USC Announces 2010-11 Men's Basketball Schedule
Aug. 18, 2010
A road trip to face national powers Kansas and Tennessee, a game at Nebraska and at home vs. Texas as part of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series, as well as playing in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament in Springfield, Mass., home of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, highlight USC's nonconference schedule released today (Aug. 18) by USC men's basketball head coach Kevin O'Neill.
"We are playing a very challenging schedule," said O'Neill. "We're going to continue to play those types of schedules as we go forward. Our guys are going to be tested every night and they are going to be put in a position where they are going to have to get better in a hurry if we are going to be competitive with the people we are playing."
USC will play 21 of 31 scheduled games against opponents who posted a .500 or better record last season, including four games against defending conference champions. Eleven of the Trojans' games will be against teams that played in the 2009-10 postseason.
USC is coming off a 16-14 campaign in O'Neill's first season and were in the thick of the conference race until the final two weeks, settling for a fifth-place tie in the Pac-10 despite being ineligible for postseason play. The Trojans will open the 2010-11 season at the Galen Center against UC Irvine on Nov. 13. USC has opened up the season vs. the Anteaters two other times, posting wins in 2005 and 2009.
The Trojans will then have home games vs. Santa Clara on Nov. 15 and Rider on Nov. 17 before heading to Springfield, Mass. for the Hall of Fame Tip-Off to face Bradley on Nov. 20 and then either UMass or New Mexico State on Nov. 21. USC will return home following the two games in Massachusetts to face CS Fullerton at the Galen Center on Nov. 24.
Among the nonconference highlights include a trip to Nebraska on Nov. 27 and a home game vs. Texas on Dec. 5 as part of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood series. Following a home game vs. Northern Arizona on Dec. 11, USC will travel to Kansas for a game on Dec. 18 vs. the Jayhawks who enter the season with a 59-game home winning streak. The Trojans will then travel on to Tennessee for a game vs. the Volunteers on Dec. 21. USC defeated Tennessee 77-55 last season at the Galen Center and the Volunteers then went on to advance to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament.
The final game before Pac-10 play begins is at home vs. Lehigh on Dec. 23. The defending Patriot League champions lost to Kansas in the NCAA Tournament last season after giving the Jayhawks all they could handle for three quarters of the game. USC's game vs. Rider on Nov. 17 and a TBD game at home on Dec. 1 will also be part of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off.
USC will open conference play at home vs. defending Pac-10 Conference tournament champion Washington on Dec. 29 and then close out the calendar year by hosting Washington State on Dec. 31.
The Trojans will host crosstown rival UCLA at the Galen Center on January 9 and then will travel to Westwood to face the Bruins on Feb. 2. USC swept the season series with the Bruins last season for the first time since 2004 and have won three consecutive games over UCLA.
USC's remaining Pac-10 home games will be vs. Stanford on Jan. 20, vs. California on Jan. 22, vs. Oregon State on Feb. 10, vs. Oregon on Feb. 12, vs. Arizona on Feb. 24 and vs. Arizona State on Feb. 26.
The Trojans will end the regular season on the road, facing Washington State on March 3 and Washington on March 5.
The Pac-10 Conference Tournament will take place at Staples Center in Los Angeles, March 9-12.