USC Announces 2009-10 Men's Basketball Schedule
July 17, 2009
A trip to Hawaii for the inaugural Diamond Head Classic, a game at highly ranked Texas in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series, a game at perennial ACC power Georgia Tech, home games against Tennessee and Nebraska and the always challenging slate of Pac-10 games highlight the 2009-10 USC men's basketball schedule announced today (July 17) by head coach Kevin O'Neill.
In all, the schedule features 12 games against teams that were in the NCAA Tournament last season and another 10 potential games against teams which were in either the NIT or CBI tournaments, meaning a possilbe 22 of 30 games against teams that played in the 2009 postseason and 23 of 30 against teams that posted a .500 or better record.
'We think we have put together a great schedule for the USC fans,' said O'Neill. 'It was put together before we lost some of our returning players so it will be challenging, but we look forward to the opportunity it provides for us to show where USC basketball stands.'
The Trojans, who are coming of a school-record third straight NCAA appearance and 20-win season, will open the season with a home game against UC Riverside on Nov. 17. The Highlanders are coming off a 17-13 season and are led by former Trojan Kyle Austin.
USC will then host Loyola Marymount on Nov. 21 and Coppin State on Nov. 27, before taking on Nebraska at the Galen Center on Nov. 29 as part of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.
The Trojans are one of two conference teams to play a second Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series game, with a game at national power and ESPN's Andy Katz preseason No. 3 Texas on Dec. 3. USC will continue the tough road trip with a game at Georgia Tech on Dec. 5.
USC will then return to the Galen Center for games on Dec. 8 vs. Sacramento State, Dec. 11 vs. Idaho State and Dec. 19 vs. SEC power and preseason No. 8 Tennessee.
The Trojans will take part in the inaugural Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu, Hi. from Dec. 22-25 with an eight-team field featuring UNLV, Saint Mary's, College of Charleston and Northeastern which played in the postseason in 2009, as well as host Hawaii, SMU and Western Michigan. The tournament brackets have not yet been released.
The defending Pac-10 Tournament champion Trojans will open conference play at home vs. Arizona on Dec. 31 and vs. Arizona State on Jan. 2 and conclude regular season play at Arizona State on March 4 and at Arizona on March 6.
O'Neill's team will travel crosstown to play at UCLA on Jan. 16 and then host the Bruins on Feb. 14.
USC's remaining Pac-10 home games are Jan. 21 vs. Washington State, Jan. 23 vs. Washington, Feb. 4 vs. Stanford, Feb. 6 vs. California, Feb. 25 vs. Oregon and Feb. 27 vs. Oregon State.
The Pac-10 Conference Tournament will take place at Staples Center in Los Angeles, March 10-13.