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Recently, USC men's basketball honored the 1954 Final Four team on its 60th anniversary.  The Trojans only other national semifinal appearance came all the way back in 1940.

Over the years, USC has developed a reputation as a "football school", while John Wooden turned UCLA into the local basketball power.  Back then, things were different.

Bob Ormsby, who played on the 1940 Final Four team, never lost to UCLA.  Likely the oldest living USC men's basketball alum, the 93-year-old contributed to a streak of 42 consecutive wins over the Bruins from 1932 to 1943.

Ormsby returned to campus last week with his son and nephew for his first look at the Galen Center.  Restricted to a wheelchair but sharp as a tack, the 1942 team captain told stories of the good ol' days when he was team MVP leading the Trojans in scoring in 1941 and 1942.

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