USC basketball: Trojans release 2010-11 schedule
USC released its 2010-11 men's basketball schedule Wednesday.
Or, should we say, the school released the hard-knocks gantlet that this year's young Trojans squad will happily navigate. Remember: This is a team that's coming off a 16-14 season and has to replace three starters and four of its top six scorers.
On an upside, USC's touted recruiting class, featuring uber-talented/athletic guards Maurice Jones and Bryce Jones (no relation), will get a lot of floor time against quality opponents.
On the downside, those opponents will feast on the Trojans' young perimeter, meaning that even in Coach Kevin O'Neill's first season of postseason eligibility (a self-imposed ban relating to allegations of scandal surrounding former star O.J.Mayo dashed last season's chances) it's unlikely that the Trojans will be dancing in March.
That said, the season will kick off Nov. 13 against UC Irvine. After home games against Santa Clara and Rider, the Trojans head to Springfield, Mass., for the Hall of Fame Classic where Bradley and then either Massachusetts or New Mexico await.
After that, USC faces Cal State Fullerton, Nebraska and Texas (as part of the Big 12-Pac-10 Hardwood Series), Northern Arizona, Kansas and Tennessee before the Pacific 10 Conference season begins.
USC's games against UCLA this year will be played at home on Jan. 9 and in Westwood on Feb. 2.
In all, 21 of USC's scheduled 31 games are against teams that were .500 or better last season, including four teams that are defending conference champions. Also, 11 of USC's games are against teams that played in the 2009-10 postseason.
Here's the schedule:
Date, Opponent, Site, Time
Oct. 23 Saturday, Cardinal and Gold (exhibition), Galen Center, TBA
Nov. 6 Saturday, Point Loma Nazarene (exhibition), Galen Center, TBA
Nov. 13 Saturday, UC Irvine, Galen Center, TBA
Nov. 15 Monday, Santa Clara, Galen Center, TBA
Nov. 17 Wednesday, ^Rider (Hall of Fame Classic), Galen Center, TBA
Nov. 20 Saturday, ^vs. Bradley (Hall of Fame Classic), Springfield, Mass., TBA
Nov. 21 Sunday, ^vs. UMass/New Mexico St. (HOFC), Springfield, Mass., TBA
Nov. 24 Wednesday, Cal State Fullerton, Galen Center, TBA
Nov. 27 Saturday, #at Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb., TBA
Dec. 1 Wednesday, ^TBA (Hall of Fame Classic), Galen Center, TBA
Dec. 5 Sunday, #Texas, Galen Center, TBA
Dec. 11 Saturday, Northern Arizona, Galen Center, TBA
Dec. 18 Saturday, at Kansas, Lawrence, Kan., TBA
Dec. 21 Tuesday, at Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn., TBA
Dec. 23 Thursday, Lehigh, Galen Center, TBA
Dec. 29 Wednesday, *Washington, Galen Center, TBA
Dec. 31 Friday, *Washington State, Galen Center, TBA
Jan. 9 Sunday, *UCLA, Galen Center, 7 PM
Jan. 13 Thursday, *at Oregon, Eugene, Ore. (Matthew Knight Arena), TBA
Jan. 15 Saturday, *at Oregon State, Corvallis, Ore. (Gill Coliseum), TBA
Jan. 20 Thursday, *Stanford, Galen Center, TBA
Jan. 22 Saturday, California, Galen Center, TBA
Jan. 27 Thursday, *at Arizona State, Tempe, Ariz. (Wells Fargo Arena), TBA
Jan. 29 Saturday, *at Arizona, Tucson (McKale Center), TBA
Feb. 2 Wednesday, *at UCLA, Los Angeles. (Pauley Pavilion), TBA
Feb. 10 Thursday, *Oregon State, Galen Center, TBA
Feb. 12 Saturday, *Oregon, Galen Center, TBA
Feb. 17 Thursday, *at California, Berkeley, Calif. (Haas Pavilion), TBA
Feb. 19 Saturday, *at Stanford, Palo Alto, Calif. (Maples Pavilion), TBA
Feb. 24 Thursday, *Arizona, Galen Center, TBA
Feb. 26 Saturday, *Arizona State, Galen Center, TBA
March 3 Thursday, *at Washington State, Pullman, Wash. (Friel Court), TBA
March 5 Saturday, *at Washington, Seattle (Bank of America Arena), TBA
March 9-12 Wed.-Sat., Pacific 10 Conference tournament, Los Angeles (Staples Center), TBA
March 17-20 Thur.-Sun., NCAA tournament first and second rounds, TBA, TBA
March 24-27 Thur.-Sun., NCAA tournament regional semifinals and finals, TBA, TBA
April 2 & 4 Sat. & Mon., NCAA Final Four, Houston (Reliant Stadium), TBA
* Pacific 10 Conference game
^ Hall of Fame Classic (USC, Rider, Massachusetts, Bradley, New Mexico State, Loyola Marymount, TCU, TBD)
# Big12-Pac-10 Hardwood Series
All game times are local to site
-- Baxter Holmes