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Truly Mad

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usc-basketball-uw-pac-12-tournament-2017-mcgillen-9133.jpgTonight, USC men's basketball begins its March Madness journey when it takes on Providence in a First Four matchup.

Check out USC's Tournament Central website for more information!

The battle between the East region's 11-seeds is a matchup of last year's 8-9 game in the East, and the spoils include a chance to move on and face No. 6 seed SMU in Tulsa.

Tonight's clash features both conferences' Most Improved Players in USC sophomore forward Chimezie Metu (Pac-12) and Providence junior guard Kevon Cartwright (Big East).

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Tonight's game against the Friars is expected to tip around 6:10 p.m. PT and will be broadcast on TruTV and live streamed on NCAA.com. Should the Trojans advance, they will face SMU at approximately 12:10 p.m. PT on Wednesday on TruTV.

Below is a channel finder for TruTV:

DirecTV: Ch. 246/Ch. 1246 VOD
DISH Network: Ch. 242
ATT U-Verse: Ch. 164 East/165 West (1164 HD East, 1165 HD West)
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If your carrier is not listed, click here to use TruTV's channel finder!

Water World

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Tomorrow, USC's fifth-ranked women's swimming and diving team kicks off its quest for the 2017 NCAA Championship.

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USC has high hopes this year, having finished in the Top 8 in each of the last seven NCAA Championships, including a sixth-place finish last year.

The Trojans are fresh off a third-place finish at the Pac-12 Tournament, where they won two individual events. Freshman Louise Hansson took home the title in the 100y fly, and is seeded fifth in the event at NCAAs. The Swede is also seeded fifth in the 100y free and sixth in the 200y IM.

Sophomore Riley Scott won the 200y breast at Pac-12s and is the No. 4 seed this week.

After winning the event last year, USC is seeded second in this year's 400y free relay.

The Championships begin tomorrow and run through Saturday at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis. The finals on Friday and Saturday will be broadcast on ESPN3.

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Free Agency Frenzy

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Woody.jpgA number of Trojans are getting paid and a number of others are on the move during the 2017 NFL Free Agency period.

Perhaps most notably, former Bills wide receiver Robert Woods signed a five-year contract with the LA Rams to come home and play in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Woods led the Bills with 619 receiving yards last year, and hopes to provide a boost to a squad that ranked last in the NFL in total offense in 2016. He joins teammate T.J. McDonald on the local squad.

Second-year center Max Tuerk isn't moving to a new team, but he'll be back in the Coliseum as well, as the San Diego Chargers relocated to Los Angeles.

Yet another familiar face will grace the Coliseum this fall. Former Bears quarterback Matt Barkley signed a deal with the San Francisco 49ers, who are in search of a leader at that position. Barkley will join linebacker Malcolm Smith. The Super Bowl XLVIII MVP recently signed a two-year deal in San Francisco after spending the last two years in Oakland.

Two Trojan brothers will be reunited in North Carolina, as former Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil signed a deal to play alongside his brother, Ryan. Both Kalil brothers were starters for their squads last year before suffering season-ending injuries.

Tight end Rhett Ellison is leaving Minnesota as well, trading in purple and gold for the New York Giants' blue and red. He joins Trojan linebacker Devon Kennard in East Rutherford.

While Kalil and Ellison leave the NFC North, Nick Perry will hold it down, as the Green Bay Packers re-signed the linebacker to a five-year deal after the best season of his career.

Many Trojans are starting new chapters in their NFL careers, but tight end Jordan Cameron is ready for a new journey off the gridiron, announcing his retirement after six seasons. Though Cameron is leaving, a crop of new Trojans will join the fold after the 2017 NFL Draft this April.

The NFL returns on Thursday, Aug. 3, with the 2017 Hall of Fame Game kicking off the preseason. The NFL regular season begins on Thursday, Sept. 7.

2 Out Of 3 Ain't Bad

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USC baseball took the series against Holy Cross this weekend to improve to 10-5 on the season.

The Trojans opened the series with a 6-3 comeback win on Friday, thanks in part to a 3-for-3 performance from Brandon Perez. On Saturday, however, USC wasn't able to dig itself out of an early deficit to the Crusaders. Down six runs, the Trojans mustered a solid effort inch closer, but fell by a score of 6-4. Perez added two more hits on the day.

The Trojans never trailed in the ribber match, utilizing a strong outing from starter Marrick Crouse to earn a 5-2 win and take the series, 2-1.

West Coast Best Coast

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USC's top-ranked beach volleyball team racked up two 4-1 victories at the East Meets West Invitational this weekend to stay undefeated on the season.

The Trojans kicked the weekend off by facing No. 12 Florida International in Manhattan Beach. USC posted three straight wins to clinch the match and extend its win streak, despite testing out a new starting lineup.

