Trojans Finish Up Exhibition Play Friday
Nov. 14, 2002
The USC men's basketball team completes its exhibition schedule when it hosts the L.A. City All-Stars on Friday (Nov. 15) at the Sports Arena at 5 p.m.
The game is part of a doubleheader with the Women of Troy, who open their regular season against Northern Arizona in the first round of the NIT at 7:30 p.m.
USC's men's team opens the regular season on Nov. 22 when it hosts UC Riverside at the Sports Arena at 7:30 p.m.
Junior guard Desmon Farmer scored 24 points and sophomore guard Errick Craven had 22 as USC came from behind to defeat L.A. City All-Stars 2 in its first exhibition game of the 2002-2003 season, 95-76, on Nov. 9. The Trojans trailed 44-41 at the half and 59-50 early in the second half. But USC went on a 31-5 run - which included seven consecutive made three-point baskets at one point - to go ahead 81-64 with 5:33 to play.
First-year junior college transfer guard Roydell Smiley scored 17 points off the bench, sinking three consecutive three-point baskets during USC's second half run, the second of which gave the Trojans the lead for good at 63-62. Sophomore forward Nick Curtis scored 14 points and had a team-high-tying eight rebounds with Farmer. The Trojans forced 26 turnovers and had 13 steals, including four from Craven and three from Farmer.
USC will face some of the same players that it played in the first exhibition game. Those players include former Trojan Anthony White, Pepperdine star Derrick Anderson, Cal State Northridge's Derrick Higgins and former Kansas Jayhawk Jelani Janisse.
USC PICKED TO FINISH SIXTH IN PAC-10 IN MEDIA POLL
As it says above, USC was picked to finish sixth in the 2002-2003 Pac-10 title race according to a poll of 27 media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball. Arizona was a unanimous choice to win the title, securing all 27 first-place votes for 270 points. Oregon was second (237), followed by UCLA (195) in third, Arizona State in fourth (160), California in fifth (154), USC in sixth (152), Stanford in seventh (136), Washington in eighth (81), Oregon State in ninth (71) and Washington State in 10th (29).
For the first time in three years, USC did not open the season either the ESPN/USA Today Coaches or Associated Press Preseason Top 25 polls. The Trojans, however, did receive nine votes in the coaches poll and 20 in AP.
GAMES AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
USC will face four teams ranked in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Preseason Top 25 poll and five others that received votes. Pac-10 rival Arizona was No. 1 while Oregon was No. 9 and UCLA No. 12. The Trojans will also play No. 18 Missouri in the Wooden Classic. Schools that received that USC will face include UNLV (13), California (11), Pennsylvania (3), UC Santa Barbara (3) and Stanford (2). In addition, Pac-10 foe Arizona State also received votes in the AP poll.