Hard Road

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Kevin O'Neill is preparing his men's basketball team to run a gauntlet next season.

The hoops schedule is not officially finalized (one date TBD), but the home fans will be treated to showcase match-ups, while the players will be battle-tested come conference play.

"This will be by far the most difficult schedule in my 11 years here," tweeted associate head coach Bob Cantu.

The Galen Center will come alive on December 22 for a showdown with the Kansas Jayhawks, but the home slate also includes major conference battles with Georgia, New Mexico and Texas Christian.  On the road, the young Trojans will trip to San Diego State, UNLV and Minnesota plus they could face likely preseason #1 North Carolina in a holiday tournament.

While the front court will be filled by newcomers or youngsters, the ball should be in good hands with senior Jio Fontan and experienced sophomore Maurice Jones running the back court.  They will need steadiness and security to navigate a schedule loaded with land mines. 

Fontan's leadership will be key.

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