and I think they picked us kind of last this year. Like I said at Pac-12 media day, if you could tell the future, youd probably work for the government.USC actually was predicted to finish seventh this season in the conferences media poll.Jeremy Major led Pepperdine (4-6) with 19 points and Chris Reyes added 13. Pepperdine shot just 38.2 percent from the field.Jordan McLaughlin added 18 points for USC and made all seven of his shots, Chimezie Metu scored 11 and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Nick Rakocevic and Shaqquan Aaron added 13 apiece for the Trojans. Rakocevic had a career high in points and rebounds (nine).USC ran out to an 11-2 lead and never looked back. The Trojans led 48-30 at halftime after shooting 53.3 percent from the field.The Waves have lost five consecutive games.Finals. (Lets) get to finals and clear our heads a little bit, Pepperdine coach Marty Wilson said. Weve got to see what were not doing because were just in a funk right now. Each player could do more, whether its play hard, take care of the ball or push the ball harder. Weve got to do a better job competing defensively.BIG PICTUREPepperdine: The Waves are still trying to find their way without injured players Amadi Udenyi (Achilles), Kameron Edwards (jaw) and others. If the Waves hope to shake the non-conference losses before the West Coast Conference begins on Dec. 29 at Gonzaga.USC: The Trojans could work their way into the national rankings and garner more publicity for their undefeated season, possibly leap-frogging several two-loss teams. USCs winning ways in the preseason will be especially beneficial when the Pac-12 season begins Dec. 28 at Oregon State.QUOTE OF THE GAMEWe respect it. The players and coaches at USC have a rich tradition in all sports here. The basketball team has been a little bit of a roller coaster the last five or six decades with great players, great coaches, great teams. Were just trying to do our part to make the people that have been here before proud, and to say, `hey, theyre fun to watch.Weve had a lot of alumni reach out to us, a lot of former basketball players come to our games and send us emails and letters in the mail.-- Andy Enfield on USCs best start since 1971CARRYING ONThis was the second game USC played without starter Bennie Boatwright, who is out six weeks with a knee injury. They were also without forward Charles Buggs, who sustained a leg injury in warmups that Enfield didnt believe to be serious. Eight USC players accounted for all but eight minutes of the game. Walk-on Kurt Karis scored his first career points as he made a pair of free throws in playing four minutes.UP NEXTPepperdine is just two games into a difficult six-game road stretch, but its next game isnt until Dec. 20 at Louisiana. Thats followed by games at Montana, Gonzaga and Portland.USC is in the middle of a three-game home stretch at the Galen Center, where it can extend its undefeated season with a win over Troy on Saturday and Cornell on Dec. 19. James Patrick Jersey .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. Sergei Nemchinov Rangers Jersey . As the crowd erupted, Davis knocked the ball off the glass and back into his hands. With 1:14 to go in overtime, Davis sixth block also became his 17th rebound. That, along with his 32 points -- which tied a career high -- proved too much for Denver to overcome, and the Pelicans held on for their third straight victory, 111-107 on Sunday night. ... ey-jersey/ . -- Nathan Pancel scored twice as the Sudbury Wolves defeated the North Bay Battalion 4-2 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action.Luis Enrique is putting less emphasis on Sergio Busquets - and that could have long-term implications for Barcelonas entire business model, says Guillem Balague. Sergio Busquets was praised for his performance in Spains draw with England last week. For fans at Wembley, it was a reminder of his cool, controlled style in the middle of midfield.Despite a high press from Gareth Southgates side, Busquets retained possession in tight situations and recorded a passing accuracy of 94.7 per cent. Sergio Busquets impressed in central midfield in Spains draw with England It was the kind of performance he has made his trademark since he stepped up to the Barcelona first-team in 2008. In September, he signed a new long-term contract with his club, which could keep the 28-year-old at the Camp Nou until 2023.Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu has made him one of the highest paid players in the team. Its clear how much Barca value him.But is that admiration reflected in the way they play?Theres evidence to suggest that Barcelonas shift towards a more direct style under Luis Enrique is reducing Busquets influence. Hes still an important figure - but the team are no longer playing to his strengths.Under Luis Enrique, Barcelona look to get the ball to the front three, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, as quickly as possible. They no longer play so many passes in midfield.While it has resulted in Messi, Suarez and Neymar scoring huge numbers of goals, its an approach which can often bypass Busquets. Busquets is making fewer passes year-on-year under Luis Enrique The number of passes Busquets is making reflects his involvement in the game.Those numbers have steadily decreased over the past three seasons under Luis Enriques management.He was making an average of 83 passes per 90 minutes in 2011/12, Pep Guardiolas final season in charge. Hes now making just 73.3.Generally, Busquets remains reliable in possession, as he showed at Wembley. Busquets remains careful in possession, with a 91 per cent passing accuracy this season He has a 91 per cent passing accuraacy in La Liga this season. Rod Gilbert Rangers Jersey. Only two players to have played as many games as him have a better average. Sky Sports Black Friday sale Upgrade to Sky Sports now and get 12 months half price But, Enriques direct approach means there are fewer players around Busquets in the centre of the pitch - and hes increasingly being targeted by opposition teams. Guardiolas Manchester City did this well.They dispossessed him three times and forced him into giving up possession on another six occasions in their 3-1 win at the Etihad. Pep Guardiolas Manchester City put Busquets under pressure They also closed him off as an option for his team-mates. In the previous fixture at the Camp Nou they restricted him to just 46 touches.Some La Liga teams have tried a similar tactic.In Barcelonas defeat to Celta Vigo, his passing accuracy was forced down to 89.8 per cent and he had just 60 touches of the ball.Alaves, in their win at the Camp Nou, fouled him twice as they harassed him on the ball.Interestingly, whats going on with Busquets reflects a wider issue at Barcelona. Whats going on with Sergio Busquets reflects a wider issue at Barcelona. Guillem Balague La Masia - the Barcelona youth academy - continues to create teams that need players like Busquets, even if, right now, the first team seems to be veering towards a holding midfielder that can drive the ball with more confidence and turn around quicker than Busquets does.So what happens when the first team no longer has that fantastic front three they are relying on?Will they go and buy one of the worlds most expensive strikers to replace them? Or will they have to try to revert back to their traditional style?Enriques change of tactics and how he uses Busquets has not only affected Barcelonas style, it could also affect the clubs entire business model.Upgrade to Sky Sports now and get 12 months half price. Hurry, offer ends December 4! 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