Later that day, USC took down No. 10 LSU. Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes dialed up their second win of the day and 77th consecutive win as a pair to help USC clinch a victory.

USC's Top 3 pairs all went undefeated in the doubleheader: Claes and Hughes, Terese Cannon and Nicolette Martin and Sophie Bukovec and Abril Bustamante.

The Trojans, who are 4-0 on the season and 34-0 in their last 34 matches, are now in Hawai'i for a week, prepping for two matchups with Nebraska and Florida State before competing in the Outrigger Hawai'i Invitational.

Indoor Voices

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USC's men's and women's track teams closed out the Indoor season with a bang this weekend.

On the last day of competition, women's tracksters Cameron Pettigrew, Amalie Iuel, Deanna Hill and Kendall Ellis set a collegiate record in the 4x400 and won the event with a time of 3:27.03. Their efforts helped USC's women's team claim fourth in the overall competition.

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Ellis also added to the Trojans' total point total with a second place finish (and USC record) in the 400m. Hill, meanwhile, set a school record and finished third in the 200m. The Women of Troy finished with 35 points.

The men's team finished 21st in the competition behind a third place finish by Just'N Thymes in the 200m and a fourth place finish in the high jump by Randall Cunningham. Thymes and Cunningham became two of USC's 10 All-American honorees on the weekend.

The Trojans now turn the page, with the 2017 outdoor season on the horizon. USC kicks that off when it hosts the Trojans Invitational this Friday and Saturday.

Two's Company

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IMG_7692.JPGAfter impressive showings in their first few tournaments of the year, both USC's men's and women's golf teams moved up to No. 2 in the nation this week.

The men's team jumped up five spots in the national rankings after topping the 15-team field at the Southern Highlands Collegiate last week. Since the fall season began, USC has won three events and has finished in the Top 2 in five straight events. At the end of this month, the Trojans take their talents to The Goodwin at Stanford G.C.

The Women of Troy have also been contenders in nearly every event in recent history, winning 25 of their past 44 outings, including two this season. Next up is the Gifford Great 8 Collegiate Match in Brentwood, CA. USC enters the event as the No. 1 seed.

Tourney Bound!

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IMG_7699.JPGUSC men's basketball didn't wait long to learn its fate, and won't wait long to put its skills to the test, as the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament selections were announced today.

The Trojans earned an 11-seed in the East, and will face Providence in a First Four play-in game on Wednesday at 6:10 p.m. PT in Dayton, OH. Should the team advance, USC will play No. 6 seed SMU in Tulsa, OK on Friday some time around noon PT.

USC, which takes a 24-9 record into the NCAA Tournament, is familiar with both these squads.

Last year, the Trojans faced Providence in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, falling at the last moment in a heartbreaking twist. With that in the books, the team can't wait for its shot at redemption against the Friars, who went 20-12 this season.

The Trojans have seen the Mustangs more recently, as they hosted SMU in November and won, 78-73. In that game, Bennie Boatwright netted 17 points, while freshmen De'Anthony Melton and Jonah Mathews added 15 and 14 points, respectively. SMU earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by winning the AAC Tournament this year.

Follow the Trojans on Twitter and Instagram to stay in the loop as they take on March Madness! Use the hashtags #ItTakesATeam and #MarchMadness to join the conversation and cheer USC on!

2017 Spring Practice #3: Clay Helton

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On a sunny Saturday morning, USC football hit the practice field for the third practice of the spring season. The Trojans donned full pads for the first time, and upped the energy for a spirited session to send the team into spring break.

Watch USC head coach Clay Helton's full press conference after Saturday's practice:

Sweet Revenge

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USC men's tennis avenged a loss to UCLA last month with a resounding win over the Bruins yesterday.

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On Feb. 17, the Trojans fell to UCLA, 4-3, at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. When No. 14 USC hosted its crosstown rival at Marks Stadium yesterday, though, it faced no such difficulty.

Just like in the first match, USC clinched the doubles point to take a one-point lead into singles play. But this time, the Trojans flipped the script and racked up three wins in singles to earn a 4-1 victory over 13th-ranked UCLA.

USC's Thibault Forget got revenge against UCLA's Austin Rapp, who beat him at the National Indoors tournament, to push USC's lead to 2-0 on the day. On Court 1, Brandon Holt followed suit with a straight-sets victory over Martin Redlicki, who got the better of him last month. The Trojans dropped a point on Court 2, but USC's Logan Smith clinched the match on Court 3.

Though the win doesn't count towards conference play, it pushed the Trojans to 13-2 on the season as they head into next Tuesday's double-header with Lehigh and Texas Tech.