USC Announces 2016-17 Men's Basketball Schedule|
July 27, 2016
LOS ANGELES -- The USC men's basketball team has announced its schedule for the 2016-17 season. Included are all of the nonconference games and the Pac-12 opponent and date windows for games. The Pac-12 schedule is expected to be finalized by early September when television assignments are determined.
The 2016-17 Trojans are coming off a 21-13 season and their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2011. USC returns three starters from that team, including leading-scorer junior Jordan McLaughlin who averaged 13.4 points and 4.7 assists per game while being named Pac-12 honorable mention. USC tied for 19th in the country by averaging 80.5 points per game and tied a school record with four 100-point games last season. Sophomore Bennie Boatwright averaged 11.5 points per game as a freshman and tied for the team lead in three-point baskets with 60 makes. Junior guard Elijah Stewart also made 60 three-pointers and averaged 9.8 points per game. Sophomore Chimezie Metu averaged 6.4 points a year ago and provided a defensive presence with 54 blocks, second-most ever by a Trojan freshman. Last season USC set a school record with 266 three-point baskets made and in shots blocked with 215. This year USC will also feature Louisville transfer sophomore guard Shaqquan Aaron, a former top-50 recruit and four promising freshmen in California Division IA Player of the Year guard Jonah Mathews, California Southern Section Division III Player of the Year guard De'Anthony Melton and forwards Harrison Henderson from Texas and Nick Rakocevic from Illinois.
The Trojans will open their regular season with a home game against Montana on Nov. 11 and will play 13 nonconference games before Pac-12 play. USC will also host Omaha on Nov. 13, New Orleans on Nov. 22, SMU on Nov.25, UCSB on Nov. 27, Pepperdine on Dec. 11, Troy on Dec. 17 and Cornell on Dec. 19, the last two games as part of the Las Vegas Classic. USC will also play Missouri State on Dec. 22 and either DePaul or Wyoming on Dec. 23 as part of the Las Vegas Classic at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
USC will also play two true road games during the nonconference slate. The Trojans will travel to College Station, Texas to face Texas A&M on Nov. 18 and to San Diego, Calif. to face San Diego on Nov. 30.
The Trojans will also face BYU at Staples Center on Dec. 3 as part of the inaugural Hoophall LA tournament.
The Pac-12 Conference schedule is set as far as the conference opponent(s) and the week of each game, but specific dates will not be finalized until the television schedule is announced in early September. The Pac-12 proved once again last season that it was one of the toughest conferences in the country with seven teams earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
The Trojans will begin the conference slate of games on the road the week of Dec. 28-Jan.1 at Oregon and Oregon State. The Trojans will then host the same two schools the week of Feb. 8-12.
USC will play its first two Pac-12 home games vs. California and Stanford the week of Jan. 4-8. That Trojans will face those schools only once during the regular season.
USC will also face Colorado and Utah once during the 2016-17 regular season, facing them on the road the week of Jan. 11-15.
The Trojans will host Arizona and Arizona State the week of Jan. 18-22 and then travel to the desert to face them in Arizona the week of Feb. 22-26.
The first matchup with rival UCLA will take place at the Galen Center the week of Jan. 25-29. USC then will travel crosstown to take on the Bruins the week of Feb. 15-19.
USC will travel up to Washington and Washington State the week of Feb. 1-5 and will host the Huskies and Cougars the week of March 1-4.
The Pac-12 Tournament will be contested at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. from March 8-11.
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Nov. 11 - Montana
Nov. 13 - Omaha
Nov. 18 - at Texas A&M
Nov. 22 - New Orleans
Nov. 25 - SMU
Nov. 27 - UCSB
Nov. 30 - at San Diego
Dec. 3 - vs. BYU (Staples Center)
Dec. 11 - Pepperdine
Dec. 17 - Troy
Dec. 19 - Cornell
Dec. 22 - vs. Missouri State (Las Vegas Classic, Orleans Arena)
Dec. 23 - vs. DePaul/Wyoming (Las Vegas Classic, Orleans Arena)
Dec. 28-Jan 1 - at Oregon, at Oregon State
Jan. 4-8 - California, Stanford
Jan. 11-15 - at Colorado, at Utah
Jan. 18-22 - Arizona, Arizona State
Jan. 25-29 - UCLA
Feb. 1-5 - at Washington, at Washington State
Feb. 8-12 - Oregon, Oregon State
Feb. 15-19 - at UCLA
Feb. 22-26 - at Arizona, at Arizona State
March 1-4 - Washington, Washington State
March 8-11 - Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev.