Basketball: O’Neill at Staples in spirit

Never has USC coach Kevin O’Neill’s nickname — KO — seemed more appropriate.

The suspended coach isn’t here at Staples Center tonight, where the Trojans trail top-seeded Arizona 52-45 with 7:50 left in their Pac-10 tournament semifinal. But his presence is felt.

A USC fan has been waving a sign that reads: Free KO.

But an Arizona fan got the last word with a sign showing a large black arrow and the words: Hotel Bar.

Jeff Faraudo