Men's Hoops Exhibitions Nov. 4 and 9

Oct. 24, 2001

It's getting close.

Basketball season is near.

In less than three weeks, the men's team, coming off of its 2001 Elite Eight appearance and ranked as high as No. 13 in 2002 preseason polls, opens its season against Wyoming on Nov. 13 at the Sports Arena in the Preseason NIT.

But if you'd like to get a preview, the team will be in action even earlier -- a week from Sunday, in fact.

USC opens exhibition play on Nov. 4 at the Lyon Center against the L.A. City All-Stars at 7 p.m. The Trojans, led by senior forwards and 2002 Wooden Award candidates Sam Clancy and David Bluthenthal as well as fourth-year starting point guard Brandon Granville, will complete the exhibition schedule on Nov. 9 against EA Sports, also at the Lyon Center at 7 p.m.

USC, under sixth-year coach Henry Bibby, then opens the non-conference portion of its schedule against Wyoming at 6:30 p.m. at the Sports Arena in the Preseason NIT. If the Trojans win, they would play the Fresno State-Montana State victor on either Nov 14, 15 or 16. The site and date will be determined after USC's game against the Cowboys.

The first of the Trojans' three remaining scheduled non-conference home games at the Sports Arena is against UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 26 at 7:30 p.m. That is followed up by a Dec. 4 date against Rhode Island. Scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start, it will be played as part of a doubleheader with the Women of Troy, who face Cal State Northridge at 5 p.m. The men's game will start 30 minutes after the completion of the first game. USC finishes its non-league home slate against Miami (Ohio) on Dec. 16 at 3 p.m.

Four of USC's five scheduled non-conference away dates are within driving distance for local fans. Outside of the Trojans' Dec. 1 game at Bradley in Peoria, Ill., USC fans in Southern California don't have to travel too far to see Troy in action on the road.

The first such game is a Dec. 6 date with Pepperdine at the Forum in Inglewood. Part of the Fab 4 Tournament, the Trojans and Waves game will follow Gonzaga and Fresno State. The Zags-Bulldogs contest is set to start at 6:30 p.m. USC will follow at 9 p.m. or 30 minutes after the completion of the first game.

Six days later, USC plays at Long Beach State in the Pyramid on Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The Trojans will be seeking their first road win against the 49ers since the 1982 season.

On Dec. 20, the Trojans travel to San Diego to take on the Toreros at Jenny Craig Pavilion (known as Slim Gym). USC wraps up its non-conference schedule on Dec. 22 when it takes on Loyola Marymount at Gersten Pavilion in a 7:30 start.

USC's first three Pac-10 home games are at the Forum: Washington State on Jan. 4 at 7:30 p.m., Washington on Jan. 6 at 6 p.m. and UCLA on Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

The remaining six conference home games are all at the Sports Arena: California on Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m., Stanford on Jan. 26 at 3 p.m., Arizona State on Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m., Arizona on Feb. 16 at 3 p.m., Oregon on Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Oregon State on March 2 at 5 p.m.

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