The USC women's basketball seniors are all too familiar with this position. The last two years, the Women of Troy entered selection Sunday squarely on the NCAA Tournament bubble only to see their hopes burst.
Now with the regular season winding down, one final surge has USC as the first team OUT of the field of 64 in the latest ESPN.com Bracketology. Michael Cooper's experienced squad knows what needs to be done.
The Trojans trip to the Washington schools this week before returning home to host the Pac-12 Tournament. A pair of road wins followed by a conference tournament semifinal or even final berth should secure safe passage to the Big Dance.
The 2012 senior class is hoping to finally take part in March Madness.(Photo by Jon Kondrath)