USC is preparing to play its remaining games in the National Invitation Tournament without leading scorer Chimezie Metu.
Metu told coaches and teammates before an opening-round victory over North Carolina Asheville that he would not play in the tournament to avoid injury as he prepares for the NBA draft.
“We support him through everything even though not everybody might agree with it,” sophomore guard Jonah Mathews said Sunday after practice.
The Trojans (24-11), a No. 1 seed, needed double overtime to defeat eighth-seeded UNC Asheville 103-98 last week. USC will play fourth-seeded Western Kentucky (25-10) in a second-round game Monday at the Galen...